Once Every Never

Once Every Never

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She's smart, but a bit of a slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker ... but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there's still time-- literally--maybe even get a date.

This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every ... never.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Puffin Canada, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780143177951
Characteristics: 304 p.


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Jul 23, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The cover had wowed me, but I was skeptical of the whole Druid/Celtic thing- I hadn't read any books set in this time-period before. However, Once Every Never was facinating and kept my attention with its mix of science and magic, Druid beliefs and modern archeology. It started off strong, and didn't lose any energy.

Clarinet 'Clare' Reid is sent from Toronto to England to stay with her boring, archeologist aunt. Lucky for her, her best friend Al is going with her. While in a museum looking at ancient Celtic artifacts, Clare finds herself magically transported back in time. She soon finds that this is one vacation that will anything but boring- and finds herself messing with magical curses and trying to save both a Celtic princess and ancient artifacts.

The Celtic culture explored in this book was fascinating and well-researched. The scenes where Clare traveled back in time seemed very realistic: the settings well-described and the characters very "of-their-era." My favorite character was Comorra, the Celtic princess who was tough, loyal, and totally kick-ass (but then, what else would you expect from the daughter of Queen Boadicea? Queen Boadicea was strong, powerful and super interesting- but not very likable due to her messing-with-black-magic ways.

The characters from the modern day were less interesting, I found, than the ancient Celtics. This was mostly because they weren't warriors and princesses, but regular, everyday people. However, they weren't really boring- just sort of mundane.

The writing was good but not anything out of the ordinary. Overall, this book was mostly plot driven- and the plot very exciting. I liked reading it, and found the Druids fascinating. This book is part fantasy, part historical fiction, and part romance. These elements combined into a suspenseful, humorous, magical adventure that I couldn't put down.

Rating: 8.5/10
Characters: 8/10
Premise: 9/10
Enjoyment: 8/10
Plot: 9/10


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