Review: Once Every Never

Once Every Never
Lesley Livingston
Penguin Canada

Clarinet Reid’s boring trip to visit her aunt Maggie in London turns out to be anything but when a close encounter with an ancient artifact sends her spiraling back in time. As Clare, her super-smart best friend Al, and hot nerd/genius Milo try to figure out how this happened, Clare becomes increasingly entangled in events of centuries past. Now, she must right a wrong and keep a priceless artifact out of the hands of a thief.

I was looking forward to reading this book after reading the Wondrous Strange trilogy. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much, but that might be in part because of the subject matter. I prefer Shakespeare to Druids, what can I say? Still, I appreciated the sharp and funny dialogue and I enjoyed learning about the warrior queen Boudicca. The book was fairly fast-paced, with lots of action to keep things moving between Clare’s exciting time travels. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal YA who want something different from the standard vampires and werewolves.


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