Everlasting [NOOK Book]

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THE LUXE meets A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY meets INDIANA JONES.

Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down...
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Overview

THE LUXE meets A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY meets INDIANA JONES.

Sailing aboard her father's ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a lady in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn't love in order to preseve her social standing. On her last voyage before the wedding, Camille learns the mother she has always believed dead is in fact alive and in Australia. When their Sydney-bound ship goes down in a gale, and her father dies, Camille sets out to find her mother and a map in her possession - a map believed to lead to a stone that once belonged to the legendary civilization of the (cont'd)
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Part romance, part adventure novel, Frazier's debut makes for a light summer read. In 1855 17-year-old Camille Rowen sets out from San Francisco with her father for one last sea voyage before entering into a passionless but financially advantageous marriage ("She had four months to dig through her soul and unearth the feelings she knew were hiding somewhere"). En route to Australia, the ship goes down in a storm and her father drowns, just after a mysterious letter surfaces from her supposedly dead mother, which involves an enchanted map and stone that holds the power of immortality. Camille finds herself stranded in Melbourne with the first mate, who (it's immediately evident) is the real love of her life, and they begin the arduous trip to Port Adelaide to meet her mother and search for the magic stone, which may be cursed. The characters never break out of their archetypal molds, and the somewhat discursive plot holds few surprises, despite the supernatural elements, but readers whose dreams of adventure and true love mirror Camille's will find her an easy heroine with whom to identify. Ages 12-up. (June)
VOYA - Robyn Guedel
Romance, betrayal, family secrets, magic—readers will find all this and more in a novel that takes place in 1885 in San Francisco. Camille is not a typical seventeen-year-old; she likes to spend time aboard her father's ship, Christina, and with her fiance, Randall. Camille, whose mother died at childbirth, and her father are embarking on a final journey together to Australia. While on board, Camille discovers that her father has been hiding many family secrets. In the middle of a huge storm, she finds a letter from her mother that changes her entire life and begins a journey to find a map that leads to a magic stone with special powers. Although this novel takes place in the nineteenth century, many of the themes are relevant for today's teens. The author does a nice job of developing strong and funny characters while keeping the plot moving at a readable pace, although some readers may have a hard time with the terminology used to describe the ship. Frazier also includes some fantasy aspects that will go over well with teen readers. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book. Reviewer: Robyn Guedel
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has always had an unusual amount of freedom compared to other society girls in 1855 San Francisco. Raised on her father's trading ships without a mother's guidance, Camille is more interested in life aboard ship than attending parties or becoming a rich man's wife. She has also developed an unsuitable flirtation with a young sailor, Oscar. This has become a problem, as Camille is now engaged to a charming young businessman whose money must save her father's floundering shipping business. When Camille accompanies her father on one last, mysterious sail to Australia, her world comes crashing down. Her father dies in a storm, leaving Camille and Oscar to finish the mission her father started—to find her mother and the mysterious artifact that drove her parents apart sixteen years ago. Camille is charming enough as a protagonist, though her relationship with Oscar works less well. Her feelings for him and their interactions are not quite enough to sell the idea of a sweeping romance. The supernatural elements are imaginative and convincing. The main plot is wrapped up by the end, but enough loose ends remain to assume that a sequel is in the works. Teachers and parents should note that there are a few intense physical moments between Camille and Oscar. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—In 1855, it is not proper for a young lady to sail on a trade ship, but 17-year-old Camille Rowen, raised by her "widowed" ship captain father, is allowed great freedom. The two embark on a last voyage, from San Francisco to Australia, before Camille marries a rich man to save her father's shipping business. Camille discovers that her father has been lying to her: her mother is alive, although gravely ill, in Port Adelaide. The woman is in possession of a treasure map that leads to a magical stone. When a fierce storm sinks the ship and kills Captain Rowen, she and a sailor for whom she has strong feelings are rescued and taken ashore in Australia. Frazier has created terrific, if slightly anachronistic, characters; they are feisty, strong, caring, smarmy, slick, dashing, and dastardly. The plot takes off with the ship and doesn't look back. The sailing tale turns into a treasure hunt with dark overtones and mysterious magical elements that never get in the way of the action. Frazier's descriptions are beautiful: the wild roiling of the ship in the storm, the oppressive closeness of a tiny room in hot weather, the strange beauty of the Australian outback all come to vivid life. This is a strong and charming debut.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
In 1855, the daughter of a well-to-do San Francisco merchant embarks on one final sea voyage with her father before she is to be married. A shipwreck later, she finds herself in Australia, where she must unravel the secrets she discovers have been kept from her all her life. Seventeen-year-old Camille was raised by her father after her mother died giving birth to her. Newly betrothed to his affable business partner, Camille is troubled by her lack of feeling for her fiance and by the stir of attraction she feels whenever she is around Oscar, the first mate on her father's ship. Camille's third-person narration is confessional in tone, and the tension between her and Oscar is appealing, but the latter is excessively protracted. The overall pace of the novel seems to slow once the ship sinks, and the subsequent cross-country trek drags. However, Camille is a nicely realized character-vulnerable yet determined-and the supernatural elements wrapped up in her background are a pleasantly chilling touch. (Historical fantasy. 12-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545283014
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 355,029
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Angie Frazier is the author of the YA novels EVERLATING and THE ETERNAL SEA, as well as the middle grade novel THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL. She lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at www.angiefrazier.com
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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    Absolutely enjoyed this book.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Adventurous

