Evermore by Alyson Noël (February 3rd 2009—St. Martin’s Griffin)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.”
Review: Evermore was an easy read for those wanting to just lounge around.
Ever was a good character, nothing terrible but nothing extraordinary. She portrayed wonderful emotions through her actions, after her death of her family, and she reacted amazingly to the environment. The hardship, the inner thoughts that screamed freak!, and the sudden addiction to that of which is Damen.
Damen I felt had too large of an ego. He knew he was the ever sexy, drop dead gorgeous person. And I just wanted to burst his bubble sometimes more often that not. I understand that he loves Ever, and she him, but I guess I wanted a deeper connection. Like many authors, the journey up love hill was too fast pace and the actual courting never took place. It gets awfully tiring constantly reading that these two characters just suddenly clicked, and bam, you just knew that they were meant for each other. I know that there are some situations like that, but sometimes it’s aggravating. Going back to Damen, I felt that he could have shown his love to Ever in a different light. To cause heartache for her just to see how she reacted though? That was just selfish.
Drina, the main force against Damen and Ever, was a bit too one dimensional for me. Haven, Ever’s best friend, was a great character. I liked how she was the rejected person that needed some type of affection and acceptance that forced her into such highs. While she got annoying at random points, she was acting her part. In general, because they are way too many characters for me to described, I felt that the majority of her characters were so well done.
The plot I guess it was cliché and overdone, with small hints of changes. The action was somewhat forced, but the voice was exquisite.
Overall: Evermore was a good start for a compelling series. Blue Moon is eagerly on my wish list as I cannot wait to read more about Ever’s life.
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