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Falling In Love Is Never Easy, But Falling In Love With An Immortal God While Your Days On Earth Are Numbered Is Almost Than A Young Girl Can BearNewbery Honor Author Gail Carson Levine Has Created A Stunning New World Of Flawed Gods, Unbreakable Vows, And Ancient Omens In This Spellbinding Story Of Kezi, A Girl Confronted With A Terrible Destiny Attempting To Thwart Her Fate, Kezi And Her Love, Olus The God Of Wind And Loneliness Embark On A Series Of Dangerous And Seemingly Impossible Quests

10 thoughts on “Ever

  1. says:

    I bought this book with great anticipation I loved the author s previous works, and I was looking forward to a nice enjoyable read I found something quite different.First, I found the characters to be flat, one demensional, and simplistic Perhaps Levine was trying to catch the simplicity of the setting, ancient times, with her tale, but I found it lacking her usual magic.Second, and most importantly to me, I found her presentation of the female s god hitting too close to home Though she probably didn t mean to liken that deity to the God of the Bible, she did Perhaps she did intend to given her reference to a passage in the Old Testament in the beginning of the book to a story that she paralleled in the book Either way, I found it uncomfortable to have the Almighty possibly presented in a way that made Him appear uncaring, powerless, and apparently ineffective in communicating His will clearly or having a personal relationship with his people All of which is not true of the true and living God of the Bible.

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    A lot of people reviewing this book are complaining about the writing style and seemingly flat characterizations in the story The writing style used in this book is an intentional imitation of ancient Mesopotamian texts and story telling techniques, which was a quirk that I really enjoyed, perhaps because I knew where it was coming from and what she was doing However, I can understand why others who don t know where this is coming from are having problems with it This imitation also impacts her characterizations, which are complex when the motives of the characters are examined, but appear flat since the author doesn t make any of these motivations explicit, exactly as was common in most Mesopotamian texts Again, I liked this, but I admit to not being the average reader I minored in Ancient Near Eastern History, and even spent a few months trying to learn Sumerian once upon a time, hint, if you ever go crazy and for some strange reason think of trying to learn Sumerian, don t Sumerian is HARD.The plot also has many parallels to ancient Mesopotamian stories, including Ishtar s descent to the underworld, which is specifically referenced in the introduction, along with Judges 11 34 If you are interested in reading some of these stories, then I recommend getting a copy of Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament with Supplement by James Bennett Pritchard.The themes of faith, doubt, sacrifice, and the search for a seemingly absent God in this story are fascinating, and well worth considering As is the evaluation of whether we should be willing to do something truly awful in the name of an almighty deity The book is short, and a very quick read, but is very enjoyable Although the book is primarily for children, I thought that the complexities of the themes explored made it well worth reading for adults as well.I highly recommend this book.

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    I normally love anything by Levine.Normally.But this was book.different I wasn t expecting much, gotta love goodreads reviews, but I was expecting something Someone pointed out the characters were flat, another said the writing was simplistic Its all that but I felt no sympathy for the main characters, not the mortal girl or her supposed god of the wind The writing wasn t as magical, its almost impossible to imagine, or care, what happens next.Mostly though, I was disgusted the gods and particularly Admat One excellent reviewer pointed out that, perhaps without meaning to, it almost mocks the Christian God An all seeing being who is everywhere, but aparently no where Though I don t think this is Levine s first time at attempting to touch on religion, I was disgusted.So, my final thoughts For those of you who normally enjoy her books, don t bother Please It is a major waste of time As temting as it is to try out a favorite author, some things just aren t worth it.

