Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Annabeth Neverending (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Annabeth Neverending
Author: Leyla Kader Dahm
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 15th December 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: At first, teenager Annabeth Prescott thinks she’s found quite a deal when she talks down the price of an ankh pendant she discovers at a flea market. She soon wonders if the bauble is more than she's bargained for when she faints and glimpses images from a past life in ancient Egypt. 

The discovery coincides with another new find: Gabriel, a handsome young man who takes an interest in her. When she meets his twin brother C. J. at a Halloween party, she realizes they look exactly like two boys who figure prominently into her memories.

Does C. J. share the heroic qualities held by his past incarnation Sethe, her bodyguard when she was Princess Ana? Does Gabriel possess the same evil powers he wielded as Kha, the black sorcerer who sought her affection?

Love meets the supernatural in this gripping young adult paranormal romance. Readers with an interest in reincarnation, as well as ancient Egypt, will be drawn to its mystical mixture of history and hesitation as Annabeth sways between the two brothers. 

Will her reincarnated soulmate win out? Or will Kha finally find the way to her heart?


Review: Annabeth Neverending was a book I went into not quite knowing what to expect. I'd read the synopsis so I understood the plot idea, but I wasn't sure whether I would either love it or not. I have read a book before that had similarities to this one, called Years and an Ocean by Jo Noelle. In that book it also deals with the idea of a character who can travel backwards and forwards in time and is connecting with someone there who is going through a similar situation as to themselves, except it is all happening in the past. 

However, Annabeth Neverending was its own story. Before we dive into the plot and all, I would just like to appreciate the font used in the book. I know it's a very small thing but sometimes the choice does make a little difference to me and I really like what the author used! As well as that, the writing style was nice and very easy to slip into. 

I won't be able to tell you how accurate the portrayal of Ancient Egypt or the mythology truly was, but that is simply because I don't know anything about it for myself. But the way this was written made it sound like the author knew her stuff and I would easily be able to believe that this is an accurate story. 

The main character was very unique. Annabeth is a redhead who happens to also be adopted - a closed adoption so she doesn't know who her parents are or anything about them until she turns 18. As well as that, she has the habit of sleep walking. Not the kind where people are in their own house and wander down into the kitchen, but the kind where they end up streets away without knowing where they are. Those were both some pretty interesting things. 

As well as this, we have the romance which ties into the plot of this one. C.J. and Gabriel are both her eye candy and she can't decide between who she wants to have for herself. They also both relate to her past in Ancient Egypt which makes things all the more complicated. I'm going to be blunt here when I say that this is a real love triangle. I'm glad it never gets to the point of cheating, but there is a lot of debate going through Annabeth's mind. On top of that, the two guys have an interesting relationship with each other. I won't say anymore to avoid spoilers, but when I realised Annabeth's predicament I couldn't help but smile. 

Due to her Ancient Egyptian life relating to this one it means reincarnation comes to play a role in this novel, and destiny. But those aren't the only factors. We get a little paranormal activity and black magic too. It sounds like so much but it is blended pretty well into this one story. 

At times I felt like the novel had a bit of a young YA feel to it. So maybe some mature readers won't fancy it too much. And the main character seems to figure out things pretty quickly and easily believes the idea of reincarnation. I think it would take a bit of self-convincing. Having said that, when she does travel back in time and then returns to the present, she does have some side effects. So I guess that makes things easier to believe. 

I didn't expect the plot twist at the ending at all, which makes me pretty happy. The more unpredictable the book, the better (in my opinion!)


Annabeth trying to choose her guy of choice. 
There is one thing I do have to call the book out on saying. It says 'having a seizure disorder would make my life much easier.' Within context, I get where she is coming from but just... no. No... it would NOT have made her life easier, even with knowing the situation. I got a little angry seeing that, but otherwise, this book was a pretty good read. 

Looking forward to seeing what others think of this book and more of Leyla's writing in the future!

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway: Win a paperback copy of Annabeth Neverending. Open internationally!


Olivia's Question: If you could visit Ancient Egypt, what's the first thing you would do?

