Reviewed by Heather C.
Evie’s Knight reminds me of a modern day fairy tale where the damsel in distress is rescued by her one true love who just happens to have superhuman abilities. In the novel, Evie Wydler instantly falls in love with Calvin Knight, whose family is cursed. The curse involves a demonic spirit named Jocelyn who kills the true love of every Knight man before she reaches the age of 35. Evie is instantly targeted by the demon and Calvin, along with his brother Parker, must save her.
In the mix of extreme alpha males and bad boys, I found it refreshing to read a young adult book where the relationship between the main characters is built on mutual respect. Evie and Calvin are college students, and the physical aspect of their relationship can be described as ‘mild’. Evie is a virgin who is portrayed as being the ‘sex after marriage’ type of woman, and Calvin is described as being the perfect gentleman who treats Evie with care and kindness– never pressuring her into engaging in physical intimacy. With this being said, I still sometimes found Evie and Calvin’s relationship dynamic to be too innocent. Their love is new, but extremely intense to the point where they become totally dependent on each other. Also, I felt as if the writer was unnecessarily reminding me over and over again that Evie and Calvin were soul mates. This, in my opinion, detracted from the couple’s believability.
It’s quite difficult to place Evie’s Knight into one genre. The beginning of the book focuses on the relationship that is developing between Calvin and Evie and mildly incorporates supernatural elements with references to an evil spirit that is hovering over the couple. However, the middle of the book quickly bypasses the genre of paranormal and plunges directly into the realm of fantasy. The reader is briefly introduced to a magical world where landscapes and physical objects are created by one’s mind. This shift in reality made the book at times difficult to process. Magical terms such as The Harbor, Sentinel, and The Loft are introduced, but never fully explained. The direction of the book seems to shift gears immediately—pulling the reader into a different world filled with supernatural powers and different dimensions without any prior preparation.
Even though the book was well written and incorporated strong characters, Evie’s Knight was still a novel that I found myself sometimes struggling to get through. I believe this may be because I had different expectations about the story line of this book. I found the book to be at times slow due to it having too much detail in parts where less is more. However, I still would recommend it to young adults. It’s clean, has an interesting plot, and can be considered a quick read.