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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Eternal Youth by Julia Crane & Nolia McCarty
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The six years following the abrupt death of her father were the worst of Calista Bishoff's life. Frightened by her own mortality, Callie’s mom threw herself into a search for the Fountain of Youth—and dragged Callie along with her.

Callie should have loved traveling, but instead she hated every minute. When one more failed search sends her mother into depression, they finally return home to California. Sixteen-year-old Callie is ready to hang with her friends and be normal for as long as she can.

But, an unplanned trip to Bermuda with her grandmother throws Callie’s plans awry, and there’s more in store for Callie and her mom than just a simple beach vacation. Callie’s life is turned inside out as she finds herself in a very different world than the one she knows—

Where things exist that she never dreamed were real.

"I love you," he repeated, leaning to press his forehead to hers. "Don't leave me. Stay here. In Aionia."

As a YA book blogger I meet a lot of awesome authors, and one of my favorites hands down is Julia Crane the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles. So when I was contacted to be a part of a blog tour for Eternal Youth a book which Julia Crane and author Nolia McCarty wrote together, I was all for it! Although Eternal Youth was very different compared to Julia’s other works, it was still a very enjoyable read!

Eternal Youth follows Callie, Callie is sick of having to follow her mom up volcano’s and travel all over the world to places she can’t pronounce, all in search of the fountain of youth. She is sure her mom is losing her mind, but when a supposed to be normal vacation to Bermuda goes wrong she lands in Aionia a magical island where there is no electricity and no way home..a place where nothing is as it seems. Callie will meet some new friends. Maybe even fall in love, but what happens when she finds a way to get back home? Will she leave everyone she has learned to love in Aionoia…or will she stay there forever.

This was a great read, right in the beginning you are thrown into Callie’s life marching up the side of a volcano with her ‘crazy’ mother, I absolutely loved hearing about the scenery of the jungles and amazons she has been to. I will admit the beginning of Eternal Youth was a little slow, but once you got about half way through it really really picks up, and even though the beginning was slow it was still nice to read, Julia and Nolia’s writing flowed very nicely and I easily read Eternal Youth in one day!

My favorite part of Eternal Youth was Aionia, at first I couldn’t imagine being trapped on a small island where there is no electricity. But the more I learned about Aionia and the people that lived there and heard about it threw Callie’s eyes the more the place seemed peaceful, and beautiful.  I would’ve loved to learn more about Aionia and how it became there, everything about Aionia was very enchanting.

Although Aionia was my favorite part of Eternal Youth, I also very much loved the characters. Each character was very different than the next, but still all very lovable. My favorites were Alaric and Braden. Alaric was just flat out dreamy and so wonderful to Callie, and did I mention this guy is hot? I adored their relationship, it was nice to see Callie so open to him and loving, but still kept her spunky-ness! Braden is Callie’s cousin, but he might as well be her brother! I LOVED Braden, I was completely jealous of Callie to have such a caring cousin. Since Braden had basically grown up with Callie he knew her almost as much as Callie knew herself, he knew when she was upset and mad and would help her threw her problems. Their friendship was very touching.

Altogether Eternal Youth ended up a great read that I could not put down! If you’re looking for a light read that will take you to a beautiful world, with lovable character, than Eternal Youth is a novel for you!

On a side note-Eternal Youth is currently a standalone novel, and I think it does great at being a standalone and ending with the reader being able to have their own imagination on what happened next for Callie, but it could also easily be made into a series and be continued!

 3.5 Stars (:

"I just got you. I don't want to lose you.."

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Megan said...

Sounds like an interesting read. I would kind of like to live somewhere without electricity and stuff. I'd spend more time outside and more time talking to the people I love.

Nicola said...

Ooh, I really like the sound of this. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@Megan I would like it for awhile too, it would be so peaceful!(: And would get tons of reading done..but after awhile I would miss blogging ):

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

@NicolaThanks for commenting on my review! :D

Reading Away The Days said...

Great review! Aionia sounds like a beautiful place :)

Julia Crane said...

Haley, thanks for taking the time to read and review Eternal Youth. For the record you're my favorite reviewer :) I'm on the last chapter of Anna! Hope to have it released in June. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Great review! After reading this review, I really do want to check the book out. The book sounds interesting and wonderful. I definitely need to grab a copy of this book ASAP! :D