REVIEW by Ginny: The Claimed (Sin Hunters #2) by Caridad Pineiro Released Today! (@CaridadPineiro , @ginnylurcock )

Victoria Johnson loves her life. She’s her own boss in a quaint beachside town, and has great friends who keep her grounded. If only they knew who she really is: an heiress to an ancient race who possesses astonishing superhuman powers. It’s Victoria’s duty to restore her clan of Light Hunters to their former glory by choosing the perfect mate. In Christopher Sombrosa, she just may have found him. Strong, smart, and successful, Christopher exudes a powerful energy. Their connection is sensual, irresistible-and forbidden.
A member of the Shadow Hunter clan, Christopher has defied his own father to lead his people away from affliction and violence. Yet he cannot ignore his duty to carry on his ancient bloodline. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with an erotic life force, Victoria is everything Christopher ever hoped for in a mate . . . but as a Light Hunter, she’s his mortal enemy. Together, they could unite their warring tribes. But murderous factions on both sides don’t want peace-and they’ll stop at nothing to keep light and darkness apart forever . . .

Last review of the day, I promise…
Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria, Catherine and Heathcliff, Frodo and Sam, and now Victoria and Christopher. The Claimed is the story of forbidden love between two warring factions of hunters. Superhuman beings who were once one, until the dreaded smallpox tainted some, casting them into shadows.
I’ve got to admit, I hadn’t read the first book in this series. Actually, I didn’t even know it was a series when I requested it. Now that I’ve read book two though, I’ll totally be going back and picking up book one. I mean, you don’t really NEED to have read book one. I picked up the factions and plots a-ok on my own, but I liked the world and the story, and now want to know how Bobbie and Adam got their start.
In several places the story seemed like other stories. Enough alike to trigger the thought, but subtle enough that now that I’m trying to write the review, I can’t remember what the similarities are. The one similarity I could remember though was how it felt like the Psy-Changling series. Which is a huge compliment, and is probably due to the fact that it’s a series of novels about super humans finding new ways to intermingle and get it on.
And there is getting it on going on. A lot of it. Including some rather graphic “alone time” if you catch my drift. I’m uh, I’m not used to that much explicit self love in books. Especially from two separate characters, who are both female, and in no way involved except for being interested in the same man. I’m not going to lie, it threw me a bit. It managed to shock my jaded synapses. Kudos, I guess. Naughty, naughty kudos.
You probably want me to talk about the story beyond the brown-chicken-brown-cow moments, don’t you? Fine…
Dude, Christopher, I am so sorry. You had such a shitty childhood. I mean, they never come out and say it, but you just know. He’s daddy is psycho, his ex is a whore, his mother is dead, and he’s left trying to cling to the ancient ways in order to cleanse his people. Did I mention the crazy dad? Because crazy dad is what’s standing in the way between their people and being free of the pox. Or at least that’s what Christopher believes. He takes his people and gets the effe out before his crazy dad can kill any more of them. As a parting gift he gets to take his whore ex with him. Isn’t he lucky? Aren’t you jealous?
Victoria is smart, strong, and powerful. Heir to her clan. She’s badass, but she never says “I’m a badass and all the boys want to get with me so you should totally pay attention to me because I’m a badass.” I appreciate that. She’s honestly a good person with a soft heart, but a backbone of steal. She has ideas to save her clan, but they rub her parents the wrong way, and she respects them enough to let them have their way. For now.
The one thing I didn’t like is how very dense Victoria is in regards to her traitor. I mean, I can understand some ignorance, but at a certain point you’ve got to say “I’m being betrayed, and one person isn’t here every time that happens… oh, and he’s been real sketchy when he is around… oh, and he totally wanted me and I rejected him.” Seriously. She also wouldn’t notice that if you put glasses on Superman he looks just like Clark Kent.
Anyways, the two meet and sparks fly. Sort of. If you can call the weird ass sexual stuff that happens between hunters “sparks.” Which you probably could literally. Of course, since they’re all star crossed, the sparks turn into fires. Big giant forest fires that it takes helicopters dropping water to put out.
I’ve got to admit though, in these romantic series that have shifting main characters, I tend to focus on the peripheral, trying to spot who’s next. I have a feeling it’s Ryan and Sammie, and I cannot wait. If it’s not (and it’s not a Maya redemption story) than I’ll not only be writing a very angry letter to the author, but also a very poorly constructed slash fiction. Emphasis on the slash.
I’d give it 4 stars. It’s a fun ride down Urban Fantasy lane with a brief stop on the corner, if you catch my drift. The character and world is interesting, and I look forward to more.
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  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review the book! I totally appreciate it. The next book in the series, THE SHATTERED, will be out in 2013 and I’m really excited about what will happen next in the series.

    1. No no, thank you for writing the book… all I did was read it.
      Oh, and also… 2013?!?! REALLY?!?! You’re lucky I have the first book to go back and read or I’d be very cantankerous about the wait *grumbles* 🙂

  2. erica says:

    cannot wait to read it love all the books that i read so far

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