Go Hunt Me
Author: Kelly deVos
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: June 14, 2022
Publisher: Penguin Group
About the Book
For Dracula lovers and fans of Diana Urban’s All Your Twisted Secrets, this spine-tingling thriller follows seven horror buffs as their dream trip to a remote Romanian castle turns into a nightmare when they begin to be killed one by one.
Alex Rush is ready for the trip of a lifetime.
She and her friends have made some creepily awesome films together throughout high school, so with only a few months left before they go their separate ways for college, they’re determined to make the best one yet: an epic short film that reimagines the story of Dracula, filmed on location at a remote castle in Romania.
But when they get there, it’s not quite the majestic setting they planned for. Menacing weapons line the walls, the twisted halls are easy to get lost in, and with no connection to the outside world, the group is unexpectedly off the grid. After just a few hours spent under its roof, Alex and her friends have no trouble imagining how this dark, terrifying castle inspired one of the most enduring horror novels of all time.
Only soon they no longer have to use their imaginations to understand the location’s terrifying history—just as they get the film’s first shot rolling, one of Alex’s friends disappears, and she’s nearly certain she saw a cloaked stranger lurking in the shadows. As more members of the group begin to meet an untimely demise, Alex is desperate to stop the bloodshed, even if it means facing a monster she never thought would be let loose.
Content warnings: Some discussion of sexual harassments and abuse, death, violence, gore
About the Author
Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection.
Kelly is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London. Her work on body positivity has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Vulture, Salon, Bustle and SheKnows. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane was named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine. Her second book, Day Zero, is available now from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.
I was part of the blog tour for Eat Your Heart Out and had so much fun that I signed up for Go Hunt Me. This is an absolutely dramatic book. With 7 teens in an appropriately gothic setting, knowing deVos, this was sure to go spectacularly awry.
Told from Alex’s point of view, with interviews with the police after the fact, Go Hunt Me unfolds uniquely. You don’t really find yourself cheering for one set character, and that’s completely okay. You’re here for the plot. However, the character that sticks out in my mind the most is Kenna, who didn’t fit in with the friend group. She was utterly self-absorbed; deVos wrote her selfishness very well.
Alex’s relationship with Jax was odd. She repeatedly told herself she should be grateful just to have him. Jax doesn’t seem to do anything for her, and from her words, Alex is only with Jax because other girls want him. I’m also declaring her the klutziest character in the book world. Poor thing can’t help but trip, whether or not there is something in her way.
This tense undercurrent to reading Go Hunt Me generates the need to uncover what is going on and who is responsible. Why do things go from bad to worse, and who is the cause? This is a suspenseful read in an idyllic setting, ripe for things to unravel.
“Hallmark didn’t make a card for that occasion.”
“…when you come from an environment with lots of predators, you get strong. You develop a fight-or-flight reflex. You become a swan.”
“We were digging this hole, and it was getting deeper and deeper.”
“… there was something dark in that place. Something that I couldn’t see through the lens of my camera.”
“What if… what if the worst monsters are the ones we brought along with us?”
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