Format: E-Galley, 232 pages
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they're ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that's what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
"There are two types of people in Hollywood. The Hunted, and the Hunters."
16-year old Iris Maria Bently is an oddity. She carries the Hunters gene that is normally only found in men. It makes her train harder, and attempt to be better than anyone including her brother Knox, and cousin Dex. After a famous actress she was supposed to be protecting is murdered, Iris, who has clawed her way from the ground up to get recognized, finds herself in some really hot water with the Witch Hunting Organization (WHO). If that weren't enough, she finds herself training the newest recruit Arlo Green, and enamored with Silos, a warlock from Scotland who has similar visions to hers.
Thanks to a curse placed on them by Belinda, the Queen of the Witches, witches in Hollywood have to kill to stay alive and look beautiful. They mostly choose the arrogant, and elitist who treat society as though it is their own stomping grounds. You know, like the Kardashians? Belinda and Iris have an interesting relationship. She's a devious woman who takes what she wants, and has her eyes on Knox. But, Belinda also has a few problems that Iris finds herself involved in. With Iris becoming chummy with various witches, including Belinda who saves her life, she soon finds out that things aren't quite so black and white between Hunters and Witches.
Speaking to author Valerie Tejeda via Twitter, she is definitely eager to write another story about Iris thus continuing this series. I certain do hope so since the story ends on a powerful cliffhanger, and revelations about Iris and her heritage. I truly wish there had been more of Iris's mother. Perhaps next time. I disliked her father after he treated her as though she didn't matter one iota and tried to clip her wings. I would love to see Iris take him down a peg or two for what he did to her, and others. I didn't mind at all that Iris was 1/2 Colombian. Gave the story a bit of realism since California is filled with Spanish speaking residents.
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**