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Obsession Confession | Humans Ascend On A Journal

Hello, hello, helloooooo, ducklings! How art thou on this fin spring day? I hope y’all are well! It’s time for this week’s installment of Obsession Confession! So many obsessions, so many confessions! Let’s see what we have…

Books

And once again, we have a week where I don’t have a featured book. Which is not to say that I haven’t been reading! The issue is that, after finishing Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (which are two vastly different, yet equally amazing books that you totally need to read!), I have been starting books, but not loving them enough to stick with them. *sighhhhhhhh…*

Music


I’ve been rocking out to “Human Touch” by Betty Who for the past week! The song is such a fun tune that’s easy to dance to and sing along with! In fact, I dare you not to do just that when listening to this song!

Movies/TV/Trailers

Recently I got into Syfy’s Ascension! The show was cancelled, but I’m loving watching the first (and only) season on Netflix. I love the mmystery and the science and the stark contrast between life on the spaceship–which is like a snapshot of the 1960s–and life on Earth–which has progressed forward. It’s a fun show full of intrigue and politics and I recommend giving it a chance, especially if you enjoy sci fi mysteries!

Other

I’ve recently really gotten into creative journaling, a fact which is completely hilarious to me as I’ve never been much of a journaling person. But. I’ve always loved collaging and I’ve always loved writing essays, especially taking a prompt and twisting it to write my own story and I also love how people personalize their bullet journals. So I took those ideas and kind of smashed them all together to create a personalized journal! Of course, I wasn’t the first one to have thought something like this up. I searched the tags #creativejournal and #creativejournaling on Instagram and I’ve been getting ideas from all of these stunning journals that people have created! I also looked up “journal challenges” on Tumblr and found some awesome prompts! So I’ve been doing some creative journaling for the past week and a half and I really love it!

News

Big bookish news came this past week when Marissa Meyer announced the title and release date of her new book, which I can officially say is going to be called Renegades! The book will be available in digital, print, and audio format on November 7, 2017. Renegades also is now available for pre-order on Audible! I’m super excited for this book! I loved The Lunar Chronicles, though I wasn’t a major fan of Heartless. However.am really interested in this book in that it’s Meyer’s first book that’s not a retelling (as far as I know) and I’m interested in seeing how she crafts a story that’s all her own! I have faith that she can pull it off, but I guess we’ll see!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Kaja at Of Dragons And Hearts had a neat post on loving shifty characters. I was drawn to the post because I didn’t quite know what Kaja meant by a “shifty character.” To my surprise, I discovered that I too am a big fan of the “shifty character”! So naturally, I loved the post!

Laughing The Pain Away

So this week’s bit of laughter is a little personal for me. Those of you who have been here for a good while probably know three things about me: 1) I attend the #13 best university in the United States, 2) I study biology and physics, and 3) I have horrible academic anxiety that I am currently working through/slowly recovering from. Those things do not spell happiness for me, but I’m leaning to be happy anyway. Part of learning to be happy is learning how to laugh at certain situations and realize that I’m not alone. As a science student at a top university, I’m constantly around people who have accomplished major things. And me? I’ve done…nothing. Really. I’ve been on two medical leaves. That’s it. So I always feel like I’m alone and everyone is better than me. My therapists are always trying to convince me that everyone feels that way, but I wasn’t so sure. I wasn’t so sure until I saw the comic below by Cassandra Cain. It made me laugh, but even more, it made me feel less alone. And slowly, the pain died a little more. So this ones for all y’all with anxiety, academic or otherwise. You’re never alone ❤

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WIN! │ Don’t Forget About the 2nd Annual Year-Long Giveaway!

Hey, y’all! Maggie here to remind [or let you know] about our 2nd Annual Year-Long Giveaway!

This round’s prizewinner will have the pleasure of choosing a 2018 pre-order! The winner will be chosen at the end of this year.

Here’s a rules refresher!

