Review: Dark Seeker (Seeker #1) by Taryn Browning

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She's the Seeker. He's the hunted. What's at stake could kill them both...

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Janie Grey is a seeker.  She is a senior in high school.  In fact this is her second trip through high school.  Every four years she and her mother move.  Janie has been trained to kill vampires and Daychildren.  Both groups prey on humans and it’s her job to protect the humans from the nightmares they don’t realize are there.
One night she battles with some Daychildren.  When she meets Kai.  Kai is everything she is supposed to hate, yet he helps her kill his kind.  She is confused.  She is supposed to hate him and kill him.  Yet he is not behaving as he should for a daychild.  In fact he keeps coming to help her as she does her job.  He intrigues her and she starts to wonder why he is doing what he is doing.  They continue to help each other and become friends.
Janie’s mother and her mentor can’t believe she has formed any type of relationship with the enemy. She also saved a classmate which caused even more issues.  They may have been an imprint.  She can’t believe how her life and her job has changed.  Nothing she believed to be true seems to be the same.  Vampires are trying to blend in with humans instead of kill them.  Daychildren are the biggest threat.  Unfortunately, it is hard to change the views of the older seekers.  They live in the past and refuse to believe things change.
When she finds out Kai’s biggest secret, she can’t believe what she is hearing.  Her feelings of betrayal are instant.  However, she has bigger problems to face as the daychildren make a move against the area teenagers.
I liked this book.  The storyline was a nice twist on vampire lore.  Janie was a great character.  She is a vampire hunter in modern day.  She knows how to fight and she hunts most nights then goes to high school during the day.  She has no patience for high school drama.  She has her best friends and her hunting.  It’s all she needs.
I love how she meets Kai.  He is her enemy but doesn’t act like one.  It throws her for a loop.  I found it fascinating to watch as they found their way around each other.  She didn’t know what to do with him. Then throw Matt in the mix who felt he had strong feelings for her.  There was a lot of tension and unexpected actions.  Janie was blazing a new way to do things.  I was surprised that she appeared to be the only seeker in the area.  She was expected to fight on her own.  It was a family tradition.  So when Kai joined her and helped, I found it nice to see.
Her mother and Abram were the characters that annoyed me.  They were judgmental and unbending.   I felt they refused to think for themselves.  It shocked me that Janie was a lot more independent than her mother seemed to be.

With that in mind, I really liked the story.  I am interested to see where the author is going to take the series.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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