    This book, despite it's uber-pretty and dreamy cover, is in fact a swashbuckling adventure full of twists and turns and shocking events. Despite being bound to marry Randall, a man of wealth who can save her father's business, Camille sets off for one last sea-faring adventure with her father. Upon his tragic death, she finds herself in close contact with her longtime friend and secret crush, low-class Irish Oscar. With only him to depend on, Camille must find her long-lost mother and the map to find a stone that can bring her father back to life - all before his evil rival steals it to sell to the highest bidder.

    The best part of the book, to me, is the romance that slowly blooms between Camille and Oscar. His tragic past and deep love for her is really awesome to read about. He makes Camille feel the way she wishes Randall could do, and she must make a choice between being responsible to do what society requires and in being true to her heart.

    This book had so many elements that I typically love in a book, but for some reason they didn't come together in a way that made my pulse race. I think that I wanted it to slow down and focus on the romance aspect rather than the actual adventurous events in the story. Since the story was ultimately plot-driven rather than character-driven, I constantly found myself hanging, waiting for the parts I enjoyed most. However, this is worth a read, especially if you enjoy adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Erin

    A young vampire slave/feeder walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Nice

    Good beginning that really draws yiu into the story. The characters are fun and likeable and the plot is interesting but so many questions werent answered. It is like the author started stuff and didnt know how to finish it so she just dropped it. Itlf there is anseqyal then the unanswered questions might be ok but i felt there were some major plot holes in the story.

    I believe this is a n,book worth reading thoug if you like the search for cursed treasure and an adventure on the seas. If the author wrote it a bit differently it would be extremly better. The life threatening situations just seemed too easily conquored like you never worried the charaxywr might die because they got out of trouble way too easily. Still it was enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Best book EVER!!!!!

    This book is the best that I have read for a long time. I recccomend this to girls who are not old enough for deep romance but are old enough to understand love and how to know it is there. Maybe the 10 to 13 age. Great book read it straighr through without taking a break. I absoloutly LOVE it. It is my favorite bok of all time!!!!!! Should be a definate buy.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Good story

    I stumbled upon this book on a shelf at my library and got it because of the cover. (strange, yes I know) It was a good story. Very different than the vampire, witch, werewolf, angel theme going on right now.All the characters were great. I am looked forward to the next book

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    A Cute Adventure

    Several months before Camille's marriage, she goes on one last voyage with her father. Just before reaching their destination in Australia, Camille discovers a secret her father has kept for 16 years-her mother did not die during childbirth and she is still alive. Before Camille can extract more information from her father, the ship goes down with her father-leaving Camille in the care of Oscar, her father's first mate. He agrees to go with Camille to see her mother and get the map to the stone of Umandu. If Camille can get to the stone before her father's rival, then she can bring her father back to life. With the help of Ira, their Australian guide, and Monty, Oscar and Camille travel through the wild Outback. With each day comes a bunch of near-death experiences and fast paced action scenes.
    I wanted to love this book. The first half of the book was a bit disappointing. There were a few really juicy scenes that I loved, but overall, I thought it was okay. The second half blew me away. I found myself flipping rooting for Oscar and Camille. I loved their relationship. Oscar was constantly caring for Camille. He saves her life many times throughout the book. It's so cute. My absolute favorite part of the whole book was actually in the beginning when they were on the ship and the storm was bringing it down. Camille ran on deck and was scared. Oscar embraced her and said "My Camille" calming her and letting her know that he'd keep her safe. It was just TOO cute. My heart was melting! Basically whenever Oscar opened his mouth I was melting. He just had that effect on me. I found Camille, while ahead of her time with her independence, quite selfish at times. I thought choosing to marry Randall instead of pursuing her interest in Oscar, at the beginning of the novel, because her father's business was failing was honorable of her. However, there was one scene where I wanted to slap her. She basically was wondering why she couldn't marry Randall and still continue her thing with Oscar. I mean come on! That is so selfish. She only decides it wouldn't work, not because its wrong, but because she thinks Oscar wouldn't like to be considered second best. But I other than that I thought she was brave and had a back-bone. I loved Ira. He was so funny-kind of like an uncle. He stuck with them through their journey even though he would get nothing out of it.
    While I was disappointed with this book, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a swashbuckling adventure. Everlasting read like a movie. I literally could see everything very clearly in my mind, including music! Think Pirates of the Caribbean meets Titanic. It was great. I liked Everlasting and will definitely be reading the next book when it comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    A must read for summer! Angie Frazier is brilliant!

