Monday, April 28, 2014

Everlasting by @CandaceKnoebel - Review

Everlasting (Night Watchmen, #1)
Title: Everlasting
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: Night Watchmen #1
Release Date:
February 19th 2014
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher:
Candace Knoebel
Source: complimentary copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.
What if your destiny lay on the other side of death?
The annual Culling ceremony is a day every coming-of-age novice looks forward to within the Primeval Coven. It’s the start to being initiated into the Night Watchmen, humankind’s protectors, and it’s the long-awaited day when novices discover if they’re a Hunter or a Witch.
But this day is not a happy one for Faye Middleton. Not when she’s known her whole life that she’s a Defect and is about to face banishment in front of her fellow novices. She’s forced to attend the Culling with little hope for her future, but what she discovers about herself is far worse than she could’ve imagined. And far more dangerous.
Thrown into training and separated from her friends, Faye must learn to adjust. She struggles to find her place within the Coven, and with Jaxen Gramm, the darkly handsome and extremely unnerving man assigned to watch and protect her. Emotions run high, and when she discovers a deadly secret about him, her struggles deepen. As corruption within the Coven begins to unravel, Faye pieces together her role in saving the future of her people, and within Jaxen’s life...but will the truth save her, or be her undoing?
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*****
MY REVIEW. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This paranormal romance is an exciting story of a girl with the power to change the status quo. In a world where witches and magic are real, Faye has grown up believing she is a Defect. Inside the Coven every person has a role because you are either a Witch or a Hunter, and the Culling is the moment where your life is sealed. However, Faye comes to prove things are not always what you expect. The legend of the Everlasting comes true when it’s discover that Faye has both powers inside her.

The book has great characters. Faye is a kick-ass heroin, fearless, strong and caring. She is a force to reckon and has to face really tough moments. Even when she doubts, hesitate and questions her decisions, we read about an admirable girl with a great sense of what’s right. Then we have Jaxen, of course he comes to be the mysterious hot man she is attracted to. However, he is so intriguing and has a well-built personality that becomes a relevant character on his own.

There are great secondary characters and each one brings something to the story. Some are funny, others are good friends and a few are really annoying people.

This book has all the elements that are becoming recurrent on the new adult genre like a lot of sexual tension. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, it’s one of the best aspect of the book. The tension between Faye and Jaxen is breathtaking, sparks fly in every scene and you only want more.

The rhythm is another issue because for me is really unsteady. For moments, the action flows fast and the dialogues come naturally, the scenes go by quickly and you start to feel the adrenaline. But then from one chapter to another, the energy drops down and the story pass slowly. I think that maybe it was to accomplish a sensation of reality because life is not always exhilarating.

The narration is very descriptive and engaging. The dialogues feel real and the way characters behave goes according to their age. I really like how poetic Faye is sometimes, when she describes her feelings she uses a lot of metaphors, which I loved.

The paranormal aspect is amazing, the different part of the Coven are well explained. It’s easy to figure who is who, what powers they have and the role they play. There are paranormal creatures such as vampires and werewolves. The magic is another good actor in the book, well written, easy to picture and credible.

The plot is well thought, there isn’t any hole in the story. Everything has a reason and once the puzzle is resolved, you see why things happened the way they did. Of course we have some loose ends because this is the first in a series.

Overall, Everlasting is a fantastic new adult paranormal romance with wonderful characters. I can’t wait to read book two and the novella told from Jaxen’s point of view.

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