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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 g ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Aug 16, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
I really don't need to read this book again...considering I have it practically memorized at this point :-) Just wanted to celebrate it's appearance on Goodreads!
Aug 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Camille clicked the latches down on her trunk and glanced out her bedroom window.

White haze choked the small seaport, and the fog bells sounding across the bay echoed in her chest. Fitting weather to mark the death of her freedom.


Oscar flinched and stared at her. "What did you say?"

Camille set the glass down. "Uman-"

"No!" He held his finger up to his mouth to shush her. "Don't say it."

"Why not?" she asked. "Have you heard of it?"

The wind picked up, and tree br
A hidden gem! Adventure and romance combine for an historical fiction thrill ride!

This is a hidden gem of a book. Why haven't we heard more about this one? It combines adventure, romance, and a touch of mysticism into a meticulously researched historical fiction thrill ride. I LOVED IT.

I picked up this book on a whim at the library. I was so intrigued by the jacket flap that I found myself glancing through the pages at the red light by the library's parking lot and every red light thereafter. I
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Everlasting is a comfort read. It’s kind of like having cake for dinner. It’s really sweet and a little silly, but sometimes it hits the spot.

Camille Rowen is a young girl living in 1850s San Francisco, but she’s not like other young girls. She’d rather go adventuring with her sea captain father than hang around the city being a proper lady. But Camille’s adventuring days seem numbered. She’s engaged to Randall Jackson, a wealthy young man, and their wedding is scheduled to take place in just a
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Actual rating 2.5!

I really liked the idea of this book, the premise was definitely interesting.
Unfortunately, it wasn't done very well.

The characters, although charismatic, felt rather flat. I didn't feel connected to them at all.

The world needed more development as well, it was very easy to forget what time period the story was supposed to take place in.

In the end, many important scenes were done too fast, which led me to be confused at some points.
(I also knew what would happen about halfway
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In today's world of Young Adult novels, there's no shortage of the supernatural. Oftentimes the same basic storyline displays itself across the shelves of our local bookstores. The names have been changed, but the story remains the same: normal teenage girl falls for otherworldly beautiful boy. Vampires, werewolves and witches run rampant across every aisle (not that there's anything wrong with that). ;)

And then there's this story.

Too beautiful to give it the same normal title as "book", this t
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has always loved adventure. That’s why she enjoys sailing on her father’s ships so much—and dreads her upcoming marriage. To Camille, marrying a wealthy man for the sake of society means losing her freedom, even if it could save her father and herself from economic ruin. So Camille makes her choice, but on her final voyage, confronted by family secrets and betrayals, she starts to reconsider that choice. It helps that her father’s handsome first mate Oscar is alw ...more
K. Lincoln
Jul 21, 2010 rated it liked it
***I read an Advanced Reader Copy edition of this book***

Camille is going for one, last trip with her father on one of their shipping lines before facing marriage to a wealthy and eligible man in San Francisco society.

A storm changes all her plans.

Along with Oscar, the not-so-eligible, but ever-so-much-more-attractive first mate, they will weather thugs, Australian outback, and magic to find Camille's birth mother and Umandu, a mythical stone.

I never got into this book very deeply. At first look
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Orginally posted here.

I don't think I've read a lot of YA historical fantasy so I was really looking forward to reading Everlasting. Also, look at that cover - I think it's lovely. I liked the premise of the story - a young female protagonist who grew up without a mother and is used to life on board a ship. I don't know if my expectations were too high but the story felt a little flat to me. I wasn't invested in any of the characters and I didn't feel like they had enough depth. Usually, I'm a f
Sarah MacLean
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mix one part heart-wrenching love story and one part breathtaking adventure, add a dash of magic and top with lush imagery and powerful prose, and you get Angie Frazier's incredible Everlasting. Camille is a bold, brilliant heroine--a seventeen-year-old Indiana Jones in skirts--I want to be her when I grow up!
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Poignant and historically realistic, Everlasting is a great mix of love and adventure. The time period setting is made clear from the start but is portrayed in a way that reads smoothly and any reader can understand and follow. A range of characters and vivid settings help bring out the overall fantastic nature of this book.

Camille is a strong character, particularly for her time period. Having lost her mother at an early age, she is used to spending months at sea aboard her father's ship. She l
After hearing so much praise for this book I had really high hopes for it but unfortunately I found myself sorely disappointed.

While I'm sure some people will love this book, I couldn't get into it at all. I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters and didn't really care what happened to them and I had a huge problem with the opening setting which utterly broke my suspension of disbelief. Had the story been set in any other state this wouldn't have been a problem and I do realize the st
Mar 11, 2010 rated it liked it
In my opinion, there are not enough historical fiction books with fantasy elements out there, and some of the ones that are out there are a bit disappointing. This book is not one of the disappointing ones. It was a quick (since it's YA) and fun read.

