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Early Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the HuntedTitle: Ever the Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Clash of the Kingdoms (Book #1)

Publication Date: December 27, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0544664450 (HMH Books)

ISBN-13: 978-0544664456 (HMH Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget

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.

Quick & DirtyEnthralling fantasy that you won’t soon forget! This is quite possibly my favorite book this year and I would highly recommend it to everyone!!!

Opening Sentence: To survive these woods, a man has to be strong as the trees, Papa had said.

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The Review:

Britta has spent her entire life tagging along with her father who was a talented bounty hunter for the King! He taught her how to hunt, track and fight. It was just the two of them so when her father was murdered she was left with nothing and no one to turn to. If she wants to avoid dying of starvation she will have to poach on the kings land, an offense punishable by death! When she is caught by the kings guards she fears her demise is inevitable, but she is offered a deal. If she will agree to hunt down her fathers killer she will be forgiven for all her crimes and given the ownership of her father’s property! The only problem is the alleged killer is her one and only friend.

Cohen was her father’ s apprentice and Britta fancied herself in love with him. But when she told him how she felt he left and never came back! How could he have killed her father? They were like a family to each other. As she journeys to find the real killer she learns much about herself, and about the special abilities she has locked inside of herself!

Britta was such a beautifully crafted character and I instantly connected with her. She is smart, resourceful, witty, sweet, and very stubborn! For her entire life she had been shunned because of her heritage and that has forced her to become a very untrusting person. Once her father died she had no one to turn to but she refused to give up even though her situation seemed impossible! She has so much determination and it was a very admirable trait. In so many aspects of her life she has felt unworthy, but I loved watching her slowly gain a sense of confidence! She was always strong but as the story progresses she really grows into her own. I loved her character and I am so excited to see where her story leads next!

Cohen is such a dreamy guy, just thinking about him puts a smile on my face (I am literally smiling right now)! He is sweet, charming, intelligent, and loyal! I love how dedicated he was to his family. He worked so hard to better his situation and I really admire that. He also has a very stubborn streak but I loved that he had flaws. It made him more realistic! His relationship with Britta is very hot and cold, which generally I’m not a fan of, but it worked for them. The tension between them is great and the way their relationship develops is perfection! I have always been a huge sucker for best friend romances and their relationship is an ideal example of it!! Cohen pretty much had me at hello and I just fell more and more in love with him as the story progresses!

Ever the Hunted is an epic high fantasy that immediately captured my heart. From the first page I was hooked and I literally didn’t want the story to end because I was enjoying it so much! The pacing was spot on and there was never a dull moment. The romance was adorable and written so well! The plot was intense and full of great twists. The characters were so well rounded and I loved all of them. The writing was gorgeous and the ending left me satisfied but still dying for more! If you can’t tell by all my flailing, I LOVED this book and would highly recommend it! If you are a high fantasy fan this is a must read!!!!

Notable Scene:

I hear him whisper my name once more for his mouth is on mine. Oh stars. My lips are frozen beneath his as shock and logic wage war–this is everything I shouldn’t want. Still, I don’t care. He kisses me gently at first, and then not so much when my lips respond. His hands clutch me to him, the firm spread of his body presses against mine. I can taste the mint leaf on his lips. His tongue. Flames shoot through my limbs and bring my heart, erasing everything of thought in my head except for the sweet awareness of Cohen. Of her needy kiss.

My fingers are process, tracing up his neck to twist in his hair. I’m on escapes his throat. Oh my. It’s the most alert and sound I’ve ever heard.

Clash of the Kingdoms Series:

1. Ever the Hunted (December 27, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: HMH Books for Young Readers provided me with a copy of Ever the Hunted.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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