Everlasting Flame by Katelyn Anderson
Published: July 30th 2016 – self published
Joan becomes involved in a war that will change her life forever. She discovers that the world holds many secrets, even magic beyond her wildest dreams. The existence of immortality drove humanity to the edge. Humans are hunting Joan’s kind to extinction. Circumstances force her to act. She wishes to put an end to the slaughter of innocent Tainted Beings. Only she has the courage to step up. How far can a hero fall before they became a villain? The road of revenge is a dangerous and slippery path. That doesn’t stop Joan from making the ultimate decision of becoming an assassin. Her true test is to prevail and not become consumed by darkness. Will she succeed or will she turn into the monster she was trying to destroy?
Note: I received a review copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.
Can I just say WOW!! Whilst this book took me a little bit to get emotionally involved, when I was it was a rollercoaster of emotions! It had me on edge, laughing and crying with the characters. Also, THAT ENDING!!!! SERIOUSLY!! WHAT WAS THAT ENDING! *Ahem* I’ve had stern words with the author (AKA my friend) and she was apologetic… but not at the same time. This book broke me in a lot of ways.
I absolutely LOVE Joan. She was hilariously sassy and didn’t know when to stop. She is one of those characters that you just wish existed because you know she will be your best friend if she did. She never held back, even if she knew it would get her into trouble. I loved that she treated everyone the same, despite ranking, and she would put you on your arse if the occasion called for it. She does a certain something to a certain Russian… lets just say CRINGEWORTHY!! Pretty sure Katelyn was laughing at my hilarious spam the entire time. She goes through a lot throughout the entire book and it makes you want to wrap her up in bubble wrap and never let her go. I felt so sorry for her it was unreal!
Dane is my new babe. Lets put it that way! He absolutely scared the hell out of me and he was still a character, by the end of the book, that I would not want to run into in a dark alleyway. However, I, personally, think that he is misunderstood. I think there is more to him than meets the eye and I cannot wait to find out what his story is! I’m so excited for the next book because I want to know what made him the way he is! He is ruthless, constantly threatening Joan and generally a pretty creepy guy!
Lorenzo and Damian are the fictional family members that I don’t have! I loved them both, but I didn’t entirely ship Lorenzo with Joan. For me, they were more like a brother sister relationship, rather than a couple. *ahem* Dane *Ahem*. They were both hilarious and sarcastic, but they were also serious when they needed to be. They both help Joan when she needs it most and they are generally cute! I really want to know more about Damian and his past – which we briefly touch on, but I am definitely looking forward to getting to know him more. I would’ve liked to have seen more of Damian within the book, but his wife is pretty scary… so I guess it’s probably better that we didn’t!
Cyrus…. Where do I even begin with Cyrus?? He is a ruthless assassin who only really cares about himself… until he does something really nice to redeem himself – and then he goes and does a dick move!! SERIOUS DICK MOVE!!!! He needs to be shot really… but no one comes close because he is the worlds best assassin… go figure! I want to know more about him and I hope he can really redeem himself because what he did was NOT COOL!
The plot itself was absolutely AMAZING. There were so many plot twists and there was never really a quiet moment where you could, as a reader, take a breath and calm down. I say this because, everything came one after the other after the other, which all led up to the horrible, horrible ending. I don’t know enough words to do the plot justice, just know that it was great! And you guys seriously need to get in on this book!
That ending BROKE ME UP INTO A THOUSAND PIECES!!!! I was bawling like a baby, spamming the author and telling her that I hate her. It was THAT BAD!! I still don’t forgive Katelyn for that! Seriously. Ugh… its one of those endings that you really don’t want to talk about because it was so awful, but you need to talk about it because it was important to the story and without it, it wouldn’t have worked. This doesn’t mean I’m happy. Im royally miffed. I actually put the book down and didn’t want to read the last 10%. Yeah… *DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP BREATHS!!!*
The only real issue I had with this book was that it took me a little bit to actually get into the book itself. I found it a little difficult to become emotionally attached because I wasn’t feeling the characters grief – if that makes sense? However, that all changed pretty quickly and when I did get into it, it was AMAZING!!!
I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait to read more from this series! I really want to get to know Dane and Damian more because I NEED to know their stories. Also… still holding out hope here for DANE AND JOAN!! Because I totally ship them. Even if Dane is REALLY scary and constantly threatening to shoot Joan. With reason because she is sassy and doesn’t know when to shut up 😛 I cannot wait for the next instalment in this series and gave this book 4/5 stars!
8 thoughts on “Everlasting Flame by Katelyn Anderson”
Great review Lauren, and although it took you a little while to get into this book it sounds like it was more than worthwhile. I’ll definitely be adding this one to my to-read list!
Also I am in love with that cover as well! 😀
The cover is 😍😍😍 and it is definitely a must read 🙂
Hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon in that case! 😀
And it’s free to download, even better 🙂 Thank you for adding it to your to-read list! I’m sure you will enjoy it ^^
Thanks so much, and that’s all right as well. I hope I enjoy it too! 🙂
You can get it at Smashwords 🙂
Thank you for writing this amazing review, Lauren 🙂 Much appreciated! A lot of time and effort went into this, I can tell. I’m glad you’ve fallen in love with the story. Plenty more to come in the next books 🙂
I can’t wait!! 🙂