Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)

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

Unlike another reviewer on this site I actually liked this book. It wasn't perfect, but I am unsure it was a disappointment. Get ready for an unpopular opinion review. I actually enjoyed this book. I was looking forward to reviewing this review. I was surprised by how much romance was in the YA novel but overall it wasn't bad. 

Please, note this is just my opinion. I will try to explain why I gave this book a solid 4 stars, without ruining the story. If you are interested in this book, check it out. 

The story starts out with our main character Seventeen-year-old Britta Flannery, who is the child of a legendary bounty hunter. She has followed in her famous father's footsteps and decided to track criminals alongside her father.  This book has a real robin hood vibe to it as you read it. Her father has been killed, and her name has been ruined. She has no rights to the land they lived on, and can not get his inheritance. She is now outcast and alone. She seeks comfort in her and her father's favorite place, where she feels the safest, the Ever Woods. 

Britta is a super sassy, all be it sometimes whiny girl that is taking revenge for her father's death. She is faced with countless hurdles and overcomes most of them with grace. She is a pretty girl but isn't vain. She is hated by everyone and most face the village all along. She does have a weird obsession with the King, but I am going to let that go. She also has this ability to detect lying and truth. She seems like a girl, wiser than her years. 

She has been mourning her father's death for months. Due to the horrible laws of this village, she is considered to be illegitimate, and not his daughter. Essential this means that all of his assets will now be the Kings, how convenient. She has devised a plan that will test her strength and will. She will find and bring justice (kill) her father's murder and restore her name. 

This girl has to do some seriously brave things. Starving and desperate she decides to kill in the Kings woods. This is not allowed and is a crime that is punishable by death, so when the guards find her it is an issue. Miraculously they give her an ultimatum, once again how convenient. Track down and kill her best friend, who has been charged with murdering her father or face execution. 

Due to her ability to know when someone is lying or not she realizes that her best friend really did kill her dad. This is a truth that will rip this girl apart. When this guy comes into the picture suddenly a budding romance develops. (who saw that coming lol) The romance is quick and overshadows things for a while. Because we are dealing with YA it's dramatic, but I didn't hate it this time. In fact, I found it sort of adorable in certain places. 

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the world it was set in. The book had two kingdoms. That were divided by magic, I love books like this. The kingdoms were at war because of magic. The nonmagic kingdom which believes that the magic kingdom was evil and had to be killed. 


This book obviously had some problems. Due to being a YA novel,  I let some of them slide when it comes to the rating.  The predictable plot was quite obvious. The dumb girl, with an angsty side. The boring romance which the story could have lived without. The sexual violence that really made me mad.
Which leads me to the only real issue I have with this book. The author set this book up to have a strong female lead character. A young bounty hunter, only to make her dumber than a freaking rock. An example of this is described in this scene: She is in the woods with three guards.  One night in the wood she sees a dangerous person lurking. She wants to ensure she is safe, she decides she will run and chase said scary dangerous person, instead of I don't now the strong guards next to her. She does with some serious weapons right? Wrong she carries a knife. She is weak and hurt. Dude almost kills her, serious almost kills her. And she says, "I lack strength and a bow. I shouldn’t have followed him. Not alone. How foolish of me."  Oh, you don't say,  sweetie? 

In the end, I really enjoyed Ever the Hunted. I am hopeful for the next installment of the series. I hope that you will read this book and fall in love like I did. Get ready for a wild adventure. 

Also, can we just talk about how pretty this cover is for a minute? I love lettering so much. 

Thanks to Publisher for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.



Goodreads Description: 

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.






Author Bio: 

Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. 

She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. 

The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

You can follower her on twitter: @erinsummerill

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