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Sunday, November 27, 2011

MEN in YA: Exiled by MR Merrick (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Supernatural
Publication.Date  July 1st 2011
Published By:  MR Merrick
WebsiteMR Merrick

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My review copy:Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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     Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. Failing to develop any elemental magic on his fifteenth birthday left him exiled in a world full of half-demons, and no hunters to protect him.

When Chase discovers the Circle's plan to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world, he vows to stop them. Knowing he can't do it alone however, he accepts help from Rayna, a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

As the pair attempt to stop the Circle, Chase realizes working with a demon is only half the battle. When they find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, it leaves one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it

A hunter doesn't mistake the feeling that demons are around. It moves down your spine and chills your bones. Feeling it proved I was indeed a hunter, even without an element.
"Your name is feared by many in Underworld. Your father has created quite the reputation for himself, so they fear you as well," Marcus said.
I smirked "As they should."
He shook his head. "That wasn't a compliment. You will come to learn that the Circle is not pure good nor the Underworld all evil. There are those who belong to the Underworld, such as Rayna, who have no use for the needless killing you associate with demons. There are also those in the Circle whose intentions are not completely honorable. There is something of human frailty in all of us."
You know, you're like a walking magnet for weird shit, Chase.

     Supernatural (the TV Show) meets The Mortal Instruments in Matt Merrick's insanely addictive, action-packed novel, Exiled. This excellent debut sparks and crackles with so much detail and emotion that it's virtually impossible not to fell in love with it. A superb cast of characters, clever dialogues, exciting plot twists and rich visual tapestry - all that makes it a book that readers simply can't afford to pass up! An absolute must-read!

No matter how many times I survived, there was always another danger around the corner, and I still wasn't used to being the victim. I was Chase Williams, a demon hunter. I wasn't supposed to be the one looking over my shoulder, I was supposed to be stalking prey.[Chase]

     Chase Williams is a demon hunter who once belonged to the Circle (group of warriors bearing elemental magic). He was raised and trained to become a hunter. At the age of fifteen his powers were supposed to manifest themselves, but, well, they didn't. He's a magic-free zone, null, zero, nada. Together with his mother, he gets kicked-out of the Circle as a punishment for being a disgrace to his father and other Hunters. But that is only the beginning of his problems. Not only does he have to learn how to live among mortals on Earth, but it also appears that our MC is a magnet for all sorts of trouble, always crossing paths with Underworlders, and having to fight his way through life.

Now that we have the pissing contest out of the way, we need information. [Rayna]

     Two years after his exile, he runs into a weird looking demon(ess) and a hunter who seems to be protecting her. Imagine his surprise when these two end up saving his life! Like that wasn't enough, they also tell him that things have changed in the Circle. And not for good at all. Something weird is going on, demon hunters are kidnapping Underworlders and no one knows why. Chase is about to uncover a disturbingly sophisticated web of lies and a plot to take over the world. He will also learn that not all demon hunters are noble and good willed, and not all Underworlders deserve to die.

Yeah, yeah, you expected better from me, being the son of the big, scary Riley Williams and all. Save it, I've heard it.[Chase]

     OMG! Exiled exceeded all my expectations! Seriously, I did not think it would be THAT good. I saw people raving about it on Twitter, and I noticed that its Goodreads page is literally bombarded with tons of 5 star reviews, but I really didn't anticipate to be so amazed by it! OH-MY-GOSH!! It's just... unbelievably good! I know we all have those moments when we're hesitant to pick up a self published book, but let me just tell you - this book is nothing short of awesome. Passing up on it would be like saying no to a huge box of brand new books (or Starbucks Gingerbread Latte) - impossible to resist!

      All the characters are fabulous. From the overly confident, charming, sexy and incredibly witty MC (Chase), to all the fantastic supporting characters, like the hilarious and insanely cute Underworlder, Willy (he is soooo adorable!!!). And then there's also Rayna! Wow, what a great chick! She's hot, totally kick-ass, sassy, funny, thoughtful, temperamental and loyal. Most importantly - she's not in the least whiny - thank goodness for that!  I love Rayna (sorry Chase, you're awesome, too, but she's better!) Merrick's character-and-world-building is simply splendid. I honestly don't know how he does it! There's so much detail to the story, every scene, place and person is described so well, you can easily visualize all that in your head. The plot itself is brilliant, I wouldn't change a thing! I found myself wanting to learn more about the Circle and the Underworld, discover all the mysteries, get to know the characters! I genuinely cared about all that stuff, how extremely rare is that! The wait for the second part is going to be painful for sure, I can't wait to get my hands on it.

