Evermore, The Immortals Series Book One, by Alyson Noël
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 just 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.
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Character Development: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Total Score: 64/70
Cussing: Some. Nothing too bad, as I recall.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: The protagonist has a brief period where she becomes an alcoholic.
Sexual Content: No real scenes.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Several bloody scenes, but nothing too creepy.
Another modern fantasy to add to my growing list, Evermore was actually very good. It was dark and seemed to truly capture the essence of a girl who’s lost everything she ever held of value. Though the bit about “beautiful otherworldly boy interested only in me” was a bit cliché (disappointingly so), I found the overall plot enchanting.
Noel’s writing was almost flawless. I loved the voices of her characters, and I loved Ever and her thoughts, even though sometimes she was frustratingly stubborn. One thing I found rather unbelievable was the names. While I fully appreciate Noel’s fascination with names, I didn’t think having so many unusual names such as Ever, Honor, Haven, etc. was necessary or likely.
Evermore is chock-full of symbolism, allusions, and history. Noel is obviously very well-read into the traditions and expressions of the centuries. This touch made the story that much more believable. Damen’s near-probable explanation for his actions and downright oddness also added to this. He was thoroughly and completely human, no vampires/werewolves/pixies/gods/supernatural beings involved (for the most part). I definitely recommend this book to lovers of modern fantasy, or even lovers of modern fiction. It’s a tender love story with themes that teach that love heals, forgiveness is key, and anger gets you nowhere.