Ever the Hunted

Ever the Hunted

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 Woo...

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Title:Ever the Hunted
Author:Erin Summerill
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ISBN:0544664450
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:392 pages

Ever the Hunted Reviews

  • Erin
    Feb 05, 2015

    I finished edits with my editor, and I'm so excited for this to come out. It's a dream come true to know you're going to be published. I hope ya'll like it, and if not that's fine too because everyone has their preferences. I just want you to know this book means the world to me, and I'm just grateful to anyone who picks it up. Thank you! Luv, erin

  • Mila BlackSheep BS
    Oct 20, 2016

    This was truly a disappointment. Ever The Hunted was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, to say I didn’t like it would be the least. However, before I begin I just want to clarify something. I know that there were a lot of people who, like me, had high hopes for this book so please, don’t let my rating discourage you from reading it!

    This is simply my opinion, a

    This was truly a disappointment. Ever The Hunted was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016, to say I didn’t like it would be the least. However, before I begin I just want to clarify something. I know that there were a lot of people who, like me, had high hopes for this book so please, don’t let my rating discourage you from reading it!

    This is simply my opinion, and I’ll try to explain below the reasons for said rating (without giving much of the plot away) but again, just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you guys won’t!

    Now… buckle the fuck up, kids. Cause this is a rant, and it’s a messy one.

    One of my biggest problems with Ever the Hunted was its lack of originality. This book is absolutely

    in a thousand other YA novels. For fuck’s sake, I could already predict how the story would turn out after twenty pages! It’s trope-y as fuck, but since I can’t go into a lot of detail because the book hasn’t been published yet, here’s a preview of the things that led me to this rating:

    -Predictable plot.

    -Dumb-as-bricks main character (seriously, her stupidity was my number 1 problem with the story)

    -SO FUCKING BORING romance.

    -The romantic angst.

    the angst…!

    -The unnecessary and insensitive sexual violence toward women (which is, unfortunately, a staple in YA).

    -The special-snowflakeness was SO fucking strong in this one.

    -I’m serious, and it didn’t help that Britta was a complete idiot.

    -Illogical, nonsensical and shady world-building.

    -Imagine every trope you can think of, all handled poorly.

    was probably my biggest problem because the whole story is told from her point of view, so it’s basically impossible to ignore how bloody stupid the girl was. She whined all the time and that wonderful revenge plot went to shit the second she started smelling Cohen’s super sexy and manly smell.

    You see, Britta is just like your average Young Adult fantasy protagonist. She’s white. She’s pretty (but doesn’t know it!!!!). She’s hated by absolutely EVERYONE in her village for dumb reasons regarding the dumb world-building, except the best friend she’s in love with (but who broke her heart!!!!). She has a disturbingly weird obsession with Cohen’s smell (going as far as trying to “drink in gulps of his smell”). She has the uncanny ability to identify when people are telling the truth or lying as well as heal very fast, yet she has never considered the fact that she might have magic (*bangs head against wall until brains spill out*).

    If I’m being fair, the story started out pretty decent, except the part of everyone in her village hating her.

    I’ve said it a thousand times and I’ll say it again, the “everybody-hates-me” trope is one I’ll never understand. I think right now we all, one way or another, what it is like for a group of people to be feared/hated. But whether you are part of the group or the one fearing/hating, we can all agree that it’s not black and white; nobody will ever be hated by EVERYBODY or loved by EVERYBODY. We are all different people, and so we react differently.

    Creating a character that it’s hated and scorned by everyone in her village is nothing but a cheap way to make readers feel sympathy for Britta. Problem is, when this happens I never go “oh, poor you, little main character!!!!” especially when she spends the entire fucking book moaning about it and craving the mystical connection of her lost mother and family…

    That should have been my first clue that I wasn’t going to enjoy this book, but I loved the premise so I decided to carry through.

