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Ever 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.

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?

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.

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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
addicted-2-reading More than 1 year ago
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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.
BeksBooks More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book because its "romantic" and its adventurus . 2of my favorite things . (Mostly the adventurus part.
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adventurous and perhaps a little too romantic (at least for my taste) this book was a fun read. Although honestly, after reading the first few chapters I just wanted to skim through the rest of it and put it down. The way Levine decided to switch back and forth between the two protagonists added an interesting twist though. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The two princesses of baltamare
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here is the second clue: two sisters one quest. An evil dragon a handsome sorcer. Fairys and the love of two sisters. Royal blood and the grey death. What am i?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IS THIS BOOK GOOD IS SO ILL READ IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book "EVER"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sort of sad. I think it's almost as good as Ella Enchanted! Posted by nook simple touch reader 85
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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