Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Review: Once Every Never [Never #1] by Lesley Livingston

Title: Once Every Never
Author: Lesley Livingston
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Never #1
Source: Purchased by Myself
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication Date: 14th July 2011
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager.

On the surface.

She's smart, but a bit of a slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker, but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes.

Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there's still time, literally, maybe even get a date.

This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every, never.
My Thoughts
I really like Lesley Livingston's other books and when I saw she was writing another book I had to have it. The down side was it wasn't available to anywhere else except Canada. So with a pre-order and a very long delivery I finally had it in my hands.

From the very start I couldn't put this book down. Although the book is mainly focused on time travel it has a bit of budding romance with a very hot, super smart nerd and a lots of history in it. I think I actually learned something new about my own country from reading this book and I really want to visit the museum they speak of.

We are given a brief introduction to Clare "Clarinet" and why she is being punished and being sent to her Aunt in England. We meet other characters early on in the book and get a feel for their family dynamics.

I am surprised to say that Lesley Livingston made History fun again. With Clare constant time travelling we are thrown in a different date each time and get to learn more about what is happening, and why she is drawn to the same people all the time.

The book concludes well, closing it at a good point for a stand alone, but also with the option for it to be continued in another book.
All fans of Lesley Livingston should buy this book.

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