    Britta is on the last moments of her grieving period, her father was murdered months ago and because of the laws of the land, she’s considered an illegitimate daughter, therefore unable to remain in her father’s cottage or retain any of his possessions since they’ll go back to the King.

    Starving and desperate, she kills an animal to feed herself and is found by the royal guards. Since hunting is a crime punishable with death (can someone explain why?), she’s offered a choice; hunt down her best friend (and crush) Cohen who’s been charged for her father’s murder, or face execution.

    With Britta’s unique ability to tell whether someone is lying or not (which is useless when the girl is a complete moron), she realizes that the charges are true, and so she goes to seek out vengeance…

    Until she comes across Cohen’s hard planes and even harder muscles, and vengeance goes out the fucking window!

    Definitely the entire plot went to hell the minute Cohen came into the picture. The romance overtook the entire story, and it didn’t help that it was boring, overly dramatic and totally ridiculous.

    Britta was the sort of character that everybody praised for being brave, selfless, smart and cunning when she was in fact everything but. This girl was DUMB, no other way around it. She was supposed to be an amazing tracker, yet her skills either came out of nowhere such as looking at a bush and instantly knowing some dude had walked there instead of LITERALLY any other, or not noticing obvious track marks.

    One night she was in the woods and sees someone lurking in the dark. Believing it might be someone dangerous, instead of calling the three fucking guards sleeping right next to her, Britta decides she’ll just run into the woods and chase the dude with nothing but a knife while she’s weak and hurt. Once the dude almost kills her Britta thinks:

    IT WAS FOOLISH OF HER.

    Really! Who the fuck runs into the dark woods

    a fucking killer? Has Britta even seen a horror movie in her life???

    This continues on with Britta trusting people she

    shouldn’t trust. Doing things she was specifically told not to do, and basically fuck up the entire plan by trying to be “selfless” (read, stupid and stubborn).

    I just couldn’t understand how someone could be so dumb and still be alive. Most of the time these lapses of judgement were used as a way to create drama and try to bring in some shock value by assuming we can be as dumb as Britta (if she’s surprised, we’ll be too!!! Not), or just to add more fuel to drag the annoying romance.

    Barely three pages could go by without Britta reminding us of how Cohen only saw her as a friend, even though it was fucking clear that he didn’t. This going back and forth between the characters was meant to build-up the romance; will Britta realize that Cohen loves her? Will he stop acting like a dick??

    I honestly couldn’t give less of a fuck.

    Britta not realizing Cohen’s obvious feelings only made her seem stupid, especially since her unhealthy obsession with Cohen (and his smells, da fuq was up with that??) was more pressing than finding out who kill her father or even, ya know, STAYING FUCKING ALIVE.

    We had two Kingdoms who were at war because one, all of a sudden, decided that Channellers (people with magic) were evil and had to be killed, and the other one didn’t (even though they had been pretty close up until a few years ago, people just decided to hate each other, apparently).

    What I never understood was the reasoning behind the extermination, the best explanation we get is:

    If somebody can explain me how healing ointments relate to a fucking draught, I’d really appreciate it.

    In the end nothing really explained the war

    or anything of the world.

    Let’s face it, we have all read it. How many times have we come across that sick bastard who is there just to threaten the heroine with rape, all so the gallant hero can save her? In here we have it with Tomas, a guard tasked with protecting Britta during her journey, even though it’s fucking clear that dude should be behind bars and far away from a girl as possible.

    I’m serious, Britta is promised not to be harmed while she hunts for her father’s killer, and when Tomas makes a comment such as this:

    Nobody gives a fuck!

    As with most of these guys, I never saw his purpose other than just being there to behave like a dick and constantly put us on edge with the “will he rape her/won’t he?” which was not only unnecessary an disturbing as fuck, but also totally disconnected from the entire story?? I guess he was just meant to be another obstacle in our heroine’s path, but he added literally NOTHING to the story.

    The ending was, as I said, laughably predictable and it didn’t help endear me to the book since it was related to the romantic drama.