  • You must be 18+ to enter
  • The contest is open internationally, as long as we can locate a bookseller that ships to your country
  • The winner must reply to the notification email from the hosts within 3 days of receipt or forfeit the prize
  • The winner may choose any 2018 pre-order book worth no more than $20.00

Now that you’re up to speed, enter to your heart’s content and best of luck! 😀

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Top 10 Tuesday | Books We Loved Less/More Than We Thought We Would

Hi friends, Claire here. My apologies for posting this nearly at midnight (and therefore almost not on Tuesday)! Today has been a little hectic–I was out of my apartment from 11am to after 11pm. But, better late than never, right? (PS I will be adding pictures (and then deleting this comment) to this post at sometime tomorrow so you can see all the lovely covers.)

What books did you end up liking less or more than you originally thought?

Claire’s Choices

Liked Less

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is one of my favorite books. I thought the sequels were good, but didn’t live up to the first in the series. I was hoping that with Passenger, I would once again fall in love with Bracken’s work. Unfortunately, Passenger still didn’t quite do it for me. I have hopes for the sequel though!

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

M: I read one page of this book and instantly decided to put it down for another. I plan to give it another shot – I just wasn’t excited about it at the time.
C: I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It’s a book about books and ancient libraries! In the end though, I just didn’t find the world building or the characters compelling enough to continue reading the series, even though the first book was enjoyable.
M: Yes! I was so excited to read a book about books and ancient libraries fascinate me! I wish I could visit a library in Europe, maybe Greece – wherever an awesome, old library exists! The fact that I was bored after the first page may be a sign that I should give it up!

The 100 by Kass Morgan

C: I am an enormous fan of the TV show based off this book–it’s one of ~3 shows currently airing that I watch avidly. So, assuming that the book would be just like the TV show, I went into this book with high hopes. Instead, I found the book to be a bit cliche, the characters underdeveloped, and just overall lacking the grit that makes the TV show so compelling.
M: I see a ton of amazing things about The 100 TV show, but I seem to be the only person in the universe who has never seen it!

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

C: For my feelings on this book, please refer to Lila’s list.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

C: Disclaimer–I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I was expecting more from it (especially after reading The Infernal Devices). I think nostalgia factored a bit into my high rating, since I had some issues with some of the decisions Clare made. Still, I am EXTREMELY excited to get my hands on the next book!
M: I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet, but I’m really excited to! I LOVE The Infernal Devices, although I’ve only read Clockwork Angel thus far. Two words – WILL HERONDALE!
C: One word– SWOON.
M:

Liked More

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

C: I think I talk about this book a lot… I honestly don’t remember why I decided to listen to this audiobook, other than I was about to go on a small road trip by myself, but I absolutely did not expect to become so entrenched in the story. When I finally got to my destination, I didn’t want to leave my car! It goes without saying that I highly recommend this book.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

C: I tried reading this book on two separate occasions but never got very far. Finally, I took it with me this past summer to my apartment with the intention of finally reading it, and I’m glad I did! Although I wasn’t alive in the ‘80s, I loved it I understood one of Cline’s references and appreciated how much detail that went into his worldbuilding. Third time’s the charm!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

C: I was hesitant to read this, but when I saw it at my library I figured I might as well check it out. I ended up reading it in one night (do not recommend, you will end up in a comatose pool of emotion), and the book has stayed with me ever since.

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

C: For some reason this book was like, $1 on Amazon so I decided to buy it. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started reading it but ended up loving it so much that I immediately bought the other two books in the trilogy.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

C: Given the format of this book, I was unsure if I was going to like it. I initially thought that the pictures and typography would detract from the story, but instead I found the opposite. Not only was the story compelling, but the unique format of the book gave certain parts of the story unexpected depth.
M: This is, as y’all will soon see, is on my ‘less’ list; but I totally agree that the format is amazing!

