Saturday, March 24, 2012

Review: Everlong (Daughters of Askara #1) by Hailey Edwards

March 30th 2010            Everlong (Daughters of Askara #1) by Hailey Edwards
March 30th 2010
The most damaged heart can fly with the right pair of wings.

Madelyn’s life is far from fairytale perfect. She is second in line for the throne of a corrupt, brutal monarchy. Or at least she was until her dark guardian sacrificed his life to hide her safely in a realm of infinite possibilities.

For years she’s lived among a colony of escaped slaves as her guardian’s widow. Even in this simple life, though, nothing is as it seems. Her hero kept a secret—a younger brother named Clayton Delaney. Warrior, winged demon…and the man who now wants to lay claim to her heart.

No longer cast in his brother’s shadow, Clayton meets all obstacles head on, including one named Maddie. His infatuation with her reaches the breaking point when she undergoes a royal rite of passage, going into heat and pushing them both over the edge.

Just as Maddie learns that some risks are worth taking, she discovers that her guardian may be alive. And she’s forced to make a choice between the man she’d thought she loved, and the demon willing to lend her his wings.

LLLKINDLE 60x90Chas's Review:
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars
Story Rating: 3.5
Character Rating: 4

What I loved:  Everlong is fraught with challenges.  First, living in a court where the ones you love most are slaves and shamefully treated as so.  Second, lies, deceit and wicked minds are a common place.  Third, living as a transplant among those very slaves as a person of royal blood.  Ultimately being the reason the slaves have sought refuge.  Another love- the characters.  The characters have report with each other like a warm blanket on a chilly night. Madelyn (Maddie) and Emma have an interesting relationship.  Emma is a slave and she was given to Maddie as her servant.  However, they are more sisters than master and slave.  I absolutely love these two girls and love their connection and love for one another.

What I liked:  I enjoyed the setting of the free colony.  It is one of two settings Everlong takes place in.  Hailey Edwards has successfully created a land of the free.  Not to say it is not free of struggles but at least it is a place where people are not given respect and wealth without earning.

What made me go "huh":  Honestly, I had a very different time finding the 'place' and 'time' of this novel.  I was unsure as to when this story took place on a calender.  Then I was unsure exactly 'where' on earth or not on earth this took place in.  As I moved on in Everlong and then in Evermine (book 2) it became clearer.  Another 'huh' was the voice of the main characters.  The story begins when Maddie was in her 'coming of age' age.  Then it picks up 5 years later.  Despite knowing they were young woman I could not get my mind to accept anything but a teenager.  This is likely just me- I read Everlong while on the Elliptical machine.  It was a mix of reading and listening to the 'text to speech' on my kindle.  Last, the romance was a bit weird.  After mourning someone for 5 years and having feeling for that person prior to those mourning years it seems awkward to then realize you didn't really love him like that.  It seems the reader (me) was built up to expect a certain coupling to happen but then not. 

Final thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed Everlong.  The entertainment value is present.  Honestly, I just adore the two sisters.  They are fiercely protective, loyal and loving to one another- the way sisters ought to be.

*Note:  I'm using a different format for this review.  I was reading a review over at Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and wanted to utilize Felicia's style.

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Jen said...

Great review :) I liked the way you wrote it out as Loved, Liked and "huh?"
Looks like a cute book though :)

♫♥✿Chas @ LovLivLife Reviews✿♥♫ said...

LOL. I had to laugh at myself because the review ended up being longer than the way I usually write them. I thought I could keep it short with this format. =) Anyhow, I used another blogger's format and I really enjoy reading it this way on her blog so I thought to give it a try.

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