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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054511473X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545114738
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30 2012
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book, I didn't even think about what the plot was. I haven't even heard of this book until looking at it on the shelf. The cover was sure pretty! and I was looking forward to reading a light perhaps romantic historical romance YA. I was in for a real nice surprise. Yes it was historical fiction. Yes it had nice romantic elements without going overboard. But! it had a real nice action (think Indiana Jones) story to it, and it was so good that I was flying through the pages and was so engrossed in the book I nearly finished it all in one sitting.

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.
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In 1865, 17-year-old Camille Rowen is going on one last sea voyage before her arranged marriage. En route to Australia, Camille discovers a mysterious letter and an enchanted map left by her mother.

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.

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Don't you just love a good adventure? Especially seafaring adventure? I know I do. Think about it... Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson... some of my absolute favorite stories, all based on a sense of adventure. Everlasting hits the same notes.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting and unique May 28 2010
By The Compulsive Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Camille has always enjoyed an abundance of freedom for a young lady in the late 19th century. She has traveled far and wide with her father on his merchant ship, and prefers her life of adventure and ease to the stuffy society life of her peers. But her upcoming journey to Australia is quite unlike the others: it shall be her last before her marriage to the wealthy Randall Jackson, who expects her to embrace propriety and cease sailing with her father.

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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Adventurous, Romantic and Unique May 19 2011
By Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Oh was I ever surprised by Everlasting!! I was very skeptical of what this story would produce, I thought it would be a typical historical or fantasy but Everlasting was anything but typical to me. There is a young-girl who loves to sail the seas with her father William and his handsome and distracting first-mate Oscar. She embarks on her last voyage on the sea before she gets married to Randall and that trip changes her life forever.

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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Finally! A Young Adult novel with heart AND plot! Nov. 15 2010
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In today's world of Young Adult novels, there's no shortage of the supernatural. Oftentimes the same basic storyline displays itself across the shelves of our local bookstores. The names have been changed, but the story remains the same: normal teenage girl falls for otherworldly beautiful boy. Vampires, werewolves and witches run rampant across every aisle (not that there's anything wrong with that). ;)

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Could have been better... April 3 2011
By Agnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Our heroine, Camille Rowen, engaged and with her wedding day looming near, is allowed to go on one last voyage with her father. She plans to use the voyage to reflect on her feelings (or lack of them) for her fiancé, and as an opportunity to spend time with her father. But secrets abound, and they are quickly revealed, shaking Camille's trust in her father and causing her to question his motives until disaster strikes, setting Camille on an adventure in search of a map.

Camille is accompanied by a young man named Oscar, who was taken in by her father some years before, and he is the love interest. One of Camille's issues involves her feelings for Oscar in comparison to how she feels for her fiancé, and, of course, this isn't resolved until the very last chapter.

It feels like a lot is missing from Everlasting (still have no idea why that title was chosen, even after finishing the book; it doesn't really fit). For example (and back on topic and off of the topic of the title), when Camille first sets out with her father, several months pass by in only a few paragraphs. This seemed like an important time to me because this character claims to have been raised on a ship and makes a big deal about spending her last months with her father, but the reader is never shown her ability on the ship or given an in-depth look into what ship life is like for her or even shown many interactions between father and daughter because time flashes by too quickly. Plus, coming back to Oscar, he plays a big part in the story. Despite the fact that she spends about 99% of the book with him, it seems that too few interactions are shown. She actually spends more time with this character than most characters in books spend with other characters, and because of the fact that they're always together but not enough is happening (don't know if anyone else felt like this), the character of Oscar is not as developed as he could have been (still liked his character though, and I'll get to Camille in a minute).

Along with the shortage of certain scenes (which feels like a movie that has pieces of film missing), the pace is a little jumpy (which ties in with the previous issue I had with the book). There are just certain things that are dwelt on, while others (that seem equally if not more important) are passed by for no apparent reason. In a certain chapter, Camille has a hallucination that lasts only a few paragraphs and is later told that she was sick and had a fever. I had the impression that quite a bit of time had passed, but, due to the shortness of the incident and the fact that it seemed the character wasn't given time to develop a high fever, the entire thing is out of place and is a clumsy inclusion that, upon thinking it over, could have been moving and jarring for both the main character and the reader (unfortunately, this didn't happen). Were there to have been a little bit more added and not only to this scene, I think the story would have been greatly improved.

Now to Camille, my least favorite part of the story. This character is given some of the most inane lines (this includes but is not limited to really horrible and bad comebacks when feeling threatened) and they are spoken with such terrible timing, that she comes off looking pretty bad. At one point in the story she even yells, "We're going to explode!" My reaction to this: ?!? Who says that? This is just one example out of many. Camille has an inability to put two and two together and figure out the results. There is one scene where Camille and some other characters are being chased (after something odd happens - no spoilers) and once they have stopped she says something like, "Why were we running away?" It's clear to the reader and other characters that this was a dangerous situation, but she just cannot get it. Also, in regards to her feelings and other situations, she again proves a little slow on the uptake, either that or childish, getting angry when people make attempts to protect her, having a mean defense mechanism that involves belittling another character (the reader knows it's wrong but sees no reason for her to do so other than the fact that she must be stupid). She was much slower at getting to the root of matters, which was aggravating at times. This built throughout the story, and towards the end, got worse and actually wore me down.

When I began this book, I thought it was great. It wasn't turning out the way I expected, and then I had to spend more and more time with Camille, among other things. I would have preferred to give this a 3.5 rating (but that's not possible). This is not a bad book, and I don't hate it at all. In fact, I enjoyed it (some parts more than others). Though predictable, it was exciting. Those who like adventure won't be too disappointed. I had the impression that the author may have gotten some ideas from The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean, because the story felt like a meshing of the two. Also, it's more of a historical fiction with elements of the supernatural (no vampires or elves or fairies, despite the title possibly leading some to think such). There is some romance, so those looking for that will find it here (Camille was slow in this area as well). I did pick this book apart, and this is mainly because I liked it but felt like it could have been much better. There are times when I absolutely hate a book, love it, think it's nothing special, and then there are those times when it could have been a very good read. This is the latter.

Suffice it to say that I do recommend this book if it looks of interest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I wish the book was EVERLASTING! July 29 2010
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was an excellent, fast read. I never wanted to put the book down once I got started. The characters, events and places were brought to life by this amazing new author. As the pages rolled on and I could see the final chapter coming I did not want the story to end. I hope many will read and enjoy this book as much as I did. I can't wait to see what else is written by Angie. She is going to be a favorite new author that I continue to read like my other favorite Fern Michaels 50+ books and still reading!

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