Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1)

Rated 3.65/5 based on 20 reviews
Teen Shanna Hunt has been hunting demons since her parents were killed by them. She’s used to being alone, but one fateful night throws her into the company of a team of hunters, each specializing in a particular kind of monster. This new team should be an unstoppable force for whatever is picking off individual hunters across the globe, but their first battle together could be their last. More
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About Dave Ferraro

Dave Ferraro grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where he was warped by a steady diet of comic books, horror movies and young adult novels. He is the author of the paranormal fantasy series "Hunters of the Dark," as well as "Dark Genesis" and the gay teen paranormal romance "Twice Bitten." He graduated with a B.A. in English and creative writing from Saint Cloud State University, and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Review by: Christine Nadeau on Nov. 21, 2011 :
“As some of you may have noticed, you are all in Hell.”

So begins the story of Shanna Hunt’s transformation from working as a lone demon-hunter, to working alongside other specialized hunters, inside a secretive organization called ‘The Agency’.

Shanna Hunt’s parents were killed by demons when she was a child, and she has been a hunter of demons, desperate for revenge, for two years before being recruited to The Agency. Hunters are being killed off at an alarming rate, and The Agency, headed by a woman named Valor, wants to know why and wants to stop it. Valor has put together a top-notch team of specialized hunters to accomplish this.

I enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, and packed with creative paranormal events and action as the hunters attempt to accomplish their mission. The author does a great job switching to different characters’ points of view throughout the book, without confusion and the result is an excellent job getting to know a little about each of the characters. I think we will probably get to know them better as the series moves on.

We were left with some intrigue as to what would happen romantically with Shanna, and about her mysterious link with a woman called Diana. And who is Valor? What are her motives in The Agency?

A great, fast read. Will definitely read Night Cries.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Nov. 18, 2011 :
First, another fun one from read 2 review!! Thanks for that! Now, I liked this one. I like that the main character doubts her decisions and questions things. I liked the other characters, especially the twins. I like that this book helps homosexual teens know its ok to be just that. I think it's great that all the monsters are not bad and not all humans are good either. All in all, good one, I've already bought the next installment :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tana on Nov. 13, 2011 :
Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark, #1) by David Ferraro.

The first of the series this book starts off with action and adventure. The main character of course is a strong young woman who is a demon hunter, taking a night off from hunting she decides to go out with her best friend to a club to have fun and dance. During the evening she soon realizes fun is not what she was going to have. She ends up in a fight for her life and meets up with two other hunters who help her out in battle. When the night ends she gets more information from the other hunters about The Agency, they have been trying to recruit her to go work for them. Losing her only friend she decides to go and try to work with other hunters to rid the world of evil creatures and not just demons. We see many different types of paranormal creatures in this story; demon’s (many different types), vampires (good ones and bad ones), giants, werewolf’s etc.. So you know this will be an action filled series.

Dave Ferraro did an excellent job with this book, with his excellent writing skills he gave us a beginning to each character and you can see many future books in this series (hoping that is). What I really liked is we get to see each characters point of views while he is telling us this story.

And of course besides action and adventure there are love interests, young woman meets cute guy, then she meets handsome vampire, and like most women we kind of cheer for the bad boy vampire type. Well at least I do.

I know this is a good book because when I finished it I went a purchased Night Cries (Hunters of the Dark #2).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Nov. 13, 2011 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story line is great – I was captivated from the get go! I love all the kick-ass chicks. Every single one of the characters has such outrages personalities – freaking awesome. They are unpredictable and keep you on your toes.

This is the type of book that ‘does’ it for me – it is action packed (and yes… the girls did most of the ‘in your face’ knock outs) and has romance as well as humour!

I just have to add that I’m totally swooning over Damien *sigh* although I don’t know much about him but I am anxious to see how his role plays out in Shanna’s life.

I enjoyed Dave Ferraro’s writing style, that being said, Hunters of the Dark is definitely a series I’ll be following! Also have to add… What is up with the sneak peek of the second book in the Hunters of the Dark Series, Night Cries – seriously?! Cliff hanger of note if you ask me… I NEED to know what is about to go down *pouts*. All in all… it was a great read and I look forward to the rest of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: pj13 on Nov. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
3.5/5

While reading this book I was really confused about how I felt about the book as a whole. There is a lot that I really liked about it and there is a lot that drove me bonkers. But the author did something right in creating a story that has made me eager to read the next book in the series even though I wanted to scream occasionally while reading the first one.

What I liked about the book is the world that the author created. I thought it was clever and interesting and I enjoyed his use of history and myth to explain the creatures that inhabited the story. I also enjoyed the storyline even though at times it seemed a little disjointed. I liked what I could get from the characters and I feel like they all have a lot of potential to be developed. I would have liked to get to know some of them better and I hope that we get that in future books.

