Title: Annabeth Neverending
Author: Leyla Kader Dahm
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
Upon haggling down the price of an Egyptian ankh pendant at the flea market, teenager Annabeth Prescott realizes she bought more than she bargained for. Every time Annabeth touches the neckless, she faints and gets glimpses of a past life in Ancient Egypt.
All of this happens just as she finds herself falling for Gabriel. The problem? Gabriel and his brother C.J. start showing up in her flashbacks—Gabriel as Kha the evil sorcerer, and C.J. as her enslaved bodyguard and one true love.
More so, possessing the ankh and seeing through time have side effects. Some are harmful and reminiscent of Ancient Egypt—like craving beer and being cold—but others like seizures and temporary paralysis are serious.
Annabeth must choose between fate and making one own choices, good and evil, and her health or her past.
The general premise of reincarnation and Ancient Egypt is what really drew me to Leyla Kader Dahm’s Annabeth Neverending. That being said, the idea isn’t executed well.
Annabeth easily figured out that her vision was a memory from a past life. There was no freak out, no second guessing, she just excepted it. The same goes for about every other character she tells—Mrs. Lansing, Gabriel, and C.J. For me it just didn’t seem realistic or believable—even for a fantasy or paranormal story.
Her relationships with Gabriel and C.J. also developed way too quickly. I know that the boys are reincarnations from her past, but still after only knowing them for a short time she was declaring love.
Nothing flowed in this story, it just jumped around from idea to idea.
My favorite part was probably the memories from Ancient Egypt. All the tidbits of information really interested me, and I found what happened in the past to be the strongest storyline in the book.