Everlasting Hardcover – Jun 1 2010
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Praise for Everlasting: "The author does a nice job of developing strong and funny characters while keeping the plot moving... Frazier also includes some fantasy aspects that will go over well with teen readers. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book." -- Voice of Youth Advocates "Frazier's world is gritty and beautiful and enchanting." -- Shaun Hutchinson, author of THE DEATHDAY LETTER
About the Author
Angie Frazier lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. EVERLASTING is the result of an overactive imagination, an addiction to historical research, and dozens of vintage travel posters plastered to the ceilings of a cottage she rented one long, snowbound winter.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Camille has the heart of a wanderer, having grown up sailing on her father's ships all over the world. When her fiance tells her he expects her to live the restricted life of a society matron and LIKE it, she starts to chafe. Who can blame her? Unfortunately, I found Camille a little chafing in general. Does she have to be so gosh-darned abrasive? Apparently so. Then again, I would get bored reading books about only the same type of character over and over.
Unless of course, that character was Oscar. I could read about him for a long time and not get bored. Sigh. A tall, handsome sailor... no wonder Camille can hardly remember her fiance's name.
While the storyline was good, it did tend to stutter a bit. From time to time there would be a section that just seemed to drag for a few pages. It always picked back up again, but it didn't sweep me away fully until the last quarter or so of the story. The ending was fabulously perfect. You should read it.
Shortly after, a storm causes her to become shipwrecked and her father to drown. Stranded in Melbourne with the ship's first mate, her real love, the two set out for Port Adelaide to find her mother, whom she had believed to be dead.
Camille soon finds herself on a journey filled with magic stones, family secrets, betrayal, and treasure.
A magical story filled with action, romance, mystery, and adventure. The characters are likable and well-developed. The plot is intriguing and fun to read. The author's descriptions are vivid and beautifully done. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, mystery, romance, history, and action will all love reading EVERLASTING.
Reviewed by: Kira M
I thought Camille was a great character. She's likable without being too tough. She's not too girly either. She does have fierce determination though, and that's what really makes her admirable and likable. Her chemistry with Oscar is well done and they do make a cute couple. Again, I'd have to say, nothing over the top, nothing too mushy. It was just about right.
That's what I noticed about this book. There's a little bit of everything that makes it just the right amount to make this story very enjoyable to read. The adventure aspect of the book has to be my most favorite, because it really kept the story going. There are a couple of twists throughout the book and I liked the little story about her mother and what happened to her during all this time.
The ending was a real good one, and there is a sequel after this book (titled; The Eternal Sea) which I will be getting. I really want to know what happens and hopefully it will be just as good as this one. I recommend this to all YA readers. You're in for a surprise. It's a great adventure story with a little bit of everything, at the right amounts so you will fully enjoy the book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
But before they can reach their destination, Camille uncovers a long kept secret of her father's and the unpleasant truth about her future...and their ship is wrecked in a terrible storm. Camille and her father's handsome first mate, Oscar, are two of the only survivors, and Camille must convince Oscar to help her find her mother, a woman Camille thought was dead, and discover an unbelievable artifact her mother has kept hidden from Camille's father--and his enemy, who is still very much alive.
Angie Frazier has a strong and talented voice, as revealed in this debut novel. Everlasting is adventurous, smart, and sweet, and contains many unique elements that will cause this novel to stand out. The characters are realistic and personable; Camille is a strong and capable character who possesses courage and determination to get her through the toughest of situations. Oscar is witty, sharp, and loyal, and his past in an interesting one. Even the supporting characters, like Oscar and Camille's Australian guide, Ira, are well rounded, and add a spark of humor and fun to the story.
The plot is well drawn out, with just enough mystery to keep you reading, and excellent, descriptive settings. Frazier's research is evident in the descriptions and setting, though more details and information concerning Australia during the time period would have been welcome. Nonetheless, the pacing is perfect and the romance is sweet and exhilarating. Camille's mix of emotions--grief, love, guilt--is portrayed very well in all that Camille does and learns, and in the choices she makes. There are some light supernatural elements present in the book, but they aren't overbearing, so the book does seem to be more of an adventurous historical fiction novel than just another paranormal romance, a welcome distinction.
Everlasting is a unique and enchanting novel about love, grief, and above all, forgiveness, that will have you wondering at the outcome until the sweet and satisfactory ending. Angie Frazier is most definitely an author to watch.
Cover Comments: This cover is beautiful! It's romantic, and the boat and water are so fitting. I am loving the blue and purple color combination. It was this lovely cover that first grabbed my attention, so it has definitely done its job well!
Angie Frazier has completely peaked my interest in YA Fantasy novels like this. I haven't read any novels that are similar to this one or ones that had so much adventure in it that I actually enjoyed. Usually I'm not big on adventures but I was hooked from chapter 1. There is magic, adventure, an enchanted map, danger, and delicious romance that makes this series a must read! It's hard to categorize this as paranormal romance, historical or fantasy - it had the best of all genres.
