EVER THE BRAVE Review and Giveaway!


I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Erin Summerill’s Ever the Brave today! I adore this romantic, action-packed fantasy series, and I’m so excited to share the opportunity to win a copy with you guys today! Check out my review below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Not only are these books amazing, but the covers are stunning! You don’t want to miss this chance to get this beauty on your book shelf!

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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

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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.

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Ever the Hunted_hres


Author: Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 27, 2016

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 400

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

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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.

My Review


Magic, adventure, and romance collide in the captivating second installment in the A Clash of Kingdoms series. With heart-pounding action and swoony romance, this is one book that readers won’t be able to put down.

The plot of the story itself is gripping. It picks up perfectly where Ever the Hunted left off and sucks readers in from the very first page. The pacing moves even more quickly than it did in book one and is brilliantly executed. There is a pretty big cliff hanger at the end of book one, and after a year of anticipating how that was going to turn out, Summerill certainly did not disappoint. I did not at all predict the direction she took the story in and was really pleasantly surprised with the result.

The setting of this story is absolutely stunning. It’s such a pleasure to enter this world alongside Britta, and Summerill makes it very easy to visualize. I love the political dynamics and tension between the two nations in this world and find them so interesting to read about. Readers get to see more of the machinations going on behind the scenes in this book, which is fascinating and also perfectly sets up the third book in the series. The story itself feels complete yet still left me eager for the next book. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

One of the things I most enjoyed about Ever the Brave was getting to experience the story through three different POVs. The mulitple POVs were each wonderfully executed. Each felt very much like their own, easily identifiable character and had a unique voice. Summerill did a brilliant job of selecting the POVs that would best move the story forward while increasing the tension, romantic and otherwise, along the way.

I adore a good, complex villain, and Ever the Brave certainly has that! There are some fantastic twists around the villain’s identity, which were absolutely jaw-dropping and so much fun to discover.

The romance is super swoony in this book. Sometimes romances fall a bit flat for me in the second book of a trilogy, but Summerill certainly avoided that pitfall with Ever the Brave. If anything, the romance feels more captivating and passionate than it did in book one, and I just could not get enough of Britta and Cohen.

This is a really well-executed sequel. The writing was lovely and had so much personality that really sets it apart from other books in the genre. I am so excited to read the final book in the series and cannot wait to see more from Summerill in the future.

 About the Author


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


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Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!

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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

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18 thoughts on “EVER THE BRAVE Review and Giveaway!

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh I didn’t even know Ever the Hunted had a sequel?? I feel like I’ve been living under a rock xD
    Amazing post, Krysti, as always! So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed this one as much as book one 🙂 I hope book three is just as lovely!


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Ahh, Krysti, your review makes me want to read Ever the Hunted immediately! I feel like I can never get on the bandwagon with you because you’re always soooo far ahead of me in releases! But, this also means you’re consistently helping me find new books I want to read. 😉

    I’m glad to hear the pacing is quicker in this book. I often find that second books struggle mostly due to pacing. We finally know the characters, but they aren’t doing a ton. Other than the swoony romance, do you feel like the character development is making progress too? What are you most excited for in book three (without spoilers?!)?


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I ADORE this series! And Erin is one of my favorite people on the planet. Her personality definitely comes through in the writing. I am slowing WAY down on reading, so I probably won’t be ahead of you in releases anymore. 🙂

      I definitely feel like the character and story development was on point in this book. I actually think I liked it even better than book one, which is saying something! This was a really, really strong sequel! I’d love to see even more of the world and the political machinations in the next book.


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Hahaha. I don’t know about that. I’m not that great about staying on top of ANY new releases. I think you’ll still be beating me here. 😉

        Liking book two more than book one really IS saying something. There are very few trilogies where I feel that is the case. Now i’m even more excited to read these books! Character and story development both amazing? You adore them? Yup. MUST read.


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        We will see about that! 😄

        It’s so true! Book two definitely seems to be challenging for trilogy authors!


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