Everlasting by Angie Frazier

Mar 14, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pub. Date:  June 1st 2010
ISBN: 054511473
Pages: 336 pages
Source: Publisher
From Goodreads.com:
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.
I was excited to start reading this book because I had seen it a lot last summer. So, when I finally picked it up I couldn't wait to see what the buzz was about!

I love historical fiction (especially young adult), but I admit that it is hard for me to find a good historical fiction novel. For some reason many of them don't keep my interest, Everlasting was not one of those books though. The plot was definitely fast paced (as is stated in the summary) and I couldn't pull myself away from it! It has romance, mystery, adventure, and even some comedy. Angie Frazier has a gift and I can't wait to see what she has in store next.

Camille was one of the few heroines that I love. She was so independent and smart and overall one of the best heroines I have ever read about. Oscar definitely kept me interested too and I loved seeing him and Camille together. Ira was a great character who added a light touch to the story, but surprised me in some areas too. Angie didn't write any nonsense characters and she made every one of them important.

Overall this was a great book and I really hope there is a sequel!

Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars

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