January 30, 2019

#BookReview: Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1) by @ErinSummerill #AuthorChat

Title: Ever the Hunted
Series: A Clash of Kingdoms #1
Author: Erin Summerill
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Hardcover: 392 pages
Published: December 27th 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis:  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.

About the Author: With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill 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 wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. Erin and her family live in Utah.

"Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Don't let fear steal your will."
–Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

"Can I really hunt down my only friend? But that's just it. He isn't my friend."
–Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

"We all have our secrets, Britt." 
–Cohen from Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

"To survive these woods, a man has to be as strong as the trees."
–Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

"I want to touch him and tell him how I feel about him. How he owns my heart." 
–Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

""I will kill you." 
The words come out because I should be filled with vengeance.
"Yeah, Dove, but not today.""
–Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill.

My Review: This is the second time I have read this title and I have to tell you that the only thing I remembered about it was Enat that was it. I didn't remember anything or anyone else at all.  I really really wished what happened to her hadn't and I would love a prequel story about her.  I am just saying that she is totally awesome and I love her!

So this one I thought it felt a lot lighter this time around than what I remember from the first time that I read it.  It didn't feel so thick or heavy at all. Although death was around the corner for the main characters I really felt like it just didn't seem as bad as it could have been. I don't know it felt like killing light I guess you could say or peril light.  I don't know.

I did like how the story unfolded it was very quick. I read this one at 74.6 pages an hour and got it done in just over 5 hours.  So I would say that was pretty fast.  It never stagnated and I liked that the two characters already had a relationship so you didn't have to worry about that insta love that this one would have had to have if they didn't already know each other.  So I think that the author dodged a giant bullet with that one.

The ending was also very nice that although there was one thing left undone even if this book wouldn't have had a sequel it wouldn't have really needed it and it stands alone on its own.  Although I think if that would have been the case a good epilogue would have been needed to round out the one thing that wasn't finished.

All in all, I think this would be a great title for someone who is just getting started with fantasy books and young adult.  Because its light, quick, and really gives you a very simple world view for the world building as well as the magic that they use.

Note:  SO after reading this one I was talking to a friend that had already read book two. And I am like ok so I think this, this, and this happens and she was like YES YES that is EXACTLY what happens. So now I am reading this second book with already knowing what happens because I guessed it and now I am all. Crying up I am so sad right now.

Go Into This One Knowing: Great Beginner Fantasy, Slight Open Ending, No Insta Love, Very Quick Pace. 

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