Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway: Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill



About the Book:

Title: EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)
Author: Erin Summerill
Pub. Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD, Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book, but I have to say I think I enjoyed this one a bit more. Gone were the niggles I had about Britta and her indecisiveness. While she is still exploring who she is and what she wants, she is more assured in the former and is still willing to figure out the later. This made the book go smoother for me and I became curious as to what conclusion this duology will lead. There is a hint of a love triangle that may make those who absolutely hate them hesitate, but to those I say wait. Read the whole book, you will be satisfied. There is reason for the triangle, but you will like the conclusion that Britta makes in the end.

I also enjoyed the insight into King Aodren's and Cohen's POV and this also expands the adventure even further. Britta's POV was more insightful than the previous book and it shows how much she has grown. My niggle in this book is that with the expansion of Aodren and Cohen's POV it felt as if Britta's role and badassery was diminished which became my niggle in this one. Toward the end I see that there was a reason for it, but I still would have liked Britta in a more forceful role in the beginning.

I give this book 4 stars. I really enjoyed this book and it satisfies in so many ways. The questions of the first book were answered, the adventure was captivating, the two suiters were well placed and the conclusion to that will satisfy most (I don't think there ever will be an all). The ending, which I am often most critical, was well done and feels complete.


Also check out my review for the the first book, Ever the Hunted, HERE.

Title: EVER THE HUNTED
Author: Erin Summerill
Pub. Date: December 27, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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. 

About Erin:

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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Giveaway Details
3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
11/27/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Interview
*11/28/2017- Books and Things- Review
11/29/2017- Novel Novice- Guest Post
11/30/2017- YA and Wine- Review
12/1/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
12/4/2017- Emily Reads Everything- Review
12/5/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post
12/6/2017- Dani Reviews Things- Review
12/7/2017- Never Too Many To Read- Interview
12/8/2017- Book Briefs- Review


47 comments:

  1. it's great to hear this one was better than the first one and that the end statisfied you.

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  2. I've been eyeing this series so I'm glad you liked the second even more than the first. I might have to pick it up now for sure.

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  3. Glad you like the second book much more than the first. I was unsure of picking up this series..it just kinda seemed like your generic fantasy but now I'm thinking of reconsidering it.

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    1. There are generic elements to it, but I really like how the relationships were handled in this one. Much better than the usual.

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  4. I hadn't heard of this series, thanks for the heads up!

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  5. I hadn't heard about this but it sounds interesting.

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  6. Always a good sign when you like the second book more. Delightful review Melissa. This is one I should try :)

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    1. I agree. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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  7. I have this one on my to-read list already. This is one I already know I'm going to enjoy. I'm going to wait though - wait until three are out (unless its a duology). I love back-to-back series reads!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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    1. If it isn't, it really can be read as a duology.

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  8. Neat that the heroine grew more and was more enjoyable in book two. Sounds like a good series.

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  9. for the life if me, I cannot remember if I read the first book! that's a bad sign though, but I can always reread

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    1. With so many we read/review, it is hard to keep track sometimes.

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  10. I love it when the second in a series, and in this case the end of one, is even better. I also like that Britta is such a strong heroine and that she grows throughout the story. Great review, Melissa. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this duology at my library.

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    1. I did like it. I'm not positive it is a duology, but it did read like one. :)

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  11. Yay for enjoying the second one more :)

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  12. Still undecided about the covers. the books however sound promising. Enough so that even I would want to start with the first.

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    1. Oh I like the covers myself. I think you'd like these and do start with the first book. These shouldn't be read out of order.

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  13. Ahhh I'm so glad that you loved this one more than the first. I was worried about this one admittedly because of the Ever the Hunted ended. Nevertheless, I still really want to read it anyway. So glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. Totally get that and you will like the resolution of what was presented in the end of the first book. ;)

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  14. I will have a wee look at the first in the series as I don't like picking up book 2 if I know it is the second, glad it ended well, an ending can make or break a book. Good luck to those entering the comp xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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    1. Oh yes, do not read these out of order. Plus the ending of the first book is a bit brutal but the solution makes up for it. :)

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  15. Is this a duology? If so I might pick this one up from the library. I read book 1, but it didn't completely work for me. Glad to hear that this one was better for you, so maybe there is some hope

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    1. I think it is, as it does read like a duology. You might like the solutions presented in this one that the first book left open.

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  16. I've been wanting to read this series since the first book, but for some reason I haven't yet. Sounds like this one is a good continuation, and nice that the MC is more assured in this one. Nice review!

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  17. Oh, yeah, Ever the Hunted is one I was interested in. Glad to see the 2nd book is better.

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    1. Oh yea... this one works better and solves some problems of the first.

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  18. I haven't read the first one, but that's awesome you liked the second a bit better. You don't always get that! :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  19. Thanks for the review. This sounds like something my kids might like.

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  20. This wasn't on my radar until I did my new release post yesterday. I don't read a lot of fantasy, but these sound good!
    Jen Ryland Reviews

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    1. If you try fantasy and don't usually read it, I do suggest YA fantasy. It usually isn't heavy handed.

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  21. Oh I have Ever The HUnted still on my TBR, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this sequel maybe even a bit more than the first one. Will have to check them both out so I can binge-read :)

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    1. Oh nice. I think that is the way to go with this one. :)

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  22. Sounds super interesting and I love that you enjoyed it! :)

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  23. Oh I'd been curious about book one. Yay for book 2 being better and fewer niggles. That always makes me happy.

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