Monday, May 24, 2010

Review: Everlasting (ARC) by Angie Frazier

Title: Everlasting
Author: Angie Frazier
Hardcover: 336 pages
Published: June 1, 2010
Reading Level: YA
My Copy: Around the World Tours
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 wicked hearts

Blurb from author's website:

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.

My quick wicked thoughts...Take family values, throw in some forbidden love  and family secrets and add a dash of Indiana Jones action and you have Everlasting.

Why I was tempted to read this... I am a fan of historical fiction, so when that is combined with a YA novel with hints of magic and curses, I couldn't pass it up!

Cover thoughts...The cover is okay, nothing dramatic or showy, but you get an idea that there will be some romance on the water.

Romance Meter...It was about a 3 out of 5.  Camille is engaged to a decent sort of guy but there is just isn't a spark with him, as bad as she wants it to be there.  The chills and sparks come from the average guy that works on her father's ship...and he has been forbidden to her, being below her station in life, by her father.  The romance between Oscar and Camille is denied until the last part of the book, she is constantly fighting what she wants and what she needs to do out of duty.

Character and Plot...Camille is a likable character, trying to live up to what her father wants for her and trying to make that work with what would make her happy out of life.  Oscar is a good guy, faithful friend and later in the book proves to have backbone so that she doesn't walk all over him. Go Oscar!  The plot was consistent and you know where it was going, it was fairly predictable, no huge surprises for me.  It kept my interest with the budding romance and the journey that they were on. Camille has some very tough decisions and gets thrown for a loop with family secrets along the way and it makes for an exciting trip!

The Ending...It was fairly predictable but I was satisfied with it.  It set up nicely for a sequel, because there are some loose ends that are dangling.

Sequel...According to the author's website there is a sequel in the works! YAY!

Fun Author Fact...Everlasting is Angie's debut YA novel and she has two destructive cats...hey, i have one of those. NOT FUN haha
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