review The Great Hunt 103

characters ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Wendy Higgins

The Great HuntEss Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding maybe even dangerousPaxton is not the marrying type Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand ridding the kingdom of the beast but the princess continues to surprise him and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes. Such a great book SO good until the ending I don't know if I want to be lenient because I know there will be a seuel or harsh because that ending gutted meReview posted on The Eater of Books blogThe Great Hunt by Wendy HigginsBook One of Eurona DuologyPublisher HarperTeenPublication Date March 8 2016Rating 4 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from GoodreadsKill the beast Win the girlA strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger In an act of desperation a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriagePrincess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt but when a brooding local hunter Paxton Seabolt catches her attention there’s no denying the unspoken lure between themor his mysterious resentmentPaxton is not keen on marriage Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm But as past secrets collide with present desires dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dearInspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters romantic tension outlawed magic and a princess willing to risk all to save her peopleWhat I LikedThis is my first Wendy Higgins book so I can't compare this one to her Sweet series or her self published novel I can say that I was pretty pleased with this book despite its crushing ending Sorry It gutted me though What is holding me together and making me not rate this book down is the fact that this is book one of two and I'm almost 90% confident in Higgins not to steer me wrong in terms of certain things I'm taking a leap of faith I supposeLochlanach is under attack by a strange and dangerous beast that has been attacking at night ripping soldiers and villagers to shreds The king is desperate; with his oldest daughter's reluctant permission he issues a proclamation that whichever hunter kills the beast will have his daughter's hand in marriage Aerity always wanted to marry for love but she knows the safety of her kingdom is important But she can't help falling for Paxton Seabolt a mysterious grumpy brooding hunter who is bent on killing the beast to protect his family and Lochlanach ie not for her Paxton isn't all that he seems but then neither is the beast or what is really going on in LochlanachI've never read The Singing Bone but I have a huge copy of the works of the Grimm Brothers so I will definitely be reading it when I get the chance I love fairy tale retellings and I'm sure Higgins did a beautiful job of twisting the tale into her own storyI thought the world building was well written I love how this book starts in a horrifying eye opening way A true hook in my opinion I also really like how important family is in this book The king has three kids Aerity Vixie Donny and his two younger sisters have an army of kids as well The oldest cousin is Wyneth who is one year older than Aerity and whose betrothed was killed by the beast Wyneth has been in mourning but clear how much Aerity and Wyneth love each other and are best friends as well as cousins Their friendship is so strong throughout the bookThis book is written in third person limited so we get Aerity's third person POV and Paxton's I liked Aerity though at first I didn't really connect with her She's a good person and a selfless princess I love how much she cares about her family and her kingdom I liked Paxton almost immediately grumpy silent and somewhat moody heroes are my favorite Especially the ones who are noble and yet have something to hide Paxton is a fierce hunter and a selfless brave man He and his younger brother Tiern enter the Hunt but both are concerned with killing the best than marrying the princessI have seen a lot of people struggle with the pacing or the writing but I personally didn't have any trouble reading this book I'll admit the beginning after the first scene but before the hunters gathered for the Hunt I had to muscle through a bit But once the Hunt was called I was zipping through this bookThe romance is so sweet It's the slow burn type and kind of hate to love which are two of my favorite tropes in romances I say kind of hate to love because the attraction is instant for both Aerity and Paxton but Paxton is doing everything he can to avoid Aerity and Aerity is convinced that Paxton does not like her Nevertheless I liked the romance; no love triangle and it's a pretty straightforward romance at least until the ending You'll see my thoughts on the ending in the next sectionThe climax of this book something that I both dreaded and looked forward to and I got exactly what I was expecting Higgins ups the ante and she sets up a bigger picture for book two really well Of course I abhorred the ending you'll understand why vaguely in the next section but Higgins did a good job of writing the ending The ending makes sense even if I hated it What I Did Not LikeOkay fine I hated the ending It's a huge cliffhanger in terms of several different aspects The Hunt has just gotten super complicated trust me this is VAGUE a new player has entered the game and the romance oh my heart Just thinking about the proclamation and the whole premise of this book you can probably figure out why I hate this ending in terms of the romance If this book ended with all of the OTHER cliffhanger aspects MINUS what happened in terms of the romance then I would give this book five stars hands down But it's getting 35 stars which I am willing to round up to 4 stars because of that cliffhangerWould I Recommend ItDespite the cliffhanger I enjoyed the entire book It's one of those cases in which I LOVED the book up until the ending What's keeping me strong is that I'm pretty sure Higgins loves a good HEA and she wouldn't have spent so much time in those two specific characters' heads otherwise rightMaybe wait until book two publishes to binge read the series Man I love duologies Though the wait is still the same for the next book it's only one book to wait forRating35 stars rounded up to 4 stars I'm hoping that there will be a good ending to the series I think I trust Higgins with this HEA but I'm pretty anxious now Still she has guaranteed at least one person who can't wait for the seuel because of the ending of this book

