Published in: 2009
Edition read: Paperback
Book #: Book 1 in The Immortals series
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
I brought the first three books in this series sooooo many years ago, and then never read them (sound familiar? Book hoarders everywhere know this tale). I finally picked it up, and…. yeah. Not too impressed.
This is quite the teenage tale. Ever is a pretty blonde cheerleader whose family dies, so she moves across the country to live with her only living relative, in California. She sits with the freaks, she wears baggy clothes, and she has a super freaky power. Enter hot guy who is actually 600 years old, immortal, and her soul mate. Bam. Story.
Ever is annoying. I feel bad for her that her parents died, but she’s whiny and she’s a little dumb, and I don’t really get Damon. He’s described as so very hot and so perfect, but he was more annoying and rather 1-dimensional to me.
Look, the story and characters aren’t too bad, but it’s clearly aimed at a young adult crowd, and reading it was a little painful as it felt a little…. well, dumbed down, for lack of a better explanation. But on the plus side, the story was wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end, it was very quick to read, and finishing this knocks another one of my super-ginourmous too-read list on goodreads.
Evermore rating: 5/10. Neither great nor bad. Just meh.
Would I re-read it? Not really. The story felt flat, it didn’t draw me in, and wasn’t too impressed with the characters nor the world that has been built.
Who would I recommend it to? teenage girls of about 12-16. This book is about a 16 year old, this book appeals to that age group. Outside of that, although some YA fiction is incredibly good, this doesn’t fall into that category and I don’t really think it’d suit anyone outside the aimed age group. A shame, as I have another 4 books in this series to get to. I hope its just first book jitters and the rest of the series gets a bit more in-depth, a bit more exciting, a little less whiny.
Author’s site: http://www.alysonnoel.com/immortals/evermore.php
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/evermore-alyson-no-l/1101909794?ean=9780312532758