What drove me bonkers the most was the number of character POVs. I have no problem with there being a lot of characters in one book, I also don’t have much of a problem switching POVs every now and then during the book. What I do have a problem with is the amount of POV switches and the amount of different POVs in this book. Sometimes it was really difficult to get into the book and to really care about the characters because just as I was getting comfortable with one, we would switch to another. I think this book would have benefitted from sticking to one or two different POVs (maybe three at the most). Jordan and Shanna would have been the perfect POVs to stick with since they were the ones changed the most in this particular story. Then maybe in book two the author could have switched the POV of two other characters and so on.

Overall, I think that this was a good start to an interesting series. There were moments of firstbookitis, but those were easy to overlook for the most part because of the pace of the action. And while the POV switches drove me crazy, I soldiered on because I was so intrigued by the story and where it was going. Hopefully, the second book keeps up the pace and continues to build on the great things from the first book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Patty Shanafelt on Nov. 10, 2011 :
Very hard to get into. Had to put it down several times and come back to it. Overall it was ok.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Finnegan on Nov. 09, 2011 :
I really really like this book, I just couldn't put it down. I found it to be totally unpredictable and was shocked at times when things went a certain way. The author gave good descriptions of the characters and I felt like I got to know them all. The story was also told from other characters POV too at times which I liked. The main character Shanna was very likeable but my favourites were Jordan and Damien. I loved the romances in this and I was definitely in favour of the bad boy vampires. Team Damien all the way. I was left with a few unanswered questions but Im hoping they will be answered throughout the series. I liked it so much that I am going to buy the next in the series now as I cant wait to see what happens next. I would definitely recommend this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Midu Hadi on Nov. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
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Review by: Ronda on Nov. 09, 2011 : (no rating)
As you can see, I haven't rated this book and this is because I don't feel I should.

Within the first few pages I was engrossed, it is written really well and I couldn't help but become lost in the story almost right away, however, I didn't realise when I began to read that there was going to be so much detail in it. By this I mean brutal killings (by demons etc) and described in such a way that I thought I was in a horror film.

I am smiling as I write this because although I tend to read about death and all of that in the paranormal books, they don't affect me as much as this one did. I avoid horror books, I'm too much of a 'wimp' to generate any stamina to read through scary pages or even watch a scary movie.

I believe that Dave Ferraro captured what he wanted others to see and the detail he puts across, in my opinion, is excellent. Those who like this kind of indepth detail will really enjoy it.

I am really sorry that I couldn't read further, I managed 4 chapters before feeling rather sickly, that's how good I think his writing is.

I have a feeling that for a lot of other people, this book will be brilliant.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gina S on Nov. 08, 2011 :
At the start of the book we like how Ferraro's intense description on the demonic filled world give us insight into the paranormals as well as the characters we are getting to know. We know what the characters look like because of his detailed descriptions, which most books now-a-days are lacking in.

Some of the way through the start of the book we are waiting for some demonic/paranormal slaying but we are mostly getting to know Shanna and about how she was led into the hunting world.



Halfway through the book it started to lose my attention. Not in the fact that I couldn't stand to read it but because it didn't have that "book crack" factor that keeps you interested in the book and makes ou think about it constantly. This wasn't there to be honest and I was cheering when I finally finished because it took so long. I didn't want to devour every page, every word that their reality seeps into me that I become apart of their characters like what good books do. This is what kind of undid the book and where it lost the most starts because it was lacking in that addictive book state, "book crack"

We are constantly kept in their thoughts, but then when we get glimpses of reality we become confused at that is really reality and what they are thinking. Where is the line drawn? Is there a line at all?

Also at the end we are kept in every characters head at the same time, which is making me think more than I would normally have to when reading and get confused because I'd have to read it again and then makes me lose the reading rhythm. With this there are no line breaks that allows us to swap into another character's head as there ususally was.

SPOILERS:
The most that happens in this book towards the end now that we start to get annoyed with is:
Jordan: am I gay? with a vampire?
Shanna: everone reminds me of dead people I love *sigh*
Cameron: Shanna, Shanna, Shanna, and Shanna
Natalia: Tea and Scones *pinky out* (because of her manner and how she talks)
Everyone else: paranormal activity.

