iHunt

Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy
August 10, 2017
Votes: 2
Audience Adult
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Filamena Young
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
Distributed by Amazon

The Rundown

#iHunt: Killing Monsters in the Gig Economy is a clever, modern urban fantasy by Olivia Hill. Lana, an overworked, underpaid millennial, is just trying to keep her rent paid. Supplementing her terrible service job with freelance gigs on the iHunt, the Uber of monster hunting, Lana finds herself becoming embroiled in the supernatural underworld of her town. She fights vampires and werewolves for a non-guaranteed fee, reluctantly trains eager friends in monster hunting, and potentially finds love with the last person she might expect.

 

#iHunt is a unique take on the modern monster hunter. The way the story revolves around supernatural takes on Uber, Grubhub, and AirBnB allows it to explore the effects of these apps on their various industries. The world Hill creates is engrossing and distinctly modern, embracing trappings of smartphones and student loans rather than trying to ignore them. However, the story itself needs some editing. It serves as an introduction and foundation for the rest of the series which, while necessary, comes at the expense of a strong plot. The love story, while interesting and intriguing, develops far too quickly and some of the side characters have uneven or flat development. And while the story touches on many important social issues, they are often just discussed as an aside in the narration rather than woven into the story. However, despite these weaknesses, #iHunt is a fun and thought-provoking beginning to what could be a very strong and timely urban fantasy series.


The Recommendation

This book is recommended for fans of Joss Whedon’s work, fans of modern urban fantasy, and readers who enjoy the development of a detailed and absorbing world. However, it is not recommended for readers who want a plot-focused story.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars

3 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Page Turner, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement, Plotline

The Reviewer

iHunt

It’s like Uber, but for slaying monsters!

Lana is a monster hunter. She kills vampires, werewolves, demons and all the other terrifying creatures of the night. She doesn’t do it because she’s the chosen one. She doesn’t do it because it’s her duty. She does it because working one job just doesn’t cut it for a millenial in Southern California. 

She takes contracts using iHunt, an app which freelance monster hunters use to find profitable prey. It’s like Supernatural meets Uber, Buffy meets Airbnb, and sadly, Blade meets Fiverr.

Lana’s story is about making ends meet, about economic anxiety, and about what a person’s willing to do to pay the bills. It’s a equal parts horror, dark humor, slice of life, and social commentary on the gig economy.

Visit iHunt‘s website.

Author’s Summary

It’s like Uber, but for slaying monsters!

Lana is a monster hunter. She kills vampires, werewolves, demons and all the other terrifying creatures of the night. She doesn’t do it because she’s the chosen one. She doesn’t do it because it’s her duty. She does it because working one job just doesn’t cut it for a millenial in Southern California. 

She takes contracts using iHunt, an app which freelance monster hunters use to find profitable prey. It’s like Supernatural meets Uber, Buffy meets Airbnb, and sadly, Blade meets Fiverr.

Lana’s story is about making ends meet, about economic anxiety, and about what a person’s willing to do to pay the bills. It’s a equal parts horror, dark humor, slice of life, and social commentary on the gig economy.

Short Description

It’s like Uber, but for killing monsters! What if Van Helsing hunted Dracula not because it was the right thing to do, but because she was a millennial trying to make ends meet?

Catchphrase

It's like Uber, but for killing monsters!

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