Once Every Never: Book One Of The Once Every Never Trilogy

Paperback | September 25, 2012

byLesley Livingston

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Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of a slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker … but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins.

Now, with a single thoughtless act, what started off as the Summer Vacation in Dullsville suddenly spirals into a deadly race to find a stolen artifact, avert an explosive catastrophe, save a Celtic warrior princess, right a dreadful wrong that happened centuries before Clare was even born, and if there’s still time— literally—maybe even get a date.

This is the kind of adventure that happens to a girl once every … never.

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Clarinet Reid is a pretty typical teenager. On the surface. She’s smart, but a bit of a slacker; outgoing, but just a little insecure; not exactly a mischief-maker … but trouble tends to find her wherever she goes. Also? She unwittingly carries a centuries-old Druid Blood Curse running through her veins. Now, with a single though...

  Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree of English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian literature and Shakespeare. She is the author of several trilogies for teens, including the Wondrous Strange series (winner of the Canadian Library Association Young ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.01 × 5.02 × 1.07 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once Every Never: A Time Travel Adventure For All We open on a bog where two people are gathering around a table and chairs, all set for tea. The Doctor: I now call to order this meeting of the Lesley Livingston Pan-Dimensional Time Travellers Fan Club. Roll Call: The Doctor. HERE! Herm- Hermione: You know I am here. Why must you be so obtuse? I have exams and knitting to attend to with no time for your continued silliness. The Doctor: Hehe. You said you have no time. But you have a Time Turner. Hermione: You are the most immature Time Lord I have ever met. Can we get back to the book? It is most fascinating and- The Doctor: -And quite fun! Lots of time travel and bog bodies and internetty things going on! And one villain who is by turns nefarious and nincompoop like! Hermione: Will you stop interrupting me? Your fourth iteration never used to do that. Honestly, you could not be more annoying unless you were Ron. Now back to the Lesley Livingston book we are discussing this week, Once Every Never. It is part of a series by the author, whom I suspect has magical heritage in her, which deals with a typical teenage girl named Clare who is sent with her best friend to live in- The Doctor: -Britain for the summer because of some slightly naughty behavior. They hang out in the history museum with Clare’s aunt, the scientist, and quickly discover that Clare can “shimmer” into the past and hang around with the ancient Celts. Have fun. Party. Chase a boy around. And that name Clare is certainly familiar to me. Hermione: If you interrupt me again, I shall put my wand up your nose and shout Accio Brains! Now than Doctor, yes, she does have some fun in the past and meets a nice boy, but that is hardly everything that happens when she “shimmers.” She does end up right in the midst of a war for the heart and soul of Britain. That would be terrifying for anyone, seventeen year old girl or not. Seeing death and destruction all around, and the urge to try to change history to save people. Have you nothing to say about that Doctor? You and I both have seen the awfulness of war. The Doctor: I wonder if Clare met Jamie… Hermione: DOCTOR! You are avoiding my question! What are your thoughts on Clare dealing with the horrors of war and her attempts to mitigate the carnage? The Doctor: Oh alright, to be serious for a millisecond or two, I really felt for Clare. Thrust into a situation she can barely understand, and trying her best to get through it and do the right thing is not easy. Even with her return “shimmering” to the present, and seeking help and advice from her friends Alli and Milo, Clare still must make split second decisions when she is 1,000 years in the past. Big decisions. This is one of the reasons Once Every Never is handed to all my traveling companions, so that they can understand the why of what I do. Adric never finished it. Hermione: Thank you Doctor. That is the best reply you have given me since the time you wore that leather jacket. You are a very wise fellow who cares deeply for all those around you. But you never told me Once Every Never was required reading on the Tardis. The Doctor: Oh Hermione, I am a man of many mysteries! People always ask me what my name is, how does the sonic screwdriver work, where is the loo… Hermione: Yes, but the more important questions must be asked as well. Such as how Clare deals with self esteem issues. I think we all know someone who feels overshadowed by others, which is so unfortunate and unnecessary. Many readers will connect with Clare’s feeling here, and will root for her. I find it quite inspiring. Thoughts Doctor? The Doctor: Quite agree! But I also