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Review: “Evermore,” Alyson Noel

October 5, 2010
Review: “Evermore,” Alyson NoelEvermoreby Alyson Noel
Series: The Immortals #1
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on February, 2009
Genres: Ghosts, Immortality, Loss & Grief, Psychics, Re-Incarnation
Pages: 356

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.

About Alyson Noel

Alyson Noel is the #1 New York Times best selling, award-winning, author of 21 novels. Born and raised in Orange County, California, she's lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California where she's working on her next book.


  • Reply Hannah February 24, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I love the idea how Ever can read peoples auras. I wish i had that girft. It wud sure make life a whole lot easier. :-)

  • Reply La Coccinelle October 6, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I actually like the reincarnation element in books, but here it was done so superficially that I hated it. She’s always beautiful in all of her lives? Pfft. Yeah, right. How convenient for Damen, who’s obviously only interested in hot chicks. LOL

    I had the same feeling of deja vu, which you can see in my Amazon review. For me, the book was basically Twilight with some twists.

    • Reply Brittany October 6, 2010 at 7:15 am

      YES, this is what I thought. Surely in 600 years or whatever she wasn’t a stunner in at least one of her lives. Haha, hot chicks :P! He does seem a little superficial. I really liked your review, thank you! I didn’t understand how she was able to kill Drina, either!

  • Reply brandileigh2003 October 6, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Like you, I liked it, but wasn’t totally in love with it. I have read further in the series, and do like 2 and 3 better (4 didn’t much float my boat either).

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    • Reply Brittany October 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

      It’s interesting because that’s what all three comments here are saying! I didn’t know so many people would agree with me! I remember seeing on someones blog that Blue Moon was one of the ‘worst books’ they’ve ever read, so that didn’t exactly make me want to run out and buy them!

  • Reply Kristina Barnes October 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

    I actually didn’t like Evermore that much. I’m probably being too harsh on it because I grew up around the area it’s setting is at, and I hated the lack of details. The plot was so… ugh. When Drina started explaining things, I was like… Who DOES that? No one does that, even in real life. It was like Alyson was putting an explanation into the character, but Drina doesn’t seem like the type to drone on and on about explanations. From the way she was depicted earlier, she seems more of a sinister, I’m-going-to-kill-you-right-away type.

    And this book was WAY WAY WAY too reminiscent of Twilight. There were even lines that I could have sworn I read in the Twilight series.

    Anyway, despite all that negativity, I did like the book. LOL. Only like, though, and I’m not rushing out to finish the series, either. Good review! :)

    • Reply Brittany October 6, 2010 at 7:11 am

      Oh, I’m so relieved! I also noticed the same ‘lack of details’. And yes, I completely agree with you about Drina! I hate those stereotypical ‘well, this was my plan all along *evil laugh*’ where they explain the whole plot and drag out the ‘killing’. It’s just so predictable and I didn’t like that aspect of it.

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