Title: The Eternal Sea (Everlasting #2)
Author: Angie Frazier
Expected publication: June 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
Summary:Romance and adventure are just around the corner . . .
After the thrilling journey that led Camille through the dangerous discovery of love, secrets, and a magical stone that grants immortality, Camille has everything she wants. She's escaped the men who wanted her dead, and now she is ready to build a new life with Oscar, her one true love. But things are not to be so simple. Oscar is acting strangely, and before they can even board a ship from Australia back home, to San Francisco, Camille learns that the journey is not over. If she does not follow the magic of the curse of Umandu, her life and Oscar's could be in grave danger.
Thoughts:Holy freaking crap! Please excuse my language, but I wasn't nearly prepared for this novel as I thought I was. The synopsis does not do this book any justice! Wow, not to sound like a raving fan girl, but I absolutely loved every single minute of The Eternal Sea.
This fabulous sequel takes place right where Everlasting ends. I thought I'd be confused or possibly lost, since it's been quite some time since I last read Everlasting. Luckily, the author not only recaps past events, but also updates you on each character's whereabouts. Instead of a happily ever after, both Camille and Oscar are left with the aftermath of their decisions and actions. As you know, in Everlasting, Camille's heart makes a decision that not only affects her, but also Oscar, Randall and, well, just about everyone.
Camille thought that as long as she has Oscar, nothing can go wrong. Sadly, this is not the case. Oscar is not only being distant, but also hurtful. To top things off, guess who shows up out of nowhere? You've got it! Randall, Camille's fiance whom she was hoping to escape. As if that wasn't enough drama, the curse of Umandu is back. Instead of heading back to San Francisco, the crew must now embark on a quest to Egypt. The stakes are higher, and the sea even more dangerous. In the end, what would you risk for love?
I honestly didn't think Angie would take this story to such a dark, yet lavish place. One thing I'll say is I just love the way she writes and crafts her novels. There's just a certain elegance and grace to them that you normally don't see in YA books. Her stories remind me of a fairy tale. A twisted fairy tale, but still a fairy tale.
Romance wise, I have to say that this novel broke my heart in the beginning, started to mend it again somewhere along the line, then broke it all over again. I can't tell you how many times I was on the brink of tears. These poor, poor characters. Every single one of them is suffering in their own way, but no more so than (in my opinion) Camille. I mean, this girl just can't catch a break. By the end of the book, I was sobbing like a new born baby. I haven't read such a tragic, yet beautiful ending since Maggie Stiefvater's Linger.
Overall, if your looking for a lush, captivating, alluring novel, filled with adventures on the sea and darkness in the horizon, I recommend checking out The Eternal Sea. I'll admit, I wasn't too keen on Everlasting, but after reading The Eternal Sea, I'm adding Angie Frazier on my list of must read authors.