Sunday, 27 February 2011

Book Review: Evermore by Alyson Noel

Title: Evermore
Series: The Immortals
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher:  Macmillian Children's Books
Publication Date: September 2009
Pages: 356 (Depends on version of the book)
Special Features

 '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.'

The Book At First Glance?
I had heard of Evermore during the beginning of my reading obsession, so basically around the time it was published. To me the story wasn't at first appealing, but as time went on I finally got round to wanting this book, and ended up buying the box set of the first four books at a bargain price.
I love the cover. The use of my favorite colour purple, and also how the red tulip, a significant prop in the story is made to stand out, and catch the eye of the reader.

What I Thought?
The book was enjoyable and a great read, but would never come close to reaching my favorite books.
The story line was unique but cliche at the same time, but I do love a little bit of cliche every now and then.
Parts of the story reminded me of other books I have read more than likely by coincidence. 
Also I had to occasionally re-read bits due to the book not making sense, or for example a change in time not being obvious.
The characters were created well for the roles they had in the books, with a slight hint  of cliche, which was needed for the characters a bit. My favorite character is main girl Ever's little sister Riley (who also has a series devoted to her). Riley shows the majority of the characteristics a younger sister needs, and I know this as I'm a younger sister. She is a character that will always linger in my mind and someone I will never forget.
Also parts of the book show great emotion and writing skill, due to being mainly a supernatural type book, no one will be able to relate to certain parts, but for some reason it seemed like I could. 
Ever's way of dealing with the death or her parts and her powers are perfectly wrote. Trying to hide away in attempts to numb the pain of her parents death, and also due to the torture of her powers, making her feel like a freak and knowing esactly what people think of her.

All round the book was a great read, but not close to being the best.
I would recommend this to all YA readers as a book to read whilst you have nothing else to read or you just want something nice and simple.
The book doesn't have to be read as part of the series due to the ending, but can be.

I give this book...


  1. I have to say: I didn't like that book at all. The main character just sucked... Great review though ;)

  2. A really well balanced review, well done. I thought the same as you, but then when I read the second book I really didn't like it, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you make of that.

  3. To me, Evermore is one of those book that you just enjoyed, but can explain why. Great review.

  4. I really liked how balance this review is, plus I definitely seem to agree with it in most of the points it makes. :)

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung