Ellie, Everlasting

Fiction - Fantasy - General
248 Pages
Reviewed on 03/12/2019
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck is a breezy fantasy read with great potential to entertain young readers. Ellie Parker has just experienced a devastating loss after a sudden tragedy. Apart from being separated from her family, she’s lost someone very dear; her partner, Olivia. But what seems to be a tragedy thrusts young Ellie into an adventure that changes everything she ever thought about fairyland. There is a world beyond the grave, a world for the lost boys and girls. But there is also a sinister darkness that threatens both Neverland and Earth and Ellie may have the key to save both worlds. Can she look into herself and accept a destiny as challenging as hers?

The narrative begins with a gripping prologue that introduces the theme of death and arouses the reader’s curiosity about a dramatic moment: “The girl in the mint-green dress was dead. Her once bright eyes were now vacant of their usual twinkle and the boy stared down at her in utter disbelief as he began to cry, the tears splashing on her once rosy cheeks.” It starts in the middle of something painful and the reader’s heart is touched deeply. We immediately get to know Olivia and Ellie and understand their friendship. Everything starts from here, where characters share a strong bond and Isabel Scheck makes that bond come out powerfully. Curiously, it is a bond that is more than physical and that exists even beyond the grave. The characters are lovely and real and I enjoyed how Ellie develops through the narrative. Ellie, Everlasting explores themes of love and friendship, family, life and death, and survival. It has a strong appeal to fans of fairy tales; it is crisply written and emotionally rich. You won’t finish it without occasionally shedding a tear for the characters.

Ankita Shukla

If knowing that Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck showcases Neverland as a real place, you have an image of a fun and happy book, then you are very badly mistaken. Ellie, Everlasting goes very dark very soon. Yes, the plot revolves around Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and other fairies, but it also revolves around Henry Hook, who establishes that no darkness is dark enough. The story begins with the murder of Ellie, an eighteen-year-old girl. She was a lively girl who was madly in love with her girlfriend, Olivia. When Ellie is murdered on earth, an investigation starts to find the murderer; meanwhile in Neverland, Ellie finds herself in front of all the people whom she assumed to be fictional ones, including Peter Pan. But something very dark is leaving no stone unturned in hurting the people of Neverland and earth alike.

The imagination of this author is extraordinary. The story moves flawlessly from one twist to another, leaving the reader awestruck with anticipation. Many characters kept making an entrance throughout the plot, but all of them entered with certain purposes. It was easy to understand the thoughts and perspectives of the leading characters because the author ensured that each emotion was given words. A certain darkness prevailed in all the chapters and the mood of the story was a bit gloomy, but the plot remained too intriguing for me to put down the book. My favorite character is Tinkerbell because of her fearless personality. She is a side character, yet her charismatic persona is too magnificent to ignore. I would recommend Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck to readers who love the combination of fantasy and action with a lot of suspense and a pinch of romance.

Kristy Vee

Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck is a fantasy/adventure story based on characters that many children have grown up reading and loving. Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Hook, and the lost children are back and woven into an imaginative tale involving a teenager named Ellie Parker. Ellie and Olivia have been together for nine wonderful years until Olivia’s hateful brother, Owen, murders Ellie in a fit of rage, sending her off to another world, one that seems strangely familiar. Neverland. While Ellie is getting acquainted with Peter Pan as well as her new friends and surroundings, Olivia begins passing out and having nightmares about Henry Hook’s dark ravens. Sinister Henry Hook has had a personal vendetta against Peter, Wendy, and Tinkerbell for many years and is willing to do anything to make sure that his vengeance is finally fulfilled, even steamrolling over the innocent to do so. What will become of all of them? Turn the page and hold on for the ride!

Ellie, Everlasting by Isabel Scheck is a lively, whimsical creation full of colorful new characters, fairies, angels, pixie dust, Earth screens in which to view activities on Earth from Neverland, romance, and diabolical plots. The author’s imagination soars, giving the book a thrilling, can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next kind of energy. I really admired the strong world building and defined differences between the main characters, as well as the descriptiveness. The author does an excellent job of making sure readers know exactly what’s going on inside the story as well as the characters’ minds. Great job.

Anthony Elmore

Ellie Everlasting is a young adult fantasy thriller written by Isabel Scheck. Ellie is an eighteen-year-old girl, who seems as normal as anybody you might meet in passing. She has teenage friends, and the regular teenage emotional ups and downs that life brings, but there is a difference between Ellie and the usual eighteen-year-old, which is the enormous secret that she carries. Ellie’s gigantic secret could cause a huge emotional disturbance to some of the closest people in her life, and to other people she holds dear, it would cause great relief. What is her secret? Will she ever reveal it, or will she try to hide it forever from those whom it has the greatest potential to hurt the most?

Ellie Everlasting is the most modern version of Peter Pan that I have ever read, with everything to please readers of today. From its fast paced and tear jerking moments, to its incredibly awesome and uplifting twists, this book has it all. From the very start until the very last sentence, this book was very well defined. In this story the characters' emotions are rightly driven by the different situations, which draw the reader in, and finally finish the book off with an endearing, but well-written happy ending. This makes the previously saddened reader feel like there is finally hope, making this a great, thought-provoking book to read. Since there were a few places that had strong language and graphic scenes, I would suggest a more mature reader.