Sunday, 5 September 2010

Book Review - Evermore by Alyson Noel



Sixteen-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 realises 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 of eternal youth.

This book was predictable but it was done in a nice, comfortable way that made the entire thing a pleasure to read. I loved every word of this book and was sorry to see it end, but at least it’s just the start of a series.

It starts off with Ever quickly explaining how her ‘gift’ works and how it came about and why she keeps herself away from the popular crowd, having previously been part of the popular crowd before her parents died. The story then quickly moves to Ever’s two friends, Haven and Miles, then we meet Damen, who quickly becomes Ever’s love interest, and has some strange qualities about him.

The story follows the romance that blossoms between Ever and Damen but through one reason or another it never quite happens. This was the only frustrating and unnatural flow of the plotline. It felt like Ever kept making problems out of nothing and Damen’s response at times was childish considering how old he is. However, even with this, the story still remained a page-turner.

The characters were uniquely shaped with little tics and quirks that made them real and believable. Everything about everyone made the story feel natural even with its paranormal plotline, which is a gift in itself. It’s a job well done on Alyson Noel’s part and I look forward to delving deeper into these characters’ stories.

A refreshing read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.

4/5

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