Rating: 1 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Historical fiction readers
High point: Filling the readers in on what they missed in Everlasting
Low point: Camille!
Reader maturity: 13+
The First 1/3:
Unfortunately, I spent the first few chapters of this book (chapters, not pages) flipping back and forth and checking the back cover to see if my copy was missing a few chapters or if I had jumped in on the middle of a series. A virtual trip to Google informed me incorrectly, which left me with a poor first impression of the novel, and I was about a third of the way through the book (and thoroughly out of step with the story by that time) before Goodreads corrected me. This is the second book in a series, so I was right to be confused.
To be fair, The Eternal Sea does a decent job of filling the reader in on what they need to know about the events in Everlasting. It does not, however, convince the reader to sympathize with Oscar. I assume from Camille's thoughts and feelings that Oscar was actually quite nice before (although Camille isn't much of a lady, what with two-timing on her gentlemanly fiance), but since my only experience with Oscar is in The Eternal Sea, I just wanted to shake Camille and tell her to stop being so dumb. Without having read Everlasting, I had no emotional connection (and no reason to have one) to her suitor of choice.
The Remaining 2/3:
Even after the issue of publication was sorted out, I still wasn't impressed. Camille is a weak character, a negative trait compounded by the love triangle she forces into existence. And she's such a jerk! She lies to Randall, who is not only her fiance and financial savior, but also a perfectly nice and faithful man; she nags Oscar and can't take a hint; and she's petty and mean to Maggie, who isn't nearly as rude or stuck-up as Camille accuses her of being (I think Camille is projecting--she's the rude one). It's hard to support a character I don't like.
I finished The Eternal Sea, but due to Camille, I'm going to have to categorize it as "not my cup of tea."
Title: The Eternal Sea
Author: Angie Frazier
Genre: Teen Fiction - Paranormal
Book Source: Won an ARC from I Like These Books