    In the end, I was just really disappointed with Ever the Hunted. Hopefully others will find it better! I’ll write a more spoilery review once the book is published.

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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Mar 03, 2016

    This reminded me of several other YA books I love (like Ruined by Amy Tintera), but was also totally its own story. I don't want to say much in terms of summarizing the story, though, because even the most basic plot points don't get revealed until like 65%.

    The first half of the story set the tone for the series by establishing the war, the two kingdoms, and that one kingdom accepts magic while the other persecutes it. Britta wanders around the wilderness a lot with a guy, but there's no instal

    This reminded me of several other YA books I love (like Ruined by Amy Tintera), but was also totally its own story. I don't want to say much in terms of summarizing the story, though, because even the most basic plot points don't get revealed until like 65%.

    The first half of the story set the tone for the series by establishing the war, the two kingdoms, and that one kingdom accepts magic while the other persecutes it. Britta wanders around the wilderness a lot with a guy, but there's no instalove because she already has history with him. Then the second half of the story picks up and starts weaving different storylines together and flipping everything you thought you knew around. I really loved two of the secondary characters!

    The first half of the book was slower moving, but it never got dull. It's a first person narration that actually worked for me and I liked Britta! The guys in her life have been pretty controlling and protected her by leaving her or not telling her anything (which

    ), so a lot of the story is her learning the truth.

    And if you like the slower pretty scenes in fantasy books where characters are walking through forests (like in Shadowfell), then the world in this book is PERFECT.

    I was also pretty impressed with how this story managed to be well-rounded while still setting up a ton of leads for the sequels! The last few sentences were bit of a cliffhanger that made the next book WAY more interesting. Pretty sure one of these stars is just for that ending! 3.5 stars.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC!

  • Nastassja
    Jan 01, 2017

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  • Jacqueline
    Jul 01, 2016

    THIS. BOOK. HOLY.

    I loved everything about it and honestly want to cry because what am I suppose to do now with my life now?!?!?

    Even days after reading this book it is still on my mind. From the world to the characters, I truly loved the entire experience of reading this book. It sorta gave me a little Robin Hood vibe which I wasn't complaining about. My favorite thing about the book is probably the setting. I feel like I don't usually comment on that in books but this setting NEEDS some raving

    THIS. BOOK. HOLY.

    I loved everything about it and honestly want to cry because what am I suppose to do now with my life now?!?!?

    Even days after reading this book it is still on my mind. From the world to the characters, I truly loved the entire experience of reading this book. It sorta gave me a little Robin Hood vibe which I wasn't complaining about. My favorite thing about the book is probably the setting. I feel like I don't usually comment on that in books but this setting NEEDS some raving because the way Erin Summerill intricately describes it is beautiful.

    Highly recommend checking this book out when it comes out in December!

    ***Was sent an egally of this book by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for an honest review***

  • Melanie
    Oct 21, 2016

    surrounds Britta and her search to find her father's murderer. Unfortunately, she is not on this quest because of her own free will; she made a deal with the King's regent. The King of Britta's land is sick, but the King's regent is making some questionable choices that are starting a war with a neighboring kingdom, who are already shunned because a small percentage of the population can use magic.

    This

    surrounds Britta and her search to find her father's murderer. Unfortunately, she is not on this quest because of her own free will; she made a deal with the King's regent. The King of Britta's land is sick, but the King's regent is making some questionable choices that are starting a war with a neighboring kingdom, who are already shunned because a small percentage of the population can use magic.

    This book wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it read like every basic YA fantasy book I've read in the past ten years:

    > Girl's father dies.

    > Girl ends up in cahoots with her childhood love.

    > Girl pines over the childhood love constantly, even though it really unnecessary because it's painfully obvious he feels the same, but... YA angst.

    > Girl finds out about her hidden past and family.

    > Girl ends up being a special snowflake with magical powers, but only the rarest magical power, duh.

    > Girl proves she will sacrifice herself for the greater good.