think we would be amiss not mentioning the humour in the book. In fact Lesley Livingston’s way of knitting the serious with the weirdly funny is also what makes Once Every Never a favourite of mine. Sometimes it feels like I am reading a Peter David book. And sometimes, when Clare and Allie are arguing over time travel or such, it feels like Douglas Adams. Hermione: Oh Yes! Completely agreed! She does a very excellent job straddling the two styles. I also find the time travel explanations fascinating, and I am still trying to figure out how the spells used in the book work. The Doctor: Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey. Let the experts think about all that noise. But we really should get going now, tea is all done and Daleks and such to fight. Hermione: Thank you Doctor. When you finally settle down you can be a quite interesting person to discuss literature with. And, by the way, do you have the knitting I asked of you? The Doctor: Yep! Here it is! (plops a big basket full of knitted socks onto the table) Have fun with S.P.E.W. I admire what you are trying to do and wish you luck. Hermione: Thank you Doctor. Every little bit helps. When will we meet next? The Doctor: Oh, probably Thursday when Scoop reviews the sequel book, Every Never After. Hermione: That is so meta of you. The Doctor: I know!
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarity in Novel Form When reading a Lesley Livingston book, you can expect certain things. Hilarity is one. A crazy unique idea is another. And characters that you just want to squeeze cause you love them so much is a guaranteed one. Where in the world are you going to find a book with a sexy nerd, time traveling blood curses, ancient Celtic druids, and two hilariously adorable best friends? Only in a Lesley Livingston book and Once Every Never had all this in spades. Clare was just adorable. A bit naive at times, but in such an endearing way. I loved reading the story through her eyes and learning all the history with her quips and humor. She was a bit of a recultant narrator. At the beginning of the story, she didn't even like or know anything about Celtic history. It was great to see her evolve and adapt and bring her own twist to history. And what would a story be without a hot nerd? Cue Milo! He was such a sweetie, and I loved when he went all geeky all the while looking like a Greek god. A spectacular combination! Clare, Milo and Allie had such chemistry together, it was hilarious to read. Speaking of Allie, she was probably my favorite. I loved her enthusiasm, her smarts and her loyalty. She was a great friend to Clare and the two of them were too funny. I couldn't talk about the characters without talking about the ancient Celtic princess Comorra! My goodness, how freaking awesome was she! Such a strong, independent gal that just wanted to save everyone. And then there was Connal. Oh Connal, why you got to go and break my heart like that? He was such a brave and intriguing character, but had a dark, intimidating edge to him. I was never sure where he was going, or what he would do next but I just wanted it to work out well for him! The storyline was absolutely fantastic. I had learned the story of Boudicca in Celtic history class, so it was really fun to read an interpretation of it! It was also really cool to learn about the bog bodies, which I'd only vaguely heard of. This book has really perked my already keen interesting in history, and now I just want to learn more and more about it! I also really enjoyed that we weren't just learning about the history in the book, but being transportated back to the time period. Time travel has always been a concept I enjoyed, and I think Lesley Livingston did it fantastically! There were points in the book that had my jaw dropping, and others that brought tears to my eyes. And then there were moments where I was laughing out loud and smiling like a crazy woman. I was always interested in the story, and found myself desperate to know what happens next! Once Every Never was such a genuinely fun story. I enjoyed every moment of it! If you're looking for a nice, light, hilarious and interesting story look no further than Once Every Never! - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Celtic Mythology I adore Lesley Livingston’s writing style, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Lesley in person you know how hilariously funny she is. Her sense of humour is found through out the book in the voices of Clare and her best friend…Allie. Spending her Summer in England, Clare (short for Clarinet) discovers she is a part of a century old curse and travels through time to where the Celtic Druids were at war with the invading Romans. I found the scenes that centred around this time in history fascinating and immediately starting researching the name Boudicca and Celtic Druids when I finished. For me as a reader, that is a sign of a great read. One that inspires you to read more about it…one that takes you to different places. Clare is a great character. She’s clever, a little snarky and just “girly” enough. Her and Al (Allie) make a fabulous pair and it’s great how they stick together no matter what. I have to say that the love interests in this story weren’t too shabby either. Celtic Warrior Connal with his rippling muscles and bravery was a great contrast to the good looking but “brainy” Milo. Hmmm… who to choose? I really enjoyed Once Every Never and was thrilled to find out that Lesley is working on a follow-up. For more reviews: Check out- www.lostinthelibrary.com
