[ARC REVIEW] Ever the Hunted by Erin Summeril

Thank you so much to Beth for sending me a copy<3

28114396Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Series: (Clash of Kingdoms #1)
Pub. Date: December 27th, 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Beth Edwards (@YABC)
Rating: ★★★★

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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.

MY REVIEW

CHARACTERS

Britta: She is strong and determined. She has a lot of fight in her for someone who has lost so much. The journey of Britta not only accepting her emotions but also herself and others is a journey you won’t soon forget. It rings true and strong, as she fights for what’s right even when she knows she must sacrifice something.

Cohen: Seemed nice, supportive even. But while he was struggling not to let her know how he felt, he was distant and fairly rude. Especially after their first encounter after so long. He is strong and intelligent, kind and compassionate, but he sure knows how to pay the bad guy.

PLOT

If you had to find the man who murdered your father and found out said man is one you love (but who left you), would you be able to do it? Britta has no choice in the matter, either having to forfeit her life (and her father’s everything), or track down Cohen. With her powers of being able to tell truths from lies, she can’t fight the accusations against Cohen, not when they ring true. So the hunt begins.

I love the twists, the surprises. Even when it was predictable, it was still enjoyable to read.

ROMANCE

Is sweet and slow. Britta and Cohen already love each other, but neither truly believes the other can be theirs. Not only that, they also don’t want to endanger each other. Especially now that both are watched closely, Cohen being the hunted and Britta the hunter. The closer they get on their journey however, warms the heart as they aren’t just physically connected, but also mentally and emotionally. The more we see of them together, the more we get to see of how hard they’re trying to hold back. Love isn’t easy to deny, but when you believe it’s for the right reason, such as protecting that person, you have the willpower to deny it. And seeing that unravel is rather brilliant.

WORLD-BUILDING

Is fantastic! Everything was vivid in my mind, easily visualized and rich in descriptions. Summeril knows what she’s doing.

WRITING

The flow was great, the descriptions amazing, and the overall tone was enjoyable to read. I am definitely interested in reading more from this author!

OVERALL

With rich characters and world-building, there’s not much to be missed. I was easily hooked and finished the novel quite easily once getting into it.

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