Thank you so much Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a copy of The Wren’s Hunt in exchange for honest review. All thoughts on the book are my own and being sent a copy of the book did not impact how I felt about it.
Release Date: February 8th, 2018
Trigger Warnings: alcoholism
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Genre: urban fantasy, magic, young adult, romance, fantasy, mythology
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.
R E V I E W
The Wren Hunt was a book I was pretty excited for. Unfortunately, I hadn’t read the blurb and had no idea what this book was about. Or maybe I had and my view simply got warped way off track of what this book actually is about. The Wren Hunt is a book full of mystery and magic, set in an urban environment. I typically love urban fantasy. For me, you can do no wrong if it is urban fantasy. However, I just didn’t fall in love with this. Almost everything about The Wren Hunt fell flat for me. From the characters to the pacing, to the world building, it just wasn’t there. It’s really unfortunate because this story would have been enjoyable, otherwise.
Mary Watson’s The Wren Hunt follows the story of Wren. I honestly don’t even know how to describe the plot because it’s…strange. I believe Wren and her family can see the future? It’s difficult to explain when I don’t even understand the story myself. Wren runs away from a group of boys (Judges) every year, they run through the woods and they always take something from her when she is caught. It is strange, for lack of better description. After one of these frightening runs through the forest Wren/someone she lives with sees the future (has a vision? Becomes That’s So Raven?) that requires them to infiltrate the Judges lives.
Trust me, it’s just as weird to read about and I truly don’t know how much more in depth I can get without confusing myself more. So, I’m going to jump into what I did and didn’t like about this particular story. Be prepared, there are a lot more dislikes than likes.
L I K E S
✗ INTERESTING STORYLINE
The storyline was strange but interesting. I don’t even know how to describe it. I was reading this book by a pool and honestly, it was enjoyable to an extent. The story moves along and Wren faces many struggles, primarily of the boy and romantic feeling kind.
Again, not much I can say because no matter how interesting the storyline was it is still one of the most confusing books I have read to date.
D I S L I K E S
✗ SAME CONVERSATIONS ON THE SAME PAGE
This annoyed me a lot. Wren and several other characters repeated almost everything they said. When I noticed it, I couldn’t stop. It felt that whenever a useless conversation was happening it had to be repeated over the spread of two pages at least twice. It was annoying. Especially since this book leant too much into romance for me. I wanted urban fantasy fun, instead, I got a Romeo and Juliet style love story. Boring.
✗ WORLD BUILDING WAS NONEXISTENT
Honestly, it was nowhere. We are thrown into this world in which two groups of people are at war and given nothing. You’re left to work out things as the story goes and I didn’t enjoy that. I truly wanted something more from the story and it seemed that wasn’t going to happen at any point.
For my next couple points, I’m just going to leave the heading and not put anything under them. Why? Because I really can’t be bothered. I barely remember anything from The Wren Hunt and I have other reviews to write so I don’t have time to flip through the book and find why I didn’t enjoy these things.
✗ CONFUSING + POOR EXECUTION
✗ LACK OF CHARACTER DEPTH
✗ EVERYTHING HAPPENS TOO FAST BUT ALSO SLOW AF
Overall, this book is forgettable. I read this book almost a week ago at the time of me writing this review and I can barely remember anything. It was a mash of strange events that were never explained. The weak characters couldn’t carry the depth of the storyline the author was trying to push either. It was, overall, an incredibly weak execution on an exciting storyline premise. I will not be reading the second book.
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