Book Review: Evertrue by Jill McAllister

I’d like to give a big thank you to the author for allowing me to review her beautiful book!! I cannot wait to share it with you all 🙂

To save Grandma Crick from being fed to the ravenous Monger turtles, Mila must journey into the underworld to steal the Evertrue Emerald from the demon, Malrook. Joined by a motley bunch of experts through the deadly, dragon-infested caves, they meet Captain Tuna the accordion-playing walrus, a karate-kicking fairy, and a colony of strange and grumpy troglonomes. As time runs out, Mila discovers that friendship and ingenuity can unearth the greatest strength of all and win her heart’s desire.
Evertrue is a fairy-tale for readers young and old, and will appeal to fans of Philip Pullman and J. K. Rowling’s The Ickabog.

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My rating: 4 stars

My summary:
Evertrue is a fun, exciting page turner that I found very hard to put down! It was relatively short, it could probably be read in one or two sittings by faster readers, but I loved every minute of it!

This book is a tale about Mila, a strong, brave girl who decides to risk everything to save her grandmother. On her journey, she makes beautiful friendships and learns many lessons with her companions. The story is action-packed, full of suspense, and will leave you admiring the strength of the characters as you read.

One thing I loved about this book: The message of bravery that I took from it! I can see different readers taking away different lessons from this story (or multiple, like me), but something that really stood out was the bravery and selflessness of Mila! She’s given a huge decision: give up her grandmother’s life or risk her own with no guarantees she’ll succeed. It was really interesting to watch her journey, she was a really strong character from the beginning so there wasn’t a lot of character development on-page for Mila (but there were for other characters), so that was really cool to see.

Something interesting about this book: It’s length, but how its relative shortness still works! I can’t tell you how many shorter books and stories have left me unsatisfied. It’s easy to mess up the timing of events, or to make everything seem rushed, or to just not put enough detail or thought into the story to make it interesting BUT this book had none of those things! I loved how it felt really nicely paced, and was really well-planned so that everything happened in a realistic, understandable fashion that felt great!

My age rating: all ages! This is definitely a book that I would have loved to read with my parents as an older child (say, 8-10), but I think tweens, teens, and adults would all enjoy it just as much! It’s very fast-paced so smaller kids would be kept at attention longer, but the writing style is really interesting, which older audiences love.

themes: friendship, bravery, loyalty, love, perseverance

genres: children’s, middle grade, young adult, adventure, action, fantasy

You can find Evertrue on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble!!

To all my readers: Hope you’re having a wonderful day! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post and whether or not you’ve read Evertrue (or plan to read it). Toodles!

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