Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: December 27, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure, Young Adult
My Rating: My rating 2.5 stars
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
Usually, I like this kind of book, and I think that there are definitely people who will love it, I just wasn’t feeling it.
I found the dialogue stiff in spots, and the world wasn’t as developed as I was hoping. There was no difference between the kingdoms, in my opinion, the only thing that separated them was whether or not some of the people who lived there had magic and apparently one of the kingdom wears brighter colors.
I liked the idea of a girl searching for her father’s murder, but she isn’t searching for him on her own, she’s being forced to by the King. I think it could have been a much better story if Britta went off looking for the murderer on her own (but that’s my editor brain trying to fix things).
I think that the main character suffers a little bit from “special snowflake” syndrome, bordering on Mary Sue territory, but all of her “skills” are explained for the most part except for one that’s a huge spoiler. Britta is supposed to be an expert tracker, trained by her father, a bounty hunter, but on of the guards escorting her picks up what she’s doing within a chapter or so. So I didn’t see how she could be such a renown tracker. She also keeps talking about how wonderful the love interest smells, but they were –literally– traveling for weeks without bathing, and it’s a universally accepted fact that people who are sweating and don’t bathe for weeks smell gross. He does not smell good Britta.
I felt that there were parts of the story that went too fast and parts that were dragged. There are parts where there isn’t a page break but the characters are in a completely different place in the next paragraph, and we’re just supposed to understand that when a character says “let’s go” that the have moved a significant distance.
I found parts very predictable, sometimes I think if find things too predictable because I watch a lot of crime shows and try to figure out what happened before the narrative, so what I think is predictable may not be as predictable as I think it is.
All in all, I do think there is an audience for this book, and I’m sure there are many people who will love it, it just wasn’t for me.
Until next time Internet