Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited to be participating in my first blogger event, Calendar Girls, hosted by the amazing bloggers Flavia and Melanie (not forgetting everyone else who is participating, I am just not 100% certain who that is yet)! The theme for this first month is Best Debut Author of 2016.
EVER THE HUNTED
by Erin Summerill
I chose this book for a few reasons. After reading some not-so-fantastic kindle books and a few others (that I won’t mention here) of which I was not a fan, I had spiraled into a miserable reading slump. I’d received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review, and I was expecting the worst (only because of my bad luck those few months, it happens to everyone) but I was very pleasantly surprised! I started, and finished it in just under 3 days because I couldn’t put it down! I think that Summerill has done a fantastic job creating a world filled with magic, war, romance and adventure.
There were some minor editorial details that I was unimpressed with, but I think those were very minimal mistakes and this was an ARC so they could very well have been corrected by final publication. My only other complaint about this book was that there were a few scattered scenes that seemed very unnecessary, or drawn out and over-explained when there was absolutely no need for it. It felt like there was a word count needing to be met, or some empty space that the author was trying to fill in. It could just be that I am an extremely picky reader.
My favorite part about this book, was with what ease Summerill was able to weave her character’s personalities into their actions. First person stories sometimes bore me with the run-of-the-mill narrative explanation of their lives, but Britta and Cohen were developed very well through their actions and expressions which kept me interested in them as well as what would be happening next and how they would respond. I enjoy a good mix of romance and adventure, more of a point to the latter, and I think she did a fantastic job of evening the two out. There is a horrible cliffhanger at the end that left me slack jawed and very anxious for the next installment.
For a first-time author, Summerill was able to write a unique YA novel that had it’s own twists on the typical “girl goes on an adventure to save the word and falls in love along the way” stereotype, although that was definitely the underlying theme. I am excited to see what she will do in the sequel, this is one of those series that can only get better!
Have you read EVER THE HUNTED yet? If not, it’s definitely worth checking out!
Word is that there will be a sequel coming out later this year…yay!