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Friday, March 2, 2012

Review of YA Paranormal Romance book, Evermore (The Immortals) by Alyson Noel

Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals, book 1
Author:Alyson Noel
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Official Synopsis
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.

My Review
This book in 3 words: Terrible, Annoying, Putdownable

I hate to be so blunt and write such a negative review, but Evermore sucked, for lack of a better word. I have book OCD so I have trouble not finishing a series that I start, but I think that this book was so bad it may have cured me from my disorder.

Evermore is based around Ever and Damon. Ever is a teenage girl who was in a terrible accident. Her family died, but she walked away with an unusual side effect - she can see auras and the ghost of her dead sister. After losing her parents and sister (in the living world anyway), she goes to live with her rich aunt. There she attends school and tries to lead as much of a normal life as possible. Her world changes when a new student, Damon, joins her class. He is unlike anyone she has ever met. He's mysterious and can do things that most people cannot, like run exceptionally fast and displays superior strength. When she decides to uncover Damon's secrets, what she finds changes her life forever...

So my little take on this synopsis sounds good right? Well don't be fooled. Ever is everything that I dislike in a heroine. She is extremely annoying, whiny, usually does not stand up for herself, and does not question a thing. Damon is also the worst hero I have ever come across. He is just plain weird. Is he mysterious? Sure, but in a crazy weirdo sort of way, instead of the silent, deadly and sexy way heroes should be. I also found him to be a bit pompous, too aloof and did I mention he was weird?

The array of side characters were just as annoying as Ever. In the spirit of Ever's friends, I will say that "they were like soooo not cool." Haven was so pushy that I wanted Ever to woman up and hit her. Damien was just about the only character I could stand - kind of.

In the end, if I read a book where I don't mind if an atomic bomb drops on the characters and they do not survive, I think that is a tell-tale sign that the book is pretty bad.

I hate to give a purely negative review so I will point out some of the good things. I love the cover (wow, looks can be deceiving), I liked the unusual name of the heroine, Ever, and I liked the concept of Immortals vs Vampires. That was unique and I appreciated it. I just wish it made for a better story.

Evermore is rated: 1 Fang...Very Disappointing

Have you read The Immortals series? Did you hate Evermore? Does the series get better?


Anonymous said...

I have the opposite kind of OCD. I tend to give up on a book too soon and not give it a real chance (often at page 2 or there-abouts).

I just got an advanced copy of the book "Strands of Bronze and Gold" (a mystical retelling of the old Bluebeard fable) and I seriously could not put it down.

I don't think it will be in stores until next year but I think it is going to develop a big following.

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