Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

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Title: Evanescent

Author: Gabriella Lepore

Published Date: March 15th 2013

Genre: YA 

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***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”

When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.

 

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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph’s  Review***

This book is stated to be a Young Adult book and while it is a perfect book for that genre I also enjoyed it immensely and I am far from a young adult.  It was a great story about the innocent, first love that develops between Felix and Bronwen. Throughout the story they never share more than a few kisses and some hand holding and yet the author leads the reader to believe it is true love.  It is a heart-warming story but I had some trouble believing that the romantic feelings between Felix and Bronwen could have evolved so quickly.  The author portrayed the “brotherhood” between Felix, Alistair and Loki so well, and they had such great banter, antics and solidarity that it was  believable with no questions asked, however, it just seemed far-fetched to believe that Felix and Bronwen could get to that point so quickly, especially when it took the boys over 200 years to achieve it.

The plot moves along well and would be an easy read for most young adults, there are a few things that may be hard for them to understand, such as the 1800’s speak (at times), the “British” words that appear every so often and the type of life that the boys live, however, it is an enjoyable read. The author does an amazing job describing the settings in the story and I feel like I was standing in the messy kitchen, or spending time in the cottage with Bronwen’s grandmother. It was easy to picture the backdrops and settings that the author painted with her words.  I was absorbed into another time and another world thanks to the author’s use of details throughout the book.  The plot flows so smoothly that before the reader knows it they have reached the end of the book, and what an ending it was.  As the reader I had mixed emotions when reading the end, but I enjoy a story that doesn’t have a predictable or “perfect” ending.  I found the ending of this book to be fitting for the story that the author wove throughout the book.  I especially enjoy the quote she used at the end:

With Mind Strong…
And Heart True…
I Will Live Eternity Loving You….

So, add this quick, fun read to your TBR list and you won’t be sorry, however, while I can’t promise that you will enjoy the ending, you will understand the reason behind it.

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