Sunday, December 27, 2009

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore by Alyson Noel
Publication Date/Version: February 2009/Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bookstore

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 and 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 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.

Ah, another immortal-type book. I'm not sure how many of these I can handle.

Ever's psyhic. She has been ever since her entire family died in a car accident. Now she hears thoughts and reads auras. It's all a little overwhelming. Then she meets Damen, the typical bad boy who changes everything. No more noise, just peaceful calm. Around him, everything fades away and Ever doesn't have to worry about her powers anymore. She does, however, have to worry about the secrets Damen is hiding, including some that involve her.

Good girl meets bad boy, falls head over heels, somehow loses him, gets angry, wins him back, happily ever after. It's another one of those books, ladies. Maybe with some added twists, but nothing I couldn't see ahead of time. Ever's seen as a freak because of the way she dresses and acts, but it's not her fault when she can't get the voices out of her head. Then Damen comes along. Right from the beginning, you could tell exactly how he would act. Another run of the mill bad boy. They're always enticing, but there's never anything new about them. I've seen the same boy a hundred other times. They're fun and all, but not totally believable. Real life bad boys don't often change. He was exciting to hear about, but there didn't seem to be much substance behind him.

A major problem I had was the suddenness of Ever and Damen's relationship. One second they were kinda flirting, then oh-they're-bf-and-gf...when did that happen? I like reading about the chase and then the catch. I felt as if there was no chase. I also wish we could see more of Ever's abilities. Those get pushed to the side, with Damen taking the lead. I believe the story could have been very unique if Ever's abilities were showcased more, or used more often. It's really an interesting idea.

That being said, Evermore was a guilty pleasure. I see why tons of people will enjoy it. Fast-paced, a hot boy, and some romance. Plus, lots of paranormal fun. I will pick up the sequel, but with some reservations.

Overall: A little too predictable. Cool psychic powers. Fun romance and enticing bad boy. Guilty pleasure.

My Advice: Pick up a copy at the library. I'm sure I'm in the minority who doesn't love this book, but I can see why others love it.

Cover: Wonderful cover! I love the whole thing. Even though you can't see it very well, the girl's makeup looks very pretty. And the tulips are a great focal point.

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