Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins Review

Expected Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: ARC
Page Count: 416 pages
Series: The Great Hunt #1


Synopsis:

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A 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 marriage.

Princess 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 them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton 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 dear.


Review:

I really wanted to love this book, I really do. The synopsis itself was something up my ally, but the story wasn’t what I expected or how I wanted things to turn out.

The Great Hunt is a retelling of The Singing Bone. Personally, I haven't read The Singing Bone or know anything about it so I went in blindly.

It follows multiple characters but the main ones are Aerity and Paxton. Aerity is a princess while Paxton is a hunter. In the kingdom of Lochlanach, there’s this mysterious beast that’s terrorizing the lands. With all the failed attempts to kill the beast, the king issues a proclamation - the winner gets to marry Princess Aerity.

So what do you expect after a proclamation like that? Hundreds of hunters appear to hunt the beast and try to win the hand of Aerity… except for Paxton. Paxton doesn’t care about the marriage. His main focus is to slay the beast and protect his family.

With Paxton’s mysterious persona, Aerity is intrigued from the moment she laid eyes on him. The relationship between these two is quite dull. Paxton attitude towards Aerity from the start was cold and throughout, there wasn’t much romance. A few scenes here and there, but not a lot.

The deal breaker for me was the story itself. The book in general is beautifully crafted with multiple points of views and different story lines to keep the reader entertained. It’s just not what I wanted and the ending wasn't my favorite.

It has a little romance, action, and fantasy, but this book wasn’t my “cup of tea” but I will read the sequel because I’m not fully satisfied yet but I have hope for this series.

ARC provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen

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