Friday, 22 July 2011

Review: Evermore - Alyson Noel

Sometimes love is eternal.
For good . . . For evil . . . Forever

Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom is the sole survivor of a car accident that killed her family.  Exiled to sunny California, Ever is haunted by her little sister and by the ability to see people's auras, hear their thoughts and know their entire life story by touching them.  She wants to hide from the world, but when a stunningly handsome new guy arrives at school, she can't seem to keep away.  Falling in love with Damen is dangerous - he's not what he seems.  But if Damen is her destiny, how can Ever walk away?

The Immortals Series:
Evermore
Blue Moon
Shadowland
Dark Flame
Night Star
Everlasting

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Review:
I bought my copy of Evermore before I started blogging and like so many other books it has sat on my bookshelves just waiting for me to read it.  When I was invited to an event with Alyson Noel I thought it was about time I picked it up and I'm so glad I did.  I'm a big fan of paranormal stories so it's probably no surprise that I enjoyed it but what I was really impressed with is that it wasn't what I was expecting.  I found Ever's psychic abilities fascinating and I loved the fact that Damen isn't your standard vampire that has become so common in YA urban fantasy stories.

Ever is an easy character to relate to, she lost her parents and her younger sister Riley in a horrible accident and ever since then she has struggled to deal with her guilt and her grief.  You can't help but feel for her as she tries to make sense of being the only person in her family to survive and my heart really went out to her.  Since the accident Ever has gained some new abilities, she can see ghosts, hear people's thoughts, see their auras and if she touches someone she will know their life history.  She is still trying to learn to cope with these abilities and it isn't easy for her constantly being bombarded with information she doesn't want to know and learning everyone's deepest, darkest secrets.  I'm looking forward to seeing how Ever grows into her abilities as the series progresses.

It took me a while to decide what to make of Damen, yes he's hot but there is still an air of mystery about him and I hope we get to learn more in future installments.  At times I was convinced that he was out to harm Ever but then he'd do something that would completely change my mind about him again.  I liked the fact that although Ever felt drawn to him because he seemed to lessen her psychic abilities she didn't immediately fall head over heels for him.  She remains wary of him and shows good sense that is often lacking in YA paranormal stories.  I have to say that one of my favourite characters was Riley, she had me laughing out loud so many times with her crazy ghostly antics and I'm so excited that she gets her own spin off series.  That is definitely going on my wish list. 

Overall I though Evermore was a promising start to a series and I'm looking forward to reading more.  The story was a page turner and I flew through reading it, there were a few things I would have liked to have seen expanded on, especially towards the end, but if you're like me and late to the Immortals party I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.

Source: Purchased

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4 comments:

  1. I'm really scared to read these books. There are so many mixed reviews for them. ;) But maybe if you like the second book, I'm going to try the first one. Great review.

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  2. I really enjoyed this and the second book, but I just gave up after that! :/

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  3. I like this series, it's a good series but it can be frustrating sometimes!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of this series, I am always left wanting more.

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