Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. Hunt

Posted March 10, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments

Review: Malus Domestica by S.A. HuntMalus Domestica by S.A. Hunt
Series: Malus Domestica #1
Published by Createspace on July 21st 2015
Genres: horror, Action & Adventure, paranormal
Pages: 448
Format: ebook
Source: owned
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Robin Martine has come a long way. She's not your usual college-age girl. More often than not, Robin's washing a load of gory clothes at the laundromat, or down at the lake throwing hatchets at pumpkins. She lives in an old van, collects swords, and dyes her mohawk blue.
Also, she kills witches for a living on YouTube.You see, Robin's life was turned upside down by those hideous banshees from Hell. She spent high-school in a psych ward, drugged out of her head for telling the cops her mother Annie was murdered with magic. Magic from a witch named Marilyn Cutty.
After a 3-year warpath across America, she's come home to end Cutty for good. But she'll have to battle hog-monsters, a city full of raving maniacs, and a killer henchman called the "Serpent" if she wants to end the coven's reign over the town of Blackfield once and for all.

This novel is the most unique book I have read in years.

Books are filled with familiar stories. There are some stories that come around so often, we have a name for them; tropes. When we read, we look for these tropes. We expect them. We have our favorites and the ones that we dislike. Bloggers write up long diatribes about their favorites or their most hated tropes. Tropes aren’t necessarily bad or good, they just are. Malus Domestica completely blows every known trope out of the water. Trust me, you have never read a book like this before.

This book defies genre. I really want to say that it’s Urban Fantasy. It’s a girl fighting witches. That seems like a slam dunk. However, there is so much more to it. This book is DARK. If you love Leigh Bardugo or V.E. Schwab, then you have a slight idea of what you are in for with this book. I absolutely love a book with high stakes, where I’m not sure the main character will survive. This book could also be termed as horror. It’s scary. Witches are scary. Reading this book there were several moments I had to put the book down and remind myself that I was safe in my bed, that everything was fine and there was no one there with me. That way I could plunge back into reading and worry about Robin, Joel or Kenway.

It’s hard for me to decide who is my favorite character. Robin is so kickass. She’s a mohawk sporting, panel van driving, witch hunting, youtube star. Her draw is in her personality and her abilities rather than her physical beauty. She’s prickly and distrustful and I wish I could be her best friend. Kenway is an artist. He’s sweet and loving and the heart of the story. He’s all the emotion that Robin never shows. He’s also fiercely protective with the training to back it up. If a book that some categorize as a horror novel can also be a love story, this one manages it gracefully.

Malus Domestica is a terrifying paranormal romance. It’s a beautiful horror story. It’s totally different and you will love it.

I will never look at cats the same way again.





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