Ever the Brave

Ever the Brave

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...

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Title:Ever the Brave
Author:Erin Summerill
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Edition Language:English

Ever the Brave Reviews

  • Erin

    After writing a debut book, and seeing it go out into the world, finishing the second book was harder than I thought it would be. But I went with my gut, and tried to tell the truest story I could for these characters. And I feel like it's one of the best books I've ever written.

    I know that not everyone will feel the same. And that's all right. I'm just grateful for anyone who will give this series a chance.

    I poured my heart into this book, so if you do like it, I would love to hear your COMME

    After writing a debut book, and seeing it go out into the world, finishing the second book was harder than I thought it would be. But I went with my gut, and tried to tell the truest story I could for these characters. And I feel like it's one of the best books I've ever written.

    I know that not everyone will feel the same. And that's all right. I'm just grateful for anyone who will give this series a chance.

    I poured my heart into this book, so if you do like it, I would love to hear your COMMENTS. Thank you so much for your support!

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Happy Release Day!! Wooo you guys - this book was SOOOO good. This is a spoiler free review! (Though there will spoilers for book 1)

    Omg - this was fantastic. I adored the first book, though I'll admit it was a little slow at times. The world was so pretty and Britta was such a likeable heroine that I didn't even care about the pacing. But this book? FAST. Perfect pacing. Pretty much non-stop. Not to mention SO MANY FEELS that I am still just.. I don't even know..

    I can't talk too much about the p

    Happy Release Day!! Wooo you guys - this book was SOOOO good. This is a spoiler free review! (Though there will spoilers for book 1)

    Omg - this was fantastic. I adored the first book, though I'll admit it was a little slow at times. The world was so pretty and Britta was such a likeable heroine that I didn't even care about the pacing. But this book? FAST. Perfect pacing. Pretty much non-stop. Not to mention SO MANY FEELS that I am still just.. I don't even know..

    I can't talk too much about the plot aside from what the synopsis mentions, but you know the thing that happens at the end of book one? Well yep, that's kind of a major plot point for this book. No, it wasn't too good to be true. When I read that last page, I was losing my mind and that's pretty much why I was BEGGING for an ARC of this book (by the way, a HUGE thanks to HMH books for sending me this copy and saving my sanity!)

    So, on that note (and as you can tell by the synopsis), Britta now has this strange connection with the king that no one can explain. She's hiding it from Cohen, but the king himself knows. DRAMA ENSUES. Not to mention, everyone is in disarray and trying to track down the woman who had the king under her spell / thus controlling him from the first book. There are lots of plot twists and fun turns and wow, I was highly entertained. It was difficult to sit this book down.

    Also, this one introduces new POVs and I enjoyed them all SO MUCH. I don't want to give too much away since we're still a ways away from the release date, but I was so pleasantly surprised.

    I will say this. Those of you who are hoping to get to know the king, well, you will have your needs met. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH I CANNOT EXPRESS IT WITH WORDS PROPERLY. SMOL KING ALERT.

    *breathes deeply*

    Alright, continuing on. I just adored Britta, and no, not just because her nickname is my nickname and we have the same hair color. She was fierce, believable, flawed, and truly a pleasure to have as a heroine. I loved watching her struggle with some emotional/moral conflicts.

    Cohen, on the other hand, I went back and forth on. I found him a little lacking in the first book, but he surprised me in this one. To be completely honest, he drove me crazy for a good chunk of the book because of his protective / overbearingness he has towards Britta, but without spoiling anything, I did appreciate his character arc, and by the end, he had grown on me a good bit. I was suprised at how much I ended up really loving him by the end!

    As far as the romance, I'm going nuts over here because I can't say much without major spoilers (literally NOTHING) and I'm in agony since I can't talk about it a;lksjfa;lksjfaldkjf

    Ugh but I'm not sure how I feel about the end. On one hand, I think Erin made the right choice, and on the other, I'm... I can't. I'll get emotional. I can't talk about it. Let's just say I was surprised time and time again. I also had like 3 ships going at one time so don't talk to me. Wait no, talk to me. if you've read it, PLEASE TALK TO ME.

    I was worried about certain people being used as plot devices, but now that I know what I know, I'm feeling pretty good. I'm also SO EXCITED because there's another book in this world and ERIN, GIRL, I AM SO READY FOR THIS.

