Monday, July 6, 2009


Did anyone else finish reading Ever?

I was expecting to like it, since I love Ella Enchanted... and I didn't. I didn't like it. In fact, I was disappointed. I thought the characters weren't very well developed, so I found that I didn't really care that much about them. I know it's a fairy tale, but the whole love-at-first-sight thing felt very thin to me. Some parts were imaginative, but other parts I felt were just weird (the whole underworld people that turn into birds or whatever? Weird...) I know all books can't end happily ever after, but I hated the ending, how she was "sacrificed" anyways, then whisked away to live "happily-ever-after" leaving her family in mourning. I didn't like their blind devotion to Admat (or whatever his name was, sorry I don't have the book in front of me) or how she kept trying to find him, even after she became a goddess herself.

I don't know, maybe I was too harsh on the book... but I'm not a fan. Anyone else have any thoughts? Feel free to disagree with me :)


Melvin and Carly said...

Hey. I read it too. Not my favorite. Maybe we were expecting too much since "Ella Enchanted" was so well-written? I also read another of her books, "Fairest", before this one and liked it much better.

This one was hard to get into. I think I was 60 pages in before the story actually started to be sort of interesting. And I didn't like the whole underworld part either. Too Greek mythology, Hercules-like for me.

So, definitely not her best work, in my opinion. "The Two Princesses of Bamarre" is another that is more fun to read.

Sarah said...

Yeah I thought it was really slow to get going, too. If I wasn't reading it for our book club, I doubt I would have finished it. There wasn't enough to pull me in...

Maybe I'll give Fairest a try... you know, right after I read The Hunger Games ;)

Shafer and Lindsey said...

I wasn't a big fan either. I do usually like the mythology stuff, but the underworld bird thing made me think of the puppet things from Labrynth.
I didn't like how she had to be sacrificed in the end either, it left me feeling icky when I was done, which isn't my favorite way to end a book!
I'll have to try Fairest as well.
I think you'll like the Hunger Games Sarah, I enjoyed it!