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{June 30, 2012}   {Review} Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning

From Goodreads: She’s the Seeker. He’s the hunted. What’s at stake could kill them both…

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

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I really enjoyed this novel.  Janie is a great character that, while a bit overbearing at times, really comes into herself and takes charge as the story progresses.  She is a kick butt character that goes after the bad guys without a second thought, and I really enjoyed that about her.  And Kai is to die for.  In my opinion, he’s extremely dreamy, and I really liked all the mystery surrounding him.  In fact, I didn’t see the truth about his identity coming until it was almost upon me, and I really enjoy novels that are able to not only keep me engaged, but guessing as well. While I admit that the romance was a little lacking in this novel between Janie and Kai, I found this “whirlwind romance” to be perfect for this novel, and I highly recommend it.

Likewise, I also really enjoyed that this story took place in a city I’m very familiar with.  Noting where Janie and Kai go was fun as I was able to see it in my minds eye more vividly than in books where I’m not as familiar with the setting.  If you’re familiar with Baltimore and enjoy strong heroines and dreamy heroes, then this book is for you. Five stars. 

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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