Book Review: The Wren Hunt – Mary Watson


4 stars

Title: The Wren Hunt
Author: Mary Watson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication date: February 8 2018
Genre: Young adult fiction

Summary

Every year on St Stephen’s Day, Wren Silke is chased through the forest in a warped version of a childhood game. Her pursuers are judges – a group of powerful and frightening boys who know nothing of her true identity. If they knew she was an augur – their sworn enemy – the game would be up.

This year, the tension between judges and augurs is at breaking point. Wren’s survival, and that of her family, depends on her becoming a spy in the midst of these boys she fears most and using her talent, her magic, to steal from them the only thing that can restore her family’s former power for good. But Wren’s talent comes with a price. The more she uses it, the more she loses her grip on reality and soon she’s questioning everything she’s ever known about her family, about augurs and judges, and about the dangerous tattooed stranger who most definitely is not on her side …

Review

This book is not something I read before and I loved it. It has many magical realism elements but still has such a romantic feel that it doesn’t completely fit that genre. It just was an amazing book and I hope I’ll read many more books like this one in 2018!

The overall story was great! The ending came as a complete surprise for me. I never expected things to end like they did! It was all so original and creative. The magic was what took this book from being a good book to being a great book.

Something that was a bit confusing is the overal feeling of the book, it has a very historical or even high fantasy kind of vibe. But, apparently that was not the case, it’s situated in the now. I love the vibe and the way the story is told feels very magical and everytime words like heroine and prosecco are used it really felt like a reminder that it’s a modern story (Right, they aren’t wearing medieval clothing they are living in the same world as me). After a while I got used to it but it took me quite some time.

The romance was so adorable, Wren was cute either way, but Wren in love was just a whole new level. I’m not going to name the love interest to save the story but he was certainly a new book boyfriend for me! He was a classic YA love interest but with some very interesting sides.

This book is called similar to the Raven Cycle, but I was personally quite  underwhelmed by the Raven Cycle. This book was so much better. I see why they would compare it and if you liked the Raven Cycle you definitely have to read this! But if you are like me and weren’t the biggest fan of the Raven Boys than please give this book a chance because it’s amazing!

I loved the characters in this book so much! Many of them had two sides and it was all perfect! It just makes them so much more real. Every bad guy had a good side and a reason to be bad and the good guys had some really bitchy sides too. It kept the book exciting until the very last page. I loved how the Wren hunt really was the red line in this book and it kind of connected all the characters. 

I was so sad when the book ended. I’m actually quite disappointed that this is a stand alone novel! I would love to read how this story continuous. It was so easy to love some of the characters and I became quite invested in Wren to say the least!

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One comment

  • I haven’t heard of this book, but it’s certinly intriguing though. And I love when authors put a limit on magic. Sometimes when they don’t, the stories aren’t realistic (this is for a fantasy story, lol).

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