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Welcome to my book review of “Marked for the Hunt” by Leah Chiasson.
“Marked for the Hunt” is an urban fantasy novel. This is the first book in Leah Chiasson’s upcoming series and I’m hoping to see at least a trilogy, though I’m not sure how many books she’s actually planning to write. Diana Warren comes back to the Wolf’s Head after witnessing her father’s murder and fleeing. Almost eight years later, her grandfather is dead and she must come back to attend his funeral. Wolf’s Head is tense during her return and especially with the lack of a Clan Alpha. Not only does Diana have to deal with her inner fight between her human and her wolf side, she has to figure out if she’s going to continue to ignore the fight that’s right in front of her between her former clan.
I absolutely loved this novel and without bias, give Marked for the Hunt a 5 star review. Leah Chiasson has amazing craftsmanship with her words and descriptions and being this early in this career, I definitely think she’ll be a “Sarah J. Maas” soon, and we all know my love for her. Her characters were well developed and her plot kept rolling. When there wasn’t action, there was conversation or amazing food descriptions. The werewolves in this story didn’t lack many ideas and lore that other stories lack. I highly suggest it for any fan of fantasy, even those that normally don’t like werewolf novels!
Anyway, skipping back to the beginning. I really enjoy Diana’s struggle with her wolf. I mean, we all have a struggle with our monster inside at some point in time, whatever our monster is. Right now, my monster is depression and anxiety, or emotions? I love connecting with a character and it’s so emotional when you’re just like YES, I know that feeling. I know that. Diana was struggling so hard, and I quote, “I was bound to lose control” … and “I definitely would not become a monster”.
The fact that she couldn’t even change her eyes back to normal “human” color is intriguing. She doesn’t even know what her normal color is … it’s interesting. This book just makes me want to draw, to be honest. I saved so many descriptions, it’s not even funny. I saved descriptions. I saved scenes. I just wanted to stop and sketch but I also just wanted to keep reading. I also wanted to eat, but so did Diana … “Who didn’t’ want ice-cream after facing a sociopath werewolf?”
I really enjoyed the idea of the Goddess and then later the God of the Hunt contacting her and basically claiming her depending on how she’s grown and what she needed. At first the Goddess claimed her and filled her with love and showed her the love of the clan as well as covered her in tattoos. She also became the Clan Queen. I loved how well Leah Chiasson wrote just the essence of the clan. It was so real and warm. The entire time the clan kind of rejected her in a sense or just treated her like the Alpha’s whore except for a couple people. They all were scared she would run again … but then when they felt her essence and her power and warmth, even I became emotional and wanted to be there and feel it. I wanted to be a wolf in the clan and be there.
I feel like I’m missing so much from this but I’m just jumping around. When the house was burned down it was so sad. Both my mom and Zach’s parents have gown through a house fire within the last couple years. Zach’s mom was in the house and actually so was mine when the fire was going on, luckily both made it out alive and well in both instances. When Diana wasn’t sure if he Grandma was in there I was so scared for her. I was definitely emotional in my own head just like PLEASE don’t kill her grandma. I thought she was going to and was hoping she wouldn’t. Luckily, Grandma was fine and of course she’s the one that held everyone together. She’s just like, come on, get me some marshmallows. Let’s make some s’mores and show him that we’re not fucking scared. Like come on. I wish I had a badass grandma like that!
Also, can we just say that Marked for the Hunt just made me want to draw so much. I love books that make me want to draw the characters. Not everyone looked the same and Sabrina all badass with her tattoos and cute belly and ooooh little baby Olivia. Just think of Diana babysitting. If I end up writing fanfiction again, that will definitely be one! Let me know if that’s something you want to see!
I’m really looking forward to the next book but I’m worried what will come of Diana killing Jonathon. I understand why she did it but lying is never good … so how will that work for her and Darren?? She could barely look at him. UGH. LEAH, WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?
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In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,