Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Weave Through Time A Bit Of Celtic Magic

Happy Wednesday Everybody,

I forgot to let you all know that Andrea Creamer's Bloodrose, book 3 in her Nightshade series came out yesterday. I've got it and am looking forward to reading it...if you haven't read this series, it's a YA Paranormal...wolves done differently...not your typical werewolf fare at all. Really good. If you haven't checked out Nightshade I recommend it.

Now, for anyone who didn't read the comments in the comments section of yesterday's post, I warned a commenter that I'd be posting about more books I've read. After all, I mentioned I got THREE books for Christmas and I'm now reading last one. Today I'm going to talk about one of the ones I received and tomorrow I'll talk about the other (I don't know when I'll talk about the last one, I still have to finish reading it).

The first book I chose to read out of my Christmas presents was Lesley Livingston's Once Every Never. I chose it because it was a gift from my offspring and being a mom I thought "Hey, even if they don't ask, I should go ahead and read that one first." Plus I loved Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange Trilogy (great YA fantasy books, very well written, absolutely recommend).

A wonderful thing about Lesley is she takes mythology, or in this case, history and mythology, and fills in the blanks with such talent you start to believe it's possible:

Clare, short for Clarinet (her parents are musicians), finds herself spending the summer with her aunt, an archaeologist, and her best friend.

Clare's prepared for being watched like a hawk (after all, when you end up having a wild party and your folks find out, you're bound to be watched more carefully than before). She's also coming to terms with the fact that despite being in London, the likelihood of her doing any shopping at the famous Harrod's or going anywhere else like that is nonexistent. So...being abroad may not be as exciting as Clare hoped.

However, a touch to a priceless artifact triggers blood curse magic, and Clare realizes her humdrum existence is about to become anything but ordinary!

Once Every Never deals with Britain's Celtic Queen, Boudicca. I didn't find much details on the site I looked at, but it was really something to contemplate just how much research Lesley must have had to do for this novel. Not only that, but to fill in where history books leave gaps.

When picking up this book, don't expect it to be like her Wondrous Strange Trilogy. That is doing Once Every Never a disservice. This novel stands on its own. It's not a branch off of Wondrous Strange and has nothing to do with that trilogy. Once Every Never is its own story.

It wouldn't surprise me if Once Every Never has a sequel, however, I can also see it as a stand-alone. I enjoyed it. It's action, history, magic, and romance all packed up into one YA Fantasy novel.

Find it on:  Amazon (paperback) and Barnes & Noble (paperback).  (Note:  I didn't see it available on Kindle or Nook).

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!


TessStJohn said...

Most books for my TBR pile!! Thanks, Bethany!

Bethany said...


No problem. ONCE EVERY NEVER is good. Her WONDROUS STRANGE Trilogy is still my favorite out of her writing...although you can't really compare the two without doing a disservice to one because they deal with different mythology/types of magic and the characters are so different. But it just goes to show how good her writing is that she can do that.

Thank you for dropping by :-)

Tonette said...

I love the titles: "Once Every Never" and "Wondrous Strange">
The part about Clare being short for Clarinet reminds me of when my husband introduced me to a certain co-worker years ago.He said,"Tonette? Were your parents musicians?" I am sorry to say that I laughed out loud!

Bethany said...


LOL That's a cute story! Not just good titles, but good stories, too.

Thank you for dropping by :-)