Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

EVERLASTING by Angie Frazier
Pub. Date: June 01, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover, 336pp
Age Range: Young Adult
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.

Camille Rowen‘s different from other proper ladies in her time period. Exploring foreign lands with her father has deepened her love for sea voyages. Her travels have brought her joy and she’s more intrigued in her voyages than being a proper lady. Back in Camille’s time period, voyages like this were highly unlikely for a woman of her stature. She’s also to be married upon her return from sea. Camille finds herself torn between keeping her promise to her father: marry a man that she does not love or follow her heart. I found myself reveling in Camille’s adventure to seek out answers to the mysteries surrounding her father’s past. Why sit around and drink tea, when you can travel the world and experience firsthand the power of magic.

Frazier captivated me with the setting and imagery in EVERLASTING. I’m a big paranormal fan and I’ve been reading more Historical Fiction as of late and EVERLASTING only proves why I’m falling in love with this genre.

Frazier drew me into her novel with the enticements of romance, mystery, danger, and adventure. The writing was well-paced and Camille’s dangerous adventure of the unknown kept me turning the pages. Camille’s connection with Oscar was delightful. These two were meant to be together. It was the way they looked at each other. The way a touch or an embrace sent shock waves through them. Maybe this was why they kept tip toeing around each other. To sum it up, they had perfect chemistry. Frazier's portrayals of these characters made me want to live in their world even longer.

If you’re looking for a well crafted adventure surrounded by danger, romance, and a magical setting, EVERLASTING will not disappoint. Frazier’s gift for imagery had me feeling like was living in the book right alongside the characters. Frazier won me over with her debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what adventures she takes her readers on next.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

31 comments:

  1. Does this cover not make this book look like it's "peace and quiet" then I read the reviews and things like adventure, danger, and magical settings are the buzz words that stick out to me...how does this book have this cover, one I would NEVER look twice at...but thanks to the reviews want to read SOOO much now! :)

    Thanks!

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  2. I've been wanting to read this book since I first saw it. Only a few more days left to wait. I'm glad you liked it, I'm so excited to read Everlasting.

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  3. Fantastic review!

    I want to read it even more so now after reading your views on the story.

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  4. You've totally been convincing me to read this book this week. Thanks.

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  5. Ooh, sounds like the romance is great in this one!!

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  6. ahh, I really want to read this! It sounds great(:
    Awesome review!

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  7. I definitely want to read this book! It sounds really great. Thanks for the review.

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  8. Now I really have to read this book. Sounds really good. Hope you have all the success in the world. Congrats!!

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  9. Sounds like an amazing book. I don't read this type of book often but it's something I'm starting to like more lately. I can't wait to read this one.

    Jess

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  10. This book sounds fantastic. Camille sound like the kind of character I love-exciting and headstrong.

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  11. This book sounds great! I absolutely love the cover...the colors are pretty :)

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  12. I love everything about this book: the cover, the summary, the title, and your review convinced me that this might be the book of the month to buy.

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  13. I actually wasn't gonna get this one, but think I will now!

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  14. WOW! This book looks AMAZING!

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  15. Definitely sounds like it needs to be put on my to be read list!!

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  16. I've always had a weak spot for seafaring love stories and ancient legend. Everlasting sounds soooo good!

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  17. I really want to read this book! When I first saw the cover, I thought it was going to be a peace and queity type book. After reading the synopsis, I was surprised to learn it was anything but that! great review!

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  18. It sounds really good. I love the cover. It seems very romantic and sweet from the cover.

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  19. Wonderful review. I can't wait to read Everlasting! Love that electric type of romantic chemistry that it sounds like Oscar and Camille share. :)

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  20. I really liked the review and I really wouldn't have found this book but I did because of you. The summary sounds quite nice and I look forward to read it, that would probably be in a year though since I'm completing a list of books I need to get.

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  21. I've never heard of this book, so I'm glad I found your review. Sounds good!

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  22. Great review- this book looks awesome and I cna't wait to get my heands on it!

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  23. Everlasting sounds like my kind of book. I've been looking forward to it for a while. I can't wait!

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  24. Awesome review. I want to read this one so much. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. An ancient stone>? Sounds intriguing. Another book to add to my wish list. Thanks for a great review

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  26. Great review. This book sounds intriguing.

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  27. Sounds really good! I love paranormal with a little romance in it. I can't wait to read this one.

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  28. First off, love the cover! This seems like a really interesting novel. :)

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  29. Awesome review! You stated that this book had: "romance, mystery, danger, and adventure" --I LOVE books like that! I can't wait to read it!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  30. I Read this book a while ago...
    its AMAZING!!
    i read it in 2 days:) LOVE IT!!
    it is splendid for Fraziers first book.

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