        To sum it all up: Exiled is a mesmerizing, spine-tingling wonder of a book. It's the perfect blend of action, magic, mystery, thriller, romance and humor. A one-of-a-kind reading experience that you'll never forget! Read it!

Stop by tomorrow for my interview with the fabulous author and a chance to win a copy of Exiled! 
Trust me, you want it!!!

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This review is posted as a part of the MEN in YA event (Nov 20th - Dec 20th)

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


Renu said...

Wow. This sounds SO good! Love the combo of 'action, magic, mystery, thriller, romance and humor'! *scurries to add to tbr shelf* Thanks so much for the awesome review. ^_^

roro said...

Thanks so much for the awesome review. ^_^ won a copy a while back
you bumped it up on my reading pile

M.R. Merrick said...

Wow. I'm a writer who is lost for words. That is one heck of a review, thank you so much Evie! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Sally@Always Lost in Stories said...

Wow- great review! I just bought this book, now I can't wait to find time to read it!

Zoey Talbon said...

Definitely adding this to my TBR shelf. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds amazing!

Sharon @ Obsession with Books said...

I absolutely LOVED this book and cant wait to get hold of SHIFT :)

A fantastic review Evie!

Mocha ღ Latte(Cupcake and a Latte) said...

Exiled is on my TBR list. I've heard nothing but overwhelmingly positive things about it! Excellent review, Evie!

A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

Evie said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments! I love you all <3

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) said...

this one has definitely been pumped up on a few trusted blogs. the more i see about it, the more i want to read it! and the ratings can't be MUST be awesome. ;)

Evie said...

@Asheley You should definitely read it soon! It's a book readers can't afford to miss out on! :) I'm sure you'll enjoy it!^^ Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah E. said...

This book sounds unbelievable. I think it may already be on my to-read list...but I'm definitely going to double check. My friend recommended the Mortal Instruments series to me years ago when there were only two books out. I would love to pay her back for that :) I'm sure she would eat Exiled right up!

KimS. said...

I have seen this book everywhere but have yet to really read more about it. That was until your review. Wow makes me want to run out now to get a copy. I haven't read too many books featuring Demons because I am a Vampire fan. But this is one I could see myself enjoying. I loved your statement "Passing up on it would be like saying no to a huge box of brand new books (or Starbucks Gingerbread Latte) - impossible to resist!" Great review.

Megan said...

Sounds like a great book! I love female characters who know how to kick butt! Plus I'm a fan of Mortal Instruments, so I bet I'll like it!

Novella Vialli said...

Exiled sounds like the most awesome book and your review made me want it even more.

P.s. i forgot to mention in the giveaway post that i was entering for a signed copy.

terri_dion said...

this book sounds really great and your review was really good.

Anna said...

Evie I love all ur reviews they are awesome and I added this to my TBR Pile when Sm Reine told me about it and now reading ur review I really wanna read it so thx bunches.

FirestarBooks said...

Oh my goodness! When I saw the word Demon Hunter, I was like OMEDHGAEHERFA SUPERNATURAL!! LOVED THE REVIEW!! Thanks hun! :)

Ammy Belle said...

Hm ... this sounds good - I feel for him, though. Poor thing. Demoness and Hunter sound pretty aweosme, though!

This is now on my TBR pile!

Thanks for sharing!

Ammy Belle

Andra said...

coolio! It kind of sounds like one of my favorite Fantasy series, Xanth by Pierce's kind of old, and a little different...but it's got a lot of the same elements. I'd love to see how Exiled stacks up :)

Vanessa Booke said...

Oooh this sounds great! I love the premise and I'm a big fan of mortal instruments and supernatural.

Kathy said...

This sounds great, and the way you describe the writing makes me want to pick it up. It sounds like the writing really shines, and that that the characters are all really well developed!

This event is just making my TBR list grow to crazy levels.

Sana said...

I love the quote about the's fab!

Amy said...

I absolutely loved this book. I gushed about it all over twitter, and I think I have scared away some of my friends by insisting that they read it every time I get a chance to tell them.

SacredmOOn said...

I've had Mr. Merrick's book in my wish-list for awhile now. I really hope I can get to it soon. I've seen and read so many outstanding reviews of his work. I can't wait to read it myself. Great review & I love the added quotes to go with it! DeAnna Schultz

Gaby said...

This book is awesome and I'm glad you liked it :)

Grace Lo said...

I've never heard of this book before, and while I'm not a huge fan of paranormal, I'll give this one a spin because of your fantastical review.

(BTW, the book link to Goodreads is broken. Just thought you might want to know. c:)

E_V_E said...

Wow, is it that good? 8D
The cover, the synopsis, the review...all great! This could be perfeckt book for me 8)

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