    If you're looking for a well-rounded story in a gorgeous fantasy setting with lots of emotional drama/conflict, this is for you. The writing was just lovely as always, and my gosh, buy yourself the hardcovers because look at that design.

    My advice is to savor the world, savor the characters, and come to me crying afterwards because I still need solace.

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    Pre review:

    I don't know how I feel right now. Part of me is happy and part of me is sad. Like what - how am I supposed to just... I don't know. I don't knowwwwww. If I say anymore then that, it would be a spoiler for sure. I haven't decided on the amount of stars because I just need to recover and think.

    This was an emotional journey, beautifully written, and I'm a huge Erin Summerill fan now for sure.

    Erin, if you're out there, PLEASE tell me if there's a possibility of getting a book about a certain character. I'm sure you can guess who I'm talking about. Like I really need this. My heart is bleeding.

    (Full review to come closer to the release date! And a huge thank you to HMH books for sending me this copy!)

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  • Joshua Gabriel (조수아)

    . —Britta

    ended with such a teeth-grinding cliffhanger, so it was good that I was able to read the sequel ASAP. And let me tell you, this book was so much better than the first one! I especially loved the second half, which was packed with exciting fighting scenes, meaningful drama, and satisfying revelations.

    follows the perspectives of three characters: Britta, Cohen, and Aodren. Aside from being

    . —Britta

    ended with such a teeth-grinding cliffhanger, so it was good that I was able to read the sequel ASAP. And let me tell you, this book was so much better than the first one! I especially loved the second half, which was packed with exciting fighting scenes, meaningful drama, and satisfying revelations.

    follows the perspectives of three characters: Britta, Cohen, and Aodren. Aside from being thrust into a love triangle, they have to deal with the threat of war. Channelers have been mysteriously disappearing, resulting to a more strained relationship between the kingdoms of Malam and Shaerdan. Britta, Cohen, and Aodren work together to bring the culprit to justice, their hearts burdened by problems both romantic and political in nature. Rest assured, the book ends with another cliffhanger. xD

    The protagonists in this book underwent a lot experiences that made them very likable and inspiring. For example, Britta came to terms with her identity, Aodren faced trials that developed his kingship, and Cohen gradually overcame his tendency to be insecure and overprotective. All in all, I was happy to see their stellar character development. I only had issues with Aodren because he was too stubborn to acknowledge the intimacy between Britta and Cohen. He was getting in the middle of my OTP, so there were times when I wanted to magically extract him from the book and mash my knuckles on his hard head. I didn't ship Aodren and Britta, so the love triangle in this book was mainly a source or irritation.

    Another thing I enjoyed was the family dynamics between Cohen and Finn. Unlike most siblings in reality, they were not ashamed to express how much they cared about each other. I laughed when Finn gave Cohen a piece of romantic advice. Despite his young age, Finn was already aware that men should not restrict women's freedom of choice. With that in mind, it could be said that Finn was one of the catalysts behind Cohen's maturity in the novel.

    I loved how this book explored the theme of falling far from the tree. One of the reasons behind Britta and Aodren's connection was their mutual desire to be better than their parents, who weren't necessarily principled or honorable. I was invested in this aspect of the story because it reinforced my belief that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. We should treat our parents with respect, but it wouldn't be wise to evaluate our worth according to their choices, flaws, or virtues.

    With all that said, it must be obvious that I really enjoyed

    . Its character-and-thematic virtues more than compensated for its frustrating love triangle. This is definitely a sequel that you shouldn't miss.

  • Sara Larson

    Another fantastic novel by Erin Summerill! I've been so lucky to have read many of her works over the years, and to have the privilege of seeing her talent and skill as a storyteller shine through more and more as she's grown as a writer. EVER THE BRAVE is everything you want -- action, swoon-worthy romance, intrigue, and of course her signature writing style that made EVER THE HUNTED so wonderful. This sequel is just the book you've been wanting after finishing the first book. Trust me when I t

    Another fantastic novel by Erin Summerill! I've been so lucky to have read many of her works over the years, and to have the privilege of seeing her talent and skill as a storyteller shine through more and more as she's grown as a writer. EVER THE BRAVE is everything you want -- action, swoon-worthy romance, intrigue, and of course her signature writing style that made EVER THE HUNTED so wonderful. This sequel is just the book you've been wanting after finishing the first book. Trust me when I tell you to run--don't walk--to nab your copy of this book when it comes out next week!!

