Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I love it! It looks so shiny I can also touch it! you just know this book is gonna be shiny. I love the font and the arrow it’s so pretty!
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.
So this book was just a super cute fun adventure. I have high hopes for this author if this was her debut book.
So we have Britta, all alone in the world after her father dies and her one and only friend Cohen left before her father died to become an apprentice and hasn’t been heard of or seen since. When Britta is found and charged to the highest degree for poaching-an offense punishable by death, Britta is found at an impossible decision…die, or exchange her life for Cohen whom she finds out is her father’s murderer.
Britta was trained by her own father at tracking and hunting and she is great with that. I love her because she is super capable, she isn’t whiny, she is solid, she isn’t annoying….most of the time, she is courageous, smart, strong and so I really appreciated her as a character.
Cohen was an interesting character and overall he was a great guy character. I appreciate when we’ve got strong, smart, guys and Cohen is one of those. He is a character that I would love to read about and I loved with what the author did with him.
The world building was good and I found it interesting in all the ways that she invoked magic in it.
I found the writing to be okay. It wasn’t bad but I’ve read better however as a storyteller she isn’t anything new. I however do have HIGH hopes for this author and definitely look forward to what else she brings to the table.
The romance is what bugged me the most. It was such whip lash for them and then when things seem to settle…I was disappointed. That was… until the END! WHAT THE HECK!
Overall I liked the story a lot. I liked the idea of this constant cat and mouse game with plenty of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. I can honestly say though I wasn’t surprised when the shock factor happened, however well played. I really enjoyed the magic aspect throughout the story and the history and world building behind it all. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book because of the freaking ending! SHEESH!
Sexual Content: mild/none