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

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    Adventurous, Romantic and Unique

    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!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Fun read from start to end :)

    This book has Action, romance and kept my attention from the beginning to end, I would definitely recommend it! :)

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    kind of annoying

    plot is weak with a pretty late start, one dimensional characters, conflict is boring me, and im not even that far into it yet.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

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    Such an AMAZING Book!!!!

    I hardly ever write reviews to books because i feel some of them are biased, however this book was too good not to write a review about!! i read this book in about 4 hours because it had me hooked from the second i opened it! i love the characters, especially cameille and oscar. there were so many twists and turns that i cried so much! the ending was beautiful, but i wish they would have shown cameille returning home to randall...that would have been quite interesting! this book is a young adult book, but i feel it is perfect anyone loving a good, romantic, adventure book! please read it and i know you won't be disappointed!! I just wish my life could be like this book. but at least i have something to aspire to :)

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    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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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Great book!

    If there is one thing I love about book its historicals. And what this book had was just great. I enjoyed reading every part of it. Camille is on her fathers ship and she discovers his secret. Upset? during a bad storm, it up ends capsizing, leaving only Oscar and Camille. There they take a adventure of a lifetime.




    The plot, drama and secrets were good. What I wanted more of was more insight on Camille and Oscar. I felt like I got a better insight of Camille and Randall relationship then with Oscar's. I love the choices Camille had to face and the treasure hunting. It all made everything seem real and fun to read.




    Of course I loved Camille because not only was she strong, but she listened to her heart. I felt for her when she had to make the biggest desicion yet and knew right away who she would choose.




    Along the way she made some very interesting friends who inturn made the book refreshing. I have to admit I would love to here more about Ira Beam. He was one that made me laugh quite a bit.




    Now, the only problem with this book was that is started off slow, so it took a while to actually get to the best part. The book did that alot. Slow, then good. Slow, then good.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Yay Historical Fiction!

    I'm surprised this book wasn't advertised more. The writing is great. The historical background and description was the perfect amount. I didn't feel like there was some sort of barrier. The language and mannerisms stuck to the times (1855) and yet it was still easy to read and understand. The story itself was simple but Angie Frazier has such a way with her characters, especially Camille. She was so torn between her decisions--and she had ever right to be. Sometimes--only sometimes, I felt that Camille's inner dialogue (well it's not inner dialogue but her brain is just going) got too long, but it helps clear things up a bit. The romance was sweet and diligent. Not to fast or forceful. Just perfect. The action and adventure was probably the best thing besides Ira--the card shark Aussi guide (I laughed almost at every line). I swear almost every other scene something is happening whether it's between Camille and Oscar or ships blowing up or Ira scheming or cracking a joke. Everlasting is a book you don't want to just skim over. Take a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2010

    very exciting!

    I really liked this book! it had romance, adventure, and humor. This book kept me hooked from page 1

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time http://onebooktime.blogspot.com

    I have conflicting thoughts about this book. The settings and locations were awesome. I liked that the book was set in the mid 1800s. I think it did a good job of depicting what life might have be like for a upper society young women. I liked the fact the book takes place in America, the ocean, and Australia. It gives the book an different sort of feel because of the varying locations. I especially enjoyed that part of the story were the are aboard the ship sailing to Australia. The author is great with the descriptions. The entire part of the book dedicated to the sinking of the ship really made me feel like part of the story. My problem was the searching for the stone. I didn't feel the magic of the lore behind the stones. It never felt believable, let alone plausible. I also was a little indifferent to the characters. I never felt attached to them. Nor did I feel I understood their emotions or their actions.

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