  • alice (arctic books)

    Wrapped up super nicely but GODDAMN IM SO MAD ABOUT WHO BRITTA CHOSE AT THE END

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    This book just kept getting better and better as it went! I really enjoyed the first book and thought the world was gorgeous. The slower pacing never bothered me because I loved the medieval feel to everything. This book is a lot faster, though, so I was even more invested.

    I don't want to say a ton about the plot because that would probably spoil the first book. Basically, Cohen is off doing his thing, Britta has a connection with someone, and then her evil mother

    This book just kept getting better and better as it went! I really enjoyed the first book and thought the world was gorgeous. The slower pacing never bothered me because I loved the medieval feel to everything. This book is a lot faster, though, so I was even more invested.

    I don't want to say a ton about the plot because that would probably spoil the first book. Basically, Cohen is off doing his thing, Britta has a connection with someone, and then her evil mother shows up and is just one problem after another. Britta grows more into her power here, too, and I really liked the way that whole system of magic works.

    This story is split into the POVs of Cohen, the king, and Britta so you get a nice, well-rounded look into that love triangle. And it's one that totally worked for me! Like I've said before, I genuinely like YA tropes when they work with the plot. This story had some of the classics that just make you laugh when they show up like "yes, of course this must happen" (complete with skin-to-skin contact overnight to save someone's life from hypothermia). And the self-sacrificing love interest + super tough girl who hates dresses were fully developed characters, so it all worked. I know some people write a book off instantly if it has a love triangle, but maybe give this one a shot because it's done well.

    I cared about all of the characters in this book (lots more are introduced) and actually ended up loving Cohen. He wasn't my favorite before and I wasn't terribly into a lot of his POV here at first. But then I really did like his character growth and how the story ended! The last 20% was all sorts of emotional.

    The middle of the book kind of reminded me of some Maria V Snyder stories in case you like those. I'd also recommend this if you liked Ruined or the Remnant Chronicles. But this story's definitely original and Erin's writing just keeps getting stronger! I can't wait to see what her next book is about!!

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Alaina Meserole

    A pretty interesting sequel to

    . Now it definitely had it's flaws but the fight between the two kingdom was highly entertaining. It intrigued me enough to want to dive into the third book, whenever that comes out.

    Cohen is off doing his own thing for most of the book. Then there's Britta who is developing a stronger connection with someone and then a little bomb was dropped. Not literally, but her mom shows up and things just kind of escalate from bad to worse to really freaking ba

    A pretty interesting sequel to

    . Now it definitely had it's flaws but the fight between the two kingdom was highly entertaining. It intrigued me enough to want to dive into the third book, whenever that comes out.

    Cohen is off doing his own thing for most of the book. Then there's Britta who is developing a stronger connection with someone and then a little bomb was dropped. Not literally, but her mom shows up and things just kind of escalate from bad to worse to really freaking bad. If you catch my drift, shit hit the fan a LOT.

    Besides all of that Britta grows more and more into her powers which got me pretty hooked. The whole magic part of this book was probably the thing got me flipping through the pages the most. The romance part was okay. I don't really like love triangles so I didn't really look forward to any of that or really pay attention. I didn't really care about who she was with - unless it's Cohen.

    Overall, it was an interesting book. Yes, it had it's boring or slow parts because the pacing seemed a bit off throughout the book. If it didn't throw in a love triangle I probably would've loved the book a lot more. I did enjoy the character growth in this book, I can't decide who grew more: Britta or Cohen. Either way, I liked the book enough that I can't wait to dive into the third book.

  • Regan

    3.75

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    It’s definitely a far better book than it’s predecessor. But it did leave something more to be desired, it just felt like there were a lot of things that could have been explored and developed further both in terms of story and characters. And it felt like those things were sacrificed for the sake of dedicating more time to a rather unnecessary love triangle.

    That being said I think what saved this book more me is that it was thankfully told from multiple PoV, namely Britta, Cohen and Aodren. I

    It’s definitely a far better book than it’s predecessor. But it did leave something more to be desired, it just felt like there were a lot of things that could have been explored and developed further both in terms of story and characters. And it felt like those things were sacrificed for the sake of dedicating more time to a rather unnecessary love triangle.

