BOOK REVIEW: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

SPOILERS AHEAD

Who do you trust when all you want is to seek the truth?

In Ever the Hunted, Britta, a recently orphaned huntress, is called to find her father’s killer—and the suspect is the last person she’d expect.

Written in the first-person narrative, the story follows Britta on a journey of not only the truth, but an odyssey of self-discovery as she navigates secrets uncovering her past, the slow burn of an old flame rekindling, and the mystery of her father’s murder.

Although the story has some familiar YA tropes (The brooding, dark, sexy, muscular love interest that somehow is always keeping snippets of truth from being known from the person he knows and loves the most because he was trying to ‘protect’ her…), they were twisted in a fresh way. I absolutely LOVED this story and it was a fun adventure to tag along with. I will definitely check out the second book.

Readability: I received this as an audiobook, therefore translating readability to “listenability”, I feel that this book was very easy to keep running while driving or getting chores done. The voice acting was a little difficult to settle into as the main character’s tone was always laced with anxiety when engaging in dialogue or inner monologue. She does, however, do a phenomenal job of performing different accents and male voices.

Characters: The characters are believable and there is palpable tension between the main love interest and MC, but I just couldn’t quite dive as deep as I’d hoped into some of the relationships and growth. I did not feel the depth between Britta and one of the secondary characters who suddenly becomes very significant in her life (I won’t spoil it!). I am interested in seeing these characters develop more in the second story.

Overall Feel: A fun, quick story that hits some of the major YA targets with a bow on horseback. Fans of travel, adventure, rekindling romances, and magic will love this one!

No explicit sexual content except for several scenes with consensual kissing, appropriate for younger readers.

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