Olivia-Savannah x

149 comments:

  1. I would kill the Pharaoh and become one myself!

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  2. I would find out how the pyramids were built.

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  3. Sounds a bit too much to me. I do love time travel, or any variations, but everything else seems to make it confusing. Who knows, I may even like this. Great review!

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    1. In the synopsis it does sound like an awful lot is going on, but it all comes together nicely so it doesn't get too confusing.

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    2. There is a rhyme and reason to everything in the book should you decide to give it a try.

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  4. Sorry some of it disappointed you. Over all, the synopsis made it very interesting. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Some of it wasn't so good, but a lot of it was fun to read!

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    1. You should definitely add it to your TBR!

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    2. Hopefully if you read it you'll think it lives up to expectations.

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  6. [ Smiles ] Hmm. Another intriguing book review!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Renard! <3

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    2. I like to think that it's also an intriguing book.

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  7. I hadn't heard of this one until reading your review. I do like history and mythology so the fact that the main character can travel back in time is interesting. How cool that you liked the font. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. It was a small detail but I liked it so much I felt compelled to mention it myself. :3

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    2. Glad you like the sound of it. And the history is, for the most part, accurate.

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  8. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds like my sort of thing. love ancient Egypt history and time travel so I think I'll have to check this out. Great review, Olivia!

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    1. Ancient Egypt is a time period I want to know more about now after reading this book :D

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    2. You will definitely learn a lot about the reign of Ramses the Great if you read this book, and he was reputed to be the most powerful of all time.

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  9. I do like that it's set at a time that I'm not accustomed to reading, but I'm not a fan of a love triangle.

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    1. Aww, then maybe you won't like this one as much ...

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    2. There's no escaping the love triangle, but I do try to make it fresh.

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  10. Sounds like it has a little bit of everything. I haven't read much of Ancient Egypt, so it might be something to consider.

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    1. It does have quite a mix in there and it mixes things together nicely.

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    2. I spent a lot of time researching the ancient Egypt aspect of the story. Hopefully if you do read it you'll find it very interesting.

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  11. I like the sound of the story love egypt

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    1. I've never been to Egypt but I would like to go someday.

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    2. Me too. I've always been obsessed with it.

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  12. I like that this is a paperback/print copy giveaway. There's not many of those left with everyone reading Kindle which I don't own.

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    1. You should stick around the blog because I have plenty of those ;)

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  13. see the pyramids at night

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  14. I love ancient egypt and all things historical xx

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    1. Then you'd enjoy this book--the history is real (for the most part).

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    2. As Leyla said, this is the perfect book for you in this case ;)

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  15. Would make a perfect present for my sister x

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    1. So sweet of you to enter on her behalf!

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    2. Good luck! You're a nicer sibling than I am.

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  16. The first thing I would do is check out the pyramid construction. Then I'd take a boat trip down the Nile.

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    1. I think I would be joining you on that boat trip. On our holidays, we usually go on at least one every time...

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    2. That sounds like a great plan!

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  17. Since I did not read the book, I can't really see in what context that phrase is acceptable... But let's talk Egypt! If I were to visit nowadays Egypt, well, the museums and pyramids are my first stop. But Ancient Egypt? Well, I will love to take a bath in milk with Cleopatra (she has to let me in, right?) and pet all the cats!

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    1. The author has let me know that she meant it sarcastically and not really in that context, but it read that way to me which is a misunderstanding - but those were my initial thoughts.

      Hehehe I like your plants! A bath of warm milk I could handle... but cold milk?

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    2. Andreea, the comment is taken from an internal monologue within the book and is meant to show the absurdity of the situation--and is not something the main character actually BELIEVES. Re: the bath, I do like that idea. On a side note, cats figure prominently into this book.

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  18. This sounds really interesting, so I am definitely entering the giveaway for this one. Ancient Egypt.... hmmmm I don't know. I'd be a little scared to be in Ancient Egypt :)

    But... I just have to say:

    Gah, as someone who suffered A LOT from epilepsy as a child, it definitely wouldn't be easier for her >.< Yup. Being unable to breathe, almost choking on your tongue and dying... NOT EASIER! Thankfully I have been fit free for 8 years now :)

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    1. Actually, it would be pretty petrifying! I am so glad that you are fit free at the moment <3

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    2. Charnell, I'm sorry that you suffered from epilepsy--trust me, that comment is meant facetiously as Olivia mentioned earlier. I'm a special needs mom and do not take these things lightly. I'm very impressed that you've been free of it for 8 years! Good luck with with the giveaway.

