Ever the Hunted ( Clash of Kingdoms #1) – Erin Summerill

Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: December 27th 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Summary:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

Review:

Before I started reading this book, I was completely amazed by how beautiful this cover is. The gold and the white are such a great combination. I was a bit afraid that this book was going to be all those other Young Adult fantasy books and I have to conclude that it was. It wasn’t really special in any way. But, most of the time, I seem to enjoy the second book in a trilogy better than the first one, so I’m definitely going to keep reading.

Britta needs a lot of affirmation and it’s kind of annoying.
Our main character Britta, had quite a low self-esteem. If someone said anything nice that could be interpreted as something not nice, she would see it as something mean. For example if a guy said: “your hair looks nice”, “wink”.
 She would lay awake all night to contemplate what he meant by it. I think I can write a whole book about her weird characters traits. I’m still a bit confused, actually….

I like my romance to be realistic and I don’t think the two love birds in this story are meant to be. Like I said before, Britta needs to work on her confidence issues, she just needs to be too much in control. But, on the other hand she doesn’t need a prince charming to come and save her. Cohen on the other hand is a really “chill dude”.
I don’t think this romance will ever work out for these two.
He makes reckless decisions that gave Britta multiple small heart attacks for sure. He also always wants to “be the hero and save the princess”. A control freak/bad-ass kind of girl and laid back knight in shining armor kind of guy, just won’t work out in my head.

I did like how fast paced this story was. A lot happened in this book and I was actually surprised to see how much story Summerill got in less than 400 pages without it being confusing. I also really liked the magical aspect of the story. The magic is actually the thing I’m most exited about for the rest of the story.

Overall I quite enjoyed this story, but I’m more exited to see were the story will go, because at the moment it’s not something I haven’t read already.

 

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