While I was going through this book I thought some kind of (not really in terms of this book's theme) outrageous things. Like Cameron will end up being a Shape-Shifter (didn't happen), Jordan will start having a relationship with the Vamp did kinda happen and that Natalia was hiding something (she was in a way hiding something with the Shape-Shifter but we don't really get told what happened in Hawaii)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bunni Layne on Nov. 08, 2011 :
I did enjoy this book, at the beginning it had a quick start off, and seemed to be an adventure book. I enjoy the vampire genre, and I liked the story of the "main" hunter. As the book went along I was intrigued by the story, the gathering of hunters of different monsters to protect humanity and themselves from what goes bump in the night. There is a little difficulty in determining who is who in the novel The author introduces a very large number of characters in a short period of time and it does take a bit to try and remember who is who. I don't want to give up too much of the story, but it was a great beginning to what looks to be a good series. I would recommend this book to those who want a good story to curl up to in the winter months.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jessica shaw on Nov. 08, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book from the start. The action starts right from the beginning and keeps you hanging on through the whole book to see what will happen next. The main character, Shanna Hunt has been through hell. Her parents were killed by demons, so she makes it her goal to hunt down and kill every demon she can find. Unfortunate turn of event leads Shanna to take on a new job at the agency . Instead of being a demon hunter out on her own, she now finds herself working with a group of hunters, each with their own reasons to hunt different creatures on the night. I loved the little twist in the book. You never know where the story could go next. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I would be happy to recommended this book to others. Definitely a great start!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: karlaihdez on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I had huge expectations for this book and I find myself very very pleased by it.

Her Dark destiny is an Epic book, it has every single paranormal element I could think of and then some.

Shanna Hunt a young woman, witness to her parents murder by Demons, finds herself part of a world she didn´t knew existed until that day and because of that she becomes a hunter.

At first I was worried about the book being to Buffy for me, but actually it was amazingly good, it´s funny and fresh it has some romance elements, but to me this is Urban Fantasy to its finest.
The characters are unique, each and every one has personality and spark, and the fact that we get to know the inner turmoil of each one, at first was confusing but in the end help to build a feeling of bonding with each and every one of them.

What I liked the most about this book plot aside, was the way Dave Ferraro eased into Homosexuality, Jade is a strong and confident woman who loves and embraces herself for who she is. I loved her character and her “yeah I´m gay, I don´t have a problem with it so why should you?” attitude.

So in one word this book is awesome, intriguing, Epic, magnificent *Uh, that´s more than one word isn´t it?*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ananda on Nov. 03, 2011 :
Name: Shanna Hunt

Age: 18

Previous job: Part-time waitress

Current job: Demon-hunter at "The Agency"

Shanna Hunt lost her parents seven years ago, when they were killed by Demons. Since then, though she is trying to lead a normal life she is after those that killed her family and the evil that threatens Humans. One day she is called to work for The Agency together with people who fight werewolves, vampires, witches, shape-shifters. Together they work as a team hunting down every thread and risking their own lives.

Yes, seems like there's a lot of meat to the story. I must say I did have big expectations because I loved the beginning. The story seems to contain lots of genre elements, from paranormal to action, though I would personally enjoy it more if it were more romance elements included. However, the lack of romance isn't the main reason why I didn't enjoy this book so much.

Though I do love Paranormal and Urban Fantasy books, I really had a hard time coping with so many characters and creatures, vampires, demons, witches, shape-shifters. This seemed a LOT for me to digest.

Shanna hunts Demons.

Jordan hunts werewolves.

Cameroon hunts shape-shifters.

Amelia hunts witches.

Believe me, I needed to write all this down, so I wouldn't be confused and could understand the plot.

Also, I think some of the dialogue and the descriptions in the book were irrelevant to the story, and made it seem (at least to me) boring at times.

Having in mind that this is the first book in the series to come, I would really like to read the sequel and see on which characters the author is going to concentrate. I really liked Shanna and her energy and I would love to read more about her.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on Nov. 01, 2011 :
This book is about an 18 year old, Shanna Hunt, who has spent years hunting demons in an effort to avenge her parents murder. She goes to a party that ends up as a massacre by demons, shape shifters, vampires, etc. After this showdown, she decides to join with "The Alliance" which is a group of people who hunt down these creatures. The book is about Shanna coming to terms with who she is and helping her new friends track down their enemies.
This book was...interesting... the plot was great, but the writing needs a little work. I love the ideas that Dave Ferraro came up with and how he created a world with all types of mythological creatures. The part that I felt was lacking was in the writing. There were some parts where I could not put the book down but then it would lead to a very boring section of the book. There was a lot of descriptions in the book that I eventually started to skim through because I got bored with it. I really enjoyed the last fight scene that had two unlikely heroes join in the fight against the "bad guys". Overall, the book was okay. I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if it were to be edited down a little bit and some of the descriptions were cut down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Luz Del Angel on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Big Big BIG SPOILER ALERT!!!

This book gave me so many emotions that I'm ready to burst.

The story it's "about" Shanna. A 18 years old teenager who lost her parents in the hands of demons and now she seeks for revenge. For a little twisted round of destiny, she become a part of The Agency, where she get to fight the "bad guys" in the company of other hunters.

The writting gets a little to gore, and sometimes you have to wear a coat so you don't get your clothes full of blood. It didn't make me sick just because I didn't stop to read all the letters in the book (sorry Dave.. )

There are so many different characters that I was lost in the first 3 chapters of the story. Don't get me wrong, all the characters are good and they have a history that's worth a lot of more pages, even the stupid Brett "I can do it all day".

