I picked up this book, because I had just finished Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I loved that series, so figured I'd go ahead aSo it begins.
I picked up this book, because I had just finished Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I loved that series, so figured I'd go ahead and blindly jump into the next.
I'm glad I did! I really liked this book. I quickly got attached to the characters, and couldn't wait for more. Unfortuantly for me, I started the series as soon as Darkfever was released...so I've had over a year in between each installment.
The Fever world opens up with Mac, a blond, bubbly, innocent 22 year old sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun while listening to her one-hit wonders. Next thing she knows, her sister is dead, and Mac is in Ireland trying to bring justice to Alina's death. Mac meets an egnimatic bookseller, Jericho Barrons, and the more she digs, the deeper she gets in a world of fae, vampires, and who-knows what else.
Darkfever is the first book in a 5-book series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and fae-themed books....more
Book III of Everworld, told from April's point of view.
So we have Vikings...Norse Gods...giant wolves...heart-eating Aztecs...why not add the KnightsBook III of Everworld, told from April's point of view.
So we have Vikings...Norse Gods...giant wolves...heart-eating Aztecs...why not add the Knights of King Arthur's Round Table?? This book introduces us to some of the more "human" members of Everworld. We learn more about Merlin, Galahad, Gawain, and the other grail-seeking Knights.
When Battle approaches over Senna, April, Jalil, David and Christopher have to decide if they want to fight, and if so, who they are fighting for. Even though Merlin might technically be more human than Loki or Big H, he can be just as dangerous.
This book a bit slower than the previous book for me, mainly because Land of Loss was so graphic and horrific. But it's still an excellent installment in the Everworld series. Another reason I liked it is because the Arthurian legends are very near and dear to my heart. I love them. I love stories of the Holy Grail, Galahad, and Camelot. So naturally, I love stories about Merlin.
Another thing I liked about this book is that is starts to define what direction the series is taking. Senna is obviously a very mysterious piece of the puzzle, and seeing her through each David's, Christopher's, and now April's eyes helps us to define where she fits in.
The covers and inside illustrations are also really awesome in this series. Now that I'm re-reading, I'm finding that I've forgotten most of the details from 10 years ago, but I remember the covers! ...more
Brave the Betrayal begins with Jalil, April, Christopher and David leaving Olympus in search for Senna's mother, who may be in "Egypt", and who can poBrave the Betrayal begins with Jalil, April, Christopher and David leaving Olympus in search for Senna's mother, who may be in "Egypt", and who can possibly send the Coo-Hatch back to their own world. The book follows their journey through the Sahara desert in the Everworld-Africa. They meet an old man called Eshu, who beings as their guide but soon Jalil and the others discover Eshu is not who he appears to be.
All in all, the groups is collectively tired of dealing with Gods and demi-Gods who are self-centered, selfish, and treat mere mortals as play things. While the Olympians were by far the best of the Gods we've met, the Orishi Gods demand sacrifice to appease them. When April refuses a sacrifice to a God who is not her own, and Jalil refuses to be bullied out of his beliefs, the group finds themselves in an upside down land where the grass is blue and the rivers are purple, and everything is literally upside down.
We see the Vikings again, who I just love. They are so funny, and really the only decent set of beings in Everworld. The book ends with a battle of wits and determination that nearly kills Jalil, April, Christopher, Senna and David. Now, they're on their way to find Senna's mother, who is a priestess of Isis. ...more
**spoiler alert** The final book in the Everworld series.
While Book 11 really held the final battle between Senna/Sennites and April, Jalil, Christop**spoiler alert** The final book in the Everworld series.
While Book 11 really held the final battle between Senna/Sennites and April, Jalil, Christopher, and David, this book is the wrap up; the conclusion.
At the end of the battle in Book 11, Senna is deemed no longer a threat. The gateway is closed. But now what? With the gateway closed, will April and her friends ever get back to the real world? Do they even want to anymore?
They are fading away. Jalil, David, and Christopher are fading in the real world. They've made their choice; they belong in Everworld. Jalil simply put it, "how can we live in the real world after experiencing Everworld?"
In this book, after leaving Ireland completely defeated, Etain along with April and her friends realize they need to free Baldur and Thor from Hel's domain if they're ever going to beat the Sennites and Ka Anor. They venture to Dwarven lands, where Etain offers her hand in marriage (breaking Christopher's heart) to the Dwarven king in order for help building a tunnel into Hel's kingdom. With the help of the Dwarfs and Merlin, they reach Hell and rescue the imprisoned Gods. For the first time, they are in charge and the Gods aren't fighting over who gets to kill them.
Ka Anor is still a big problem, as are Senna's minions. The only slightly disappointing thing about the end of the series is the lack of closure. It ends with the Gods realizing they have to unite to save Everworld. It sparks hope, but not victory. It leaves the end open for each individual reader. But in a way, I like that. You see how the main characters have grown since the first book, and how they've all found their place.
Everworld ends with hope. While there are open ends (didn't they mention a scroll that wrote the framework of Everworld? What happened with that? With the goddess Brigid?), individual readers can decide if April, Jalil, Christopher, and David disappearing forever from the real world good or bad, and if they'll take part in changing Everworld and putting the Gods back in charge. ...more
So far for me, this has been the weakest book in the series. I still read it very quickly, but it wasn't as exciting. Yes, there was immense danger atSo far for me, this has been the weakest book in the series. I still read it very quickly, but it wasn't as exciting. Yes, there was immense danger at every corner, but the majority of the book involved running from the Hetwan. Run run run, almost die, run run run, meet a Greek god, run run run.
This story is told from Christopher's point of view. Christopher is one of my favorite characters; he's witty, extremely cynical and very jaded. So hearing his thoughts is always entertaining.
I won't give away any spoilers, but there are certain events that occur at the end of the book that really help one understand Christopher's character a bit more. It makes him a bit more likable.
I'd rate this book three stars. It was okay, but not quite as exciting as the other books. Dionysus is a funny characters, though...and his banter helps bring some laughter to the story. ...more
Gateway to the Gods follows April's point of view again. At the end of the previous book, April, Christopher, David, and Jalil find themselves on theiGateway to the Gods follows April's point of view again. At the end of the previous book, April, Christopher, David, and Jalil find themselves on their way to Olympus. Yes, Mount Olympus, home of the great Greek gods. In the way that Enter the Enchantment touched me with Galahad's story, I also went through high school (and college) fascinated with Greek mythology. So this was really fun. We see how the teenager's perspectives of the Gods is both proven right and wrong. The Gods are spoiled, selfish, and ruthless. But for the first time, April and her friends aren't in direct danger. They're actually safe, for once! Well, for the most part.
In this installment of the Everworld series, they find themselves placed in a war between the Olympians and the Hetwan. With Ganymedes' death still fresh in their mind, they apply modern day technology to the Olympians battle methods and try to defeat the Hetwan. Senna is still an issue, but once she relinquishes her control on David, he proves to be a good general in battle.
This book follows the splendor of Mount Olympus, the wrath of Zeus, and the pettiness of the Gods. April, Christopher, Jalil, and David are now seeing that what they're going through in Everworld is much bigger than the four of them. Can they ever get home, and if they can, what price will the world pay?...more