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  19. EXPLORE! Watch the pyramids being built! Oh man, there are so many things I'd do.

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    1. I wouldn't even know where to start...

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    2. You should definitely go there sometime!

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  20. Sounds really interesting and original storyline. I would visit the pharaohs and try to marry one hehehe :)

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    1. I'm thrilled that you like the sound of it. And marrying a pharaoh would've been the way to go for sure--assuming you wouldn't mind being one of many wives.

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    2. This novel is original. I wouldn't have been able to come up with this idea myself!

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  21. I think this is a really interesting premise for a book and I'd love to read it!

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    1. I'm so glad you like the premise! And I'd sure love it if you read it.

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully if you read it you'll find it lives up to expectations.

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    2. I think you would like this one!

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  23. I'd not heard of this one but it sounds really interesting - I love unpredictable endings!

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    1. Unpredictable endings are always the best!

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    2. I'm happy that people are really responding to the big finale.

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  24. I'm in love of the cover and I'm looking forward to read it.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. The cover caught my eye pretty quickly as well!

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    2. I'm so glad you love the cover! I was pretty specific about what I wanted the cover to include but it turned out even better than I imagined.

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  25. Thanks for the great giveaway
    entry form name: Marlene V

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  26. I enjoyed reading your review. I like paranormal-historical-romance. I'd love to read this. Thanks.

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    1. Then I think you'd enjoy this one for sure.

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    2. Yes, this sounds right up your alley.

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  27. this looks good
    my raffelcopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  28. This looks good, I love anything to do with Egypt so I think I'd like to read this.

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    1. It really is a time period that captures the imagination.

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  29. You should pick it up sometime in that case :D

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  30. this is so cool, i need one now :)

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  31. Good review Olivia! And congrats for making such a great book Leyla! You guys know how overwhelming to see a long list of TBR books, right? Coz you just make me write this book on my Einstein-knows-how-long list! If I have the chance to visit Egypt, I would definitely go and inspect their pyramids! :) And thanks for the giveaway, it'll be an advance college graduation gift if I win! Lovelots!

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    1. I know how that feels! But this will be a great addition to that list. Go ace college ;)

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    2. Thanks so much! Elated that you like the cover, and happy you're considering a read. I would love to go into the interior crawl spaces of the pyramids! Also, happy upcoming graduation!

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  32. I love to discover new authors and this book sounds really intriguing so I'm looking forward to reading it! :) Thanks for the chance! (Valentina B. -on the raffle)

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    1. It always makes me happy when I discover a new author as well!

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  33. I would watch the Pyramids being built. It would be so cool to see how it was actually done!!

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    1. I would love to see them being done! Although I doubt I would want to join in with the hard work of building them, ahaha xD

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    2. Yes, that would be an amazing thing to witness. And then we could learn all their engineering secrets!

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  34. Thank you for giveaway , would love to read .

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  35. I'd love to see what the pyramids looked like when they were just finished!

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    1. They must have looked so cool ;)

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    2. Me too! They were smooth, white, and had gold-plated caps on top. They looked very different before time wore away at them.

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  36. This sounds good, I love a good twist to the plot!

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  37. If I could visit Ancient Egypt the first thing I would do would be to bath in milk to see if it would make my skin soft and try on the fashions of the time. The book sounds intriguing.

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    1. You could even try the milk bath thing today. The costumes then must've been astounding!

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    2. Karen, I'm glad you like the sound of the book. If you were rich, the fashions were mind-boggling! Let us know if you take Olivia's suggestion on the milk bath!

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  38. Great giveaway, right up my street.

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  39. This sounds interesting. I like learning about the pyramids and historical stuff.

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    1. Then this one definitely does sound good for you.

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