Mini Review: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

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Series: Clash of Kingdoms #1

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication Date: December 27, 2016

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 390

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.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t end up liking this book overall – which was quite disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading it.

My biggest problem was that this book was just so generic. I read a lot of YA fantasy and honestly, there was nothing new in this book. It features a girl who has a special power (she has no idea that she has the power of course) and she must use that power to help save her kingdom. And of course there was also an angsty romance. In addition, the world seemed so two-dimensional. There wasn’t enough world building to satisfy me. Most of the characters were two-dimensional as well – I didn’t 100% connect with any of them. The one I came closest to connecting with was Enat.

Going back to that angsty romance, I really wasn’t feeling the relationship between Britta and Cohen. I really didn’t think they had that much chemistry. It was more like, Cohen was the only male (other than Britta’s father) who had been nice to her so she fell for him. *swoon* …. not.

The reason why this wasn’t a 1 star book for me was that I did like Enat and also Britta’s relationship with her.

Bottom Line: If you’re not a frequent reader of fantasy and/or you enjoy simpler fantasy worlds and stories, then this might be the book for you. If you’re like me and are looking for more unique fantasy reads, you might want to pass on this one.

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2 stars

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Book Blitz: Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

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I am so excited that BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Ryan, be sure to check out all the details below. This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of book 1, WOLF BY WOLF! US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

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Title: Blood for Blood

Author: Ryan Graudin

Pub. Date: November 1, 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf.
There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

About Book #1:

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Title: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

About the Author:

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Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at http://www.ryangraudin.com.

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Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive a finished copy of WOLF BY WOLF, US Only. Ends on November 15th at Midnight EST!

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