I read Wendy Higgin’s first book in her Sweet trilogy, and I read it when I needed a fast no-nonsense flimsy read. And it was a decent book… I guess you could call it a rebound book. While I was doing a run through of Edelweiss, I saw that this one was an instant download, and I though to myself this would be a cool one to try out since she was trying her hand at the Fantasy genre, of which I am a huge fan. So I decided to give this one a shot.
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. 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 knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until 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 the marrying type. 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—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.
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, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom. (Goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
This was an interesting book. It started off well enough, but the longer it went the harder it got for me to keep going. I will say that I ended up DNFing it at about 55% if I remember correctly… maybe even 60%. I made it a good chunk in, but even still it just wasn’t enough.
Paxton was a male character that I just didn’t understand. He was cold and brash, but I didn’t feel like he had any reason to be. While his brother was sweet and kind, and I honestly never understood why Verity went for Paxton over his brother (besides maybe the age difference and Paxton’s mysterious asshole-ish personality). Either way, the romance was so flat and the characters so one-dimensional, I couldn’t stand to even finish the book.
Also, if that doesn’t make it bad, this will make it worse: The females in this book didn’t do a God damn thing. They were not strong female heroines… yes, sometimes they made difficult decisions, but they practically stood on the sidelines while they watched all the men do the dirty work. Not only that but they were basically commodified and made to be the prize for the man who killed the beast. Talk about anti-feminist. The only women who actually got their hands dirty were these Amazonian like women who partook in the Hunt, but even still over half of them (maybe more eventually) were killed, which totally goes to undermines their badass skills.
I hope you guys have a better chance with this book than I did. I really do, but this one just wasn’t for me.