Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: Everlasting by Angie Frazier

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. Beautifully written and feverishly paced, Everlasting is an unforgettable journey of passion, secrecy, and adventure.

This book was a refreshing breath of different. A perfect mix of romance, adventure, fantasy, and historical fiction. Don't let the historical fiction aspect scare you off. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a huge non-fan of most historical fiction or in this case WAS a huge non-fan.

The story definitely starts off slow, but gradually builds momentum. So my advice, wait for it. This whole book took me by surprise; I never thought I'd fall so in love with a character named Oscar, a sidekick named Ira, or a heroine who rather spend her time barefoot working on a ship full of sailors.

The last half of the book is what saved the story for me and almost earned it another star. That being said, I'm hoping the sequel will continue on the momentum of the first book and be even better. I have very high expectations for it.

(If I wasn't such a special-ed blogger, I'd give it another half-star)

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