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    From title of this post is my favorite quote from Ever, the new novel by Gail Carson Levine Y know, she wrote Ella Enchanted And then some other books that weren t as good in my personal opinion Anyway, this one is amazingly good to the point of being ridiculous It s so good, it s almost like eating chocolate Unless you don t like chocolate, in which case you probably aren t allowed to read in the insane asylum you are in.The story is told in alternating short chapters by Olus, the Akkan God of the Winds, and Kezi, a girl living in Hyte Olus has decided to do what no god has ever done before and live among humans in Hyte, the country bordering Akka Kezi, along with the rest of Hyte, has never heard of Akka or their gods, and worships Admat, the One and the All There are two problems with this The first is that Admat has declared that Kezi must be sacrificed in a month and she has fallen in love with Olus The second is that Admat doesn t exist What ensues is a breathtaking ride full of enchantment, romance, adventure, excitement, and wonderful storytelling.The plot is well paced, not too fast or too slow, with just the right amount of twists The ending, while partially predictable, is fulfilling and satisfying, with a sadness mixed into the happiness The short, alternating chapters allow the reader to see through both characters eyes without alienating them from one character for too long It also allows both characters to comment on the same event Also of note is that at the top of each chapter, the number is written in either Akkan or Hyte an I don t know which.The cover is remarkable Perfect Flawless Go google a bigger image and fawn over its intricacies The two people on the cover look like they are real and drawings at the same time, and though they are looking at the reader, it didn t unnerve me like this usually does The models are also both pleasing to look at and accurately portray the two characters.This book is appropriate for fantasy, romance, or Norse and Greek mythology lovers The prose is set in such a way that the story is accessible to younger readers while being substantial enough for older ones Exquisite, it will remain in my memory for Ever.5Q, 4P

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    I wanted to like this because I like so many other books by this authorbut it was utterly impossible The very first chapter starts out stupid strange and hard to remember names, odd notions about gods etc., and absurdly short sentences Why is it that when certain authors are trying to write from the perspective of someone from long ago he she assume the characters don t speak their language very well It s almost as if Levine was trying to imitate a weak translation into English She also switches points of view between the main characters every chapter, without letting the reader know she s doing it It s obviously easy enough to catch on, but when I ve seen other authors employ this writing style they usually change the font or heading or something And lastly, even to a young reader which I realize this is geared to , the characters are not particularly likable or well developed All in all, this was a huge disappointment.

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    Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.comOlus, the young god of the wind, prefers to live with humans rather than his divine companions, all of whom are hundreds of years older than he is In his travels he can t help noticing and falling in love with the beautiful and talented Kezi At first he forces himself to be content merely watching, but then Kezi s father makes a deadly oath, and Kezi has only a month left to live Unwilling to let her die, Olus reveals himself and offers Kezi a chance at life But before Olus and Kezi can defy fate and make a new life for her, they must survive the most frightening tests of their lives alone Can they prove themselves worthy in the gods eyes, and their own EVER is a touching novel about the power of love in overcoming fear, and the many different types of faith The myth like story takes place in a unique setting, like India than the traditional medieval backdrop of most fantasies, and which makes for a fascinating world to explore Olus and Kezi make for sympathetic narrators, passionate but wiser than their years would suggest Readers may wish that their adventures lasted longer What adventure there is will have them turning the pages, eager to find out whether Kezi will survive, and what she may have to give up in the process An excellent novel for older children and teens, especially those interested in other cultures and questions of faith.

