Monday, November 1, 2010

Review: Everlasting

Everlasting by Angie Frazier
published by Scholastic
Genre: YA
$17.99 (US Hardback)
329 pages

FTC: I borrowed this book from a friend. I will not be compensated for this review.

What it's about:
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.

On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.

The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.

Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.

My thoughts:
This review is going to be super short because I don't have a whole lot to say about this book.
It was a cute little book. I don't read very much historical fiction so it was a nice breath of fresh air. The book takes place in 1855, so there is lots of talk about society and how girls are supposed to act. I always find that time period fascinating and yet incredibly frustrating all at the same time.

One thing that I wish the book would have had was a first person narrator. It would have been nice getting to be inside Camille's head a little more. I liked her character, but I never fully connected with her. I however did really like her character. I liked how she wasn't the typical society girl, how she liked to sail, didn't care about dressing up, and how she loved her father more than anything.

I found the pace of this book sort of odd. It felt like it took a long time to get to the search for the stone even though they started talking about it towards the beginning of the book. Then the end just hit you. It was a little strange and I would have liked to see the end go on for a little bit longer. I would of also liked an epilogue. I like knowing what happens to the characters after the events.

My rating: 8/10
Not over the top fantastic, but still a fun read.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this one. I wasn't use to the langugage but I did like how Camille didn't care about being lady-like and how determined she was to find the stone.

    I also find that time period interesting (and esp since it was set in San Francisco, where I'm from!) but I agree that it's also frustrating.


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