Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill

Ever the Brave
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN:   0544664469
ISBN13: 9780544664463
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Edelweiss

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she'd like to, and now he's insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

EVER THE BRAVE surprised me in many ways.

There are a bunch of great characters in this series. They all have great growth and bring something to the storyline. I liked getting into their minds via their different POVs. The villain of the story totally took me by surprise. I didn't see it coming, and it definitely brought another element to the story.

Time to talk romance. I liked Cohen from the start. I enjoyed the progression of his and Britta's romance and thought they fit together and worked together very well. I was extremely worried about the hint of a love triangle when I read the blurb for EVER THE BRAVE—I even put off reading it for a while because I didn't want there to be one. While reading I really wanted to hate King Aodren, but he slowly won his way into my heart. I am very happy with the way everything played out and the final decision Britta made in the end. That is all you will get about that from me.

I really enjoyed the world of Clash of Kingdoms. It's complex yet easy to understand. The pace is slow, but not too slow that I got bored. I'm glad I read this series and look forward to seeing what the author does in the future.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.