Lila’s Choices

So I’m starting with books I liked less than I thought I would because a) I’m still salty (okay, when am I not?) and b) I know that’s what y’all came for, don’t even pretend!
M: Lila, you tickle me! 😀

Liked Less

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

L: Ah, The Infinite Sea, also known as “The Most Disappointing Book. Like, Ever.” I adored The 5th Wave–it was engaging, the writing was great, and it had so much meaning, thematically speaking. But The Infinite Sea? It made me want to throw the book against a wall and scream, “WHAT HAPPENED, RICK?! I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU–WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!!!” Yeahhhhh…Let’s just say I went in with colossal expectations and was sorely disappointed. The Infinite Sea suffered from a bad case of losing itself in its own philosophizing and plot. I left this book scratching my head and wondering what in the world I’d just read.
C: I completely agree with everything you just said. I read it on ebook, and assumed there was an error when I got to the end. I thought for sure that there would be at least another ⅔ left of the story, but nope, that was it. I felt like literally nothing happened in the book, and certain phrases (*cough*undulating waves*cough*) were way overused in an attempt to make the book sound more profound. AND I WAS EXPECTING SO MUCH FROM IT.

Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill

This book suffered a horrible case of Mediocre Fant

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

C: Red Queen is another one that could have made it onto my “less” list–I was so disappointed with what I thought was a very cliche YA-dystopian-romance.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

M: I usually am not into super descriptive writing, but for some reason, The Star-Touched Queen really sucked me in! Chokshi’s writing just has such an easy flow to it – I’m really looking forward to the next in the series, A Crown of Wishes!

The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

Liked More

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

C: My friend recommended this book to me, and I read it despite thinking I wouldn’t like it at all. I ended up devouring it in one sitting, it was so entertaining!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

M: Yay! I’m thrilled you liked Nimona! I have it, yet still need to read it. I was already excited about it, but it;s going up on my TBR list!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Maggie’s Choices

Like More

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

C: This was such an interesting story! When I picked it up, I definitely wasn’t expecting an alien invasion.

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

M: I had to read The Good Earth for 8th grade English and I was the ONLY kid in class who fell absolutely in love with this book – EVERYBODY hated it and probably thought I was nuts! There is a gorgeous edition on Amazon that I’m longing for – but I’m too cheap to pay, like, $25 for a paperback…:(

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

C: I read this book in 6th grade and it BLEW MY MIND. I thought all of Dan Brown’s plot twists were exceedingly clever.

Liked Less

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

M: I think my hopes were WAY too high for this book – I was incredibly disappointed and got bored with the plot really fast, but I stuck with it. While beautifully written, nothing happened, at least nothing that interested me. The ending is so predictable that it’s kind of sad…

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

C: Oh noooooooo. I’m sorry you didn’t like this book as much as you thought you would! I have it on my “more” list for just the opposite reason.
M: I did give it four stars on Goodreads! I liked it a little less because the story didn’t hold my attention like I hoped. However, the format of Illuminae blew me away – I LOVE that aspect – that’s the main reason I rated it four stars.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

L: OMG – I LOVED this book so much and then it took a turn for the stupid! I adored the story until the really paranormal aspects hit – I was so disappointed with the ending. It’s seriously like the author got sick of writing and got silly with the plot!

Red Winter by Annette Marie

M: Red Winter sucked me in big time in the beginning then it totally lost me. I was incredibly excited to read another book steeped in Japanese lore, as I really enjoyed The Girl in the Well by Rin Chupeco. I love to read fiction, but learn cool stuff at the same time. So, this book begins with the lore I love, but unfortunately lost its magic midway through the story.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

C: I read this book a while ago (maybe 6 years?) and remember being really excited for a creepy, bloody, haunting tale. What I got was……not that.
M: I expected exactly the same! I thought it was so weird that it turned into a paranormal lovey dovey type tale – THAT gave me the creeps! Plus, at the risk of sounding sick, the manner in which Anna was killed was boring.
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Obsession Confession | The Valiant Are Runnin’ Toward Everything!

Welcome back, faithful friends! This past week has been full of all kinds of exciting bits and bobs! All sorts of new obsessions have been brewing in my lil’ fangirl heart! So obviously I just had to share these obsession-worthy things with you!

