Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

February 26, 2016 Review 24 ★★

Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
Pages: 432
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Series: The Great Hunt #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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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.

Inspired 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 people.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

THE GREAT HUNT had all the elements I would enjoy in a book like this but they just weren’t executed properly. It isn’t a bad book though, it’s just one that I have read numerous times before, with little variation.

While I’m not strictly against multiple POVs from third person, they have to be written well. Some of the POVs in this seemed unnecessary and we never got to really know any of the characters. They were bland and didn’t have any depth, with nothing unique about them. The romance also left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t exactly insta-love, but it was insta-attraction that was solely based on appearance.

The writing lacked voice and it told the reader what was going on rather than showing them: this happened then happened, etc. I quit at 40%, which would have been around two hundred pages, because nothing had really happened. There were no surprises and nothing that really made me want to keep reading. Something might have eventually happened and developed later on, but when you are almost at the halfway point of a 430 page book and nothing is going on, it’s a problem.

THE GREAT HUNT didn’t really introduce anything unique, and the elements already present weren’t executed all that well. That doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it though, I I just saw no reason or had motivation to continue it, personally.

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Overall: 2

24 Responses to “Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins”

    • Alise

      No worries! I haven’t read Sweet Evil yet but I’m not counting it out as I’ve heard great things about it. Thank you :)

  1. Lonna | FLYLēF

    That’s unfortunate. When an author decides to use a storyline that seems to have been written already–handsome hunter kills beast to win the hand of princess–there really has to be more to keep the interest of the reader. This doesn’t sound like it did. Perhaps it would have later on in the story, but you’re right, that’s a lot to ask of readers. I like that the Princess is a redhead. :) Very informative review, Alice.
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    • Alise

      Exactly. I’m okay with a concept that has already been told but it better bring *something* new to the table. Oh that reminds me, the redheaded-ness is mentioned SO MANY TIMES. Thanks!

    • Alise

      Yeah :/ This one sounded like it had a lot of elements I would enjoy but they weren’t executed well.

  2. Olivia

    Eee another one I have that you didn’t really love or hate. It seems like this book had a good idea to them, but it just wasn’t brought across too well and could have been executed a bit better to make it more enjoyable of a read. A shame here :/
    Olivia recently posted…A Study in Charlotte (Review)

    • Alise

      I’m leaning more towards dislike for this one, as I didn’t finish it. Yeah, the main character really needs to get her priorities in order.

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