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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Evermore - Immortals Series #1 By Alyson Noël


Seventeen-year-old Ever is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her entire family. Living with her aunt in Southern California, she's plagued by the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, and haunted by the ghost of her little sister. She tries to tune everyone out, shunning her old lifestyle as the pretty, popular cheerleader, but somehow she can't hide from Damen, the new guy at school. Stunningly handsome, clever and not a little bit intimidating, there's something about him that doesn't quite add up. Ever realizes he's hiding something, but nothing could prepare her for the truth - especially when the truth involves past lives, murderous enemies, everlasting love and the secret to eternal youth.

Evermore is a highly a recommended novel, at least according to most reviews of this book. So I decided to try it. The plot is something new -  about a girl with the power to see the aura of others after an accident that took away the rest of her family. It is an interesting read, but to tell the truth, I don't like it very much. I know Ever had been through a traumatic experience of losing her family and all that, but she is sooooo whiny, she gets to my nerves and it makes the middle of the novel real dreary. Ever is sometimes quite selfish, only considering her own feelings and ignoring what others feel when seeing her with her emotional turmoil. I also don't like Damen because in many occasions, he knew Ever was in trouble, but he waited till the last minute when Ever wanted his help. And he flirts with other girls to gauge Ever's feelings towards him, which is what pushes Ever away from him and creates all these emotional turmoil of Ever that I hated so much.

This book gets four hearts, because while I didn't like the characters a lot, I also couldn't put it down due to the amount of drama loaded down. In addition, all the truth is only revealed at the end of the novel, which makes the other parts of the novel confusing to read sometimes. Damen also made a habit of conjuring loads of flowers wherever he goes, yet he seemed pretty adamant that he didn't want anyone really knowing the truth about his age and abilities. Now he's just asking to be exposed. I don't know if he is really that dumb for a guy who had lived for hundreds of years or it is the author's flimsy attempt to find a way for Ever to discover his secret.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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