Title: The Wren Hunt
Author: Mary Watson
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Publication Date: November 6 2018 from Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Format: Kindle ARC
Goodreads Synopsis: Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated village by her family’s enemies—the Judges—and there’s nothing that she can do to stop it. Once her people, the Augurs, controlled a powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying her kind for good.
In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment—as an intern to an influential Judge named Cassa Harkness. Cassa has spent her life researching a transformative spell, which could bring the war between the factions to its absolute end. Caught in a web of deceit, Wren must decide whether or not to gamble on the spell and seal the Augurs’ fate.
**I received an ARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All thoughts are my own. No quotations from the book will be used.**
DNF @ 37 %
The synopsis is an interesting one, with a girl being chased down by awful boys every Christmas and there’s magic? Ok, sounds cool right? Well after reading a significant amount to me, this never really went anywhere. The beginning of the book where she’s being chased made me feel like I had been dropped into a story a few chapters in and I couldn’t read those early chapters. It was an odd beginning, with no explanation to why this happens. The synopsis makes the hunt sound sinister but nothing really comes of consequence from that hunt, so it was disappointing to begin with. There was a lack of imagery of the town looked like and even the main character herself.
Also, the magic she had wasn’t even mentioned in the beginning until the hunt was over. Then were passages of info dumping to what some of the augur abilities were and names for where their magic came from and such. All of this still felt like I had been randomly dumped into a story and had to follow along with no choice. Even the bits of explanation you get never felt complete to me; words were just thrown out there without really explaining what they meant. Everything read with a flat tone, never making me care about why they had to infiltrate the judges to get something to save their magic. Why? Do they die if they don’t? How is that the only way to get what they need? The stakes never felt present to me; they just had to infiltrate the judges and steal the thing and that was it, with no other details.
Then, the final thing that disappointed me was the ending. I agree with some of the reviews out there that the answers aren’t there at the end. A major thing happens and then the last chapter just shows that everything is fine and that the main character is okay with her fate. Her decision felt like she didn’t care about where she came from; she just agreed to something without thinking it over for reasons I feel like were never explained. The end feels unfinished, with the characters mentioning what happened in vague terms that never presented closure.
Overall: This was another disappointment for me. With the amount I did read, there no magic used except for the beginning and one thing at the end. Many things felt like they were not clearly explained to define the world and the rules of the conflict. Nothing ever felt serious to me when it comes to decisions being made or any danger to Wren. I also did not connect with her due to not understanding her choices and feeling like she never made any concrete decisions of her own. I feel like the synopsis was a bit misleading compared to what I did end up reading.
**A huge thank you to Bloomsbury and NetGalley for granting my ARC request to read this book for review!**
Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts on it? Are you excited about this book?