Thursday, April 7, 2016

Review: Annabeth Neverending by Leyla Kader Dahm with Giveaway

by Leyla Kader Dahm
YA Paranormal Romance
238 pages

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?


Annabeth is a girl with issues. Major ones. But despite all of this, she comes across very normal and fairly level-headed. At least, until the world around her decides to change.

There are several elements in this story which make it an intriguing and grabbing read. Ancient Egypt is interesting all in itself, but this adds the ideas of reincarnation, magic, jealousy and power plays. Oh, and romance. There's a lot of that.

The scene descriptions lure in and bring the very different times and places to life. It's no trouble to sink into the worlds and join Annabeth in her adventure and confusion. And while doing this, the plot doesn't lose on pace. The layers thicken as the story moves along, making it hard to know which side is which until the very end.

The mixture of magic and history is well done for the most part. There were a few moments where the logic grows foggy, and Annabeth's reactions were sometimes not well thought through, but then she borders on losing her clutch on reality at times herself.

The two guys involved are both swoon worthy but have ragged edges. It starts as a sweet romance but, of course, nothing is simple and things get fairly difficult and confusing, along with a couple of Annabeth's decisions. It was hard to decide which guy to cheer for. . .or if either one as the plot really shifts into gear. The ending is satisfying in that respect.

Summed up, it's an enjoyable read packed with interesting turns and lots of romance. It's great for Egyptian fans who love some mystic paranormal, time slides and romance.

And here she is. . .

Wisconsin native Leyla Kader Dahm popped popcorn and dreamt of a career in show business while working in a movie theater during high school. The small-town Midwestern girl opted for the practical route and studied communications at Carroll College and Cornell University. But her life changed course dramatically when a temp agency placed her in a production and development gig at Miramax/Dimension Films.

Dahm went on to work as a script consultant for numerous production companies. She appeared in the acclaimed spoken word show Sit ‘N Spin and had her comedy feature spec, Due North, optioned by Michael Levy Enterprises. She sold her pitch, Survival Instinct, to Nickelodeon Original Movies.

Dahm lives with her husband and children in Los Angeles, where she focuses on writing quality material for families and young adults.



Giselle said...

Thanks for hosting today! This sounds like a fun read! :)

Mary Preston said...

Ancient Egypt does fascinate.