Andria Buchanan’s "Everlast" is the first book in her series 'The Chronicles of Nerissette' and quickly draws you into this mythical and magical world. The plot of the book starts quickly and you are immediately drawn into the action of the book. Because of the immediate action, it takes a little longer to feel connected to the characters, except for the heroine. Though I am usually not a fan of first person narration, it really works for this novel as it quickly gives you a sense of Allie’s emotions and personality. The first person narration also works to enhance the overwhelming sensation of being swept up in a magical world. Buchanan has provided us with a magical setting with a strong backstory and history. Her descriptions of the setting are detailed and colorful. Nerissette is vividly described for the reader and is easy to envision.
The reader is confronted with many sub-characters and many different perspectives about the events in Nerissette. With so many subordinate characters, it is difficult to keep track of them and to develop close connections with them. There are a few characters who stand out, and hopefully, as this is the first in the series, the other characters will appear again in the later books. In addition to the many characters, there is a lot going on in this first book. The reader, and Allie, receives bits of information at a time, which sets up the plot for the subsequent novels. The end also acts as a beginning, in the sense that you are left eager for the next book to find some resolution. The end also brings back elements from the beginning of the text, which I had forgotten about, and this frames the novel in a nice fashion. Overall, I enjoyed Buchanan’s "Everlast" and am eager to read the next book in the series!
Allie Munroe is hoping to simply get through her English project when she stumbles upon a book of fairy tales at the local library. She does not expect to be transported to the magical world of Nerisette, with the rest of her group along for the ride! Karma and fate are the key powers in this world, and Allie is revealed as the Crown Princess, while the quintessential popular girl Heidi is reduced to maid status. Allie is desperate to protect her friends and find a way home. But as she spends more time in Nerissette, she realizes that the people live in fear, and that her subjects may need saving more than her friends. Allie has to quickly discover how to lead, who to trust, and how to save this magical world from the corruption of the evil forces which rule it.
Allie Munroe has only ever wanted to belong, maybe even be well liked. But even though she’s nice and smart and has a couple of friends, she’s still pretty much the invisible girl at school. So when the chance to work with her friends and some of the popular kids on an English project comes up, Allie jumps at the chance to be noticed.
And her plan would have worked out just fine…if they hadn’t been sucked into a magical realm through a dusty old book of fairy tales in the middle of the library.
Now, Allie and her classmates are stuck in Nerissette, a world where karma rules and your social status is determined by what you deserve. Which makes a misfit like Allie the Crown Princess, and her archrival the scullery maid. And the only way out is for Allie to rally and lead the people of Nerissette against the evil forces that threaten their very existence.