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Book Review: Everlast by Andria Buchanan

Allie Munroe has only ever wanted to belong, maybe even be well liked. But even though she’s nice and smart and has a couple of friends, she’s still pretty much the invisible girl at school. So when the chance to work with her friends and some of the popular kids on an English project comes up, Allie jumps at the chance to be noticed. And her plan would have worked out just fine…if they hadn’t been sucked into a magical realm through a dusty old book of fairy tales in the middle of the library. Now, Allie and her classmates are stuck in Nerissette, a world where karma rules and your social status is determined by what you deserve. Which makes a misfit like Allie the Crown Princess, and her archrival the scullery maid. And the only way out is for Allie to rally and lead the people of Nerissette against the evil forces that threaten their very existence.

By: Andria Buchanan
Series: The Chronicles of Nerissette #1
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Released: August 27th 2013

“Everlast” by Andria Buchanan was great. I don’t have a whole lot of issues with this book. I think the characters were executed quite nicely and the plot kept me hooked. “Everlast” starts off with a group of teens that are doing a school project. When Allie picks out a book for them to write there faery tale project on, a Cat pops out of the book and takes them to another world. Allie recognizes this cat from her dreams and she still thinks she is dreaming when she and her friends get sucked into the faery tale book. This particular faery tale world is run by a mysterious being name “Fate.” “Fate” always gets what it wants. When “Fate” makes Allie the princess of this world, she doesn’t understand why. She doesn’t think that she will be a very good princess.

There is a catch to this whole situation though. Once Allie and her friends were transported into the book, everyone else in the “Real World” ceased to remember they ever existed. Allie is supposed to conquer “Fate” and create a free world with the help of her friends. She has to find the strength of a princess to conquer wizards, trolls, and giants.

I think Buchanan did a great job on this story. I was hooked right away wanting to know what happens next. I didn’t get lost in the plot at all since I felt that it flowed quite nicely. I didn’t like how the end felt kind of rushed and dropped but since this is a series, I can live with this decision. I already have book two in my TBR pile. Thank you, Entangled Teen Publishing and Net Gallery books.

The characters in “Everlast” were great and well developed. I thought Allie was a strong female lead. She may have been unsure about herself in the beginning but she was able to overcome those fears quite nicely. Allie had to come to terms with the fact that she is now a princess, so she needs to start acting like a ruler and not playing the victim card or the poor me card. I like that Allie became comfortable in her role and that she was not going to take orders from anyone. Allie makes a lot of good choices that I think benefited the faery tale world and the other characters. I am starting to get used to all of these strong female leads in books. I am glad that authors are starting to right more female leads.

I do like the other characters in the book, I just think Allie stuck out the most for me. Her friends were great supporting characters and the Fate Maker makes a great villain. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. I think the amount of mystery to the issues going on was great. I like how Allie found out the knowledge that she knows by the end of the book and how well she handled it. Definitely pick up a copy of “Everlast,” I think it is a great book to add to our faery tale collections.

I give "Everlast" four out of five bookshelves.

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