Everlost

Posted 27 August 2013 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

EverlostEverlost by Brenda Pandos
Series: Mer Tales #3
Published by Obsidian Mountain Publishing on 2013-03-15
Genres: Fantasy, Folklore, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Source: personal purchase | eBook
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

All Tatiana ever dreamt of was to be human.

With one kiss, Tatiana has discovered a love for a man she’d hated—the prince of Natatoria. Through the botched rescue attempt by her father against this union, an army of rebels has revealed their identity and intentions—treason. When the King is fatally injured, Azor takes things into his own hands and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants: to be king. Including killing Tatiana’s father.

Jacob had always been loyal to the crown, that was until his brother‘s banishment to die on Bone Island without an explanation. Invited to help on a mission with Jack, leader of the underground army, Jacob learns the truth about the kingdom and of Jack’s daughter, a girl with beautiful blue eyes and a heart of gold. Falling for her—a promised princess—wasn’t supposed to happen.

Caught between the bond and her family, Tatiana, the future Queen, must overcome the promise to fight for what’s right and uncover the truths of the past or all will become Everlost.

My Review

I enjoyed this series as a whole, but this book was definitely my least favorite of the three.  I think my major complaint was that there was so little of Ash and Fin in this one.  This book focused on Tati, whom I loved, but the first two focused so much more on Ash and Fin that it seemed abrupt to have them so much a lesser presence.  The change in voices and in how the story was told was also different, not bad, but different.  The first two were told in alternating first person POVs between Ash and Fin.  This installment was written as a third person narrative and felt older than the other two, far less YA than the others.

Aside from that, Tati”s story was an engaging one.  Azor was as likable in this book as in the previous ones.  That is to say… not at all likable.  There were times when I want to reach into the book and just slap the stupid out of him.  There was a whole lot of mystery and intrigue in this book, a lot of action.  That part of story was pretty engaging.  I think I just really connected with Ash and Fin as characters and missed their strong presence.

My only other complaint is a little one, that there were parts of it that came off as a little preachy.  This may be a personal taste thing, however, as I am not generally a fan of religious fiction.

My Recommendation

Still a good book and a must read for the end of this fun series.  

3.5Mugs

About Brenda Pandos

Mommy warrior, comma-kazi, wife, computer whisperer, Pinterest addict, chocolate enthusiast, vampire and zombie slayer, merman magnet, and lover of all things pure and right. Well… maybe after a cup of coffee or two.

Author Brenda Pandos lives in California and is surrounded by the loves of her life—her husband, her incredible boys, a grumpy cat, eight chickens and her characters. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as an IT administrator. After her son’s ASD diagnosis, everything changed. Being pregnant and embarking on a 35 hour a week in-home therapy schedule was grueling to say the least. She craved a meaningful escape.

Never having aspired to write before, she wrote her own vampire tale for kicks. Four months later, The Emerald Talisman was born. Unsure who’d want to buy her novel, she entered her fledgling book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and placed as a Quarter-finalist. That gave her the courage to go Indie and from there, she traversed into a life she’d never imagined and loves to this day. And since a small group of fans grew into a larger group of fans, all cheering her onto books two, three, four, five… and so on, she hasn’t looked back.

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