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Good start to the IMMORTAL series

  • Feb 5, 2009
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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.

Review:

I liked a lot of things about this book but disliked some things about it.

First I'll start on the reasons why this book didn't get an `A'.

Damen. I didn't really get his character. It's like he was only there to do one or two things and that's it. He annoyed me with his "I'm hot, wealthy, and exotic" vibe. The way he just kept popping out and keeping secrets just bothered me. I'll admit that sometimes when he popped out, I would skim or sometimes even skip that scene.

The second reason that it didn't get an `A' was that sometimes it didn't feel as if Ever was really mourning her parents. Yes, there were scenes where she would mourn them, but then time would pass (or chapters would pass) where she didn't mourn them all.

The third reason was that there wasn't much emphasis on the fact that Ever had powers. Yes, sometimes there was but as much as I would have liked.

Oh, and the love happened to quickly for me and it felt forced. Also, it felt as if Ever agreed just because Damen just kept telling her and telling her that they were meant to be. Hopefully in the sequel it'll be a bit better.

Now the reasons I liked this book.

The writing; it just flowed. Alyson Noël's writing is just really good. And it should be seeing as how she has a lot of books published. Her writing made me want to check out her other books. She's really a great writer--one that I'll be watching out for in the future.

The paranormal aspect, of course. I liked how it was explained and how they seemed normal. I did wish that there would have been more emphasis on the powers but there was more emphasis on the whole Damen-Ever relationship, sadly. I did like the fact that there were other Immortals and I do wish to read more about them in the sequels!

Riley. She was just a wonderful girl. She provided comic relief as well as let Ever reveal her emotions. She also helped Ever a lot. Riley was my favorite character in the book. T was sad though when Ever wanted her to move on. I felt my eyes tear up in that scene (and I hardly cry or tear up when reading books).

Overall, this was a good start to the IMMORTAL series. EVERMORE was a good book about loss, love, mourning, and the paranormal. It could have been better but it wasn't awful. Hopefully its sequels will be much better and will explore the paranormal more, instead of it just being a minor aspect in the book.

Carol
www.bookluver-carol.blogspot.com

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This opening book in a new series, The Immortals, will thrill many teen fantasy-suspense readers, especially fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Seventeen-year-old Ever survived the car crash that killed her parents, younger sister, and their dog. Now she lives with an aunt in Southern California, plagued not only by survivor guilt but also by a new ability to hear the thoughts of all around her. She tries to tune out all these distractions by keeping her hoodie up and her iPod cranked loud, until Damen, the cute new boy at school, convinces her to come out of her shell. Damen, however, is frighteningly clever—and has the strange ability to produce tulips from nowhere and disappear himself at critical moments. Noël (Saving Zoë, 2007) creates a cast of recognizably diverse teens in a realistic high-school setting, along with just the right tension to make Ever’s discovery of her own immortality—should she choose it—exciting and credible. Grades 8-10. --Francisca Goldsmith
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ISBN-10: 031253275X
ISBN-13: 978-0312532758
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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