Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill

Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers on December 27, 2016

Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Plot: Britta is in the throws of grief and loss. Recently orphaned and soon to be homeless, she is presented with a complicated proposition: kill her father’s murderer and retain her family’s lands or be hung for poaching. The only problem: the murderer is her best friend and unrequited love.

Review: THIS book. I was basically a whirlwind of emotion reading it, and I will definitely snag the sequel, but it wasn’t all reading perfection. The breakdown:

Pros:

  • Likable characters saturated in mystery. While the majority of this story revolves around Britta and her childhood best friend, Cohan, they aren’t the only players in the game. Summerill gives you an extensive cast of characters to bond with, and bond you shall. I foresee many fandoms in this series future and quite a few ‘ship battles.
  • Ever the Hunted moves at a decent pace for a series opener. Plots are important, but so is everything else. Nothing will kill a book faster for me than a slow pace and poor world building. Thankfully, Summerill hits that magic sweet spot. She gives you enough information about Britta’s world to settle you into her surroundings and keeps things moving so you aren’t bored with the struggle. Her skill as a writer is evident, especially since this is her debut novel, so a t the very least she is an author to watch.
  • The ending. I’m not going to spoil anything for you, but I will say that when finished this book I immediately started digging for information about book two. The cliffhanger is strong with this one, and you will either be totally hooked for book too or completely annoyed. No in-between.

Cons:

  • It isn’t exactly original. Britta reads much like many other heroines in the genre. Shoots a bow, knows little about some element in her past, has a ton of teen emotional angst. The magic in her world is a lot like Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series with it’s latent talents and elemental nature. In truth, it’s been done… a lot. I still liked it though, and in all fairness I read books from this wheelhouse on the regular. I might be more sensitive to the similarities found here than other readers.
  • Names can be powerful things, but Britta isn’t one of them. This one is a petty one, I know, but all I could think about was the water filter every time I read her name. Can be just stick with Britt?
  • Too many swoons and not enough dramatic buildup. To avoid spoilers, I’m going to be vague here, but there were moments where the romantic tension was a bit much. It got close to Belle / Edward territory, and I’m sorry but I just can’t go back to those dark days of swishy-washy lady drama.

 

Given everything, I am still locked into the series and would recommend it. However, I do hope that the next volume focuses more on Britt’s future battles and less on love.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Who Should Snag It: If you are looking for a light fantasy that is dripping with romance, this one is for you.

*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve been seeing this one circulate the community and heard some pretty great stuff about it so I was kind of surprised by your rating. However, I definitely see where you are coming from. Even though I do like romance in books, I hate when there is more romance than action. I hope your next read is better!

    Jess @ Princessica of Books

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  2. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it! I will definitely read the next in the series and I do recommend it, but I feel like Britta could have been a much stronger character. It was almost as if she did a personality switch from independent and thoughtful to pure boy crazy. I see it happen a lot in YA and I feel that it sets up readers for unhealthy expectations and relationships. It is also completely possible that since I read SO MUCH YA, that this trope feels more overused to me than it might to another reader. Lastly, being a librarian who is responsible for building my system’s entire YA collection does give me a slightly different take on how I feel about a book. It isn’t just my personal feelings for something, but rather how it fits within a collection, the quality of writing, age appropriateness, and if it feels like it really speaks to teens. All of those factors combined can swing a rating for me, and a 3 means it was worthy, just not my favorite thing ever. Having said that, it does have mass appeal and I believe this book will do very well once it is released. I would love to hear your thoughts once you’ve read it!

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