Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Book Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Everlasting by Angie Frazier
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: June 1, 2010
ISBN: 9780545114738
Source: ARC from Traveling ARC Tours


Camille is not your typical 1850s girl.  She's grown up sailing the world with her father.  But, when she embarks with him on her last voyage before getting married, she doesn't expect that this trip will change everything in her life.  Her father is lost on the voyage, but she learns a secret about her mother, who she thought was dead, and a treasure that yields both great power and danger.  Will she be able to keep her father's business from debt, find this dangerous treasure, and be able to master her growing feelings for the handsome sailor Oscar, who is definitely not her fiance?

Things I Liked:
The adventurous parts were very fun - nothing like a sailing and treasure-hunting story to make a book thrilling.  When there were good sailing adventures or exciting parts, they were very good.  I was caught up in those particular parts. 
The plot was quite twisty and kept me interested throughout, despite some of the slower parts (see below).  It definitely was what kept the book moving and held it together.  Camille was an interesting character, both wanting to please her father and live according to the expectations of the time, but also and wanting to be free of societal constraints. 

Things I Didn't Like:
I thought the fantastical elements surrounding the treasure were very underdeveloped.  The ending felt very rushed, not completely thought out and explained, and a bit too easy.  While Camille did have to make a difficult choice, I thought that it still kept her from dealing with death in a healthy way.  Also, while the overall plot was exciting, I did get bored at times.  There were some lulls in places that drew me back from the story.  But, a very good first novel and with some possibility for a sequel left in the ending.

A bit like The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

s-factor: !
a very few

mrg-factor: X
innuendo for the most part

v-factor: ->
some fighting

Overall rating: ***

Do you have a favorite action-adventure story?


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  1. I've been thinking about reading this one. :) Camille sounds like one of those characters I'd love.

  2. First visit to your blog, or at least I think it is! Love your header/banner at the top. That old book is gorgeous!

    (Came over from Cym's party)

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic

  3. Havent read a lot of historical YA lately so am looking forward to reading this one. Order it from amazon and am just waiting for it to arrive.

  4. Katy, she was pretty awesome.

    Laura, welcome! And thank you :)

    Jenny, hopefully this will sate your appetite for historical fiction.


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