4.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I liked this...
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as everyone claims
Evermore The reviews I found for this book looked promising so I was rather surprised to find how disappointing the book was.
My biggest problem with this novel was that I didn't find the main character's or their motivations believable. There was too much angst and Ever's relationship with Damon seemed to be based on purely superficial reasons...
Published on May 18 2009 by Yuliya
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4.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I liked this...,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)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!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)Since the accident that killed her family, Ever can see auras, hear people's thoughts, and know a person's life story just by touch. She also has regular conversations with her dead sister. She didn't ask for these new talents and her efforts to hide her gifts have left her a freak at her high school. But when Damen Auguste enters the picture, everything changes.
Damen is movie-star gorgeous, mysterious, and the one person who can block all the psychic energy Ever keeps trying to avoid. Damen and Ever are drawn to each other, but Ever can't shake the feeling that there is something that he's hiding. He's the only person that Ever can't read anything about. Damen has no aura, Ever can't hear his thoughts, and she has know idea who - or what - he really is.
Every once in awhile, a book comes along that I end up getting sucked into and become addicted. EVERMORE was one of those books. When I wasn't reading, I was thinking about how I could sneak away to read some more. I couldn't put it down. I dreamt about this book. When I finished, I couldn't get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.
Ever is a wonderfully realistic character that grows throughout the novel. The guilt she feels over her family's accident and her grieving process are heart-wrenchingly real, as is her growing acceptance of her new psychic gifts. I also loved the scenes with Riley, Ever's little sister. Who knew a ghost could be so funny and charming? I know she's just waiting to have her own series written about her. And Damen...well, what can I say - I'm in love. If you're looking for a new lit-boy crush, Damen is it.
Alyson Noel knows how to write for and about teens, and this is one of her best books yet. I can't wait to find out more about the mysterious Damen and step into Ever's world again.
Combining mystery and romance, EVERMORE is the beginning of the next must-read paranormal series. Be sure to get your hands on this one - you'll be swept away.
Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as everyone claims,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)Evermore The reviews I found for this book looked promising so I was rather surprised to find how disappointing the book was.
My biggest problem with this novel was that I didn't find the main character's or their motivations believable. There was too much angst and Ever's relationship with Damon seemed to be based on purely superficial reasons.
This novel didn't have anything new to offer. Having read the Twilight series and other fantasy novels with a romantic twist, the plot of evermore was far too predictable.
In short, I don't believe this type of story would have gotten any attention, much less get published if it wasn't for the fad created by Meyer's Twilight series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Meh,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)16-year-old Ever is not normal. She was once, but that was before The Accident. Now her entire family is dead, and she can see auras and read minds.
Touching people makes it worse, so she withdraws into bulky clothing and befriends the other outsiders at her new school. Nevertheless, her head is constantly full of noise, and she is always tense, trying not to listen.
Until Damen Auguste arrives at school. Why doesn't he have an aura, and why does he create silence in her mind? Also, he never seems to eat, but he always has that weird drink with him.
This book is very popular with the teens at my library, as it is another "Twilight"-ish book. However, there is nothing that makes this one stand out. The characters aren't particularly interesting, and when Damen's nature is revealed, it requires way too much narration from him, basically just explaining everything for the reader. That's a bit lazy on Noel's part.
I also thought that calling Damen an "immortal" instead of a "vampire" is a bit of a cop-out. He has to drink a special drink to stay alive, and he lives forever, and he'll always be young. Sounds like a vampire to me!
This book is okay, but certainly nothing new.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Books Review,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)I love a good romance and this book had it. I liked that Damen was all mysterious and you didn't know what he was going to do. One day he's all interested in Ever and the next he's flirting with Stacia and ignoring Ever. Yes there were some Twilight similarities and if you loved Twilight you will love this too.
Noel spent a lot of time building up Ever as a character and it showed. I felt what she was going through; her guilt, loss and knowing what others were saying about her at school. I'm still not too sure about Haven. At times she seems like such a great friend but her feelings can change in an instant. I understand that it was Drina causing the friction between Ever and Haven but Haven kind of had a dark side even before Drina came along.
There are two things I wanted to know more about: Ever and Damen's history and Summerland. There are hints and glimpses given but the whole story yet to be revealed. So I'm hoping it's addressed more in the second book Blue Moon.
1.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...],
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)When I first saw this book was on a trip to Chapters and I fell in love with the cover so when I read the description it made me wonder if it was similar to Twilight. It sounded like it so I bought it since I love so much Twilight.
I read this book in a day, it was a really quick read and I.... I don't want to say hated it but my feelings were close to that feeling.
The plot was similar to so many other YA books out there but again that's the unwritten rule for YA books. Their plots are similar so I am not complaining about that since I knew what I was getting into.
The characters were flat and unrealistic. The names were something I couldn't get past. I mean Heaven? Really? There are so many beautiful names out there and the author wanted Heaven? Oh, well she has the right to name her characters whatever she likes.
I didn't like Ever at all. She was spoiled and you would expect that the death of her family would change her, make her more approachable but it didn't.
Damen.... well I didn't feel that character. He is portrayed as the perfect guy with no flaws, physically and emotionally which makes him boring and dry. Nothing to make you like him.