The characters are genuine and likeable; Camille is so determined, caring and adventurous plus her issues of the heart are so realistic. I connected with Camille instantly and she tugged on my heart with all the struggles she faced. Then there is Oscar, he is sarcastic, manly, protective and very supportive of Camille which made him a strong hero that grabbed you in to the story. The secondary characters are all great too, Ira was so humorous and I loved how he called Camille "love" all the time.
The adventure is so unique, I really wasn't sure what was going to happen next and I was surprised every step of the way. Once I picked up Everlasting, I couldn't put it down, even at the times where I wanted to cry and give up I just couldn't.
The romance is so sweet and enchanting yet it doesn't take away from the adventure at all. The romance is clean and the language is clean and I would highly recommend this book to YA readers! I will be grabbing book 2 here soon!
And then there's this story.
Too beautiful to give it the same normal title as "book", this tale weaves itself into an amazing adventure, with so many twists and turns and beautiful characters, that before you've gotten to the ninth chapter, you've found that its wound its way directly into your heart.
Angie Frazier has created a tender, romantic, thrilling, fun, heart-wrenching novel.
This is the type of book that you yearn for as you search through shelves upon shelves of selections at the library. This is the type of book that began your desire to read fiction in the first place. Everlasting is a charming, overwhelmingly emotional journey through the life of, yes, a teenage girl. And that is where he similarities with all the other supernatural novels ends.
Camille has but two loves: her father and the sea. Now, at the age of seventeen, and with an impending wedding coming up, she is faced with the difficult choice of letting one of those go. With her last and final voyage with her father, Camille feels she is ready to come to terms with what her new adult life will hold. But can she truly say goodbye to the thrill of the open sea, or to her friendship with Oscar, the young man who her father rescued from the streets years before?
As it turns out, Camille learns that sometimes in life, the important decisions are made for you. And with everything else, you just have to let your heart be your guide.
Camille is a strong, brave, unselfish, headstrong heroine. Her every action revolves around how it will affect others around her. She's caring and loving - but isn't afraid to fight for what she believes in. I loved her from the first page. The supporting characters are just as complex and beautiful.
As far as plot, I will not reveal a thing - I don't want to ruin it - but trust me, this story is brilliant. And it's filled with all the supernatural goodness we've come to love. I cannot wait for the second installment.
Camille Rowen is a 17 year old girl, growing up in high society San Francisco, who is set to marry a man she doesn't care for, but she feels it's her duty for her family. That all changes when she sets voyage one last time with her father, who she looses in a tragic storm. Having read a letter she discovers all these secrets her father had kept from her and finds a map that leads to a stone that could possibly bring her father back. With her father's first ship mate, Oscar Kildare, and a con-man, Ira Beam she goes in search of the magical stone. Camille sets out on a quest in order to bring her father back, but it's much more difficult than she expected since she's not the only one in search of the stone's power.
I found all the characters to be quite multi layered. Camille was one of those girls who just does whatever is asked of her even though it's not something she truly wants, just to please her father. By the end, she was so much stronger and a different person than she was in the beginning. I really admired her strength and determination, especially after all the hardships she faced in so little amount of time. Oscar was an awesome love interest and had some struggles and secrets of his own. Their relationship kind of reminded me of Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner from Pirates of the Carribean. Con man, Ira Beam was my favorite. I thought he was kind of "Ughh," at first and a stereotypical con man, but surprisingly he grew on me and was quite lovable à la Jack Sparrow. He also provided some comic relief to the story which was fun. There's a few more characters as well, that I'm not going to spoil since they were a surprising twists to the story.
Everlasting could be a stand alone book, but it did set up perfectly for a sequel. I'm really hoping there's more to come because I wouldn't mind going on another quest with Camille and Oscar, of course, con man Ira, as well. I would definitely recommend Everlasting even to those who aren't fans of historical fiction. There's romance, adventure, magic, lovable characters, and of course the mean and dangerous villains.
I'm usually not a fan of historical YA. Generally, the pace moves too slowly and fails to hold my attention, but EVERLASTING triumped where so many others failed. I'll admit to my attention wavering in a couple spots, but I was quickly pulled back in. Most of the time, once I've lost interest, I can't bring myself to return to the novel, so it's impressive that Frazier could recapture my attention. I think the adventure - and Frazier's inclusion of magic and romance - added excitement and remedied the issues I usually experience with this type of novel.
Oscar and Camille's relationship was definitely the aspect I found most memorable. I'm always drawn to forbidden relationships, especially if they're filled with tension and longing looks. I loved their scenes together!
Frazier has succeeded in writing a tale of epic adventure and romance! It pains me that after waiting months to read EVERLASTING, I'm now waiting (again!) to read its sequel.
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