A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Gabriella Lepore for letting me read and review her novel, Evanescent.
A girl hunted to her death and a boy cursed to live forever. . . .
Evanescent is a gothic fairytale in the modern world.
Bronwen Snow’s grandmother tells her she’s being hunted and is in terrible danger. Her only hope is to seek out Felix Cavara’s help. Bronwen makes the dangerous trek to the castle on the hill looking for Felix. She not only encounters him and his childhood friend Loki and Alistair but also secrets, magic, and danger. Now Felix and Bronwen must figure out who or what is hunting her before it’s too late.
Bronwen was a personality who took longer to grow on me. She was very much a character of contradictions. She’s the damsel in distress looking for Felix to save her, but she can also take a step back and be firm with Felix and the boys. She spends much of the novel in the dark about pretty much everything but shows her intelligence by constantly trying to unravel the secrets around her. She has a wide character arc being somewhat meek in the beginning to strong, brave, and intelligent later in the book. I eventually began to enjoy her character immensely.
Felix was cocky, opinionated, and at times selfish and childlike. He was every inch the swoon-inducing hero this book needed. I loved his quick wit; and his comments often had me laughing out loud. He was brave, strong, and smart. He was also incredibly flawed by being egotistical. However, his character was what I most appreciated about this novel.
Felix feels a great deal of guilt for the curse that’s hung over Loki, Alistair and him for hundreds of years. They are cursed with immortality because Felix put his trust in the wrong witch, doomed to walk the earth with only each other as company. Felix feels the burden of this guilt and the responsibility of taking care of them both.
Loki and Alistair are Felix’s friends and have been cursed with him for so many years. Both are pleasantly adorable in their own ways. Loki is several years younger than Felix and Alistair and brings plenty of mirth and innocence to the page. He has a captivating youthful energy even after being alive for so long and only wants to be accepted and loved. Many times I felt like he was using Bronwen, Felix and Alistar as surrogate parents. Alistair was a completely loyal and wise character. He was always a presence in the novel but was a character of few words, which made him even more endearing whenever he did speak his mind. He was content to let Felix and Loki run amok in their exuberance and be the one who kept them grounded.
This novel was a short read. It was quickly paced but kept the excitement and intrigue rolling throughout. The danger was very real, mostly since much of the time it was unknown as to what, who, or why was something hunting Bronwen. The author threw some major surprises in, but tied up the book rather well.
Evanescent is appropriate for young adult, middle grade, and adult readers alike.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Published by: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.