Happy Friday, guys!
I can't believe this year is almost over - whew! And one way we're going to celebrate, is with the Rockstar Book Tour blog tour for Ever the Hunted by the lovely Erin Summerill!
Read on for our thoughts on the book, and why you should definitely pick up the book before the year ends!
Author: Erin Summerill
Pub. Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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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.
Debut author Erin Summerill introduces us to seventeen year-old Britta Flannery, a skilled tracker and orphaned outcast who has been given an impossible choice. Either she finds former friend (and crush!) Cohen Mackay who has allegedly killed her father, or her life becomes forfeit to the state.
First things first: while Summerill has created a fascinating fantasy world that has startling geopolitical similarities to our own, my love of this book particularly centers around the cat and mouse hunt which continuously evolves throughout the course of the book - for they are, ever the hunted.
The chase begins with Britta losing faith in Cohen, forced to track him through the woods. Her lost of faith in him is thoughtfully dissected, and Summerill shows just how challenging it can be, for someone who is now living in a world where no one can be trusted. There’s a certain degree of self-reflection as Britta is forced to question her instinctive understanding of the truth, and whether she’s been wrong about a close one all along.
It’s a stark micro reflection of the world that she now finds herself in, especially as we learn more about the ongoing antagonism between Malam and Shaerdan, And as the chase evolves from Britta/Cohen to Britta/Cohen and the greater world at large, Summerill writes a confident theme of battling against expectations, getting to the bottom of the truth in an increasingly complicated world, and looking toward the future.
The book leaves off with more room to explore in the future, and I’m looking forward to it.
Check out the rest of the tour:
12/20/2016- A Backwards Story- Review
12/21/2016- Dani Reviews Things- Guest Post
12/22/2016- Fiction Fare- Review
12/23/2016- Two Chicks on Books- Interview
12/26/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review
12/27/2016- Nerdophiles- Guest Post
12/28/2016- Take Me Away To A Great Read- Review
12/29/2016- The YA Book Traveler- Interview
12/30/2016- The Reading Nook Reviews- Review <- Hello!
About the author:
Erin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.
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