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I Belong

Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

EvernightTitle: Evernight

Author: Kristen Callihan

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Darkest London (Book #5)

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Format: Paperback, 385 Pages

ISBN-10: 145558164X (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455581641 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Kristie


Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

Quick & Dirty: Steamy, romantic series with two characters who couldn’t be more different in personality but the same in heart.

Opening Sentence: The dream was always the same.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Darkest London series continues with Evernight, the fifth installment in this always satisfying series. So far I have loved every book in this series and Evernight didn’t disappoint. Although I will say this was probably my least favorite of the series but I fell hard for the bad boy with a heart of gold (literally) in William Thorne.

Evernight continues the saga of Holly Evernight after she was released from her imprisonment. She had been forced to create a mechanical heart for a demon/angel who wanted to insure his immortality. A heart that she had to test on an unwilling subject, William Thorne. It’s been nearly a year and Holly hasn’t left her home. She has kept herself prisoner while still experimenting at her home. She feels safe there, she has safeguards against attack and these traps have killed several supernatural who were after her. Until the day that Will attacks her.

Will doesn’t remember much about his life. The terrible experiment left him without a memory and as he slowly turns into platinum because of the metal in his body. There is something about Holly (as a metal elemental) that eases Will’s pain and helps turn away the metal in his body. He agrees to protect Holly even though he knows deep down that he was sent to kill her. As he spends time with Holly and trying to uncover who is out to kill her, he begins to slowly piece back his memories.

There is also a side story with Adam, the creator of the GIM.  The Ghost in the Machines who have metal hearts and immortality but are basically Adam’s slaves for hundreds of years. Adam has Eliza May, Holly’s cousin, chained to him for some unknown reason.

There are several reasons that I love this series. One of them is the steampunk world that has been created specifically for these characters. I also love the different variety of supernaturals that has come up throughout this series. They aren’t just the same ole creatures. Some of them have a bit of a twist. Another reason that I love this series is the intense desire that the characters feel for each other and the buildup to their relationships.

Holly is quite a strong willed individual. She takes matters into her own hands for the most part, including readying herself for battle. She’s kept herself locked up from her own terror but she confronts that dark threat that is after her. I was quite surprised that she did do that especially after she confesses why she still won’t leave the house. Holly is a metal elemental and her personality is thoughtful, mechanical and precise when she makes decisions. She always likes to think things through first.

Will is a demon who thrives on blood and sexual contact. He wants to stay as far away from Holly after he finally feels like himself but he can’t bring himself to leave her. He also doesn’t make excuses for what he is. He doesn’t feel like he has too even as he is getting his memories back.

The ending was confusing for me. Not the ending, ending but where they make the final decision on their deal. It didn’t read at all like they made the decision that they ended up making so I was quite surprised when it turned out it way that it did.

Overall, I highly recommend this series. If you like steampunk, steamy romance and history, then I would suggest at least giving this series a try. I can’t wait to finish catching up on it. I am super excited to read the next book, Soulbound. I want to know what is up with Adam and Eliza.

Notable Scene:

A broad sigh left Holly. Carefully, she set down her pencil. “What do you believe the purpose of life is, Mr. Thorne?”

Thorne flinched, his knife-blade features tightening. “What do you mean? Are you asking if I’ve discovered the secret of life or some other nonsense?”

“It isn’t nonsense. One ought to consider how one fits into the grand scheme of things, what his or her role shall be in this play called life.” She allowed a small smile as his scowl grew. “Especially an immortal such as yourself, Mr. Thorne. For you’ll be a player in it long after most of us are dust.”

Oh, but he truly did not like that. His lip curled in a sneer. “State your point, Miss Evernight.”

“What is this ‘life’ you are so keen on me seeing outside of these walls? Is it the sky? The sun? The river? People going about their daily business? What?”

“All if it,” he snapped, his fist curling tight against his thigh.

“You still have not answered my original question. What do you think we are here to do?”

“Bloody hell, woman.”

“Come now, Mr. Thorne. We are here to create.”

He laughed shortly. “You really are a literal creature, aren’t you?” His brow was quirked, his expression cool and still vaguely annoyed.

She resisted a smile once more. “To create, in whatever form or manner we choose. To use our minds, bodies, whatever talents we’ve been given to create something, be it of beauty or practicality. That is the point of life. Anything else is simply a waste of time and opportunity.”

Darkest London Series:

0.5 Ember

1. Firelight

2. Moonglow

3. Winterblaze

3.5 Entwined

4. Shadowdance

5. Evernight

6. Soulbound

7. Forevermore (June 28, 2016)


FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette provided me with a copy of Evernight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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