    > All seems right in the world.

    > Queue the cliffhanger...

    I also want to state that this book did use rape as a plot device/scare tactic a lot, even though there is no actual rape in this book. I wouldn't normally bring this up, but I felt it was important, because the threat of rape was

    abundant in this book. And as predictable as this book was, I was actually surprised that Britta, the main protagonist, was never raped, because it was brought up so much.

    I know I sound harsh, and I'm sorry, but I'm just sick of reading this same story. I want uniqueness, I want diversity, I want ground-shaking twists that I would never see coming, I want a world that feels like I've never read about it before. Yet, this is painfully predictable and reads like everything else mediocre.

    I think you should still give this book a chance, especially if these YA tropes and clichés don't bother you too much. Also, as hard for me as this is to say, there isn't a love triangle even though there should be (Leif was doing way more for me than Cohen was, throughout the entire book). Overall, I just can't see this winning any "Best of 2016" lists in its current state.

    I am completely willing to read the second installment of this series, in hopes that the author can pull something out of her hat.

    has a very simplistic writing style, but I can see the author's potential. Like I said, this isn't bad; it's just basic and feels repetitive, which ends up feeling disappointing. She really could make some changes and completely captivate me in book two.

    And low-key, I want to know everything there is to know about Lirra.

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  • Lola  Reviewer
    Dec 27, 2016

    At first I was amazed to see HMH BFYR publish a fantasy book, but then I started reading EVER THE HUNTED, and with every new chapter read, my amazement decreased a little more in amount until there wasn’t any left and I just couldn’t read anymore. Bouhoohoo. I hate you cover, because you're so pretty.

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Jan 01, 2017

    Like on anything. GOSH DARN IT I HAD SUCH HIGH HOPES. Fantasy is like the genre

    and yet...

    Coupled with a narrator who kept fainting and falling and weeping all over the place that I ended up wanting to quietly and gently smother myself.

    The pretty cover lies. Let me cry.

    (Although, like I say with ALL my negative reviews: just because it wasn't for me, doesn't mean it's no

    Like on anything. GOSH DARN IT I HAD SUCH HIGH HOPES. Fantasy is like the genre

    and yet...

    Coupled with a narrator who kept fainting and falling and weeping all over the place that I ended up wanting to quietly and gently smother myself.

    The pretty cover lies. Let me cry.

    (Although, like I say with ALL my negative reviews: just because it wasn't for me, doesn't mean it's not for you! If you don't read a lot of epic fantasy then you probably won't be bothered by the cliches!)

    Just...all of them?? Girl loses her father. Girl must find his murderer. Girl's ex-boyfriend might be the murderer. BUT HOW COULD HE. HE IS SO HOT. Girl goes on long trek. Finds mentor in the woods. Learns she's magical. Is the most magical of them all. Turns into a snowflake. Pashes hot boy or so. Has weapons. Never uses them. (Not spoilers, btw, because most of that is in the blurb anyway.)

    And even if I'm not Frank and just stay Cait...I'm still bored.

    I mean, BRITTA SAYS SHE'S THIS AMAZING TRACKER but she either

    can tell which way he went and what he last ate and his fashion sense by a broken twig, or

    she completely misses the tracks at all. And they literally decide to go find a guy by walking into the woods and saying "OKAY FIND TRACKS!" Like that's not how tracking works??? He might not of even been in that part of the woods??? You can't just find tracks out of thin air??

    She fainted, cried, and collapsed a lot. Which is what I felt like doing halfway through the book, tbh, so I can't really blame her either. AND SHE WAS SO FREAKING SEXIST. She waited for men to do EVERYTHING. And busted out with lines like this:

    Oh, I don't know dear. Maybe STRONG, CAPABLE AND INDEPENDENT WOMEN might be able to take care of themselves.

