Wednesday 16 March 2011

Book Review - Evermore

Title: Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Immortals (book 1)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
ISBN-10: 0330512854
ISBN-13: 978-0330512855

Seventeen-year-old Ever is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her entire family. Living with her aunt in Southern California, she's plagued by the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, and haunted by the ghost of her little sister. She tries to tune everyone out, shunning her old lifestyle as the pretty, popular cheerleader, but somehow she can't hide from Damen, the new guy at school. Stunningly handsome, clever and not a little bit intimidating, there's something about him that doesn't quite add up. Ever realises he's hiding something, but nothing could prepare her for the truth - especially when the truth involves past lives, murderous enemies, everlasting love and the secret of eternal youth . . .
My Review
I have had these books on my shelf for so long, so I thought it was about time I got round to reading them, as I had heard such good things about them I was so excited to start.
Ever is 17 and life isn't easy, she has 'powers' that means she can hear peoples thoughts and see their auras, this may sound cool, but it is very wearing and is a constant battle. Before the accident that killed her family Ever was one of the popular girls, well dressed and lots of friends, but now she hides beneath baggy hoodies and cranks up the ipod to drown out the sounds of all the thoughts. That is until she meets Damen, he seems to block out the noise and show her hints of what life could be like again, but there is also a strong hint of mystery, is he really who he says he is, and why is he always disappearing.
I instantly got hooked into the story and drawn into Ever's life, the story is written in first person and so feels like she is really talking to you. I could feel her regret and loss and desperately wanted her life to be easier. I really liked Ever as a character, she's not whiny and moany like a lot of other YA heroins these days, she has her times of doubt and worry, but we all do, she comes across a strong character, with real human tendencies. She has lost so much but tries so hard not to break. 
I think my favourite character was Riley though, Ever's little sister who although is now a ghost, still hangs around and likes to cause mischief. She is so cheeky and sweet and really draws you in.
The story is fast paced and keeps you hooked throughout, I finished this in one day and can't wait to start the next one. Alyson Noel really has a way with words, I am truly drawn into Ever's world. If only there were people like Damen out there, us girls wouldn't have to worry. He's like the dream boy. 
I'm going to wrap it up there so I can start the next book. :D  If you haven't read them I suggest you do the same. Go on, what are you waiting for?

My Rating
I would give this book 10/10, excellent, well written and left me wanting more.    


Leanna Elle said...

I love Evermore. It's one of my favourite YA books.

I'll be interested to see what you think of the rest of the series. I've stuck with it (a lot of people haven't), but I do feel as though Evermore is the best book in the series by far. That's not to say that the other books are awful - they're not, but the series starts to drag a little by book 4.

Diana said...

great review! like you i enjoyed evermore SO MUCH, I went out the next day and bought blue moon. Will you continue with the series? i'll be on the lookout for your future posts!

ps. cuttee blog! i shall follow :)

barmybex said...

Great to have you here.

I am now on book 4 'Dark Flame', so far 'Blue Moon' is my favourite.

I want book 5 but have no money, am on the request list at the library but they take ages getting new books in, and i'm like 5th on the list :( Will have to be patient i guess.

thanks for stopping by and following :D