    That being said I think what saved this book more me is that it was thankfully told from multiple PoV, namely Britta, Cohen and Aodren. I do not think I would have made it through this book if it was told only for Britta's PoV like the first book was. Aodren was definitely my favorite PoV, with Britta and Cohen about tied for second.

    - The heroine

    - The love interest

    - The king they all need aka a precious cinnamon roll I love.

    - A newly introduced huntress. Her I like, she does what she has to. Still not entirely sold on her being this great hunter/soldier, but at least she’s held her own for most of the book and she certainly helped Cohen out.

    I am pleased to say that we finally got to see a bit more of Britta in action, and while I still do not think her skills warrant the high praise she received in the first book, she is passable.

    One thing that did not change was my opinion of Britta and Cohen has a couple. To me, they're about as interesting as white bread. My problem is this, most of Cohen and Britta’s love story all happened off-screen. I did not get to watch them fall in love. They simply were already in love by the time we met them in the first book. It was written as though it was a fact. It was not a journey. The typical -

    they’ve known each other their whole lives blah blah fell in love as young teens etc. Cohen left Britta for reasons he did not explain, they reunite, Cohen leaves again, Britta is left uncertain again. Wash rinse repeat. I do not mind either of them as characters but I simply did not care about them as a couple.

    I honestly found myself shipping Britta and Aodren. Because we got to watch that relationship develop and grow. And in contrast to Cohen who kept making choices for Britta, without telling her everything she needed to know, Aodren respected Britta's independence and her right know, her right to decide for herself. But I knew from the dedication page alone that this story was never going to truly explore the possibility of them. However, I appreciate their friendship nevertheless.

    One relationship that did not get enough spotlight was Gillian and Lief. They are so subtle and cute. I hope they get some scenes in the upcoming Aodren spin-off. Gillian was an excellent friend to Britta as well, which she certainly needed with all that was going on around her. As they say, you don’t need a lot of friends just a good one.

    The main issue for me with this book is I just never connected or related to Britta or Cohen. But overall, I liked the book enough and the writing is fine. The world is reasonably interesting, so I would not mind more stories in this world. Hence why I am looking forward to the Aodren spin-off. This book to me is somewhere between a 2 and 3 stars. It was decent but feel no need to rush out and get myself a hardcopy for my shelf.

  • rachel • typed truths

    My curse has struck again. Another hyped series, another unpopular opinion.

    What let this story down was the hyperfocus of the romantic drama. If I had cared more about Britta and her love life, maybe this would not have been so disappointing. But I didn’t care. At all. I wanted more about the politics of the world; seeing these two kingdoms trying to combat systemic discrimination. I was definitely not here for yet another unnecessary love triangle. I was not here for the angst or the repetitiv

    My curse has struck again. Another hyped series, another unpopular opinion.

    What let this story down was the hyperfocus of the romantic drama. If I had cared more about Britta and her love life, maybe this would not have been so disappointing. But I didn’t care. At all. I wanted more about the politics of the world; seeing these two kingdoms trying to combat systemic discrimination. I was definitely not here for yet another unnecessary love triangle. I was not here for the angst or the repetitive cliches. I still cannot believe that there was an honest to god ‘cuddling naked for warmth when the other LI walks in’ scene. I have read that scenario

    and I’m completely over it. It was the fact that those sort of scenes took preference over the scenes detailing the actual rebellion and kidnapping mystery - the supposed focal point of the plot - which made it so difficult to push through to the end. The fact that the entire last quarter of the book rushed through all of the important scenes and, instead, focused on concluding the love triangle was the final straw.

    I did like that the story was told in multiple perspectives. I wish that I had been more invested in the characters themselves though. Britta and Cohen irritated the heck out of me in particular. They were jealous and petty, constantly riling each other with the same dumb jumping to conclusion nonsense they did in the first book. I was excited to see more of Aodren but again, we focused more on his growing relationship with Britta than his duties as the king which was not what I hoped for.

    This series had potential. If more of a focus had been placed on the politics of the brewing war or the rebellion against Chaneller discrimination, I would have been onboard. The romantic drama, particularly the love triangle angst, was not my cup of tea and truly soured my experience. I struggled to get invested in this story or the characters and I am just glad that the series is finished. I am not sure what made this series so hyped but I’d much rather recommend The Wish Granter or Frostblood if you want romance-heavy YA fantasy with some politics that is well-written and engaging.

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