Author: Angie Frazier
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
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 immortals. The stone can do exactly what Camille wants most: bring someone back from the dead. Unfortunately, her father’s adversary is also on the hunt for the stone, and she must race him to it. The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar – a handsome young sailor and her father’s first mate – who is in love with Camille and whom she is inexplicably drawn to despite his low social standing and her pending wedding vows.
With an Australian card shark acting as their guide, Camille eludes murderous bushrangers, traverses dangerous highlands, evades a curse placed on the stone, and unravels the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance sixteen years earlier. But when another death shakes her conviction to resurrect her father, Camille must choose what – and who – matters most.
Sorry, I got a bit distracted. The colors of this cover are so.freaking.lovely. The cover plus the fact that it was historical fiction made me not hesitate one bit to take this off the library shelves.
I devoured this book in a day and couldn’t have enjoyed it more. The story flowed so well and there were never any dull moments. The fast pace, along with the interesting story of Camille’s life accompanying her father on his ship, were simply fantastic.
And let’s not forget the steaminess between Camille and a certain someone. Um, yeah, let’s just say it was HOT. I swear that YA can be much hotter than other genres because it doesn’t go too far – it just gives you that little taste that leaves you wanting more.
If you are a fan of historical fiction and steaminess, definitely pick up Everlasting!
In other news… it’s my birthday today! I will be spending it driving back to Chicago from Michigan but I plan on having a celebratory cocktail when I get home