Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater

Today is NO SCHOOL TUESDAY! Thanks to -7F (-23F with wind chill) temperatures my school is closed!

So I guess I will review a book! 🙂

This one is released TODAY! I was lucky to get an ARC of it. It is from a new(ish) series by Scholastic called Spirit Animals. It is in the format of The 39 Clues, different authors continue the story. I love The 39 Clues and seeing where the different authors take the story. I really enjoyed the first book of the Spirit Animals series (see my review HERE). Book 1 was by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven author) who is one of my favorite authors. The second book in the series is out today!

huntedSpirit Animals Book 2: Hunted

By Maggie Stiefvater

192 pages – ages 8+

Published by Scholastic Inc. on January 7, 2014

In book 1, four kids have come of age and are allowed to drink from the Nectar of Ninani and see if they get a Spirit Animal. Conor, Meilin, Abeke, and Rollan each summon one of the Four Fallen Great Beasts.

In Book 2, Abeke has joined the Greencloaks (the good-guys), but is still untrusted by Meilin, Conor, and Rollan. With good reason, of course – she did, at first, fight for the enemy (the Conquerors). When they hear word of Rumfuss the Boar (a Great Beast) and his talisman (an object that could turn the tides for the Greencloaks against the Conquerors, or vice versa) being up north, the four kids and the Four Great Beasts (their spirit animals; Abeke’s, Uraza the Leopard; Meilin’s, Jhi the Panda; Conor’s, Briggan the Wolf; and Rollan’s, Essix the Falcon), along with teacher Tarik and guide Finn, plan to find Rumfuss and get the talisman peacefully. But there is a twist. There are some new enemies abroad…

This is a great second book to this series. Ms. Stiefvater really did this book very well. I like her writing style so much that I hunted (no pun intended) down her other books! 🙂 Sadly she is mostly a YA author and my parents think the books are a bit too old for me, but I am adding her books to my list of books I want to read when I am older! I love how Ms. Stiefvater goes into depth about what Jhi’s and Essix’s powers are and how they are used. That was very cool. I like how Ms. Stiefvater kept me on the edge of my seat with lots of action and a story that was interesting and fun. I couldn’t put the book down, literally, I read this book in one afternoon. 🙂 The book also goes into depth about the Bile (A form of the Nectar of Ninani that gives the caller all of  the power) and what it does. I like Abeke. She is a great character. Conor’s cool too. Can’t wait for Book 3!

The online game is really great. I usually don’t get into online games (although I love The 39 Clues game too), but Josie and I both enjoy playing this one. You can train your spirit animal and go on missions with them. 🙂 Try it HERE.


I give “Hunted” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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28 replies

  1. Great review! I’m also a fan of Maggie Stiefvater – haven’t read this book, but have read the Raven Boys series. I agree that 12 is a little young for that series, but you should definitely keep if on your list for later.

  2. Sounds like a great book for boys your age and doing a review on a day you don’t have school is an excellent idea! thanks so much. 🙂

  3. At least you’ll have an author you can look forward to reading when you start with YA!

  4. You can’t rest a single day can you? 😉 I know someone who would like this book and the online game. Have a happy day and stay warm!

  5. You know, the fact that you couldn’t put it down says it all! Thanks for another great recommendation and I hope you are staying warm …. brrrrrr….

  6. Love a kid who uses a snow/cold day to review another book!

  7. Another interesting series. Like the idea of a different author writing the sequels. As I read the review, I thought about my granddaughter, who will be 8 in a few months. Not sure she could handle this book yet. From your review, it sounds like its for a little older age group.

    • I really like how this series and The 39 Clues is written by different people. My parents didn’t let me read The 39 Clues until I was 10 (this series is very similar to 39 Clues). If your granddaughter likes animals you can try “The World According to Humphrey”. If she likes adventure, maybe “The Borrowers” or Debbie Dadey’s Keyholder’s Series. I don’t know of a series for kids under 9 that is written by different authors. Thanks Ms. Tilton!

  8. Love Maggie – I met her in New York at the book expo a couple of years ago and she is super laid back. Minnesota did not have school today either…

  9. One of my students is reading the first book in the series. We read Fablehaven earlier in the year and she is a big fan of Brandon Mull. 🙂 I look forward to starting the series. It sounds like the first and second book in the series are awesome. Great review!

  10. Erik, Ms. Steifvater is my favorite author! I had no idea she wrote MG too wow! I have to read these. I’m actually struggling with the second book in her Raven boys trilogy but I think that’s because I’ve read too many serious books and I’m ready for some humor. I don’t know, but Shiver is my all time favorite book. Ms. Steifvater is the best writer ever! When you are old enough you must read them.

  11. I remember your review of the 1st book. What good timing that this 2nd one came at a time when you had to stay in!

  12. Hi Erik, the book cover looks a little bit like the Erin Hunter Warriors series. Have you read those? Would you say that they have similar plots? I haven’t personally read any of Stiefvater’s novels yet, but I know how mighty prolific she is. I’ve had The Raven Boys in my nightstand for months now, but I keep on abandoning it. Hopefully, I get back to it soon.


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