characters The Great Hunt

review The Great Hunt 103 Í Wendy Higgins the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt a dramatic romance filled fantasy with rugged hunters romantic tension and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdomWhen a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona desperate measures must beWendy Higgins the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt a dramatic romance filled fantasy with rugged hunters romantic tension and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdomWhen a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona desperate measures must be taken The king sends a proclamati. In his eyes lived something deep dark and untold Something that frightened herBut it didn’t scare her enough to make her want to stay away from him Not nearly enough Oh god I wouldn't recommend this book to the girl who ratted me out to my crush in 9th grade If you love love and if you think being the helpless damsel in distress is THE GREATEST THING EVAR11ONE then you may enjoy this book Me Not so much Oh and the princess willing to risk all to save her people thing in the blurb I mean if you consider giving up whom you thought was your One Twoo Wuv to marry your Real One Twoo Wuv a sacrifice then sure I guessWhat can I say This book was terrible It's an old fashioned teenaged girl's wet dream of the purest sort and clichéd as all hell Beautiful princess falls into insta love with disrespectful asshole Still holding her hand he dropped his gaze down to the swell of fabric at her chest and kept it there too long his hand tightening and seeming even hotter around hers Who is turned into a prince charming by her love Not even the earliest Disney movies were this bad If you want feminism and strength you will not find it hereThis is a story about a fairy tale kingdom ruled by a kind king and his loving family under the shadow of a Beast that has ravaged the countryside and killed numerous people The kingdom is broke unable to fund further efforts to kill the Beast As a last resort the king offers the hand of his beautiful eldest daughter Princess Aerity good lord even the name makes me want to throw up in my mouth to anyone who can kill the beastIf you're hoping that the princess will rise to the occasion and kill the beast herself you'd be wrong She spends the entire fucking book dressing up practicing aerial silks I'm not fucking kidding checking out hot conveniently half dressed guys and that's pretty much it The hunter looked down at his abdomen and then back up at the princess He rubbed a hand down his stomach “I’m not sure where my tunic’s gone it was bloodied”Aerity waved off his comment with a shaking hand and said “It’s all right” As if she were used to being in the presence of half naked attractive menDo not look at his chest or his stomach Aerity gets to have her ego stroked and lives in the safety of her castle while a host of extremely hot men vie for her hands under the guise of killing the Beast She meets many handsome distinguished gentlemanly men He wore a leather kilt to his knees fur lined leather boots and a sleeveless tunic with a burnished breastplate over itHis arms seas almighty His arms were all muscle bulging without even flexing Same with his calves And his face was chiseled as in the coldlands tales of old While falling for the rude commoner asshole Given all of that the princess was surprised she did not feel the same heat course through her that she’d felt for the rude commoner moments before #predictableAnd as assholish and rude and MACHO as the main love interest Paxton is he seems to haveawfully emotional and flowery thoughts Paxton spared his last look for Princess Aerity Even from afar she seemed to be looking right at him She brought her slender fingertips to her lips and left them there as if her hand could keep her emotions from escaping rolls eyesNow the myriad of things wrong in the book First victim blaming Paxton knew his behavior had been inappropriate but it was her own fault Oh it's her fault that he was attracted was it It was HER FAULT that he had to act like an asshole to her is it Fuck you Seriously fuck youPaxton is an douchenozzle He is verbally abusive and mentally manipulative Aerity doesn't seem to care In fact the worse Paxton treats her the Aerity seems to fall for him “Is it so hard to believe I’d prefer to be alone I’m certain every eligible man in the kingdom would fall over his boot strings for a chance to ride behind your royal arse but I am not one of them”Well that settled it the swine Now Aerity would walk at his side for the simple pleasure of not giving him what he wanted If he thought he could frighten her away with his words and intimidate her he was wrong It's a terrible message to send to young womenThe book slut shames He’s simply not the marrying type The women he’s been known to fraternize with are well ” She looked back and forth between the royal girls’ waiting faces “Not exactly innocents Save yourself the headache and frustrationRead this review and The Book Eaters

Wendy Higgins ✓ 3 review

On to the best and bravest hunters whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger she was meant to marry for love until a brooding local hunter Paxton Seabolt catches her attention And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them Princ. 2 StarsI didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would The story and characters were very underdeveloped and the romance was too insta love for my tasteand basically non existent The heroine was kind of bland and the hero was the typical aloof prick who is known to snag all the ladies and treats the heroine like shite so of course she digs him Something that made me also doubt the depth of the characters the book begins with one of the supporting characters the heroine's best friendcousin losing the supposed love of her life in an attack by the beast And yet mere chapters later she is blushing over the attentions of a new suitor Pfffffft Basically this read like what it is the cookie cutter 2016 YA romance Even though I’ve already checked out book two from the library and have it ready to go I’m not sure I will continue Just very underwhelmed Next