Saturday, June 21, 2008

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Olus, youngest of the Akkan gods, is lonely despite his power to control the winds. He finds himself fascinated and drawn to mortals, especially young Kezi, who loves weaving and dancing. As he spends time watching over her unseen, he overhears her make a statement that puts her life in jeopardy. Olus's feelings for Kezi cause him to try and intervene in order to save her life and they both embark on an adventure that will challenge their courage and dedication to one another.

I loved Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and Fairest, all written by Gail Carson Levine. Ever did not enthrall me as much as Levine's previous work, to my disappointment. It was an interesting idea and I did not dislike it, but I was expecting a story and characters that would interest me more than that in this book. The characters felt a little flat and two-dimensional and the plot didn't always seem to flow very smoothly. I would have preferred more depth and length to Kezi's and Olus's trials; they seemed too brief to truly develop their courage. I did enjoy certain aspects of the book, such as the personalities and talents of Olus's winds; I also thought the setting and theme of the novel had great potential and appreciated the different feel it has. Ever, although still very readable, is not one of Levine's most memorable books.


loo said...
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loo said...

I agree this book was a dissapointment. I got to page fifty and decided it wasn't worth ready anymore.