Ever the Hunted
This books was my first read of 2017, so, yeah, I am out for
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
A guide "How to ruin potentially good fantasy story"
Rule #1. First of all, you need to create two Kingdoms and send them to war with each other. Give as little information about these Kingdoms' history and culture as possible. To make sure you've done a proper job, set any other country in place of your Kingdom and if there's nothing distinguishable about the two, then you have truly succeeded in
Ever the Hunted surrounds Britta and her search to find her father's murderer. Unfortunately, she is not on this quest because of her own free will; she made a deal with the King's regent. The King of Britta's land is sick, but the King's regent is making some questionable choices that are starting a war with a neighboring kingdom, who are already shunned because a small percentage of the population can use magic.
Even days after reading this book it is still on my mind. From the world to the characters, I truly enjoyed the entire experience of reading this book. It sorta gave me a little Robin Hood vibe which I wasn't complaining about. My favorite thing about the book is probably the setting. I feel like I don't usually comment on that in books but this setting NEEDS some raving because the way Erin Summerill intricately describes it is beautiful.
Highly recommend checking this book ...more
This was such a slow burn of a book. Literally 70% of the book was travelling and trying to get from point A and point B. Little Easter-Eggs were thrown here and there and it kept you trying to put things together but the puzzle doesn’t fit until the last 30%.
I went into this knowing that it was a girl who loved to do archery and who braided her hair and loved to be in the woods and blah blah blah... sounds like a knock off of The Hunger Games, right? Because that was what I ...more
Basically we have Britta (yay, her nickname is my name... Britt!) who is a cute scrawny little thing with a backbone for survival. Her father (the King's bounty hunter) was killed and she literally has no choice but to hunt (or poach) on the King's land to survive (because... women have no inheritance rights.) Of course this is illegal, and she gets caught. She's given a choice- she can either hang for her crime or help them hunt her ...more
While this book had a promising premise, it fell victim to far too many YA tropes. And often felt less like Fantasy and more like a teen romance novel with bits of magic and political issues thrown in.
The author spent far too much time telling us, rather than showing us, that Britta was a strong, capable, independent young woman. Nothing she did sold ...more
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First, EVER THE HUNTED is nothing new. It's a generic YA teen girl fantasy novel, with a wallpaper background that hints at conflict and magic without really expanding on the world much at all. The bulk of the novel is about the heroine's love-angst with her childhood friend, and whether or not he loves her back and, oh, yeah, whether or not he actually murdered her father.
Our heroine's name is Britta. She is the daughter of a bounty ...more
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Book One of the Clash of Kingdoms series
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
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. ...more
I wanted to like this one so much. Just look at that pretty cover. Unfortunately, there's more to a book than its cover. And inside Ever the Hunted you'll find most, if not all, of the YA tropes out there:
the beautiful female MC who doesn't consider herself as such: Meet Britta Flannery, a 17 years old girl, with skin
I just can't anymore. I can't go on. Reading this feels like a chore, a dreadful chore like mopping the floor using a toothbrush. Britta infuriated me, she was so stupid, and her mooning over Cohen was unbearable and cringy. I was so angry bc it sounded like a cool and fun book, and I thought I would enjoy it but it was so boring (I am not joking, it felt like wading through pudding) and predictable, not to mention cheesy. It was dreadful, and I never want to lay eyes on ...more
Written lusciously, it is a book that sucks you in right away just because of the wrising itself. It's not complex and hard to follow along. It's magnificently beautiful while maintaining a simplistic flow that grabs readers attention and holds it.
Ever The Hunted is the story of 17 year old Britta Flannery who spent her days hunting down criminals alongside her father until he is murdered. All ...more
I was intrigued by the premise of this and even though I usually shy away from fantasy, I couldn't resist. I think it was the hint of a BFF to more plot point.
I liked Britta well enough. We're in her head and yet, I still didn't feel like we got to know her. Same with her gift. I chalk all of that up to her not really knowing her ability and us going along for the ride. And yet, somehow it made me not really connect with her. Her relationship with Cohen is tangled up and getting those ...more
I tried so hard to get into this book. I got over the writing style. I got over the main characters infuriating name. What I can't get over is how my mind rebels when I want to read, that as soon as the story picks up it drops instantly.
At 20% nothing has happened to the special snowflake main character. She hasn't been stabbed. She got shot at once. She couldn't fight the kings men. She's weak. I'm sure there's character development but currently I am not feeling this. Also, I think ...more
- absolute predictability. i knew who the murderer was 50 pages in, when he first made an appearance. the story took a twist where i thought for a moment that i might have been wrong, but in the end my guess was still correct
- the romance was about as interesting as a wall. the two of them were already in love before the story started, it seems, and they had a lot of ...more
I wish the story would have had more action to ...more
Her father has been murdered, and her best friend is gone. Because Britta is a girl, she cannot legally inherit her father's land and because she is an outcast in her town, no one is there to help her during her grieving. Nearly starving to death, Britta decides to kill a deer for food, unfortunately poaching is illegal. Not long after, Britta is caught and sentenced to death. Her only way to stay alive, is to hunt her ...more
So we have Britta, all alone in the world after her father diesand her one and only friend Cohen left before her father died to become an apprentice and hasn't been heard of or seen since. When Britta is found and charged to the highest degree for poaching-an offense punishable by death, Britta is found at an impossible decision...die, or exchange her life for Cohen whom she finds out is ...more
50% dnf. 2.75*
OK so hear me out. I really tried but I couldn't go any further. It started to feel like a task at like 30% but I forced myself to continue.
This book really started off well. I liked the hunting scenes etc but as soon as Cohen coughs*ass* coughs enters, it went downhill. All the cliches popped right out. You know what I am talking abt. I could guess everything from a mile away. Cohen was so freaking boring. I think this book was ruined becaz of him and some things our idiotic ...more
WARNING : cursing ahead
Rating : fuck i'm mad
The book went "meh".
Then it went "fuck off I'm out".
It started off okay. It was actually nicely written, and I could see potential in the MC. For like two chapters.
Well the MC, Britta (huh), was a fucking special snowflake who absolutely didn't stand out and was pretty much useless and uninteresting. She also spent all the book - the part I read anyway - talking about whatshisname (fuck, ...more
*I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Thanks !
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That cover is one of the most beautiful I've seen guys! :)
I had anticipated so much this book and I was so happy about the possibility of reading it with the ARC that Netgalley has provided me, I know that my expectations were high and that wasn't probably a good thing, but I couldn't connect entirely ...more
This book sweetly plays off ...more