Thursday, May 13, 2010
Review : Everlasting
Synopsis: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.
Thoughts: I wanted to love it. I really did. I was really looking forward to reading Everlasting. But in the end, I only liked it.
Everlasting is a historical fantasy novel set in the 1800s. As you can see in the synopsis, it's about a girl named Camille who goes on one last voyage before embarking her future as the wife of a wealthy and very desirable man. Only thing is, she fears her future more than the voyage. During Camille's journey, she encounters a sailor named Oscar and instantly falls for him. The chemistry is undeniable. But how can she love him when her heart is suppose to belong to another?
Does all this sound a bit familiar? Everlasting reminded me of the movie Titanic. How so? Here's a couple reasons why:
1. Here's this girl who is forced to marry a wealthy man to secure her future, but along the way, she falls in love with a peasant.
2. While beautifully told, the pacing was too drawn out and slow for my taste.
Is there adventure in this book? Yes. Are there elements of fantasy as well? Yes. But it takes forever to get there. While the words itself are exquisite and the story well crafted, I still couldn't help but feel like something was missing. Maybe too much fluff and not enough adventure? And don't get me wrong, I love the occasional romanctic tale. This one just didn't satisfy my needs. To me, Everlasting resembles a lullaby: while it sounds lovely and you like it, it can also easily put you to sleep.
Now, I know some people out there will love Everlasting. There are great elements to this book. In my opinion, it's a cute read, but there are better ones out there. Am I glad I read it? Yes, but I won't be picking it up for a reread anytime soon. My recommendation is to borrow it from a friend or the library once it's released. Maybe even read the first few chapters at your local bookstore. But before buying, be warned. This book is not for everybody and unfortunately, it was not for me.