Ever

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Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus — the god of wind and loneliness — ...

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Overview

Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus — the god of wind and loneliness — embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests.

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Publishers Weekly

Levine's (Ella Enchanted) original mythological tale works as romance, adventure and exploration of faith. Kezi is the only daughter of a wealthy, devout family in a vaguely ancient, vaguely Middle Eastern city, where the established religion revolves around one god, Admat. When Kezi's mother falls deathly ill, her father vows to sacrifice the first person who congratulates him on his wife's recovery, if only Admat will let her live. Through adroit plotting, this person turns out to be Kezi, who has 30 days before she must be delivered to the sacrificial altar. Meanwhile, Olus, the god of wind from a family of Greek-like deities, has been watching the horror unfold; out of loneliness (the brother closest to him in age is 412 years older), he has disguised himself to mix with mortals and fallen in love with Kezi. Braided throughout the well-paced action are doubts raised by Kezi's new-found knowledge of Olus and his clan: "How can Admat be the one, the all, if Olus is a god too?" Is her sacrifice without reason? Levine conducts a riveting journey, offering passion and profound pondering along the way. Ages 10-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Addie Matthews
Olus and Kezi find a love that is immortal. Olus, the Akkan god of the winds, longs to be part of the mortal world and often watches mortals with envy. As he observes one family, a beautiful girl, Kezi, catches his eye. Olus soon discovers the fate of Kezi, whose father says an oath to a god whom Olus has never heard of who dooms Kezi and calls for her sacrifice in thirty days. As the family despairs, Olus realizes that he loves this girl and must do something. Olus meets Kezi and takes her back to his hometown where the gods live with the power of his winds. Olus wants to take Kezi to the gods so that she, too, can become an immortal god, but first Kezi must become a heroine, and Olus must become a champion. They go through tasks that reveal their biggest fears so that they can visit the gods. After accomplishing the tasks, Kezi then has to pass the test to become a goddess by drinking from a goblet. If she can swallow the drink, she will become a goddess, but if she cannot, she will be doomed to mortal sacrifice. The love story of Kezi and Olus is told through their eyes in alternating first person viewpoints from chapter to chapter. This allows readers to see the evolution of their love. Kezi and Olus keep readers on the edge of their seats as the two of them battle conflict and doubt through quests for Kezi to become immortal. Reviewer: Addie Matthews
KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Levine has become well known for modern retellings of classic fairy tales. In Ever, she creates the story of an immortal, Olus, who wants to live with the mortals on earth. His interest in them is not always understood, and he does not understand their ways and their fears. He meets Kezi, a young teen whose mother is dying. Her father makes a deal with their god Admat, promising to sacrifice the first one who congratulates them if his wife recovers. Kezi, who has overheard the oath and knows the consequences, keeps an eye out to make sure that for the three days, no one comes into their hut. But when her favorite aunt arrives and appears to be ready to congratulate Kezi's father, Kezi steps in and says the words, dooming herself to become a human sacrifice to Admat. At this point, Olus makes his presence known and the two attempt to satisfy the requirements of Olus's Akkan gods so that Kezi will become immortal and be able to marry Olus. Told in the alternating voices of Kezi and Olus, the story develops the Akkan and the Admat religions, the faith with which the mortals live, and the classic quest the two young people must accomplish in order to live as they choose. YAs may get confused with the many gods, but the issues of belief, promise and redemption are well developed and will provide much for readers to think about and discuss. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
Rachael Gatewood
Kezi, a mortal teen-aged girl who lives in the city of Hyte, and Olus, the god of the wind, fall in love and are forced to endure extreme challenges in order to attain their hope of marriage. Kezi is an amazingly talented dancer and rug-weaver sentenced to sacrifice her life to the god Admat in 30 days for the sake of saving her Aunt Fedo. Olus longs to befriend mortals his own age. While herding goats for Kezi's father Senet, Olus is stricken with desire for Kezi at a marriage celebration for Kezi's cousins. After admiring Kezi from afar, Olus becomes increasingly enthralled with her beauty and seeks to help her overturn her fate as a human sacrifice. In the extreme efforts to save Kezi's life and be together forever, they are forced to overcome unbeatable odds and daring challenges. This book is recommended for ages 12 and up, and it could be used as an individual or small group read to accompany lessons about ancient mythology. Reviewer: Rachael Gatewood
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

