In Which I Accidentally Ramble on About My Reading Habits - Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Review

Thursday, December 29, 2016
Ever the Hunted Review

When I go into a book, I'm always anticipating a spark, a moment where the book fully grasps my attention, and I become invested in the story and in the characters. Sometimes it's gradual, and I don't realize it's happened until I've finished the book, sometimes I can pinpoint the moment, the exact chapter, where everything clicks, and the story just comes to life. Sometimes it's the first page, sometimes it's not till 3 chapters in, or sometimes it just never happens, like with Ever the Hunted.

Synopsis & Details:

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 read more... 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.

Title: Ever the Hunted
Author: Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1
Publication Date: December 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks HMH!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who reads like this (I only realized this about myself recently), and if I am, I hope my explanation of my odd ways makes sense. Either way, the main reason I DNF books, is just this moment never coming, and Ever the Hunted falls right into this trap.

In the 50% of the book, I read, I was bored most of the time.

The story was flat, and I never connected with the characters and their motivations, never really got pulled into the story. There were a couple exciting parts and questions that keep me reading, but after awhile they just weren't enough anymore.

I loved the concept of this setting, the magical system, the political conflict, all intrigued me.

However this book also felt like something I'd read many times before. It had its fair share of fantasy tropes, including the dreaded special snowflake, and perhaps even the stirrings of a love triangle (I didn't finish the book so it's highly possible that I'm wrong about the love triangle *shrugs*).

The synopsis was amazing.

It gave me the impression that Ever the Hunted would be a story about a girl torn between her emotions, struggling with the idea that the man she loved might have murdered her father. While we definitely got this storyline, it wasn't used to it's full potential in my opinion.

I think Britta was suppose to be older than the impression she gave me...

This kinda threw a wrench into the romantic plotline, cause the love interest is mentioned to have a beard many a time, and at the age I pictured her as, any dude who'd grown a legit beard, would have some years on her...

In summary, I liked the idea of this book, and the image the summary gave me, but in the end, the book just didn't work out for me.

However, I'd still urge you to give it a try if it sounds like something you'd love. Though if tropes annoy you, then this one's probably not for you.

Rating: DNF

What things do you like to see in fantasy novels? Do repetitive tropes bother you?