Author: Angie Frazier
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: June 1, 2010Received From: ATWT
Sailing aboard her father’s trade ship is all seventeen-year-old Camille Rowen has ever wanted. But as a girl of society in 1855 San Francisco, her future is set: marry a man she doesn’t love, or condemn herself and her father to poverty.I was really surprised by this book! I originally picked it up because I thought it was historical fiction, which it kind of was but it was a much different story than I originally expected.
On her final voyage before the wedding, the stormy arms of the Tasman Sea claim her father, and a terrible family secret is revealed. A secret intertwined with a fabled map, the mother Camille has long believed dead, and an ancient stone that wields a dangerous—and alluring—magic.
The only person Camille can depend on is Oscar, a handsome young sailor whom she is undeniably drawn to. Torn between trusting her instincts and keeping her promises to her father, Camille embarks on a perilous quest into the Australian wilderness to find the enchanted stone. As she and Oscar elude murderous bushrangers and unravel Camille’s father’s lies, they come closer to making the ultimate decision of who—and what—matters most.
I really liked the overall feel of the book, I felt like I was there or at least hearing the story first hand. The characters were also really well developed. I loved Oscar even though I did not think I was going to like him in the beginning. Camille was an awesome protagonist, she was very take charge and unstopping, even when faced with all the hurdles placed in her way.
For me the best part about this book was the characters, they were all so different and unforgettable. But the plot was not bad, Fraizer keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what is going to happen. One of the problems with this book was the fact that it was too short, so there was not enough plot development for my taste. I think the storyline could have been more drawn out and longer, which I guess is a complement!
Overall a really good debut and I cannot wait for more from Angie!