Review: EVERMORE by Alyson Noel

Evermore: The ImmortalsTITLE: Evermore
AUTHOR: Alyson Noel  Web
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
PARANORMAL ELEMENT: Imortality, Psychic
PUBLISHED: St. Martin’s Press (Feb 3, 2009)
FORMAT: Paperback
SOURCE: Borrowed from Local Library


SYNOPSIS: (Provided by Publisher)
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen.

Damen Auguste 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 see 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. She has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.


REVIEW:I thought this synopsis (from the author’s website) sounded interesting, I ran right out, got the book and set to reading. I loved the tone of the main character, Ever. Cool name, interesting personality and to top it all off, she was royally screwed up. I love messed up characters. They are just so darn interesting. She even had fascinating friends, from a gay guy-friend (who is particularly hilarious) to a goth-chick friend (who is equally quirky).

Ever’s abilities are totally cool, her reactions to them are ever more interesting. But eventually we see her touch a person and not “see” their whole life anymore. I see this gaping hole the author forgot to fill. She doesn’t hold to Ever’s gifts for some reason. Maybe she forgot, maybe the editor made her remove all the “seeing” because the story was dragging. I don’t know. Or maybe she wanted it to be assumed.
All I know is that as the story goes forward my disappointments start piling up.
At first when I started reading, I thought I was reading “Evermore” but it all of a sudden turned into “Twilight.” (Not that I didn’t like Twilight. Loved it. It was cutting edge.) But now I’m reading a mirror version of Twilight with an immortal, smoldering-hot guy who drives really fast and is interested in a totally average mortal girl! The edge isn’t so cutting anymore.
But there is no relationship building. What does Damen like about her as a person aside from them being “meant” to be together? What does Ever like about Damen besides his magic, his hotness and how the world is quiet when he’s around? Really, tell me!

RATING:
So. Not cool. I won’t be picking up the next book, because the author forgot to leave some sort of continued imminent danger to keep me hooked. The only hook is the immortal-passionate love affair between a 17 year old girl and a 600 year old man! Ew.
Anyway, I’d have to rate this book rather low. 2. Fair: Not quite worth it. Only liked a few things about it. Read if you want. I didn’t give it a 1 because Ever is pretty cool and her friends are funny.


RECOMMENDATIONS:
I wouldn’t really recommend reading this book unless you didn’t get enough of Twilight and you actually like teen girls who make really bad choices beyond all commonsense. Then, by all means, pick it up and read at your own risk. Maybe you’ll like it more than me.
To forewarn in a non-spoiler way, there is no sex, but there is alcohol abuse and a string of annoying tantrums from a girl named Ever.