Okay, guys, here’s the thing. I rarely review books this far in advance but sometimes one of these books I am really looking forward to comes my way and it sort of jumps on top of my TBR pile. You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all had them. So it’s a no brainer that I dived straight into Ever The Hunted when the ARC arrived on my doorstep. If you haven’t heard of it here’s the blurb from Goodreads.
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.
Is it really a surprise I had such high hopes for this one? I mean…a girl going after her father’s supposed killer sounds like a winner in my books. Alas it was not meant to be. The disappointment is just too big with this one. I gave it two stars on Goodreads and the only reason I’m not giving it one star is purely based on Enat. I liked that old lady. Unfortunately, everyone else was just too one dimensional for my liking. The way Britta complains about her lack of friends hits me as too childlike to be believable. Don’t get me wrong you can be 38 and still feel lonely but her constant whining was to childish to be acceptable from an 18 yo.
What bothers me most, however, is how slow this whole book is. The ARC is 390 pages long and nothing happens for about 370 of them!!!! That is if you don’t count the endless traveling. My god, this book had so much travel in it I was wondering if anything will happen at all!! Half of this book is Britta traveling from her country and the other half is Britta traveling back. No wonder it took me a full week to finish this. If I have to sum the whole novel in two words it would be slow and predictable. Proceed at your own peril.