Books

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The other day I started The Valiant by Lesley Livingston and I’m loving it so far! The book started with a bang and just keeps running with the action and adventure! I am living for it! Plus I really like Fallon! All in all, I think I’m gonna end up really liking this book!

Music

If music is the main thing you pay attention to in trailers (which, it is for me, but then again I’m a musician, lol), then you probably noticed the gorgeous song featured in the second half of the new trailer of Everything, Everything. The song is “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” by Naughty Boy and Beyonce and I absolutely love it! I love how heartfelt the song is, especially given the musical clarity and cleanness of the music. You can really hear the emotion in the vocalist voices and, for me, it really evoked quite a response. It’s really such a gorgeous, emotional song.

Movies/TV/Trailers

So the release of the first trailer for the Everything, Everything movie adaptation was the talk of the town last week. The film looks cute and well produced and like it could do really well. However, my excitement was overtaken by my irritation at something that I saw in the trailer. I find it really frustrating that the filmmakers completely erased the fact that Maddie is biracial (her father is Black and her mother is Asian). I’m not going to go into it here, but that’s a pretty harmful and borderline racist move. I’m still going to see the movie, but I’m pretty salty about the situation.

News

I almost broke down in a fit of fangirling when I saw the news that Philip Pullman will be releasing a new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials, in which one of the books will be a kind of prequel and two of the books will continue Lyra’s story! Pullman has said the trilogy is neither a prequel nor a sequel, but rather an “equel” (wwhich I think is both a brilliant and hilarious play on words). His Dark Materials holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first audiobook series that I fell in love with and one of the first major, “big kid” books I read. I remember listening to and reading the entire series when I was only 9 and actually comprehending it, which, thinking about it now, it kinda blows my mind that I could understand something that complex at such a young age. His Dark Materials also catapulted my love of physics and philosophy, so I’m eternally grateful to the series for that. I’m just so excited to hear that the story is continuing and expanding because The Amber Spyglass definitely left me wanting so much more!

Other Products

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My newest product obsession is fairy lights! I bought a giant 30 foot strand for $10 plus free shipping and have wrapped it around my bed frame (I have a daybed) and I feel like a fairy princess when I turn them on! I’m also amazed by the simple physics of the kind of lights that I got! Essentially the producers engulfed a teeny-tiny light in a little drop of glue and attached it to three strands of entwined Copper wire (Copper is the second best electrical conductor, btw). One end of the copper wire is sealed (in rubber I think) and the other end is attached to a prong which is then plugged into a converter which plugs into a regular socket. It’s fascinating and I think these lights would actually make a great teaching tool! Sorry, my inner nerd came out just then. Who am I kiddiing ? My inner nerd is always out, lol!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Recently I saw a great post from Stephanie from Adventures Of A Bibliophile on what constitutes a diverse book. This is a topic I’ve actually pondered quite a bit myself, funnily enough. Stephanie brings up some really good point and definitely made me turn a lot of things over in my head.

Laughing My *ss Off…Wait…That Sounds Painful…

This one’s for my fellow science geeks…

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Momentarily Maggie │Adventures in Foster Care, Part One

I’ve been relaxing on the couch, watching Dr. Phil tonight. The subject matter of the particular episode I watched concerned a two-year-old child who is living out of a truck with his father.

The story caused me to reflect on my experiences as a still green social worker. My first real job right out of undergrad was working case management for the foster care division of my state’s Department of  Children’s Services.

Fresh out of college, a newly minted social worker, I began working for the State and thus began what I now understand to be a chain of learning experiences.

Why I’m only realizing this now is beyond me. I figure perhaps due to the fact I’ve had plenty of time to grow up since that time that seems like lives ago, I’ve begun to simply realize just what I was dealing with.

I think a lot about where ‘my kids’ – the foster children who depended on me as their caseworker – are now. I do know that one particular girl, with whom I bonded and really wished I could adopt myself, has permanently lost custody of her baby and is missing, which frightens me hugely. I shudder when I imagine how she feels.

