I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Vicious Faeries #2
Published by CreateSpace on April 30th, 2021
Genres: Fae, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Source: The Author
The moment I step into Faerie, I become his.
Everyone knows about the Fae of the forest—gorgeous, sinful, deadly. When I trespass into their magical world, I need more than my sharp tongue to survive. Especially against the ruler of the woodland.
Puck is a smooth-talking rogue with a cruel smirk that sets me aflame in more ways than one. And because the Fae bastard likes to play with his captives, he gives me two choices: either hunt or be hunted.
Now I'm trapped in a dangerous game of hide and seek, lost in this dark, seductive realm where Faeries wield blades and whisper lustful temptations from the shadows.
He’s the predator. I’m the prey.
But I’m not submitting without a fight. I refuse to be Puck’s toy. If my rakish enemy wants to hunt me, I’ll hunt him back and beat him at his own treacherous game.
Yet I can’t resist the wicked desire in his eyes, nor his heated touch and devious kiss. And if I’m not careful, he’ll crush my very soul.
Cards on the table: this might just be one of the rare times I have found myself lost for words. Hunt the Fae managed to exceed my enormous expectations and Juniper and Puck are rivalling Poet and Briar (from the Foolish Kingdoms series) and Wonder and Malice (from the Selfish Myths series) as my favourite pairing concocted from the devious mind of Natalia Jaster!
Before I get into my review, I just wanted to make clear that I am part of the author’s ARC team but this in no way influences my rating. Alrighty then now that’s out of the way… time to get Pucked!!
This is the second book in the Vicious Faeries trilogy and follows the previous heroine Lark’s sister; the studious and righteous Juniper. She is a very different character from Lark; who is sassy and bold and very sex-positive. Juniper, on the other hand, is careful with her affections and prefers the company of books and the fauna they look after to other people. The only ones she really lets in are her sisters and adoptive father Papa Thorne.
Juniper was called to the Faerie lands at the same time as her two siblings (the aforementioned younger sister Lark, and Cove, her sweet and unassuming elder sister). Unlike Lark (who found herself in the mountain lands), Juniper was summoned to the realm of the forest faeries by its ruler: the roguish trickster Puck, a satyr who is as deadly with his bow and arrows as he is with his sharp tongue and witty repartee.
Bookish Juniper will have her hands full, what with being forced to undertake a grave task (a hunt for something that cannot be hunted) lest she lose her only family (her beloved sisters) forever. Little does she know she is also in danger of losing her heart…
This book. All I can say is whoa… it is sweet and spicy and everything I wanted it to be and more. I adored Lark and her paramour Cerulean in the first book Kiss the Fae and I didn’t expect Juniper and Puck to have the same kind of impact. I was right – but I was also wrong at the same time. Juniper and Puck are a whole other animal altogether.
From the moment these two cross paths, I was sold on their connection (that neither seemed to want at first). The push and pull between them was palpable. Their dialogue was snappy (as expected from such a pair of know-it-alls!) and whenever they were apart I couldn’t wait until the next time they shared a scene.
I always tend to have a soft spot for bookish characters so Juniper appealed to me right away. I wasn’t sure if Puck would steal my heart or not but he certainly did (that naughty satyr!) I found myself falling for him right along with Juniper. Their romance was slow burn at its very finest – it took a while but the resolution was oh-so-worth-it!
The supporting cast were interesting too – I loved Cypress a whole lot and Tinder also managed to creep up on me. I also loved getting to see a few familiar faces again (I was so happy when a certain other pairing showed up!)
The forest realm was every bit as magical and the mountain lands in the first book and the fauna were just as lovable and majestic. The world-building was amazing as always and the story was both satisfyingly familiar and surprising at the same time.
Natalia Jaster’s writing just manages to get better and better with each book (and it was already amazing from her very first published novel so that really is saying something!) Her prose is just so beautifully lyrical and she is able to wield a pen to create pure magic. She has definitely become one of my all-time favourite authors and it goes without saying that every release is an auto-buy for me (yep, I have bought this book even though I was so lucky to get an eARC – the Kindle edition made its way to me today and I plan on buying the paperback too).
to sum up
I didn’t think I could enjoy Hunt the Fae as much as Kiss the Fae but I was very happy to be proven wrong. Being in Juniper’s head was wonderful – she is such a strong personality very different from her sister but equally as lovable. Puck: that silver-tongued devil was completely and utterly shameful yet also such a lost soul who is desperate for familial connections. Watching the love blossom between them (and seeing them equally as flummoxed about it!) was a pure joy.
The story itself was also very strong although, as with the first book, the romance is very centre stage and integral to the plot. Seeing little glimpses of what could be happening with Cove (and the last Fae ruler Elixir) also piqued my interest. Natalia Jaster has weaved such an intriguing tale and you get bits and pieces of information that clearly will become important later on as teasers – so let’s just say I am so there for the next book!
Middle books can sometimes be a bit of a let-down given that they link the first and third books together and oftentimes struggle to stand on their own (middle book slump I call it!) but Hunt the Fae did not suffer from this at all whatsoever. It was a magnificent read that added so much to an already fascinating and detailed world. I cannot wait to read it again (and I’m so gonna!) 😉