Her Dark Destiny (Hunters of the Dark #1)

Rated 3.65/5 based on 17 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 33 days 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 33 days 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 27 days after 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 27 days after 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 25 days after 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 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Suzanne Finnegan on Nov. 9, 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 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Midu Hadi on Nov. 9, 2011 : (no rating)
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(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Ronda on Nov. 9, 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 23 days after purchase)
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