In Gail Carson Levine's action-packed fantasy (HarperCollins, 2008), Olus, the Akkan god of the wind, spies Kezi, a mortal girl who is gifted in dancing and weaving, and falls madly in love with her. When Kezi's father decides that her life must be sacrificed to the omnipotent god Admat, Olus tries to save Kezi by making her immortal. Thus begins a harrowing trial of courage and compassion for Olus and a journey to the Underworld for Kezi. This beautifully written tale is told in the alternative voices of Kezi and Olus. Jenna Lamia and Oliver Wyman convincingly portray their emotions, and make the secondary characters easily identifiable. This well-paced, intriguing love story/fantasy is a solid choice for middle school and public libraries.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Kezi, the talented daughter of a palace official, is willing to sacrifice her life to save her beloved aunt from the wrath of the god Admat. Olus, the Akkan god of winds, has come to live among mortals to ease his own loneliness. Deeply in love with one another, Olus's discovery of Kezi's imminent doom causes him to urge her to consider a way out of her predicament: Why not become a goddess instead? Separately these lovers must pursue their own quests-she to the land of the warkis, he to the god of wisdom on Enshi Rock-if they wish to remain together, and soon it becomes clear to Kezi that even immortality doesn't mean knowing all the answers. Levine strikes a somber and more contemplative note with this book than in previous outings, pondering the nature of faith alongside her usual romancing. It makes for a quieter novel than her readers may be used to, but one that will suit those who stop to think about their own mortality once in a while. Strong and good. (Fiction. 12+)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The striking beauty of the Mediterranean-like landscape sets the stage for heroic quests and romantic picnics, adding atmosphere to this compelling tale.”
Booklist
“An action-packed love story set in an elaborate, challenging world, this richly imagined story will engage fantasy and romance readers alike.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The striking beauty of the Mediterranean-like landscape sets the stage for heroic quests and romantic picnics, adding atmosphere to this compelling tale.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“The striking beauty of the Mediterranean-like landscape sets the stage for heroic quests and romantic picnics, adding atmosphere to this compelling tale.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The striking beauty of the Mediterranean-like landscape sets the stage for heroic quests and romantic picnics, adding atmosphere to this compelling tale.”
KLIATT
“Well developed”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061229626
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 721,862
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Carson Levine

Gail Carsn Levine grew up in New York City and has been writing all her life. Her first novel, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest, a New York Times bestseller, Publishers Weekly Best Book, and School Library Journal Best Book; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Ever, a New York Times bestseller; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction book Writer to Writer, the poetry book Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems, and the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie, illustrated by Scott Nash. Gail and her husband, David, live in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Ever
By Gail Levine
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Copyright © 2008 Gail Levine
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061229633


Chapter One

Olus

I am huge in my mati's womb, straining her wide tunic. She is Hannu, Akkan goddess of the earth and of pottery. My pado, Arduk, god of agriculture, sits at Hannu's bedside, awaiting my birth.

It is too tight in Hannu's belly! I thread my strong wind into her womb, and my strong wind thrusts me flying out. Fortunately, Arduk catches me in his big, gentle hands.

Although Hannu lies in bed and Arduk stands holding me, we are also floating above the earth. In the air over volcanic Mount Enshi hovers Enshi Rock. From its center the temple rises: our home, a tower of porous white stone mounted on four stout stone legs. Never has there been such a temple!

When my diaper cloth is tied in place, I kick. When I'm lowered into my sleeping basket, I cry. If a blanket is tucked around me, I bellow. I am the god of the winds, and I hate confinement. Shame on me! I fear it.

Hannu and Arduk name me Olus. I call them by their own names, as is the custom.

Soon I can see and hear and smell across great distances and through objects, just as the other Akkan gods can. I hear the prayers of our worshipers, which are like the rattle of pebbles in a pan, too numerous to sort out.

When I am a month old, I smile from my parents' bed at the faces of the other Akkan gods and goddesses as they pass by above me. Meanwhile my merry wind tickles their ankles.

Butwhen Puru, the god of destiny, tilts his head down at me, my merry wind fades away, and I wail. His face is swathed entirely in orange linen, as is the rest of him. I can see through ordinary linen, but not Puru's.

Perhaps he can peer through his linen, or perhaps he smells me or only knows I'm there. When he speaks, no constant breath pushes his words, so he stops after each one. "Olus . . . will—"

"Hush, Puru," Hannu says, frowning.

"He's too young to hear about his fate," Arduk adds.

Puru says, "Olus . . . will . . . have . . . no happiness until he gains what he cannot keep."



