Friday, February 03, 2017

Review: The Great Hunt

title: The Great Hunt
author: Wendy Higgins 
book birthday: March 8, 2016
my rating: DNF

blurb from goodreads:
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.

I really don't have much to say. I tried really hard to like this book. The story was so promising and I was so intrigued by a retelling of a Grimm tale that I'm not familiar with. But seriously? the "romantic tension" was just too much. The language was so flourished and at times felt forced. Some people who read romance novels on the regular will like the mushy gushing descriptions and hot-and-bothered scenes. It wasn't for me.  

Example:  "His arms...seas almighty. His arms were all muscle, bulging without even flexing. Same with his calves. And his face was chiseled as in the coldlands tales of old."
Um... I find my husband's arms to be a turn on too, but "his face was chiseled as in the coldlands of old"? um... yeah. no. 

Another thing that bothered me was Paxton, who is the love interest, joked about domestic violence. This is something that when looking through other reviews I found to be a shared peeve. I don't know if that kind of talk is a turn on for some who may read the book, but to me it's not okay. 

Yea... I did not like this one at all. I don't think I'd even recommend this to my students. 

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