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 maple leaves! Originally posted at http://dazzlingreads.blogspot.com Once Every Never is the first book I read by Lesley Livingston. I know, I haven't read her best selling trilogy Wondrous Strange. Shame on me! But when I read what this book was about, I found myself absolutely intrigued by its summary. I am a huge fan of Celtic mythology/culture/history and when I knew that this book's setting was in Boudica's time (at least part of it), I got even more excited!. Once Every Never is hilarious, enjoyable, interesting and fast-paced, but some people may enjoy it more than others. Once Every Never is definitely a book you can swallow in an day. It is really interesting and I am really glad that finally an author is giving some attention to historical facts that date from a thousands years ago. Livingston introduces her new world where time traveling, history, romance, friendship and action intertwine in a chain of solid enjoyment. I love druids! I love all the information Livingstone provided me in this book. I love how Clare jumps into the Iron Age facing a total different reality filled with Druids and Roman invasions. I am totally grateful to have read something that interest me so much but that, sadly, it is not very common in YA literature. The book contains a lot of action and drama due to the Roman invasion that was going on during Queen Boudica's time. However, Clare is a hilarious character and her sens of humor easily broke the tension in my shoulders when things got pretty bad. This relief from my shoulder, somehow, turned me off sometimes. I love that Clare is a funny character. I love the jokes and the sarcasm in this book, but sometimes it was a little bit too much for me. For example, if I had a gun pointed at my head, I wouldn't make a joke in a moment like that. I think that this, somehow, disconnected me from Clare. Regardless the sarcasm in this book, I had a great time reading it. The love interests are irresistible and oh GOD! now thanks to Lesley Livingston I am fantasying nerds! Yes! Milo (Clare's best friend's cousin) is absolutely delicious BUT! there is also a Druid that just stole my heart. Sorry Milo, I am Team Connal! Once Every Never is absolutely an interesting read. I really recommend it for its historical content, fun plot, smart heroine and yummy heroes. Although, as I said before, I think I would have personally enjoyed it even more if there would have been less sarcasm during the dramatic moments. But regardless this, I am really excited to see what's coming next!
Date published: 2011-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A twist on the story of Boudicca This book isn't bad at all. Although not one of my favourites, I found that I actually learned and laughed a lot. The writing is pretty good, even though I felt like the first quarter of the book was a little slow to get into, but towards the end is when the book really picks up as being quite interesting. I love that within an almost serious story, the characters (especially Clare) always have something witty or sarcastic to say. In fact, the novel is just dripping with lines of sarcasm that will make anybody laugh out loud (which is nice in a story that seems almost like a history text). All in all, I learned a lot about a certain important figure in history named Boudicca (whom I knew next to nothing about before reading the story), and thoroughly enjoyed have a good laugh while reading. I recommend this book to anyone who's willing to learn a little while reading a cute book (not extraordinary, but cute seems fitting).
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pinch of time travel, a dash of mythology, a wink of history and a garnish of hilarity! Expecting a dull summer, Clare Reid instead finds her years of being an average girl in a family & friend life chalk full of genius's shattered by a single touch to a shiny artifact... This book was a real page turner that breathes new life and wit into history! Lesley's blend of artful writing and endearing humour make this a delightful read. I genuinely couldn't guess what would happen next and found myself so intrigued by the storyline that I was looking up the historical events cited in the plot! A cast of quirky, endearing characters and charming heroes lead the way and I loved the storyline for Clare's archaeologist Aunt and her former beau turned criminal! A great summer read! :)
Date published: 2011-07-12

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"Once Every Never is a refreshing, spirited read where humor abounds alongside unparalleled world-building and my favorite - hot guys. I laughed and bit my fingernails with Clarinet a.k.a. Clare as she navigated an unknown world of blood, mystery, and magic." - Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Spells