2 out of 5 stars.
I received an ARC of this work.
Britt’s father is murdered in the woods and she is ordered to hunt down his killer. The huge problem is that the killer just might be her childhood friend and maybe sweetheart. She ends up catching up to him and has to decide whether she trusts his claim that he did nothing or the king’s men who claimed he did.
This was a VERY standard YA romance.adventure book. A lot of attention is paid to the romance and, on the whole, not a lot actually ends up happening. It is mostly Britt and her sweetheart (Cohen) running around in the forest and hoping not to get caught. They end up uncovering a plot and have to work to set it right.
Like a lot of these books, so much attention is paid to the characters and their feelings that it feels like the plot is actually getting neglected. If you strip down the plot to just the major action points, you realize VERY little actually happens across the length of the novel.
There is not enough action in this book to hold it together on its own, but the characters experience no growth and their interactions are so cookie cutter they do not make it sparkle either. I am not sure what this book is supposed to be offering that I could not easily get elsewhere.