30 May 2010
Author: Angie Frazier
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
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.
The cover is so lovely, especially the pale colors: blue and purple.
So what's not to love? Romance, betrayal, magic, and adventure! Not to mention sea and ships! Ever since I watched Pirates of the Caribbean, I've been drawn towards books about pirates and ships. Everlasting, sadly, does not have pirates. ~sigh~
Beginning: A sort-of fast introduction brining the reader into the setting of a story, like the start of the movie, where the camera drops in on a scene and setting. It was very smooth, the writing. Angie Frazier didn't introduce all the characters at once, but rather evenly brining the characters in, one by one. A good start to a promising book.
Middle: Like a road: straight but occasionally bumpy. I liked how everything moved at a pleasurable pace, and how the plot slowly unfolded like an un-rolling ma; one finds out more, the big picture.
End: Occurred quickly and made me devour the last pages. The outcome of events was surprising, but I loved it!
Characters: Yes! Jackpot! We have a winner! Camille, out heroine, was not weak and flimsy! She was strong and adventurous and brave!! A great example of how heroines should me. Camille trumps Nora (Hush, Hush), Grace (The Dark Divine), Luce (Fallen) and Bella (from-you-know-what-book)
There were some parts where Camille showed signs of failing her high-reputation, but she got right back up on her feet.
Oscar infuriated me, but he was so romantic! He wasn't my favorite love interest. I mean, he was evasive, mean (sometimes), and nosy. But he was Camille's love interest, and he was romantic at times, but I didn't like him as much as I could have.
Randall. Where have I heard that name before?
A Curse Dark As Gold- Elizabeth C. Bunce
In both Everlasting and A Curse Dark As Gold, the Randall's were both husband characters that the heroines didn't love. Randall could be a term used for arranged-marriage/engaged-whom-women-are-forced-to-marry.
Anyhow, I couldn't help but to point that out.
Overall: Satisfying, but lacking in some areas, but good overall.
Conclusion: An enjoyable read!