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a unique story that had much more potential than was used.

  • Oct 15, 2010
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This is the first book in a new series called The Immortals written by Alyson Noel. This is the story of a girl named Ever who is living in California with her aunt after having lost the rest of her family in a car accident. Ever has psychic abilities, she can read minds and emotions and read peoples auras. Nothing can block out these senses until she meets Damon, your typical tall, dark and handsome hottie, and discovers that when he touches or speaks to her everything goes quit. Damon is a really weird character i didn't know it i liked him or not through the first half of the book. On one hand i wanted he and Ever to be together because he helps her to be more normal and happy, and on the other hand he acts so weird and kind of mean that it makes me not want him in the picture. I started this book thinking it was some kind of a vampire book, hence the title the immortals. All through the first half of the book the author leads you to believe that Damon is indeed a vampire. He never eats, acts so inhumanly weird, and seems to know things that he shoulden't. He is walking around the school in daylight and is always described as tanned, but hey in today's vampire novels that's not totally out of the question. Aside from the psychic-ness Ever has one more weird thing going on in her life, she sees dead people, for the most part only her sister who died in the accident. Her sister plays a large role in Ever's life with their almost daily contact. Around the middle of the book is were the story gets really weird and hard to follow. Ever finds out that not only is Damon NOT a vampire, but rather an immortal, a concept that is not really explained very well other than the fact that they do not die and have been around for many hundreds of years. Ever then has to face off with Damon's ex-wife (also immortal) on more than one occasion,and she also discovers that she herself is an immortal. Apparently Ever's soul has been reincarnated several times throughout Damon's lifetimes and every single time has met an early demise. So when Ever is killed in the car accident with her family Damon can't bear the pain of her loss (even though she had never met him in this lifetime at the time of the accident) and decided to bring her back as an immortal (we are never told how this is done). This is why when she wakes up in the hospital she has these psychic abilities that she never had before. At the end of the book Ever is given the choice to embrace her life as an immortal and stay with Damon or turn away from it and continue her human life psychic-free. This book was fairly interesting to read although i thought that the way the dialog was written was kind of annoying to read. The idea for this book is so original and unique that i felt that there was a lot more potential for a great story had the author just elaborated a little bit more on certain points to make the story more clear. It is well worth the read if you are looking for a break in today's vampire-riddled world.
 
 

a unique story that had much more potential than was used.

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October 15, 2010
Interesting. Thanks for briniging this to my attention. Sounds like it is for me :)
 
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review by . July 08, 2009
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review by . May 09, 2009
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review by . February 05, 2009
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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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