The parents of a teenage boy with whom I worked, I found out a few years ago, were busted for the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine. I live in a small town, making news travel fast, especially when it’s all laid out in the local paper.

Another child I represented was very troubled and very much in need of positive attention and unconditional love. Her mother dumped her in my state, not the girl’s home, with her ex-husband, who ended up committing suicide in jail after being caught molesting his daughter during a stop on the way to drop her off at school.

The girl was a teenager at the time and would be around 20 or so now. I long to know where she is and how she is doing, as I do all of my kids.

I did encounter a few of my kids through my work in agencies offering services such as shelter from domestic abuse and treatment for child victims of sexual abuse.

When I learned of the molestation of a then six-year-old girl while working at the child advocacy center (CAC), I was devastated, but deep down I wasn’t surprised. The girl had returned to the custody of her mother after a dramatic case with DCS.

The girl had entered foster care as a six-month-old, when it was discovered that she had unexplained broken ribs. Neither parent ever admitted fault. It wildly turned out that the child’s father wasn’t her father at all – it was found through a DNA test that the girl had been conceived during the mother’s illicit encounter with another man.

Looking back, there are things I would have done differently had I known then what I know now. For instance, I encountered many situations during my work in the foster care field that I now think of and practically smack myself on the forehead for not acting as I would now, ten years later.

I know I can’t change the past and that there is no sense in feeling that I failed the children with whom I worked, regardless of how their lives turned out. I like to think that I’m at the very least a bright, flickering light, nestled in the memories of the children whom I had the privilege of knowing.

fun, Lila

Obsession Confession | There Is *Literally* No Way I Can Configure These Words Into a Sensible Title…

Of course I’m late again! Y’all should just expect this by now!

Books

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This book, people! This book…is pure magic! But really! This book is absolutely enchanting! It’s just so…*melts*. Let’s just say it’s a wondrous blend of Laini Taylor, The Night Circus, and a certain, special, magical je ne sais quoi! I haven’t been swept up in a book like I am with this one in a looooooong time! Oh yeah. Caraval is quite a treat!

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So I also started Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and oh my god. Guys. This book is so intense and dark and sexy. And it’s so good. So there’s been a lot of buzz around this book because it’s said to have drawn a lot of inspiration from the movie Labyrinth. I actually loathe Labyrinth, but there was so much hype that I was like, “Fine, fine, fine! I’ll read it!” Turns out that was a good decision because I love this book! If you love Hades and Persephone or Beauty and the Beast or A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, then definitely check out Wintersong! You’ll love it!

Music

So I saw Hidden Figures a few weeks back and I loved the music in it! In particular, I love the song “Runnin'” by Pharrell Williams. The song’s sound is just so sassy and you can’t help but want to start dancing.

So on a much different note (haha, get it? it’s a pun), I’ve also been obsessed with “Drive” by Oh Wonder. I just love the sound of this song, with the trills and the violins and cellos. It’s just so soft and romantic!

So Ed Sheeran came out with new recently and I’ve been loving “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran. It’s a slightly different sound for him, but I like that he branched out and took a risk, because, in my opinion, it payed off. This sounds kind of like a club hit that Sheeran did a soft cover of, but it works. The song makes me want to sing and dance, so that’s always a good sign!

Movies/TV/Trailers

I saw Hidden Figures about 2 weeks ago and I cannot even begin to describe how much I love the movie. It’s not even that the movie was good–though it was incredible–it’s that it means so much to me. I am a female, Black science major myself and…it just meant so much to see a movie celebrating female, Black scientists. It almost made me cry so many times and I related so much. I just have no words for how much it meant to me.

So The 100 returned for season 4 and I am so freaking excited for it. I have yet to watch the first two episodes yet so no spoilers! I can’t wait to see what’s up with all of my favorite characters, especially after last season’s brutal cliffhanger!

