Book Review: Ever

Book Review: EverEver by Gail Carson Levine
Release Date: 2010-03-23
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 288

Olus is the Akkan god of the winds. He is also a very lonely god. At the age of seventeen he is the youngest god (the closest one is 300 years his elder). Yearning for a friend, Olus tries to live among the mortals. After several failed attempts, his goal to find mortal company seems hopeless…that is until he meets Kenzi.

Kenzi is a beautiful fifteen year old who loves to weave rugs and dance. She seems so carefree and happy and Olus loves to waste his days away by watching her. However, Kenzi's happy life is soon shattered as she finds herself the victim of an unbreakable vow. By the end of the month her life will be sacrificed to the one and only Hyte god, Admat. The only way to save her life and thwart fate is for Olus and Kenzie to complete dangerous and near impossible tasks. Will they be able to overcome the odds to live happily ever after or will death be the only path for Kenzi?

While I enjoyed Ever it is not my favorite of Levine’s books. It lacks the instant charm of some of her other works like Ella Enchanted. With Ella I was instantly hooked and in love the story and characters, but I noticed with Ever I was a quarter of the way through before I was hooked. The book at time feels a little rushed, especially when it comes to the romance. I never really feel like I know Kenzi nor Olus or truly believe their love. It does get better as the book moves along, especially with the tasks, but a lot of the book seems to be overshadowed by the religion aspect. Not only does Kenzi struggle with the concept of there being more gods than just Admat, but Olus himself often wonders if this god exists and how he relates to his world. Overall, Ever is a good read, just not one of my favorites.

Book Review: Play Me

Book Review: Play MePlay Me by Laura Ruby
Release Date: March 2009
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 336

Eddy Rochester is soon to be a star. He's a wanna-be filmmaker well on his way to fame and fortune as his latest show Riot Grrl 16 rises in the ranks of an MTV contest. It's sure to win (after all the competition is a joke) and will lead to his big break into filmmaking. Finally, his dreams are so close he can taste them.

Of course, when it comes to love he's already famous for being, what some would call, a player. He's the love 'em and leave 'em type who never makes promises about tomorrow. That is until he meets Lucinda Dulko, a no-nonsense tennis player who is perfect in Eddy's eyes. He gets swept away in a thrilling chase to make her want him just as much as he does her. Soon, he finds himself in a game he's never played before, where the power is no longer his. But for Lucinda, he's willing to risk it all. Will he manage to get the fame, fortune, and girl…or will it all slip between his fingers?

I went into this book thinking I would hate Eddy due to his “player” status, but I ended up really liking him. I wouldn’t so much call him a player, but rather a serial dater. He never stays with a girl long, but he never promises that he will. While it is mentioned several times over that he has been with many girls, we don’t really see it much. Instead, the love aspect is on him and Lucinda…how the so call player finally falls for a girl. She’s the first girl who doesn’t want him, which makes her all the more desirable. As many others have stated, Eddy’s voice rings true to a teenager. His emotions are real and often time raw as he battles with the challenges that life throws at him. As you keep reading you will see that there is more to Eddy than meets the eye.