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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

    Olus, the young god of the wind, prefers to live with humans rather than his divine companions, all of whom are hundreds of years older than he is. In his travels he can't help noticing and falling in love with the beautiful and talented Kezi. At first he forces himself to be content merely watching, but then Kezi's father makes a deadly oath, and Kezi has only a month left to live. Unwilling to let her die, Olus reveals himself and offers Kezi a chance at life. <BR/><BR/>But before Olus and Kezi can defy fate and make a new life for her, they must survive the most frightening tests of their lives -- alone. Can they prove themselves worthy in the gods' eyes, and their own? <BR/><BR/>EVER is a touching novel about the power of love in overcoming fear, and the many different types of faith. The myth-like story takes place in a unique setting, more like India than the traditional medieval backdrop of most fantasies, and which makes for a fascinating world to explore. Olus and Kezi make for sympathetic narrators, passionate but wiser than their years would suggest. <BR/><BR/>Readers may wish that their adventures lasted longer. What adventure there is will have them turning the pages, eager to find out whether Kezi will survive, and what she may have to give up in the process. An excellent novel for older children and teens, especially those interested in other cultures and questions of faith.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Very Good Book

    I loved this book. Origanally I had bought it for my thirteen year old sister since I thought I was outgrowing GCL, but I was totally wrong. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but the plot was intrigueing. I reccomend this story to anyone looking for something outside the box, expecially the cliche novels that authours seem to be cranking out for teenage readers.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Beautiful and Beautiful: Ever is a Fairytale

    I was not expecting much from Ever when I started reading because I hadn't heard any praise for it. However, I found the story enjoyable and very entertaining to read. Though it is fun, it did not evoke any deep thinking on my part. I would not have liked the story so much except for Olus is a great character. He's funny and strange and interesting. Unfortunately, I can not say the same for Kezi, the other main character. <BR/> <BR/>Levine is a good writer. Everything flows well and she has some wonderful ideas that went into Ever, however, I thought it was a little dry. It reads like a folk-tale, myth, or fairytale: the characters don't feel complete and some of the things that happen are never explained. I think if you pick up this book and expect to read it like a fairytale, you can enjoy it a lot! If bizarre, twisted, and irritating oath-taking parents bother you, you probably won't like Ever. Although I did not think the overall writing was rich, there was one particularly well-written scene where Olus undertakes a trial to become a Champion. The ideas and details were fascinating. However, like in a fairytale, you know that the characters are going to succeed, and their ¿tests¿ did not strike me as particularly hard. Though I was a little concerned for them before the end, I did not really expect anything to go wrong.<BR/> <BR/>Another reason this reads like a fairytale is that it has the ¿beautiful and beautiful¿ typical fairytale romance. A boy and girl see each other, speak briefly, and find they are desperately in love with each other based merely on attraction. This is especially disappointing after reading Ella Enchanted, which has a realistic and convincing romance. Ever's romance is, quite honestly, empty.<BR/> <BR/>The content of the book is mostly clean, if you're not offended by a father willing to sacrifice his daughter because of his religion . . . The only part that made me uncomfortable was when Olus and his friend Kudiya pee in the grass together (they're eleven when they do it). That was gross, but I guess that's little boys for you.<BR/><BR/>If you enjoy Ever, you may like Lloyd Alexander's books, especially the Iron Ring which is written in a similar mythological style in an Indian-like culture.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

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    I thought it was fun, entertaining, and all around a decent book...

    When I first read reviews for this book I couldn't wait to read it. I had read all of Levine's other books and I couldn't wait to read more of her work. When I got it though I got a little nervous. After I had read some I wondered why I had been so excited. It started out a little slow, but then suddenly things started to pick up the pace a little bit. Suddenly I was caught up in the book and falling behind in other things I was supposed to be doing. <BR/> <BR/>In my oppinion Kenzi is a young girl who loves her family and would do anything for them. When her mother gets sick, her father swears an oath that if he tells anyone Kenzi will have to be sacrificed. Kenzi stole my heart, and I'm sure she'll steal yours to (though I am a bit of a softy). <BR/> <BR/>I thought that Levine skiped over the whole falling in love part of the story though. I could see Olus falling in love with Kenzi, but I didn't really see Kenzi fall in love with Olus. To me it just happened, there wasn't any Kenzi falling in love with Olus, she just all of a sudden loved him. <BR/> <BR/>But the book kept me reading (after the slow start), which is what relly matters. This book seemed to fly by to me, and it did keep me guessing at what would happen next. <BR/> <BR/>I liked this book because some parts made you smile while others made you laugh out loud. There weren't any terribly sad parts, but there were some that were slightly. Some parts worried me a bit because I was worried for the charectors themselves! But all around It was a well spun tale as all (most) of Levine's books are. <BR/> <BR/>If you do decide to read this book (whether it has anything to do with this review or not) I beg you DON'T put the book down if you find it a little slow in the beggining. It's better a few more chapters ahead I PROMISE.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

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    Not My Favorite

    Generally, I really enjoy Gail Carson Levine's books. Ella Enchanted was very good and I also enjoyed Fairest and the Two Princesses of Bamarre and her short stories in The Fairy's Return and Other Princess Tales was so fun. This one just fell short... the story was not as good as the previous books. It seemed like the romance was rushed and the characters weren't as developed as the other books. That said my daughter and I did enjoy parts of the story - it was just not our favorite.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

