Evermore by Alyson Noel
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. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies. (From Amazon.ca)
I’m going to be brutally honest here. It hurt to like this book. It was like being horribly fascinated with watching a car accident in slow motion. I enjoyed reading this book, but then there were moments where I asking myself why I’m reading something that has all the qualities of a book that I do not like? take the romance between Ever and Damen for example. I couldn’t help but like them both together they were wonderful. At the same time I’m thinking wow, this is so….lovey dovey and it’s almost making me nauseous and I’m cringing with the cramps right now. It’s so..sweet my teeth are hurting just thinking about it.
The plot was good, and interesting, and the paranormal aspect of it was also good to read. Perhaps it’s just the way it was written, that just makes me turn inside out. The names for example. They sound very cliché (seriously, Ever???? and Haven??!?!?!?! wtf?!?!?!) and added more to the cheesiness to the book. Ever is not really that much likable. True, she’s been through a lot and there are times where the tension between her and Damen was fun to read but I just didn’t really like reading about her. Through the second half of the book she sounded so whiny and mopey it nearly become a chore to read.
Okay, so I’m going to give the book four stars even though it made me cringe. Why? it’s like when you eat junk food. You know it’s bad, but there’s just something about it that it’s good and you can’t stop reading. (Yes, it’s like the car accident scenario I mentioned earlier). I think if the cliche and cheesiness of the book is toned down in the next book then the series can potentially get much better than this. I couldn’t help but continue reading this book. I liked the plot, and the pseudo vampire that is Damen (come on, seriously? he’s got all the qualities of one) I had to admit he’s rather charming to read. Before we go further, I’m one of the few that did NOT read Twilight, so I wouldn’t know if this is the same (I’ve read past reviews of this book, and some are saying it’s just like it) if it is…I guess I’ll be prepared to cringe when I eventually come around to reading it…one day.
Would I recommend this? not really. Unless you want to cringe while reading but hey, maybe you like these kinds of things. By all means try it. Even if it might hurt. I’m hoping Blue Moon is better. (Yes, I’m going to read the second one. See what I mean? I can’t turn away!)
I give it an 8 out of 10