Monday, 26 December 2016

Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

by Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 27th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

When I first came across Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, my first thoughts before learning more about Britta and the plot were that of the name itself, and my growing curiosity in regards to it's backstory. My thoughts after reading the synopsis, additionally, completely hooked in me into adding Erin Summerill's first book in the Clash of Kingdoms series to my TBR list. I couldn't wait to step into the shoes of the young bounty hunter, get a feel for this new world Erin had created, and to journey along with Britta through her highs and lows.

Britta was an excellent female lead, one I greatly admired and found slightly familiar to Katniss (The Hunger Games) and Celaena (Throne of Glass). Being a high fantasy young adult title, Britta featured many of the, and I hate to say, 'cliched' personality traits I've come to know from several successful fantasy series', but Britta still, in my case, seemed to shine right through the pages into her own unique being. As a young girl who has lost her father, a legendary bounty hunter, to a mysterious killer, and who is also left to her own devices in the Ever Woods, I found myself being drawn and sympathetic towards her, not something I've always experienced with fantasy characters. Ever the Hunted, as a whole and plot-wise, served to be quite an entertaining and imaginative read, albeit a bit cliche in some aspects. I enjoyed the mystery and the chase behind it all and can say with absolute certainty that I will be staying tuned for the second in the Clash of Kingdoms series.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill, overall, was a highly entertaining YA fantasy with a promising start to a brand new series. I positively recommend the title to any reader with a hankering for a good fantasy and a need for a new world to explore. Erin Summerill will not disappoint!

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Excellent review!

    Personally not a fan of cliches but you make it sound sooooooo good. Thanks and hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. It sounds incredible! Thanks for review!

  3. It was cliched, in that I agree, but so wholesome and fun to read. Thank you for sharing your honest review with us

  4. The cover is really cool,plus sounds interesting :)
    Thank you for the great review!

  5. How wonderful when you get a character that shines and stands out despite the fact that she fits a trope! I too like it when each character has something different and unique.

    Lovely review :)

  6. I agree with you that sometimes fantasy main characters just fit tropes and cliches and it is hard to relate to them, so I'm so happy the book embellished the stereotypes to make her fully fleshed!!

    Lovely review :)