Thursday, 1 December 2011

Book Review: Once Every Never

Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker… but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins. 

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there’s still time—literally—maybe even get a date.
This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every… never.

Do you enjoy stories about time travel and magic with a dash of romance? Then Once Every Never is the perfect book for you! Lesley Livingston's latest novel is a fast-paced and enjoyable read, especially if you have an interest in history. I personally found the novel's focus on the Druids and Queen Boudicca so fascinating that I did a few Google searches on them after I had finished reading the book! In my opinion, any book that sparks an interest in history is definitely worth a read!

I'm sure that even those of you who despise history will find Once Every Never a captivating read just for the characters alone! While Clare actually fell a little bit flat for me (due to her constant belittling of herself), I fell in love with her companions Al, Milo, and Connal. I even had a bit of a soft spot for Morholt, one of the villains of the book, simply because of his sarcastic wit. While the love triangle in this book was a little bit odd (to say the least) I found it amusing, especially when Connal was constantly  referred to as the "hot bog man."

Although the ending of Once Every Never left off on a rather wrapped up note, I can't help but wonder what will happen to Clary and her friends next. I think there is definitely a possibility that Livingston could write a sequel to this novel, but for those of you who prefer stand alone books to series, then the conclusion will certainly satisfy you. Overall, Once Every Never was a refreshing read, and definitely worth a try if you can find the time in your busy reading schedule!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


westcoastsoul said...

oh heyyyy fellow section 3er :P

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