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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier


Title: Everlasting
Author: Angie Frazier
Publisher: Scholastic
Pub. Date: 6.1.10
Genre: Historical YA
Keywords: Love, Loss, Adventure, Quest, Magic
Pages: 336
Description (from GoodReads):
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.


When I first heard about Angie Frazier's debut novel, it didn't even have a cover. All that I knew about the novel was from the short description listing on GoodReads, but I was drawn to the story. To be honest, the description strongly reminded me of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, which left me intrigued. I'm happy to report that EVERLASTING lived up to my expectations... and actually was a bit like the movie..


I'm usually not a fan of historical YA. Generally, the pace moves too slowly and fails to hold my attention, but EVERLASTING triumped where so many others failed. I'll admit to my attention wavering in a couple spots, but I was quickly pulled back in. Most of the time, once I've lost interest, I can't bring myself to return to the novel, so it's impressive that Frazier could recapture my attention. I think the adventure - and Frazier's inclusion of magic and romance - added excitement and remedied the issues I usually experience with this type of novel.


Oscar and Camille's relationship was definitely the aspect I found most memorable. I'm always drawn to forbidden relationships, especially if they're filled with tension and longing looks. I loved their scenes together!


Frazier has succeeded in writing a tale of epic adventure and romance! It pains me that after waiting months to read EVERLASTING, I'm now waiting (again!) to read its sequel.


Grade: A-


Cover Notes:
Since Oscar and Camille's romance was my favorite aspect of the novel, I like that they are the focal point of the cover. I think the font used for the title is gorgeous as well!

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48 comments:

  1. I've heard good and bad things but I still weeely want to read it! Thanks for the review :)

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  2. This is a great review, which makes me so happy because I want to read this so bad! Yay, thanks :)

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  3. This would be a historical YA first for me. Your review makes it sound like something I would be interested in trying.

    Thanks!

    Lisa

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  4. I didn't even know there were historical YA novels. I agree, I really like the cover. Your review was good, I would like to read it.

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  5. Awesome review! I love forbidden relationships as well.. sounds interesting! :)

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  6. Great review. I have been wondering about this one for a while. :) Love the cover!

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  7. Awesome review....Thank You for the contest :)

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  8. I didn't know what it was really about, but now I want to read it!

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  9. I'm have a love/hate relationship with historical YA, but if it "triumphs where many others failed"... I guess it's a must read! haha, great review!

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  10. You have no idea how much I want to read this one! I've seen it on so many blogs and I'm dying to read it for myself. Thanks for the review!

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  11. Looks amazing, I am adding it to my list for sure!

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  12. Glad you liked the book. I've heard a lot of good things about it so I can't wait to read it! Great review!

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  13. I've heard nothing but good things of this book! I can't wait to read it!

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  14. This book sounds really great! Thanks for the review :)

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  15. i've read both good and bad reviews for this, so i can't wait to read it and see for myself :) i'm glad you liked it! and you're right, the cover is beautiful!

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  16. I can't wait to read this book. I love the cover and have been waitinf for so long to read it.. Loved your review.

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  17. I can't wait for this one, I love historical romances !

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  18. I love the cover! I'm usually not a big fan of Historical novels, but this one has everything I love, romance and paranormal. What's not to love?

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  19. I wasn't sure about this book much, other than the fact that some really like it so this review changes my perspective :D

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  20. I love historical romance! This sounds like a great book :)

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  21. This book sounds so interesting! I love historical fiction and I'm going to make it a priority to read this! Thanks for this review and all your other reviews. :)

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  22. I'm a big fan of historical fiction so I think I'll like this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  23. Did you say forbidden? Those kind of relas are the best. Don't like the creepy ones...of course.

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  24. Aw, the cover is amazing! Great review, I'm really looking forward to this one!

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  25. Awesome review ! The book cover is really cool, and the plot is really good too !

    ~Alison

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  26. "forbidden relationships" that's definitely the book for me. :)

    Glad you liked it and I also have a hard time with historical fiction because they tend to lag for me. This one at least grabbed you back so I'm sooo curious! Dang, and I love the cover!!!

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  27. Yay! I'm so glad you liked this considering it's historial fiction. That means for me it will be fantastic! Haha.
    And I too, when reading the description, thought of the Pirates movie. Glad to see that it was so enjoyable to you; I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

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  28. I love forbidden relationships too! I've recently found myself not drawn to the relationship or "love" stories in the books I've been reading and if the romance aspect was the highlight of this book, then maybe it's about time I read this:)

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  29. I really enjoyed this book as well! Definitely an adventurous and romantic tale!

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  30. Forbidden relationships are cliche (what isn't these days?), but they SO work! I love them. I'm not into historical stories either, but this one sounds great!

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  31. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am looking forward to reading this one.

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  32. I enjoy historicals (as long as they're YA), and I loved Pirates of the Caribbean so this sounds really awesome.

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  33. Everlasting is definitely on my reading list. Thanks for the review

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  34. I love historical fiction so I was leaning towards picking this up. Unfortunately, my library doesn't have it (yet, anyway). Hopefully they'll get it soon! After reading your review I really want to read it.

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  35. I agree with you-sometimes I'm wary about historical fiction. This sounds like a good read, though. Great review!

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  36. I've never heard about this book! But it sounds very interesting!! Definitely on my to-read list. (Plus, I LOVE historical novels! Especially ones that involve boats!)

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  37. I usually don't read a lot of historical fiction either but this one sounds so good!

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  38. Haven't tried YA Historical Fiction since A great and terrible Beauty by Libba Bray :)

    But this is on the wishlist!

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  39. I was reluctant about this book, but you review made me sure that I HAVE to read this book!

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  40. This looks like a great book! :D

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  41. What a great review, I am so glad you liked it. I have beeb wanting to read this book so bad.

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  42. great review! sounds like a good book. I'm not usually a fan of historical YA either, but this sounds interesting!

    angela z

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  43. I read this book recently and really enjoyed it, i'm glad you did too!

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  44. I love historical books so this one is moving to the top of my reading list. Great review!!

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  45. Sounds like a book I would enjoy. I love forbidden relationships.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  46. This book looks absolutely perfect! I can't wait to read it.

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  47. I love historical YA novels, so I've been looking forward to this one for some time. Would love to win!

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