Friday, January 14, 2011

Book Review: Everlasting


Today I shall be reviewing Everlasting by Angie Frazier. It is her debut novel. In this book, you got to experience romance, historical fiction, fantasy, etc.

The description of the book:

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 Review:

I read this book because of its beautiful cover. It reminded me of 'The Notebook' in the boat scene. It is in blue and purple; two colours that you often don’t find together. I like it when whoever create a cover takes a full risk.

If I had known that this book had some fantasy, I wouldn’t have read it. I don’t like fantasy that much but I read the book not knowing. However, the romance and the fact that it took place decades ago made it more interesting and made me forget about the fantasy part. Personally, I don’t think the fantasy section was that huge. It only got bigger towards the end. The fantasy in this book was really good and it made me believe it. But here is my problem I normally fail at visualizing those fantasies. I am not good with picturing them. However, if we start talking about the romance part, boy-oh-boy, it was the type I like. Not the obvious one. Not the one from first sight. The one where you question whether it exist or not. That kind of love.

Camille, the main character, is so loveable and you feel sorry for her a lot. She is supposed to be marrying to someone that she doesn’t like. At all. But her marriage could only save her father. But what about Oscar? The one who sends electricity throughout her body the minute he touches her. What should she do?

I was kind of surprised when goodreads said that there was a book #2. I mean it ends perfectly and it could be stand-alone book. But I guess not. I still am interested in what would happen next. But I hope there wont be much fantasy.

 Check out the trailer below:

Love the trailer
Tata for now 


Small Review said...

Thank you for your review! I didn't realize this one was going to have a sequel. I haven't read it yet, but I'm glad to hear that even with a sequel, this book stands well on its own. I actually like the fantasy aspects, so I'm glad to hear about those too (another thing I didn't know). Thanks for all the information!

basma aal said...

You are welcome :)


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