Series: Kanin Chronicles #1
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published Date: January 6th 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Page Count: 336
My Rating: 4
Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royalty. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden. But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero who she once loved – appears to be up to something dangerous, kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?
“Remember my name. Because I'm going to be the one who kills you.”
When I first started this book I was a little worried because the protagonist was very in crush with a guy who really seemed too good to be true in my opinion. This quickly changed due to horrible events that happened, but it really made the story better and also showed, why she did certain things as the story went on.
One thing I really really liked was how Bryn was a strong person, but she was also flawed. She had a temper and got upset and didn't deal with people in the best way sometimes. She never wanted to be the life of the party and instead was content to just be on the sidelines watching. I don't think that is a flaw, but it is rather uncommon with a female lead character, who is younger.
She is very independent and wanted to get to where she was all on her own without her father's help.
I also really liked how she had such a good friendship with two other female trackers who were both very different, but also all complimented each others personalities.
One thing I did find a little confusing was all of the troll kingdoms and how they all worked. I'm not sure if I just missed something or if it will be better explained in the next book.
The fight scenes between Bryn and Konstantin were very easy to imagine happen and seemed somewhat realistic for a change which was also nice. Hocking did an amazing job of describing them so you could imagine them as if they were really happening right in front of you.
This book is so action packed with adventure, and fighting that it was very entertaining from the beginning. There is a slight love interest, but I have a feeling it's going to be a slow burning one for a while. I can't wait to be able to start the second one very soon!