Reviews

Ever the Brave – Erin Summerill

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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.

I received an Advanced Readers copy of this book

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Those of you amazing, incredible, wonderful followers who have been with me since last year will remember that I named Erin Summerill my favorite breakout author of 2016. Those of you who are just joining me, I still love you, and you’re still wonderful, but you have some catching up to do. I’m going to need you to read every post I’ve ever written as penance for being so late to the follow party. (I’m only partially kidding)

Anyways! My only concern when I read Ever the Hunted was that, although I loved Britta, I didn’t really have strong feelings for Cohen. I thought that she forgave him too easily for the things he put her through. Now, I like Cohen just fine after reading Ever the Brave, but he still ins’t my favorite male character. He kind of annoyed me a few times over the course of the book, but given the end of the story, I think he was meant to.

King Aodren, however, may be one of my favorite male characters of 2017. He is such a perfect, sweet little cinnamon roll! (Thank you Mika for teaching me this term) Let me catch you up to speed. Ever the Brave is narrated by three characters this time around: Cohen, Britta and AODREN!! I loved the multiple points of view, they really fleshed out the story. Erin did a fantastic job of switching POVs at just the right time, I never found myself wishing a particular scene was narrated by a different character.

Overall, I liked the plot of this a bit more than I liked Ever the Hunted. The sequel of a book is rarely better than the original, but I think that Erin managed to pull it off here. The plot moved quickly, there was plenty of action, and there were a few twists and turns to keep me on my toes.

My only grievance, aside from just not really diggin Cohen, was that there wasn’t enough villain development in my opinion. I would have liked to learn more about the bad guys, and I felt like aside from being power hungry, I didn’t get a huge feel for their motives. Its entirely possible that I’ve been reading too many books with villain MCs, but I missed the development there.

My Takeaway: Erin’s writing was as wonderful in Ever the Brave as it was in her debut, and I can honestly say that I can’t wait for the next book she writes (which I’m told will star my favorite cinnamon roll). 

Ever the Brave comes out on December 5th, be sure to pre-order it and get your hands on the AWESOME preorder swag Erin has! Rumor has it, there are also signed copies already floating around in some BN stores around the country. 

Amazon Preorder (OR preorder from your local Indie!)

PS – A little birdie tells me there may be a giveaway or interview or BOTH coming up in the next few weeks for this book. Stay tuned lovelies!

 

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