Guest Review: Exiled by M.R. Merrick

Posted 12 March, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 17 Comments

Today I have Kelly of Reading the Paranormal fame doing a guest review for me! She has graciously offered to do a few guest reviews so that I don’t fall behind on my reviews while I am teaching. Kelly is the best!

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.

Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

My Thoughts:  First off, I love this cover. I go into serious cover lust every once in a while and this one hit all my buttons with the colors and the imagery. I’m also eyeballing Shift‘s cover and thinking about doing inappropriate things to it when everybody’s back it turned. Ha! Just kidding. Kind of. *ahem* Back to this cover. I really love that the four elements are represented since they play such a pivotal role in the book. Plus, it’s purty. Very, very purty.

Alright, alright. Enough about the pretty, shiny things that catch my attention. This book is more than just the cover, you know! It has a plot. And characters! And the characters do things! It’s phenomenal! No, really. There are characters. There’s Chase. He’s had a rough couple of years after being banished from the Circle. He and his mom are scraping by and they would be doing a-okay if those pesky demons didn’t keep popping up and trying to kill him. Yeah, it turns out that even though he’s been exiled from the exalted ranks of the Circle he still has to deal with his dad’s legacy of being a bad-ass demon hunter. The demons want to kill him just so they can say they killed the son of Riley Williams. Talk about a crappy legacy. I think I’d stamp Return to Sender on that bad boy and go my merry way.

Still, despite everything the Circle had done to him, Chase still believes in protecting the innocent. It’s not until he meets a Hunter who is helping to protect the demons that he begins to see that everything isn’t as black and white as he thought. His entire way of thinking undergoes a radical change and suddenly he’s helping the very beings he once killed.

Now, I liked Chase. I did. BUT… I did think he was reckless at times. He was so focused on doing what he thought was right that he didn’t stop to think of the other people he was putting in danger. *scowls* He was doing things for the right reason but he wasn’t always being smart about it.

Overall, the book was very fun. It was fast-paced and all the characters shone. The setting is wonderfully imaginative – I loved loved loved the descriptions of the alternate dimension – and the secrets reveal themselves nicely.

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17 Responses to “Guest Review: Exiled by M.R. Merrick”

  1. A to the Men! I too was attracted to Exiled due to the covers. It’s pretty phenom! I agree with your thoughts on Chase, but just wait until you see the epic growth in Shift. :)

    Amanda, I love that we are whoring out Kelly on the same day. \m/ Love you Kelly! ♥

  2. Characters like Chase sound oddly familiar. The kind that are unconsciously, but purposely reckless just for the sake of adding drama to the story. Ugh, it can be so frustrating and compelling at the same time. LOL

  3. I love this cover as well, I didn’t like the new one nearly as much. What Lelly yu don’t like a reckless boy? How bad is he? Oh wait don’t tell, I will rewd for myself. Tis sounds like an entertaining read!

    • I do like reckless boys. To an extent. However, there’s reckless and then there’s the type of reckless that puts others in danger. I’m hoping that we get to see some serious personal growth in the next books as Chase learns the value of not rushing into things.

  4. Aw, sucks to have a dangerous and rather crappy destiny/legacy! Chase sounds like my kind of MC–I don’t mind reckless because then I can feel all superior and tell him he’s wrong. :)

  5. I would have to agree with you on this one. I did like Chase but he certainly had a little growing up to do in Exiled. Just wait until you read Shift because it will blow you away.

    Thanks for the great review.