Everlasting's strongest point, in my opinion, was its characters, especially the heroine. Camille is a girl who wants more than the life society would offer her. Having spent the first 17 years of her life sailing on her father's ships, she's not qu
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, read-2012
I was worried before I read this book that it would turn out to be one of those sappy books that are all about soulmates and falling in lurve. You can’t blame me. Look at the cover! Look also at the trailer. However, to my surprise, I found that the novel was refreshingly brisk and while there are loads of tense moments where hearts beat in the rhythm of first love, it is not the focal point of the novel. And yes, I totally did that purple prose on purpose. Hur. I also alliterate to entertain my ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
This had so much promise, but then ended up erring a little too far on the side of strange. Camille is betrothed to Randall who is a great catch but totally boring. She spends all the time they have together trying to drum up any feelings for him. Before their wedding, she leaves for one last sea adventure with her captain father. Enter the required real love interest in Oscar, one of the sailors on her father’s ship who Camille has grown up with. Unfortunately, not long after setting sail, they ...more
Patrick Lee
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
An enchanted map, a mythical, magical stone, and an era when travel was dangerous at its best. A young couple from different strata of 1855 San Francisco society who are in love, sense it, but seem powerless to consummate it. Until one night on a stormy Tasman sea when the power of the stone and the map sets them on a hair-raising journey together through the wilds of Australia to find Camille Rowen’s dying mother—and raise her beloved father from the dead. In the end, Angie Frazier’s wonderful ...more
Everything about this book should have put me over the top gaga for it -- historical fiction, an ocean voyage, loving the person you shouldn't love, meeting a long-lost relative. All of the right things were in here. But for me, it all somehow fell flat. The ingredients were right, but the execution was wrong. In my view, anyway.

There are just too many things that don't really seem to ring true -- the heroine finds herself face to face with a dangerous enemy, but he just lets her skip away, tau
Cialina (Muggle-Born)
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Everlasting was addicting. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I thought it would turn out as the stereotypical historical romance but it turned out much more than that much to my pleasure. It was a whirlwind of adventure and mystery. I love how Angie Frazier tells the story, taking me through twists and turns as the secrets were uncovered. In addition, Frazier creates beautiful chemistry between Oscar and Camille and spins a wonderful dynamic between the two of them. After reading t ...more
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Jan 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I was really looking forward to reading this. I wanted to love it, but in the end, only liked it. I guess historical YA isn't my cup of tea. I don't know. It's beautifully written, but I couldn't really get into it. The whole 1800s genre was difficult for me to comprehend and the pacing was a little slow for my taste.

While I did enjoy it, I just felt like there are better reads out there. Don't get me wrong, some people will love Everlasting. It'll appeal to some and not others. I'm somewhere in
Erica (storybookend)
Everlasting was beautiful. It was enchanting and adventurous. I loved the interaction between Camille and Oscar. Their romance was sweet and perfect. I really liked Ira. He was a hoot! Had me laughing several times. The ending was brilliant. I knew how it would end when they were getting close to the stone, what would happen to Oscar and Camille's choice of who to bring back. Kind of predictable, but I still loved it. It was heartbreaking. The writing was beautiful, and the plot was very intrigu ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Part Titanic, Part Raiders of the Lost Ark with a spunky teenager heroine, Everlasting is so much fun! I stayed up way past my bedtime several nights in a row because I couldn't get enough of Camille, Oscar and their side-kicks. Beautifully written, passionate and full of creative adventure, this book is SO visual that I'm longing for the screen adaptation AND the second book in the trilogy! Oscar and Camille's slow-simmering romance is pure magic.

Everlasting comes out from Scholastic in June.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Middle School Students
I feel so fortunate to have read an ARC of this book before it comes out in June! Particularly well written for Middle School and also a great read as an adult. As a School Librarian I will be recommending it to the girls in our school.

I took this book on vacation and desperately hoped that the person on the plane next to me would not want to make small talk. I read the entire book in just two days, couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book!!!
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would revommend this one to anyone that likes a sweet love story mixed with action and adventure. I really liked how clean it was and the story kind of sucked you in. If it wasn't such a waiting list at the library I would want this one for a bookclub book!
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
This story is set during the 1850s of San Francisco. 17-year-old Camille Rowen is the daughter of a sea captain and while other ladies her age care about stepping into the glittering society, her main interest remains travelling aboard in her father's ship. However, her father wishes her to take on the role of a proper lady so she is set to marry a young man whom her father has businesses with. As much as Camille likes Randall, she doesn't feel any sparks with him and this makes her wonder if sh ...more
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I am not even sure how I came across this book, but once I saw it, I fell in love with the cover. It reminds me of a fairytale, like Little Mermaid or Tangled. Then I read the summary and it really caught my interest. Historical, fantasy, and romantic fiction are all favorite genres of mine, and this book combines them all. I was expecting to enjoy the book, but in the end, I found myself completely loving it!
Camille and Oscar’s relationship was easily my favorite part of the story. The way it w
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Everlasting is a great historical fiction story about love, adventure, and secrets and I assure you the book is better than the trailer. I was trying to think of how I can explain this book into something everyone would understand, so I came up with three movies that came to mind while I was reading this and they are:

1. The Perfect Storm
2. Indiana Jones
3. Pirates of the Caribbean

I swear that Angie Frazier must have thrown aspects of these movies into a blender, pressed blend, and the outcome wa
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Everlasting was, in short, a very pleasant surprise. One of the things I love most about reading brand new authors is that you never know how their books will turn out. I'm happy to say that Angie Frazier delivered--Everlasting was pretty darn good!