The writing wasn't good either. I might have liked the book better if the writing was better. It has happened before but he writing gave me the impression that she was in a hurry to get this book out there to cach the "YA" fire that was going on form the Twilight books.
Her book was sloppy and quick. She didn't gave it the attention it deserved because the story line is very good but that can be shown only by good writing and this book din't have it.
Overall I didn't like it and I wish I hadn't bought the book. The book will probably end up as a giveaway to you guys.
2.0 out of 5 stars NOt so great.....,
A Kid's Review
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)THis book is about a girl named Ever. After a car accident which kills her parents and siter, she finds out she is able to read peoples emotions, feelings and auras. I thought The characters were pathetic, especially Ever. When she meets Damen she instantly knows that he's special because she cant read his aura. She falls in love with him, and the entire book is wasted by her constantly thinking of him. it's always about her wondering wear Damen is and arguing whether or not she loves him. Nothing happens until she meets Drina. Drina was actually kind of interesting, i admit. But other then that, it was a romance novel disguised with this whole fantasy theme. It was boring and i wouldn't reccomend it to my friends, but don't only judge my review because my best friend loved it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)Okay I know recently the book market has been highly saturated with paranormal-normal romance novels and as a result, fresh ideas are becoming harder and harder to come by but seriously, how did this book not breach copyright laws.
The characters were ridiculously one-dimensional and seem to not have any type of real-life logic skills or common sense. There was not ONE character in this book that I thought was even the slightly intelligent or even interesting for that matter.
The plot? "The new kid is a big bad mystery" story is getting really old, REALLY old. The entire time I was reading had to constantly remind myself that no, that is not twilight and no this is not Hush, Hush and "...didn't this happen in Wicked Lovely already?" Seriously, someone should get some lawyers on this thing because there was not a single creative or original idea anywhere in this book.
In summary, what a boring waste of my time. Someone please give me my four hours back! And I now REALLY wish I didn't buy the sequel before reading this thing.
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking in Every Aspect Imaginable,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)Warning - Spoilers to the extreme.
As a thirteen-year-old female, I am extremely disappointed in both my age group and my gender for being brainwashed into liking such horrendous novels as these. Yes, these. You know, the trite average girl meets mysterious boy falls in love etc.?
That being said, let us begin.
The non-existent plot is as such. Ever Bloom (...) is the lone survivor of a car crash of which killed her mother, father and younger sister, Riley. Said car crash has rendered her psychic, and able to read minds and see auras. In order to block out the unwanted sights and sounds, she is constantly wearing hoodies and cranking her iPod loud.
She soon meets a psychically flawless young lad by the name of Damen Auguste (Seriously.)
With that, there is absolutely NO reason for the book's length. We are forced to sit through paragraph upon useless paragraph of Ever's incessant angst. To my recollection, nothing of importance happens until we meet a young lady named Drina, who we later discover was married to Damen centuries ago. (See title of series) Of course, Damen no longer has any interest in her and has eyes for Ever alone, due to the fact that they were lovers in another life in which she was killed by Drina. Drina attempts to kill her again. When she does, however, Ever thinks of her family and is overwhelmed with intense feelings of love. The powerful love Ever has for her family ultimately defeats Drina, because she lacks love.
I rarely give anything one star, nor do I review with such frequent spoilers, but this novel (though I shudder to call it that) is ridiculous. It is recommended to Twilight fans because it is Twilight, which I disliked as well. However, this book is insanely worse. The characters are flatter than pancakes, and the side characters are nothing but stereotypes and somewhat of a comic relief in order to stop you from throwing your book across the room in order to avoid anymore pages of Ever's angsting.
I weep for the future of Young Adult literature.
3.0 out of 5 stars Evermore Review,
This review is from: Evermore: The Immortals (Paperback)After a horrible accident that kills her parents and her little sister, Ever Bloom is left alive and able to see people's auras, hear their thoughts and know someone's entire life story simply by touching them. Needless to say, she's altered. She's learnt to deal with it by using music to drown out the voices and avoiding touching people at all cost; that is until she meets Damen and everything changes. He is gorgeous and mysterious, but he doesn't have an aura and he can shut out all the voices simply by touching Ever. She's drawn to him, even though she feels she might be in danger. As everything around her starts to fall apart Ever will have to decide whether or not she wants to be different and how important Damen is in her life.
Evermore fits very well into the genre of paranormal romance. I really enjoyed the novelty of some of Ever's power, especially her ability to see auras and speak to her dead sister. So much of this genre is similar, so I was thankful that Noel had this unique aspect. The story is fast-paced and there is a lot of action and suspense that kept me very engaged. However, there were a few problems that left me slightly disappointed. I felt at times there was too much going on, Ever's powers and the Immortals storyline compete for space. I almost wish it had of been one or the other. I also stumbled over the relationship between Damen and Ever, feeling that it was a tad too much Edward/Bella for my liking. I can definitely see the appeal that this book would have to readers and I would still recommend it to a specific audience. However, I don't think I will be finishing the series.
You might enjoy Evermore if you like books with: romance, otherworldly men, main characters with their own powers, suspense
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Evermore: The Immortals by Alyson Noël (Paperback - Feb 3 2009)
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