Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Book Review #107
Ever by Gail Carson Levine
Rating: one star (out of four)

This story just didn't fly for me.  I read the first page and immediately felt like something was off.  And unfortunately that feeling stayed with me for the rest of the book.  I was even contemplating not finishing, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  
I wasn't impressed with the romance story and thought that it was actually pretty lame. Another one of those love at first sight stories...not only totally unrealistic, but annoying.  I didn't see how Kezi could be "in love" after so short a time.  The writing style was very different from what I was used to and not at all what I had expected from Gail Carson Levine. 
The beginning was a little tedious and I had to make myself read through it, it being very simple and repetitive.  There were a couple other elements of the story that were completely out of character, especially some of the things that Kezi did.  The whole quest part of the story did nothing for me, I was never anxious for it to end happily, and I didn't think that it was really all that impressive.  
I think what was most disappointing was the ending.  I didn't like what Kezi had to give up, it seemed like she was trading an awful lot for what she had only known for a month.  I thought that maybe they would be able to squirm out of it, but Gail just didn't have it end the way I would have wanted, and that put a damper on the book.  I wouldn't recommend this book because it failed in it's attempts to delight and humor me and was a step down from what I've come to expect and adore from Gail Carson Levine's usual writing. 

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