Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ever

Ever
By Gail Carson Levine

pages: 243
age range: 11-15

Falling in love is never easy...

...Even for Kezi, though she knows her days are numbered. And Head-over-heels, come-what-may love is inevitable if her heart's desire is Olus, the Akkan god of winds.

But expecting death is hard, especially when romance is new.

Falling in love is easy for Olus if his beloved is Kezi, a beautiful mortal, a dancer and a rug weaver from the city of Hyte. But facing Kezi's approaching death is unbearable.

Love brings Kezi the will to fight her fate. Love gives Olus the strength to confront his fears.. She questions her faith and seeks truth in dark places. He suffers a god's trial when she needs a champion. Together-and apart-they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice.

Gail Carson Levine is like the queen of Fantasy, and this is exactly what Ever is; fantasy. Like most of Levine's novels the romance was G rated, with is sweet but after reading twilight romance fans might be gripping for something a bit more realistic.

In most of Levine's novels I've noticed that the plot is steady and some-what believable for the first part of the book, but then towards the end she'll trow in a twist that you totally weren't expecting. In Ever, the twist that caught me by surprise was when Kezi went on her mission to "be with Olus" (both Olus and Kezi had to complete a mission to be together).

She had to go into the underworld and come back, but when your in the underworld you turn into these puffy gray bird things - ya I'm serious. It was a bit odd... I certainly wasn't expecting that, but with Levine you never know.

All in all the novel was okay, three stars out of five. I think this would be a novel to read when you need a quick entertaining read that'll go by fast. If that's what you're looking for than Ever is your novel. Don't get me wrong, I liked the book but i think it is a better read for people without high expectations in the blooming romance department.

If you liked Ever you might consider...

Fairest: Gail Carson Levine
The two princesses of Bamarre: Gail Carson Levine
Princess Ben: Catherine Murdock
The wish: Gail Carson Levine
Ella enchanted: Gail Carson Levine
Enna Burning: Shannon Hale
Princess acadamy: Shannon Hale
Goose Girl: Shannon Hale

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