News

 

Marlie Lu tweeted some super exiting news the other day which is that she has a new book set to be released called The Kingdom of Back! The book is a historical fantasy about Mozart and his sister! As a musician and fantasy fan and a fan of Marie Lu, I am so hyped for this book!

In other news, Tahereh Mafi also had some big announcements and they were that the Shatter Me TV adaptation now has a screenwriter and Tahereh now has the script in her hands!

Other Things

I’ve gotten quite into bookstagram (the book community on Instagram) lately. I’ve been working a lot on my photography skills and I’m having a lot of fun setting up photos! I also love seeing everyone’s photos and getting good recs from them! What can I say? It’s a new obsession! If you want to check out my bookstagram, I’m @thebookkeeper5. Leave your username in the comments and I’ll check yours out!

Around The Blogosphere/Vlogosphere

Cait at Paper Fury recently wrote a great post asking if authors should agree with everything they write. Whether or not you agree with her, it’s definitely an interesting post worth reading to the end. It definitely got me thinking.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

In the current political climate, Muslims are being given a particularly hard time. But one Muslim young woman decided she was going to have none of that nonsense! I saw this on Twitter, but I forget the name of the young woman who shared it, but this is her hilarious response to someone who asked her “Why can’t Muslims tell other Muslims to stop killing people?”

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Ever The Cliched | Ever The Hunted By Erin Summerill Audiobook Review

24846331Title: Ever The Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Helen Johns

Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

Length: 11 hours, 27 minutes

Star Rating: ★★ 0.5/ ☆☆☆☆☆

Goodreads Summary: 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.

So…This book and I had a …tumultuous…relationship. Though I eventually pulled through to the end, there were multiple sections of the book where I just wanted to DNF it. The book was very touch and go in terms of being interesting and was filled with fantasy tropes and clichés. To make it worse, I abhorred the audiobook narrator’s voice. So. Where to begin?

Let’s talk about the characters first. I really didn’t feel any connection to them. They were bland, uncompelling, and watery. Britta doesn’t really have any defining personality traits to make her stand out. Like, I can’t think of any adjective for her other than…bland. Nothing stood out about her. The same goes for every other character. The only standout trait about Cohen, the love interest and the boy who Britta’s “hunting,” is his over-protectiveness when it comes to Britta. Which is not exactly a shining trait to be recognized by, in my opinion. Inat was the clichéd “wizened, old witch in the woods” and also—you guessed it—had no personality traits that jumped out at you, other than having a vague “wise woman” air about her.

In truth, I think this lack of characterization was what really made the book fall flat. The plot—which I’ll get more into in a minute—fell flat because the characters were so emotionally untethered from it, lacking depth and intense motive. The relationships lacked oomph because the characters were so vanilla that you ended up why on earth someone would be interested in someone so boring. For me, I need that emotional connection to at least one character because it gets me invested in wanting to know what happens to them. Instead, I found myself asking “Who cares?” And that? That spells doom for a book when it comes to the chances I’ll want to continue on.

So enough about the characters. Maybe you’re the type of reader who can take bland characters, so long as there’s a good plot. Well don’t hold your breath for this one then. The book switches courses so many times, that the plot completely falls apart. It is due to this that it starts to feel like the characters are just running around for no reason. It’s like “First we have to do this!–Never mind, let’s do that!–Oh, no, wait, let’s do this other thing!” This made me feel like there was no point. Summerill attempts to tie it all together in the end, but it just feels like she’s slapping a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.

Of course, all of this wasn’t helped by the fact that the audiobook narrator, Helen Johns, had the most annoying voice! Her voice was squeaky and high pitched and those qualities were magnified by when she read particularly emotional passages. She read with a good amount of feeling and an even pace, but that was overshadowed by the actual sound of her voice. If you want to read Ever The Hunted, I wouldn’t recommend the audiobook, unfortunately.

So, all in all, Ever The Hunted was not a hit with me, unfortunately. If you’re looking for something fluffy and light, though, this might be something you like. Ya never know!