Title: Hollywood Witch Hunter
Author: Valerie Tejeda
Type: Action, Paranormal, Romance
Rating: 3 stars
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they’re ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
This action-packed book is definitely something you want to read if you’re in the mood for a quick, fun read with a little bit of seriousness in it to keep it interesting. This book also contains witches who eat spoiled, bratty, beautiful women, and a heroine who fights for her career in a workplace dominated by men.
Let’s start off with the main character, Iris. She is the first and only female witch hunter in existence, making her the target of many egocentric hunters who all think they are more skilled than her. She hates witches with a passion, and loves hunting them. At first, I really liked Iris. Despite being sent to a mental hospital by her parents because they tried to convince her that witches weren’t real, she still fought for what she believed in and finally landed a job as a witch hunter. She was really independent at the start of the book, but as I continued reading, she started becoming dependent on the men in her life. It also felt strange that after hating witches for most of her life, she started being friends with one incredibly quickly. Iris had her good points though, and she was willing to help her ‘enemies’ to protect the people she loves.
I loved the concept of the witches in this book. They had to kill women to stay beautiful and alive, but they only sacrificed the worst of the worst. This made me think whether the witches were really evil or not, and I loved how the author wrote about that dilemma.
Then of course, the plot twists. There was a surprising amount of them in the book, which made the read exciting and intriguing. Some of them though were expected, though, making the suspense less…well, suspenseful. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading through all the twists and turns in the book :D.
The reason why I only gave this book three stars was that it followed the paranormal-teenage trope too much. The writing was good, but not that great. There were times when the writing strayed to almost a middle-school grade level, which was the main reason why I deducted a few stars off my rating. Also, Iris’ constant character/personality changes were too frequent for my liking, which is also another reason why I deducted stars from the full rating.
Overall, I really liked Hollywood Witch Hunter. It had a great storyline, had interesting, complex characters, and was altogether a fun read.
*This ARC was provided by Netgalley*