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    Cute, but not Levine's best

    Ever is a fantasy/historical fiction book for young adults about a mortal girl who falls in love with the god of the wind. Together, the two must become heroes in order to save her from an untimely death. This is a cute book, but it does not have the magic of some of Levine's other books. Furthermore, its theme may make many religious parents a little wary. Ever asks questions about God's existence and His ability to communicate with His people. These questions remain unanswered at the end of the story. Although I do not find the theme offensive (everyone has a right to express doubts), I think it may not be appropriate for younger, more impressionable readers (unless their parents encourage open thinking about religion; in which case it's a perfect discussion book).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Love it!!!!!

    I really like this book because its "romantic" and its adventurus . 2of my favorite things . (Mostly the adventurus part.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Love gayle carson levine books

    I haven't read it yet but i am for sure going to soon!! PLEASE put more of Levine's books on the Nook!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    It was just ok

    This book was OK, it just wasn't exciting enough for my taste. I felt it could have been so much better than it was. I say if you're bored and have nothing else to read than go for it. I didn't hate it either, I just probably won't be reading it again. Olus is the Akkan god of the winds and is restless. He wants so bad to live in the world of the mortals that he moves far from his home and pretends to be a goat herder in a city named Hyte. There he watches the family that owns that land he rents for goat herding, especially Kezi their daughter. Kezi loves to dance and weave rugs and her family and her are devout worshipers of the god Admat. When Kezi's Mati(word for mother) gets sick her Pado(word for father) makes and unbreakable oath to Admat that he will sacrafice the first person who congradulates him on his wifes good health if he makes her better, soon Kezi's mother is better. To save her Aunt Fedo though who was away when the oath was made and didn't know about it, she congradualtes her father before her aunt can, therefore bearing the responsibilty of becoming the scacrafice to Admat. Olus soon meets Kezi and soon afterwards they fall in love. Then Olus and Kezi embark on the joureny to save Kezi's life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2009

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    This is a great book please read It! I promise if you like adventure and romance maybe suspense you will love this book!

    Hi! I am Emily, Linda's (my mom's) daughter. This is a great book! It is inspiring that you can do anything you put your mind to. It teaches you about bravery,sacrifice(even though you should not make a human sacrifice)and love. It is great for those who like magic,adventure,some romance and a great story! The books i have recommended are great,exciting,adventerous books. Though I would like to say that the Song of the Lioness series is for pre-teens or teens(I am 11 years old but my sister is 19 and she was reading them again, I am a very advanced reader). Enjoy!!!!

    Emily

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    I was disappointed with this book, as well as many other reviewers. The plot was unrealistic and predictable. The characters and romance were flat. There wasn't much to enjoy in this book.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Not so good

    I was very disappointed when I read this book, I thought it was going to be like the book Fairest (also written by Gail Levine) but it wasn't. I didn't like the characters and I didn't like that they were talking about Akkan Gods in every part of the book, and felt it was unnecessary! I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    What a disgrace!

    I usually love Gail Carson Levine's work...BUT...EVER was such a disgrace. I loved FAIREST, and was expecting the same quality work, yet found nothing close. There was poor character development, a very boring plot, and like most of Gail's work, didn't have the strong, powerful feeling behind her words. The story had no real emotions in it either. Nothing really varied in the whole book. An utter dissapointment.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Amazing!

    I can't believe that people are badmouthing this book! Gail Carson Levine is a total genius when it comes to fantasy/romance books. i read this and believe me, the passion and love between Kezi and Olus is just spectacular. this book is amazing for anyone who loves a good romance!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    Why Gail?

    Gail Carson Levine is a superb author, having written Ella Enchanted, Fairest, and The Two Sisters of Bamarre. I was looking forward to this book, having read and enjoyed some of her other titles, but her talent definitely did not shine through in this one. Ever was slow, boring, and did not capture my attention. It is a short book, but took me forever to read because of the monotonous rhythm of it. Kezi and Olus' personalities did not seem to shine, thus making it seem as if they were constantly shy towards one another. Overall, Ever was not one of Levine's best works, and hopefully her next book will make up for the lack of personality.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 9, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

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    Worst book "EVER"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    I<3 it

    I have read alot of her books 5 times like fairest and ella enchanted and more loved every last one i sugest it to all looking for a good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Love it!

    Sort of sad. I think it's almost as good as Ella Enchanted!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    A VERY GOOD BOOK!!!!!

    I haven't even finished it yet but it is already a great book. I have read Fairest and Ella Enchanted before and have loved them. I am going to be very sad when there are no more books by Gail Carson Levine left for me to read because she is an amazing author!

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