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.