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Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1

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Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1

Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom’s life changes forever in more ways than one after the car accident that kills her entire family. She must endure months of painful recovery from her injuries. She has to move to California to live with her aunt, which means saying goodbye to her popular friends, cheerleading, her boyfriend and everything familiar. She also misses her family terribly and suffers a deep, painful guilt thinking that the tragic incident was her fault. And then there’s that other change in Ever’s life --- she now processes psychic abilities.

Ever didn’t escape the car crash alive, at least not at first. She, along with her mom, dad, younger sister and dog, find themselves walking toward a bridge to another, better place. But for some reason, Ever holds back, lingers and then returns to her broken body in the vehicle. And since then, Ever can see auras, an energy of colors surrounding people, depicting their moods and personalities. She also can hear the thoughts of others, predict future events, and sees and talks with her dead sister every day. Ever hates these new “gifts” and tries to protect herself by slinking through society, hiding in baggy, hooded sweatshirts and blaring her iPod to drown out the noise that constantly harasses her. Then she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is the new guy at school, incredibly handsome, unimaginably rich and quite the charmer. Everyone instantly develops a crush on him, including Ever’s friends Haven and Miles. But Ever wants to keep her space. Damen doesn’t appear to have an aura, and she’s unable to read his thoughts. He just won’t go away, and Ever can’t seem to help falling for him. The more she learns about him and his past, however, the more frightened and confused she becomes. She even tries drowning out the chaos with alcohol, but in the process risks losing the ones she needs the most. Will anything ever make sense again?

In this first installment of her Immortals series, Alyson Noël snags a hold of readers’ attention with her amazing ability to build suspense and curiosity. Dipping into the phenomenon of supernatural abilities, the unknowns of the afterlife, and both the limited and unlimited opportunities of immortality, offer a wealth of possible plots to entertain. Noël has also created a very likable and empathetic heroine in Ever, with wonderful descriptive narration on what she’s feeling, seeing and experiencing: “And when she lies down beside me, I don’t pull away. I just close my eyes and allow myself to feel her pain, and my pain, until it’s all mixed together, raw and deep with no beginning or end.”

Eager fans won’t have to wait too long for the next book in the series, as BLUE MOON is due out in July.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on February 3, 2009

Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1
by Alyson Noël

  • Publication Date: February 3, 2009
  • Genres: Paranormal Romance
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 031253275X
  • ISBN-13: 9780312532758