Let’s Flail: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (Plus TWO Impromptu Giveaways!)

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Remember that time last year when I loved The Cage? Ah, me too. Good times, good times. Anyway, since I was such a fan, The Hunt went onto my Goodreads “Must-Have-Grabby-Hands” list before it even had a title. Needless to say, I was super excited about it. So did it live up to my exceedingly high expectations? (Well, of course, based on the title of this post, you know it did. But let’s pretend you hadn’t gathered that already, okay?) And I will try to keep this as spoiler-free for both books as possible, promise!

Let’s Flail: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (Plus TWO Impromptu Giveaways!) The Hunt by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Cage #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 24th 2016
Pages: 368
Format:ARC
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review
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They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

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Is there any better feeling than a sequel that you’ve been dying for surpassing its predecessor in fabulousness? I think not. And that is the situation at hand, basically. How, you ask, did the author accomplish this feat? I shall tell you!

  • The stakes were higher. So Cora and the gang really didn’t know what they were dealing with, not completely, during much of The Cage. But in The Hunt, they’re much more aware of the severity of their situation, and that brings both the action and their own personal turmoil to another level. Adding to this strife is the fact that they (and in turn, the reader) has basically no idea who the “good guys”- if they even exist– are. So not only is a lot of the world an unknown, the people (aliens may be a better term here?) and their motives are too.
  • This book is nice and twisty! When things happened, I rarely saw them coming- at all. There were parts of the story where my jaw totally dropped, and I love that! And yes, this does end on a nice big old cliffhanger, so be prepared! But it also makes me want the third book so incredibly badly, so I suppose that’s a job well done too! (Plus, I don’t really mind a cliffhanger as long as I know another book will be coming someday!)
  • The characters really grow, especially Cora. Cora, as the main character, was forced to make a lot of decisions that would impact herself and everyone else. It wasn’t easy for her, nor should it have been, and I liked that it was realistically portrayed. The captives have definitely grown to care about each other, and I think they all have finally realized how dire their situation really is, which makes for a lot of character development all around.
  • I still ship my ship, a lot. No spoilers, I promise, just… I ship certain people, and I am excited to see what happens next in terms of this romantic situation. And it’s definitely a slow-moving kind of thing, which I think a lot of you enjoy 😉
  • The world building becomes bigger and more vivid. Granted, in The Cage, there wasn’t a ton of opportunity for world building because they were in, you know, a cage. So now, there is a lot more that we’re shown in this world, and it definitely felt vividly painted. There are a few settings that I was horrified by, mostly because I felt like I could picture them so, so well.

Was there anything I didn’t like? Hmm. No. Not really. It did take me a few chapters to get back into the world and characters, but really that is a super minor thing, and had I reread The Cage (like I hope to do when Book 3 comes out!) that would have been no issue at all.

Bottom Line: Seriously, one of the strongest second-in-series books I have ever read. And with such a unique world and diverse characters (in every sense of the word, really), this series is absolutely a win for me so far! 5s

Have you started this series yet? If not, I feel like you should. Hell, you know what? The Kindle edition of The Cage is on sale right now. I am buying two copies, and I will pick two random commenters, say, on the 24th (which is The Hunt‘s release day) and I will gift a copy to two of you, using random.org. Deal? Deal. International, as long as you can accept a Kindle book! 

And GUYS! I remembered that I had a SECOND copy of The Hunt (it’s an ARC)– (thanks to Val and Nori, and then Harper!) and WHY should I not give it to one of you guys!? US Only, sorry, the people are broke!
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Posted May 20, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Giveaway, Let's Flail, Review / 34 Comments


34 responses to “Let’s Flail: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (Plus TWO Impromptu Giveaways!)

  1. That’s really awesome that this turned out to be such a phenomenal sequel, Shannon. I didn’t read the first book because while I adore her writing I was super disappointed with how her other trilogy ended. Anyways, the stakes being higher and the better world building definitely makes me want to pick this up. I might have to make it happen soon!
    Great review!!

  2. Kara S

    What an awesome surprise — I have been yearning to get started on this series at long last. It’s must-read material — just a question of when….I loved The Madman’s Daughter series. No form of book could be more convenient for me than a Kindle file.

    You are an answer to my prayers, as book bloggers often can be, I find.. Bless your good hearts and minds! Let me read righteously and catch up on this series through the impetus of winning this giveaway! Seriously, many, many thanks, Kara S

    • So I was a BIT (read: a lot) slow to pick, but you are the first winner of the ebook giveaway! And… I really hope you see this 😀 Email me (up at the top right is my address) or DM on Twitter or whatever with your Amazon email, and I’ll send you the book!

  3. So I skimmed the review because I haven’t read the first book but damn, this sounds good. Shannon, you’re making my never ending TBR just grow!

  4. Hi Shannon, I don’t what it is, but when an avid reader and peer blogger –THAT’S YOU–say that a book is their newest favorite, something involuntary occurs…my heart begins to race, my eyes sparkle, and I’m reading everything I can about it. Ha ha. Thank you for sharing this 5-star review and for the giveaway. Have a great weekend, and hope you had a blast at BEA!!

  5. I have not read the Cage, and you make this sound really good! (And you know not all sequels live up to the 1st book!) Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  6. Tammy V

    I loved her Madman’s Daughter series. They were so different than my usual reads. I have not read this series yet but would like to.

  7. YAY SHANNON!! So happy to read something from you today

    You are so spot on that it is ridiculously hard to find follow-up/second books that are just as strong or better than the first book! I’m glad you loved this one and I am definitely going to check out this series ♥

  8. I have had The Cage on my to read list since it came out last year, and still haven’t picked it up. Aside from the absolutely gorgeous covers, the entire synopsis of the books sound amazing, and I really can’t wait to read them. I’m really glad to see that you enjoyed the second book it the series. I’ve found that the second and later books in a series always seem to fall a little bit short, so I’m thrilled to know that when I start reading it, I’m probably going to love this one, too!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! That’s really awesome of you!

  9. Oh no! I actually didn’t really like the Cage when I read it last year. I had high hopes for it, though because I love Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series soo sooo sooo freaking much! Plus sci-fi futuristic space aliens?! Gimme!!!! But it ended as a DNF for me, though. 🙁

    I MAY give this another go…maybe… I don’t know. But I have realized that certain books read again at a different time result in a positive read.

  10. It’s good to hear the second book is so much better, because the first one, man I hated that book. I did really like the alien guy, cannot remember his name. He would be the only reason to make me pick this back up. I’m really glad you liked this one!

  11. Lily M.

    Hi thank you so much for the giveaway. I haven’t read the first book yet, that’s why I’m excited to check these books out 😊

  12. I can’t wait to read this sequel. The first book blew me away. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a YA novel that legitimately surprised me, and that one did. Plus I really came to care for Cora. I’m so excited for this book. 💞

  13. Tammy V

    I loved the unique story line of her Madman’s Daughter series. Hoping I enjoy this series just as much.

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