Welcome to the Pre-Squee, a new weekly feature here at the Bookworms and at The Book Swarm. Some books, though they might not be coming out for a few months, need an early squee — we just can’t hold in our excitement about them! Sure, we’ll do full reviews closer to the release date but this feature gives us a chance to share a little bit of our love, whether it be for the story, cover, characters, or whatever. We’re quite flexible in our book love.
So today we Squee about
The Great Hunt
March 8th 2016 by HarperTeen
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.
It’s no secret that I am highly in love with Wend Higgins (cough, KAI cough) and I was so excited when I heard about her new YA Fantasy Duology The Great Hunt! So even though it’s released next year, I couldn’t wait to read it right now as soon as I got a copy.
And HOLY AWESOME! I loved it so so much, it has fantastic world building and even though it’s a medieval fantasy setting, it has some empowering modern elements, like princesses who are supposed to chose their husbands.
The romance here is subtle and perfectly build with a lot of tension and awesomeness and just right up my alley, but honestly, I didn’t expect anything less from Wendy:)
Paxton is just the perfect swoon worthy romantic interest who drives us crazy and makes us root from him even more!
So seriously, mark The Great Hunt on your To-Read List right now because you should NOT miss this!