Written by Alyson Noel
Published February, 2009 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres: Ghosts, Immortality, Loss & Grief, Psychics, Re-Incarnation
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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.
I enjoyed this story well enough, but although I’d like to continue the series at some stage, I’m not rushing out to buy them just yet.
First of all, I must mention I think I’ve read this book before? I had this creepy sense of deja vu and I knew what was going to happen before I actually read it. I actually remembered particular events and pieces of the story… so I’m thinking I did read it a year or so ago but didn’t document it on any of my lists. Weird, right?
I also must say that I enjoyed Evermore a lot and the whole series has amazingingly pretty covers! I really enjoy Alyson Noel’s style of writing, too.
The things I didn’t like (which make me put away reading the next in the series until a later date) is the annoyingly predictable gaggle of friends Ever happens to have. There’s the token Goth ‘best-friend’ who’s easily influenced by attention, the gay guy best friend who’s constantly omigoshing over the hot new guys. At times, it just felt too ‘in your face’ and I felt like I’d been transported momentarily to Mean Girls.
I can’t particularly say I liked Damen that much, either. He’s okay, of course, but not enough to get me swooning. I think because I’ve read so many stories with such similar characters, that now I’m somehow immune to the “Damens” of the YA world.
BUT, the biggest thing that put me off the romance is the whole ‘reincarnation’ factor. It’s just my personal taste, but I have never been a fan of stories that have the whole ‘we were lovers in a past life, I’ve tried to find you again and you don’t remember’ etcetera. It’s just something that doesnt appeal to me at all?
I will say, though, that I highly recommend Evermore if you’ve got enough time to invest in a new series and really sit down and read them. Give them a shot!
Recommended to: Fans of the brooding, mysterious immortal guy who obviously holds some secrets.