In Hollywood, witches exist, and they have to kill to stay alive. The Hunters are there to protect the humans and keep the witches in line. The witches have to kill to stay young and beautiful, but they only kill the most selfish and self-absorbed people. This makes it hard to put the witches in the category of good or evil. The hunters do not see that dilemma and are there to protect everyone no matter what. Iris is the first female born with the witch hunting gene, and no one makes it easy on her. She is the only girl in a big boy’s club and they all treat her like she isn’t as good as them. She has to work twice and hard and she still gets the most criticism.
There are actually two love interests in the book and Arlo, the wannabe rockstar is the first one we meet. It took almost the whole book for me to warm up to Arlo and I’m still not sure I liked him in the end. Arlo is a new recruit to the witch hunters who came to Hollywood hoping to ditch the witch hunters and pursue he dreams of being a star. Iris is in charge of training him and showing him the ropes and of course, sparks fly. There are a lot of twists, turns, and deceptions with this couple, but they do keep things interesting.
The other love interest Silos doesn’t get as much attention until the last half of the book. Silos was a lot more my speed, he’s from Scotland (accent swoon!) and he shares the same strange dreams as Iris which helps draw them together. There’s a lot more about him but I can’t go into it without giving things away.
I really liked the witched in this book, they weren’t 100% evil and their powers were really interesting. Every witch has a different power, some can control air, other animals, and so on. I loved seeing all the different kinds of powers the witches had.
Another great part of the book is that Iris is half Colombian and very proud of that. It’s always good to see diversity and representation in YA books and this one does a really good job with it.
All in all, I enjoyed Hollywood Witch Hunter. It was more of a light, fun read that’s good for when you want to relax and have a little book adventure. Iris is a great main character, she goes through a lot in this book and never gives up no matter how many people are against her. The ending of this book is a bit of a cliffhanger, it just leaves you with some questions that you want to be answered right away. I can’t wait until the next book!
Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda
Narrator: Connor Eiding
Published by Bloomsbury Spark
Pub Date: September 29th 2015
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.