Book Reviews

Ever The Brave-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Erin Summerill

Series: A Clash of Kingdoms #2

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Book one: “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.” -from Goodreads

Review: I’m on the fence with this book. I liked some things about it, but there were some things that I didn’t like at all.

Britta was amazing in this book. You can tell that she changed from the first book to this book. She had a good grip on who she was and wanted to be better. Cohen was the same in a way. Maybe a bit better. There were some things that I didn’t agree with that he did. The new characters that were introduced in the books were interesting and written well that I enjoyed reading about them.

In this book, Erin Summerill writes in three perspectives (Britta, Cohen, and another character) all in the first person. At first, I was afraid that all three would sound the same, but actually, they didn’t. They sounded different from each other and I was never confused as to which perspective I was reading from. Also, her writing was so much better in this book than in the first book.

I do want to slightly mention the romance. The way the romance was done in this book annoyed me. Mostly because there is the use of a trope that is usually used as a way to create drama within a relationship that was already established. The reason I was not happy with it was that there feel like a reason for it other than for drama.

Not to give too much away about the ending. I found it to be more of the author telling than showing. Also that it could have been longer instead of the length it was.

Do I think that this is a grounded sequel worth reading? Yes. I think if you loved the first book or felt iffy about the first book, then give this book a try. I do think it is done slightly better than the first maybe even more, but I just had some problems with it. I will definitely be reading the next book when it comes out later this year.

Have fun reading, everyone!

Book Reviews

Ever the Hunted-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Erin Summerill

Series: A Clash of Kingdoms #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “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.” -From Goodreads

Review: The beginning of this book was hard to get through because it felt slow, but soon after that first ten or fifteen pages, it picks up and gets really good.

The story was interesting with the mystery of who killed her father, as well as finding out more about our main character Britt. It never felt like it went flat. The story kept being interesting.

Britt was an interesting character. She didn’t feel like a typical YA fantasy female main character, especially when Cohen was introduced into the story. Britt was a strong woman that no matter who stopped her would do what she wants and what she thought would be right to do. Also, she was a caring person who loved her father and just wanted justice for the murder of her father. As for Cohen, it took time for him to grow on me, but he wasn’t the typical male character.

The writing was good and flowed well. The first person perspective doesn’t limit the story and you get a better grip on who Britt is.

Overall, an interesting YA fantasy that felt different in a way with characters that are pretty rememberable. If you are a fan of YA fantasy, then check this one out.