First of all, Frazier did a really good job with the setting. I can tell from the book (and from interviewing the author myself) that a lot of research went into the writing process. It definitely paid off! The setting was very realistic, as were the
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is one of those timeless books that sets itself apart as a classic. Angie Frazier has a way of slowing time down to match the era and place it is set while the mystery and adventure will keep you captivated. It reminds me a bit of Crocodile Dundee with a dash of Somewhere in Time meets the movie Hook. Angie is a masterful story teller who weaves fantasy and romance.

Camille, the main heroine is a woman o
Tara Chevrestt
This has been a fun, pleasant, light read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's about a girl in 1800s San Francisco, Camille. She has grown up without a mother and has spent her life running around barefoot aboard her father's ships. The time has come for her to act like a lady and marry a man she really doesn't feel much passion for. She takes one last voyage before submitting herself to a life stuck at home.

It's a voyage of surprises. Camille discovers a secret letter, starts having strange fe
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Angie Frazier is a writer and mom, a good cook, and a horrible housekeeper. Angie’s debut novel, Everlasting, published by Scholastic Press, is a mixture of everything she loves in a good book: history, mystery, adventure, romance, and fantasy. Her middle grade novel, The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery is a Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next Pick, and Kirkus has called it "a likely and likable ...more

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“Life just changes. Like a stormy headwind, Camille thought. First blowing the sails in one direction and then, without warning at all, shifting course.” 7 likes
“You weren’t supposed to choose me,” he said.
Behind them, Ira approached, stunned and speechless for what must have been the first time in his life. He helped lift Samuel, whose cheeks had blanched as well. Camille prodded Oscar’s arms and stomach and face. It was truly him. The unbearable grief over losing him flipped inside out. Her joy ran so deep and strong she thought she might burst from it.
“The night the Christina went down, you rowed to me,” she answered, her throat knotted as she thought of her father. She forced it down. “This time, I must have needed to row to you.”
Oscar kissed her, his lips still cold but filled with life. She leaned into him and hung on as though he might disappear. Ira let out a playful high-pitched whistle. Samuel coughed. Oscar and Camille reluctantly pulled apart and blushed.
“Holy gallnipper,” Ira said. Camille grinned, not minding in the least that he was using that annoying turn of phrase again. “I can’t believe that little rock…I mean you were dead, mate. Dead as this bloke right here.” Ira kicked McGreenery in the leg. Oscar nodded, rubbing his hand over the fading red mark, as if to feel for himself that the deadly wound was gone.
“I was in the dory,” he whispered. Ira cocked his head.
“Say again?”
Camille lifted her ear from his chest, where she’d wanted to listen to the smooth rhythm of his heart. She looked up at him before hearing its strong beat.
“The dory?”
Oscar nodded again, eyebrows creased.
“I heard your voice. At the cave,” he said to Camille. “This force kept pulling me backward, away from you, like I was being sucked into the ground.”
So this was how it had felt for him to die. She remembered the way he’d looked right through her and how it had chilled her to the marrow. Her own brush with death had been different, and somehow better, if death could even be measured in levels of bad or good. The image of her father had drawn her to safety, making her forget her yearning for air. He had been there for her, but she hadn’t been able to do the same for him. All this time, all this trouble, and all she’d wanted was to bring him back, make him proud of the lengths to which she’d gone for him. In the end, she’d failed him miserably.
“And then you were gone. Your voice faded, and I was in the dory, adrift in the Tasman, the dawn after the Christina went down,” Oscar continued.
Samuel and Ira glanced at each other with marked expressions of doubt and confusion.
“But I wasn’t alone.” He gently pulled Camille away from him and gripped her arms. “Your father was with me. He was sitting there, smiling. It all seemed so real. I could taste the salt air, and…and I remember touching the water, and it was cold. It wasn’t like in a dream, when you can’t do those things.”
Camille sucked in a deep breath, trying to inflate her crushing lungs. Oscar had seen him, too. She’d give anything to see her father again, to hear his voice, to feel at home by just being in his presence. At least, that’s what she’d once believed. But Camille hadn’t been willing to give up Oscar. Did that mean she loved her father less? Never. She could never love her fatherless. So then why hadn’t her heart chosen him?
"Did he say anything?" she asked, anxious to know yet afraid to hear.
"It's all jumbled," Oscar said, again shaking his head and rubbing his chest. "I remember him saying a few things. Bits and pieces."
Camille looked to Ira and Samuel. Their parted mouths and bugged eyes hung on Oscar's every word. Oscar squinted at the ground and seemed to be working hard to piece together what her father had said on the other side.
"I'm still here to guide her?" he said, questioning his own memory. "It doesn't make any sense, I'm sorry."
She shook her head, eyes tearing up again. It had been real. He really had come to her in the black water of the underground pool.
"No, don't be sorry," she said, tears spilling. "It does make sense. It makes sense to me.”
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