Author: M. R. Merrick
Publication Date: June 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from 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.
I have no clue why I put off getting and reading this book for so long. I have heard nothing but great things from Loretta @ Between the Pages and Ashley @ The Bookish Brunette. Since I have heard nothing but great things from many bloggers that I trust, it was about time I picked up this book.
I really had no clue what to expect going into the book as I tend not to read book summaries anymore. So I was surprised when I was thrown into this urban fantasy world where Chase, our main character, is fighing off demons! The book opens with a great fight scene, that had the love of guy action movies inside of me, screaming out. After the great fight scene the reader will get to learn more about Chase and why exactly he is involved in a world full of demons. Turns out the poor boy has been exiled from his place in the Circle, his place as a hunter.
From here on out the book picks up speed as Chase meets some very interesting supporting characters, my favorite of which is Rayna who quickly turns into a main character. I just love the way Chase and her banter back and forth, it is my favorite way for characters of opposite ends to act together. I love when characters tease each other and do not let things come easily. I enjoyed watching Chase and Rayna as they went on each adventure to solve the great puzzle that is the Circle. The world might just become something that they never imagined if they can not stop the bad guys in time.
Overall, I really did love the characters, each one was so unique and added fun elements to the story. I also greatly enjoyed reading a YA book from the male perspective, most YA books are always narrated by a female voice and this gets old with time. I have to say that sometimes when Exiled was feeling like it was going to become like something I’ve read before Matt always surprised me by taking it in a completely different direction. I greatly enjoyed that I could never be bored with everything that was going on, there was action and secrets at every turn. My only complaint about Exiled is that I wanted a little bit more character development. I loved the characters but I wanted to know a bit more. So in my opinion I would have greatly appreciated if one of the action scenes would have been taken out and I got more character interaction, especially between Chase and Rayna. I have very high hopes for the next book in the series, Shift!
Basically if you haven’t yet read this book what on Earth are you waiting for!? This YA book gives the reader a fresh look into YA and I for one couldn’t be happier with the story Matt produced. This one gets 4.5 hearts from me, now leave me alone because I must read Shift!