Title: The Claimed
Author: Caridad Pineiro
I admit to being behind in this series and I have not read the first book-The Lost-but I enjoyed Pineiro's other works, that I wanted to read this one. And I was struck by the beauty of the cover.
That being said, the beginning of this story was a tad bit confusing and I felt lost at first. There is so much new terminology that I was unfamiliar with, and a multitude of characters, my brain was swimming in the first few chapters. I felt like I had entered information overload. After wading through this, I started to enjoy the slowly blooming love story of Christopher and Victoria. But I think that my overall confusion in the beginning led to me not really connecting to Victoria and Christopher as I'd have liked.
What I loved about this book was its uniqueness--This is a story about Light Hunters and Shadow Hunters, a different kind of species in the world of the paranormal genre. One who feed of the energies of humans and the world itself.
The beauty of Pinero's story are the words itself-she writes such vivid worlds that one would think they truly exist and she has visited them quite frequently. Great detail is given in her stories and paint a solid background for the reader. Her characters have strong convictions, palpable emotions, and an admirable inner strength.
If you enjoyed The Lost, you will love The Claimed. For me, I am hoping that Ryan's story is in the near future.