Review: HUNTRESS by Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo
371 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating:  LIKED

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

   Unicorns, fay, ancient China – put them all together, and you have Huntress. Malinda Lo’s second novel is a definite pick-me-up with its gorgeous cover and writing full of metaphors.

   I loved the magical, realistic storyline in Huntress. The characters were perfectly sculpted to fit the suspenseful plot. The descriptions were lush and vivid, though at times, there were too many descriptions, and I felt like the sentences were dragging on.

    Malinda Lo’s writing style is unique in young-adult fiction. I found myself comparing her writing to some short-stories I had to read for school in my English class. Its professional and falls perfectly under classics. The only thing I regret – I didn’t feel as many emotions as I expected to. But nonetheless, there was that edge-of-your-seat-suspense in many places.

    I have not read Lo’s first book, Ash, so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of Huntress. Now I just have to pick up Ash! If you’re looking for a read that weaves in hints of a different culture and a masterful plot, Malinda Lo’s Huntress is definitely for you.

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April 10, 2011



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    April 11, 2011

    I was attracted by the cover…
    I like it..
    stories about ancient China are really good too..

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    Katie Edwards

    April 11, 2011

    I really liked Ash, so am looking forward to Huntress being released over here.

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    April 11, 2011

    I recently posted my review for this one as well. I noticed how different Malinda Lo's writing is from most YA. It is very poetic and fluid. However, I had a slightly different experience with emotions. I felt what the characters were feeling in a way that it seemed natural. My attention wasn't drawn to my emotions, it was like it was supposed to happen that way (does that make sense?). I have not read ASH either, but I think I will definitely be picking it up since I really enjoyed this one.

    Thanks for the review :)


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    April 11, 2011

    You should definitely read ASH! It is one I ended up buying. I really like it. Actually, we have it on the shelf at the Central Library right now! Let me know if I should put it on hold for you. :)

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    April 11, 2011

    This does look like a great read. I'm interested to find out what you mean by Lo's writing. Thanks for the review!

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    April 11, 2011

    We both posted reviews on the same day. = D I like your take on it.

    You should read Ash too. It's really good.

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    April 11, 2011

    Oh I enjoyed this book as well. I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Great review!

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    Lisa R/alterlisa

    May 1, 2011

    Haven't read many reviews on this book yet, but I do enjoy reading about other cultures.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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    May 1, 2011

    I've heard a lot of positive things about this book, and am intrigued by the cover! Looking forward to reading it!

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    May 2, 2011

    Great review! I'll have to add it to my TBR list :)

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    January 21, 2012

    This sounds amazing! Its def on my tbr list!

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    January 8, 2013

    I'm really excited to read this book now. I just recently got it. It sounds like a really enjoyable read!