Monday, 20 June 2011

Once Every Never Blog Tour: Review - Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston

Source: Received ARC Copy for Blog Tour from Publisher.
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Number of Pages: 336
Release Date: Already Released.

Blurb from Goodreads:

Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of 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.

My Review:

Before reading Once Every Never, I'd heard fantastic things about Lesley Livingston's writing, and her Wondrous Strange series has been on my to-read list for quite some time now, so when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for Once Every Never, I jumped at the chance!

I was expecting to like Once Every Never, as it sounded fantastic, but I liked it even more than I thought I would, in fact, it blew me away! I absolutely loved it! The characters were fantastic, and the folklore with the Druids was so fascinating! After reading Once Every Never I had an intense urge to research the Druids because Lesley made them sound so awesome, plus I'm a pretty big sucker for any kind of mythology. ;)

The characters just blew me away in Once Every Never. Clare was witty and self-deprecating, but I loved going along the journey of this book with her. She slowly grew into herself and realized just how awesome she was, and her friends most definitely helped her along the way. Her best friend, Allie, was so quirky and smart, and I thought she was amazing. Her intensity and desire to learn had me smiling whenever she was in the story....and Al's cousin, the nerd turned into an Adonis type character, Milo was just amazing. He was smart, funny, and he was so adorable with Clare. I loved how awkward Clare and Milo made each other, and how oblivious they were to each other's feelings. I can't forget about Comorra and Connal either, they were freaking amazing, so fierce, and once again oblivious. Comorra was amazing and so tough, and Connal...well he makes you think that Druids just had to be completely sexy. ;P I think that the cast of characters that Lesley has created in Once Every Never are the kind that every reader will have an amazing time reading about and getting to know...and if you can't tell, I had an awesome time getting to know these characters...just don't make me pick a favourite. :P

Along with the amazing characters and the fantastic history woven into the story, the tiniest of details just totally drew me into this story. For example, the main character Clare's full name is Clarinet Reid and her parents are classical musicians. I just got a massive kick out of that, so hilarious! :D

I would recommend Once Every Never to practically everyone, it has humour, it has action, it has amazing characters, it has some romance, and above all else, it is an amazing story. It draws you in and won't let you go. It's the type of story that will stick with you, and after you read it, you won't forget about it any time soon. ;)
Lesley Livingston

Other Links:

Links for the Blog Tour:

 Burning Impossibly Bright: - June 20 (You are here.)
 Not Your Faerytale: - June 21
 Let's Book It: - June 22
 He Followed Me Home: - June 23
 In the Next Room: - June 24
 Mocha Latte Reads: - June 27
 Wicked Lil' Pixie: - June 28
 Evie Bookish: - June 29
 Escape Through the Pages: - June 30
 YA Bookie Monster: - July 1
 Snowdrop Dreams of Books: - July 4
 Tynga's Reviews: - July 5
The Queen of All Wild Things: - July 6
 Lost for Words: - July 7
 Lavender Lines: - July 8

I hope that if you pick up Once Every Never, you enjoy it at least half as much as I me that's still a lot! :P

Happy Reading!!!

♪♫ Ambur


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! As soon as my library gets it in I'm going to be reading it... I already have it on hold, haha. It sounds so unique and interesting, and it's so cool how it's only published here in Canada.

  2. Glad you loved it. I'm still reading it and so far it's freaking awesome. :)

  3. This book sounds interesting and I am so in love with the cover!

  4. @Ashley: I hope they get their copy in soon so that you can jump right into it! :D It does sound amazing, and it reads even better! I agree, it makes you feel kinda special. ;) haha

    @Chrystal: :D Woo Hoo! Can't wait to see what you think once you're finished! I agree though, the whole reading experience of Once Every Never was awesome! :D

    @Meg: :D Yay, I hope you like it when you read it too! I agree, it's a gorgeous cover, I'm definitely in love with it too. ;)


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