Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1)

E.J Stevens,
Narrators: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling

MYSTERY:  Jenna Lahane, hunter of all things supernatural and evil, is on a mission to Bruges to investigate a series of brutal and mysterious murders of tourists visiting the ancient city. With an ancient city comes centuries of baggage and conspiracy too. The closer Jenna is to solving the mystery, the more she wonders if perhaps some secrets are best left buried.

Jenna is a fun and consistently strong female character. She kicks butt and asks questions later, yet has a great deal of emotional depth that makes her relatable. Along with Jenna is her fellow team of hunters who create a great supporting cast. From Ash and his crazy colored scarves, to the sultry and sassy Celeste, each has his or her own rich past revealed throughout the course of the book, making for a story that is hard to put down and world that is alive and real.

Melanie A. Mason and Anthony Bowling give top-notch performances. While Melanie brings Jenna to life - complete with perfect snark - Anthony is in charge of reading for all of the male characters. Both do fantastic accents to boot. However, the use of two narrators is jarring at times and in most cases feels unnecessary and distracting from the story itself since the only perspective in the book is Jenna’s. There are moments where Mason is the only performer for great lengths of time, only to have a one-line interruption from Bowling. It can take some getting used to, and might not be for everyone.

The story itself is a great adventure that makes for a quick and exciting read complete with shocking twists. It is the perfect addition for every paranormal fan’s TBR list.

Chelsea Anderson