Showing posts with label Amy Meredith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amy Meredith. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: The Hunt by Amy Meredith

The Hunt by Amy Meredith (August 2010, Red Fox, ISBN: 9781849410526)

First Line:
"Dude, have you decided to give up showering?" Dave Perry called after practice on Monday.

Review: This is the second in the Dark Touch series which began with Shadows and this review contains spoilers for the first book.

The Hunt picks up a few weeks after the events in Shadows. Eve Evergold has discovered that she's the Deepdene Witch and feels she has a duty to protect the town from Demons. She is joined in her fight by Jess, her best friend and new boy Luke, who is both the minister's son and a bit of player with an eye for the girls. They have formed a strong bond and there is the possible beginnings of a romance between Eve and Luke if they would both admit the truth.

Tragedy is striking Deepdene again: a "wild animal" is on the loose and has killed a class-mate of the gang's. The animal story is plausible for a while until it becomes obvious that it's actually a demon behind the killing. Eve, Jess and Luke have to continue their research and find a way to kill this demon and prevent any more demons terrorising their exclusive Hamptons home.

The Hunt is an enjoyable follow-up to Shadows. It ups the violence content, with ripped bodies and blood drainings but despite that it feels like a breezy, light and quick read. The characters aren't much more fleshed-out than last time but there is plenty of action, a mystery and a tentative romance between two of the leads to keep the pages turning at pace. Plus there is plenty of snappy dialogue and humorous banter. The author and the characters appear to be fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and if you liked that series, you'll hopefully enjoy this one.

The third part, Fever, is out now, with a fourth, Betrayal, due in June and I'm looking forward to them.

The age-guidance rating on the back cover suggests that The Hunt is suitable for 12+.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Review: Shadows by Amy Meredith

Shadows by Amy Meredith (April 2010, Red Fox, ISBN: 9781849410519)

First Line:
The ghost slipped between the two pine trees, moving silently, not even leaving footprints in the pine needles on the ground.

Review: Shadows is the first in the Dark Touch series and in which we are introduced to Eve and Jess, two BFFs living in the Hamptons who are just starting high school. Over the summer there have been two significant new arrivals to the community: blonde Luke, the not so angelic son of a preacher-man and Mal the smouldering new resident at the old rock god's mansion.

Along with hot new boys, a new element is in town - many of the female residents are having nightmares and spouting about demons before being carted off the the psychiatric hospital.

Eve has become extremely clumsy of late but what is causing all her electrical equipment to go on the fritz and did she really melt her own lipstick when she got upset? When Eve's dad reveals some secret family history, the pieces begin to fall into place and it seems Eve is the only one who can save the town's sanity.

I really enjoyed Shadows. It's a bit of a cross between Buffy and Sex in the City with its mix of the supernatural and designer labels. There's action and romance, fashion and shopping and setting it in the Hamptons means there are very few appearances by the parents who are too busy working, to be at home. Shadows sets up Eve and other main characters and the plot is resolved but with a hint of a storyline for the next book. One thing I found refreshing about this book is that the girls eat and they eat pizza and ice-cream and hot chocolate without any reference to calories! I'm looking forward to The Hunt which is due out in August.