    We literally have wizardry powers busting out all over the place and a girl who can tell truth vs lying magically when people speak...but God forbid there's equality. It has all the "

    trope which is just frustrating. Plus every time a tougher/scarred woman does something (like touch a pretty carved box, for instance) Britta is always quick to note how "out of place" it feels. Like ya, we can't be tough AND like pretty things.

    Like at one stage the captain who has been SUPER CRUEL to Britta the entire time...apologises. And Britta is like "HA AM I DEAD IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?" her her lovely sarcastic way. And then one of the guards

    for giving the captain a rough time. The guy said sorry! Forgive him! No hard feelings! #nope WELL DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY, SIR, BECAUSE A GRUNTED "SORRY" DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE SOMEONE FOR MISTREATING YOU.

    (whilst Britta, tracker and hunter extraordinaire, is crying over a dead fawn)

    Tomas is a "villain" character, but dude. Called it.

    LIKE IT DID HAVE SOME GOOD LINES!! Britta makes an occasional sarcastic comeback that greatly improved the storyline. And the writing is easy to fly through which is pleasant in my honest opinion. BUT. It had some super weird lines that just left me with the very eloquent thought of "??????"

    Let us not say Britta has no imagination, I guess??? Also, what.

    Because the exclamation was "Seeds!" Which is fearsome. BUT WHY?? I'm still confused. And it took me quite a while to realise it was the equivalent of shouting "god/damn" or whatnot with lines like this

    WHY IS THE HIGH LORD A SEED?????? Least to say, Smol Cait was confused for a long time.

    Because everyone smelled GOSH DARN WONDERFUL.

    He actually can't. I HAVE A BROTHER, OKAY??? I KNOW. Boys smell. They always smell. And if they're outdoors for more than 5mins they just start stinking for the heck of it. Boy + travelling + no bathing = STENCH. If the girl is swooning for this, then we need to get her help.

    COULD BE JUST ME OF COURSE. But Britta appeared of have the personality of Zero and Cohen just SMELLED LOVELY so I don't know what his personality was like. And for a girl who just lost her father, Britta spends like 3% of the time feeling sad about that. BECAUSE THERE'S A BOY (!!!) LOOK AT THE BOY (!!!) HE SMELLS SO SWEET (!!!)

    Because walking ain't that exciting. Unless you're walking on lava or big spiders or something, neither of which are in this book.

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    Why yes, yes I do. (And like I said: I read a

    of fantasy, so these things might not bother every reader! Except the sexism! I hope it bothers you because it's not good!) I think the cover is GORGEOUS and I always do love a book where there's a girl shooting stuff with arrows. Fun times. Also there's magic! Love magic! And some interesting twists at the end to keep you entertained as you finish this book while eating a chocolate-coated-pretzel to try and quell you're disappointment at it not being everything you dreamed of. Oh? Just me. Okay.

    My pretzel and I say goodbye and SORRY,

    #PretzelAndCaitOut

  • Regan
    Jan 06, 2017

    3.75

    Super fun read, review up on my channel tomorrow!

  • Emma Giordano
    Jan 16, 2017

    A solid 4 star read! I really really enjoyed this book! It was definitely a great fantasy novel I would recommend. The magic system was clearly introduced and not at all overbearing to the rest of the story. I did enjoy our main set of characters, though I wish we had a few more important side characters. (Ultimately, there's about 7 or 8 significant characters, 2 are dead, and all but three are barely in the story). I think my only other main issue was that I frequently loss interest in reading

    A solid 4 star read! I really really enjoyed this book! It was definitely a great fantasy novel I would recommend. The magic system was clearly introduced and not at all overbearing to the rest of the story. I did enjoy our main set of characters, though I wish we had a few more important side characters. (Ultimately, there's about 7 or 8 significant characters, 2 are dead, and all but three are barely in the story). I think my only other main issue was that I frequently loss interest in reading, not because the book was not good, but my own personal motivation to read. So while it wasn't because of the book content, it definitely put a damper on my reading experience. I felt it left off on an intriguing note for a sequel and I will for sure be continuing on with the series!