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    I was a bit baffled by this book at first I couldn t figure out if I liked it because it is by Gail Carson Levine who I highly admire or because I actually enjoyed the book I certainly like Fairest and Ella Enchanted , but Ever is still really good.Kezi lives with her Mati and Pado under her God, Admat Her Mati gets sick very suddenly, and her Pado promises to Admat to sacrifice the first person to congratulate him if her Mati gets better Kezi is already nearly 16, the age at which girls are married She has an eye out for a certain boy, until she meets Olus.Even though she knows that she will die in thirty days, Kezi can t help but fall in love with Olus She s very offended by Olus s confession that he is the Akkan god of winds He is immortal, while her death approaches rapidly Olus thinks he has a way to save Kezi, but it will take a lot of work, and a good amount of chance as well Kezi must say goodbye to her Mati and Pado in order to survive She questions her God Admat and doubts her existence thus far.I generally enjoyed this book It seems that Levine has stepped out of normal fairy tale retellings such as Fairest and Ella Enchanted I think that it might be a sort of compilation of Greek myths The idea of many Gods and a scene at the end certainly led me to believe that Except in Greek Myths, there were many Gods of winds, one for each direction I ll be interested to ask Ms Levine this when I go to one of her signings in May.This book was written differently than other books she wrote, in that each chapter switches between Kezi and Olus Half of me likes this, because it enhances the romance between them On the other hand, I don t think that I would have liked Olus that much if it had been narrated just by Kezi Their romance seemed a little quick, and I only felt that Olus really loved Kezi, and Kezi said she loved him By the end, of course, I saw that Kezi really did love Olus, but it wasn t apparent at all times.I must say that the cover really bothers me Olus describes Kezi as She is lovely Her skin is bronzed, a little oily, so she seems to shine Her eyebrows, her lashes and her hair match the amber beads at her sash s fringe Her eyes are the golden brown of autumn oak leaves Her nose bulges a little at the end an olive nose, Hannu would call it.The girl on the cover has very pale skin and very dark hair Her nose does not bulge at the end at all Kezi comes from a rich family, but the girl on the cover is wearing a tunic that looks rather poor to me.Overall, Ever impressed me I enjoyed the plot, and Olus s voice It s not my favorite of Levine s books, but probably third best.Comes out May 6, 2008.

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    Jadi gini critanya Seorang anak dewa nih, namanya Olus Olus ini dewa angin Diramalkan bahwa nanti Olus tidak akan bahagia sampai dia bisa mendapatkan apa yang seharusnya dia tidak boleh dapatkan bingung silahkaaann pTrus ada lagi seorang anak manusia, dia ini cantik dan suka menganyam Namanya Kezi Kezi ini anak gadis normal lah, seperti halnya gadis gadis lainnya, ingin memiliki pacar yang ganteng dan udah punya inceran , ingin hidup bahagia, de el el.Nah, bagaimana keduanya bisa bertemu Apakah ramalan tentang Olus berhubungan dengan Kezi Ya iyalaahhh dari sini aja udah ketebak ya hehehe Oke, lanjut jadi nih, Olus ceritanya pengen ngerasain hidup seperti manusia biasa Dia ingin berempati lah gitu sama manusia Kedua orang tuanya sih menentang, tapi secara Olus kesepian di rumahnya yang di atas awan itu, akhirnya teteup pergi juga, dan dia memilih sebuah tempat yang jauh dari rumahnya, yang ternyata sesembahan mereka pun dewa yang berbeda.Olus nyewa tempat ke bokapnya Kezi, dia menjadi penggembala kambing gitu deh Naahh. untuk mengobservasi kehidupan manusia, Olus memilih utk mengamati kehidupan keluarga Kezi ini Dan lama kelamaan kok ya keknya ada sesuatu yang menarik hati Olus dari diri Kezi TAPI Olus kan gak kenal ama Kezi, begitu juga sebaliknya Naahhh gimana tuh caranya mereka bisa ketemu Ya udah deh, dibaca aja sendiri kali ye Dari pada panjang panjang trus isinya spoiler semua Lagian juga lagi males nulis panjang Pokoknya cluenya sumpah, petualangan, immortality Buat gw sih kurang asik karena banyak ngelindurnya ni buku.Pokoke intinya Love will conquer all tau deh bener apa nggak spellingnya xixixi males kan baca review ini

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    I wasn t expecting much, and didn t get much out of this book Gail Carson Levine just hasn t written as good a fairytale since Ella Enchanted Besides the fact that I thought the whole storyline was rather ahem stupid, I thought it was weak, the characters were weakit just lacked the special something , I thought I didn t care about the characters, didn t care what dangers they went through, or whether or not they d make it in the end It won t be one I ll read again

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    Nope Do I really have to explain A god and a human fake laughter Not even gonna start I picked the book up without fully comprehending what it was about My mistake.