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review 2015-08-25 16:32
Book Review of Everlost (The Night Watchmen Series Book 3) by Candace Knoebel
Everlost (The Night Watchmen Series Book 3) - Candace Knoebel

One truth will unravel them all.

Faye Middleton thought the worst had come to pass the night she and her friends barely escaped from Ethryeal City and the clutches of the evil Priestess Clara. Officially shunned from the Coven, Faye is forced to lay low in order to come up with a plan to bring Clara down.

At Jaxen's childhood manor, they were supposed to be safe from any outside issues, and they were… until his long-lost mother shows up. Determined to win back what she lost so long ago, Evangeline reveals a secret that could shatter their beliefs, or be their saving grace.

Now, with two Covens searching for Faye, they must find a way to start over. With the help of the Rebellion, they begin the arduous task of forming their own army. However, the choices they are faced with leave them questioning everything they've ever known.

Review 5*

This is the third book in The Night Watchmen Series. I loved it!

Faye Middleton is a wonderful character, although I didn't like her very much when I first met her in Everlasting. She is a teenager who has had some major angst in her life. She has faced the culling and found out that she not only does she have affinity to both witch and hunter powers, she is the only one able to handle the Dagger of Retribution. Now older and wiser after her run in with Clara, Faye finds herself facing an even bigger challenge: dealing with Evangeline Gramm and fighting a war she's not sure she'll survive.

The story is again told through Faye's point of view. It is an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. There are some new characters introduced into the story and they each bring their own personalities and problems, from werewolves to vampires. Evangeline Gramm did what she thought was right in order to protect her boys, but I'm not sure if she did the right thing or not, as she left them with some deeply scarred emotional baggage, especially Jaxen. However, it was the introduction of the other rebels where things begin to get interesting. I loved getting to meet Chrissa. She is a wonderful character, with an innocence that made me want to hug her; she is very sweet. It was also nice to meet Weldon, Jaxen, Gavin, Jezzi and Cassie again. Faye's friend Katie also returns, but she is now emotionally scarred from being held captive and tortured in Ethryeal City.

There is excitement, danger and adventure aplenty in this book, with lots of twists and turns and more than a few surprises. The relationship between Faye and Jaxen moves on to a new level and their intimacy is sensual without being too explicit. The end of the story has a surprising twist and, although it doesn't end in a cliffhanger, it does give the reader the feeling that there are some unfinished loose ends that require tying up. I do hope that there is another book, because I would love to see if Clara and Bael get their comeuppance!

Candace Knoebel has written a fantastic continuation in this YA paranormal romance series. I loved her writing style, which is fast paced and it flowed wonderfully. I haven't read her other series, Born In Flames Trilogy yet, but having read this book, I will definitely be doing so at the earliest opportunity!

I highly recommend this book if you love YA paranormal romances. - Lynn Worton

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review 2015-07-09 16:21
Everwild
Everwild - Neal Shusterman,Elena Orlandi

Giravano delle voci. Voci di cose terribili, di cose sublimi, di cose troppo grandi da tenere per sé e che quindi venivano tranquillamente trasmesse da un’anima all’anima, da un Ultraluce all’altro. Giravano voci di una bellissima strega, chiamata Strega del Cielo, che saliva verso il paradiso a bordo di un dirigibile d’argento. E si sussurrava di un orco terribile, fatto di cioccolato dalla testa ai piedi, che adescava anime ingenue con il suo invitante profumo solo per scaraventarle in un pozzo senza fine, dal quale non avrebbero mai fatto ritorno. In un mondo dove la memoria viene cancellata dalla trama del tempo, le voci sono più importanti di ciò che si conosce davvero. Succede a Everlost, il mondo sospeso fra la vita e la morte e fra la guerra e la pace. Mary, Nick, Allie e Mickey sono anime inquiete, giovani per sempre, condannate a vagare in eterno fra i misteri di Everlost. Speranza e angoscia si susseguono come colpi di scena, ora che è diventato chiaro che la guerra non si può evitare. Nessuno può immaginare le conseguenze di una guerra fra nonmorti, ma una cosa è certa: nessuno a Everlost potrà evitarla.

 

Nich scoprirà con l'aiuto di Zin, un'ectoladra, che si possono rimettere nel mondo dei vivi cose appartenenti a Everworld. E se funzionasse anche con le persone? È possibile tornare a vivere?

Con mio stupore ho scoperto che vi è un seguito, "Everfound", ma che non è ancora stato tradotto. Sinceramente speravo che questa serie terminasse con questo volume.

Una storia inquietante che parla di possessioni, odio e amore, a tratti piuttosto grottesco, sopratutto se si pensa che è una storia rivolta ad un pubblico giovane.

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quote 2015-07-03 08:59
“And next to Allie, the screamer, once more reminded of his job, began to wail in Allie's ear. Reflexively Allie clapped her hand over his mouth. "That," she said, "is totally uncalled for. Don't do that again. Ever." The screamer looked at her with worried eyes. "Are we clear on this subject?" said Allie. The screamer nodded and she removed her hand.
"Can I scream a little?" he asked.
"No," said Allie. "Your screaming days are over."
"Darn." And he was quiet thereafter.
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quote 2015-07-03 08:45
Your hair looks funny," Lief said, as soon as the Ugloids left. "It stands straight up!"
No," said Nick, intensely irritated, "It's hanging straight down."
Lief just gave him an upside-down shrug. "Up is down in China and you're part-Chinese.
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review 2015-01-04 00:00
Everlost
Everlost - Neal Shusterman I just finished Shusterman's charming paranormal tale Everlost. At first, I didn't think I'd like it. But, much like Nick and Allie I was pulled into the world of Everlost.

Maybe if I'd read this book as a kid, I might not have found humor in it. But, I found it and enjoyed it. I couldn't help laughing at the reference to Roswell, New Mexico. What people have thought of as alien space craft, according to Shusterman, was just the ghost of the Heidenburg peeking through on a sunny day. I even got a laugh off the mention of the Amityville Horror.

Shusterman's tale is full of historical references. I loved his handling of the Twin Towers. It was a wonderful, thoughtful tribute to what happened on 9/11. Other events sprinkled throughout Everlost was the disappearance of the Marine Sulphur Queen in 1963, Atlantic City's Steeplechase Pier and Steel Pier along with the incredible diving horse and the destruction of Pompeii.

But, Everlost isn't a Young Adult history book. It's a creative way of pondering what happens after we die. Nick and Allie struggle with the afterlife. They can't quite come to the realization that they are dead. The nagging question throughout their journey is 'why didn't we go to heaven or hell'. It's a question all people of all ages and religions constantly ask. Nick considers that question constantly and gets some insight when he thinks about how other religions have tackled it.

Shusterman is a screenwriter and it shows in the details. I loved the way he described ghost buildings: the Waldorf Astoria and the Old Penn Station. And, when he writes about "skin jacking" and "body surfing" you could visualize what was happening.

Finally, I loved how the idea of time was handled in Everlost. It was a land filled with objects that once belonged in the land of the living: 1978 tv shows, Vivaldi's concertos, the Three Stooges, Pac Man, and even Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Queen of Snots). But, Everlost wasn't a landfill. It was a place that held those things people had loved.

By the end of the book, Nick realized his true potential. He became a host for other kids who come to Everlost. Think of him as a ghostly Rod Serling navigating The Twilight Zone.

I thoroughly enjoyed Everlost. I look forward to reading the other two books in the series.
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