Shanna it's a little to Zoey aka House of Night. That thing of the human boyfriend vampire boyfriend didn't go well with Zoey and I really don't think it's going to work with Shanna, that little preview of the second book didn't sound good for the poor Cameron.

Jade it's worth the book completely. She should be the main character and that's because I do love a person who can stand out in the croud and said "Hey! I'm gay and I don't really care what you think". Actually I think she should pounch the poor excuse of brother she has.

Jordan. OMG! Jordan was the reason I have to let the book aside, not one but two times, the second time I was ready to throw my laptop off the window. Poor Noel, if he's as handsome as the author said he's, he should get a better boyfriend. I really REALLY hate Jordan. That lame monologue where he can't define if he was o wasn't gay, and what the Church said, what would people said! and his sister was so proud of her homosexuality! I just couldn't make it. I think I jump a few pages just to know that he kiss the gay in the end... Jordan is a pussy!

Now that I get it out of my chest.. let me continue...

The others characters are really good. Natalia, Amelia and Rachel are three deadly women who I really don't want to jump in the street. Well... maybe except for Rachel, we could be shopping friends.

The men are a little lazy, if you ask me. Brett is such a excuse for a guy and the preview of the new book where Cameron stop the action that Shanna want to start it's already giving me a headache without even reading the book.

In conclusion, the plot is really, really good. It remind me a little bit of The Mortal Instruments, but it's really refreshing not reading about one single type of monster/mythology creature/whatever. I just think that Dave Ferraro should embrace the really important characters or make a book of every single one of them so we can get to know them a little bit better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christine Nadeau on Oct. 27, 2011 :
“As some of you may have noticed, you are all in Hell.”

So begins the story of Shanna Hunt’s transformation from working as a lone demon-hunter, to working alongside other specialized hunters, inside a secretive organization called ‘The Agency’.

Shanna Hunt’s parents were killed by demons when she was a child, and she has been a hunter of demons, desperate for revenge, for two years before being recruited to The Agency. Hunters are being killed off at an alarming rate, and The Agency, headed by a woman named Valor, wants to know why and wants to stop it. Valor has put together a top-notch team of specialized hunters to accomplish this.

I enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced, and packed with creative paranormal events and action as the hunters attempt to accomplish their mission. The author does a great job switching to different characters’ points of view throughout the book, without confusion and the result is an excellent job getting to know a little about each of the characters. I think we will probably get to know them better as the series moves on.

We were left with some intrigue as to what would happen romantically with Shanna, and about her mysterious link with a woman called Diana. And who is Valor? What are her motives in The Agency?

A great, fast read. Will definitely read Night Cries.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: nicole passante on Oct. 22, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this one. Shanna is 18 years old and a demon hunter who's parents were murdered by... can you guess? You got it, demons. She teams up with a misfit crew to hunt down baddies that have started killing hunters. You've got shifters, werewolves, all kinds of demons, vampires, various others dark creatures, and a mermaid thrown in for good measure. Also some kind of secret history going on with Shanna that will keep me reading the series.

Not terribly original but a great read none the less. The writing was very descriptive and sometimes almost poetic in places.

Put this one on your to read list!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Adam Larson on Oct. 20, 2011 :
This urban fantasy has a group of monster hunters, focusing mostly on Shanna Hunt, but getting into the heads of the others as well. Theres a wide variety of characters here, each unique and really fun. Theres also tons of different monsters that they face here leading to a thrilling climax. Its kind of mashup of XMen and City of Bones. It read like a superhero team comic but with monsters. I havent read a book this good in a while.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Templeman on Oct. 20, 2011 :
In this fantasy adventure the reader is introduced to a hunter of paranormal creatures, Shanna, who is faced with the difficult task of living with the need for revenge against the creatures that took her parents and best friend. Eventually she joins up with a group of similar hunters in order to be trained and work cooperatively to eliminate the creatures that would seek to destroy humanity. However, what begins as a dark fantasy story becomes a more universal coming of age story where Shanna has to let go of the need for revenge to learn who she is on her own, and what she wants from life. Along the way she also has to turn from her prejudices and accept that not all the creatures she's sworn to hunt deserve to die. It was an exciting quick read. One of the story's greatest strengths was the world created of unique new creatures, and fresh takes on old favorites. The shear scope of imagination involved in inventing this world was fantastic.

On the down side, some of the dialogue was simplistic, and there wasn't as much emotional insight as I would have hoped. Part of this might have been because the main character was in her late teens, but I still felt she was capable of feeling more. Her emotions (and those of other characters) were too detached and more focused on just describing the events they endured than relating the true effect it had on them. I would have liked to see more development in this area, but overall it was still a good read and a very creative story.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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