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- Print Length: 285 pages
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- Publication Date: October 31, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OGRW8L2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I just love the gorgeous cover, I love reading fantasy novels with some magic in them and the fact that the book had several rocking 5 star reviews compelled me to give it a chance. But I just couldn't stand the execution.
The first thing I must warn readers is that the book might be written by someone that seems to be aiming for 13 year old girls with the usage of childish dialogue and giggling diatribe, but at the first rather explicit sex scene I was like whoa! What in the hell is going on?
I know that Game of Thrones made it popular to add steamy and graphic sex scenes but I agree with other critics of this book that this book takes it a bit too far in a bad way. I don't mind it that erotica books have steamy scenes. There is clearly an audience for erotica and while I don't personally like to read that stuff, a lot of people love it. However, Everealm is a novel that seems to be aimed at a young audience and the clearly innocuous cover makes you believe the story is more the Jane Austen novel type of romance where the worst you will ever see is a bit of cleavage and a disregarded marriage proposal.
For your information, the sex scenes are not only all over the place, they can be a bit graphic. There is a whole chapter starring Silas that is weird (he is Bree's uncle who rules a prosperous southern kingdom that wants to rule the entire nation and whose only reason for being the villain is because he's angry at being a bastard son that rules a small chunk of the kingdom as a consolation prize). He seems to be doing rather well economically but he's just greedy and is not only hungry for land, he wants booty too. He has a hot 40 something wife but he likes it when his soldiers steal pretty girls from the street, strip them naked in his throne room and he walks in a circle and touches the poor girls. He then always chooses one as his one night time stand and then I don't really know what he does to the girls after he gets bored with them. His wife knows all of this but she couldn't care less because she's too busy sleeping with a senior knight.
The book could be okay and maybe even entertaining if Silas had been the protagonist but unfortunately we get stuck with Bree.
Bree is the princess of the main kingdom but apparently she's worthless booty because she slept with a very hunky teenager knight named Rowan when she was 16. Her father spared Rowan's life but forced him to train to become a spy/assasin. The boy's father is a well-regarded knight and hopes that now that Bree is the new queen, she'll feel pity for his son's less than stellar lifestyle and give him a better job and perhaps even marry him now that nobody else seems to want her.
I'm fine with the plot twist harshness. It seems like an interesting plot point because Bree's younger sister is only 10 years old and still unready to rule. The problem arises that even though Bree is 21 years old when she inherits the crown, she still acts like a hormonal 13 year old and doesn't seem to care that everyone mocks her and barely considers her to be their ruler. She is shunned from military meetings and treated like a little girl and yet she's too busy gushing over her ex lover that recently returned to work as her bodyguard to feel angry.
So now we have a book with rather strong sex scenes and a main character that doesn't act her age or instill respect from anyone. I could take two strikes but Everealm has a third thing that annoyed me to no end: too much telling, not enough showing.
I'm okay with some telling but the problem with this book is that it's riddled with really retarded fluff scenes where Bree is pondering which pretty dress she will wear today and all of the cool stuff that happens in the book that aren't soft porn are told by the narrator. It made me feel cheated from a book that could have been amazingly good. We get stuck with the porno scenes and the mindless fluff filler scenes and 90% of the coolest stuff that happens in the novel (such as the scene where Rowan rescues a fae from criminals that raped her incessantly) are pretty much skipped.
I'll try to make an effort on this book. I know that there has to be something really good that made so many people grant it 5 stars. However for now, I will have to set it aside and leave this review inconclusive. I might update the review sometime when I finally get to the finish line. I doubt I'll have the patience to read the sequel though.
I was a little confused going into this novel because I wasn’t sure what to expect. From what I have researched, this is supposedly young adult. While the writing style makes it seem YA, there themes not appropriate for that age range. I guess new adult would be more appropriate?
Regardless, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and reflect the feel of the novel. As a fan of fantasy and fairytale retellings, Everealm was a novel I didn’t even know I was looking for. The world and creatures she paints with her words are nostalgic of old childhood fairytales. While it still has many [cliché] themes that seem to be found in all YA novels (love triangle, etc.), the author added her own touch. It is a guilty pleasure feel good novel, free of heavy complexities that makes a novel more work than pleasure.
Overall, I enjoyed the novel and the feel that accompanied reading it. It is nothing groundbreaking, but the author has a lovely style that could be great.
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