Series: The Immortals, #1
Author: Alyson Noel
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Overall Rating: 4/5
Cover Rating: 4/5
Cover Comments: This cover is so pretty! If you've read the book, you understand the meaning of the tulips on the front. As most of you probably know, I'm also "colorist." I love purple. And this cover is purple.
Ever is a girl who's not normal. She can hear people's thoughts, speak to ghosts, see auras, and read people's entire life stories. Oh, and she's already died before, along with the rest of her family. Which was her fault.
Now comes in a gorgeous, sexy, mysterious guy who can do just about everything and has been just about everywhere. And Ever has the feeling she's met him before. One touch of his silences everybody else's thoughts and sends tingles and warmth all over her. Nobody else can do that.
While Damen is part of her school life, at home, Ever lives with her rich lawyer aunt and is visited by her dead sister, Riley. Riley died at thirteen and is now back to live her life through Ever. It's tragic, but sometimes I couldn't understand how Ever enjoyed Riley's presence so much if all they seemed to do was argue or if Ever complained about her sister's clothes which were hers.
Fans of Twilight will definitely enjoy this one. This book was well written, and the characters were relatable. Every story needs a goth (Haven) and a popular, mean girl (Stacia). Plus the sarcastic best friend, who in this case, is also gay (Miles). Noel's writing style is skilled with its descriptive scenes and vivid pictures and I enjoyed how Ever narrated the story. Her slight stalker-ish behavior was a little old, but she was funny and seemed like someone who could be my best friend. There were some cliches and just some plot lines that seemed "same old, same old." Still, this was a fast read that I loved and left me wanting more, so I checked out Blue Moon the next day and finished it!
Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not reviewer)
I actually really, really liked this book. Frankly, I don't care about "cliches" and such. For crying out loud, cliche is a cliche. I'm not a huge fan of Twilight (It was ok...) but I enjoyed this one. Sacrificed some of my good sleep for it. I fell in love with Damen. Ok, so he seemed like a bit of a jerk sometimes, but he's also the bad boy type and we all know how much I love bad boys. :)
"I had what they call an NDE, or 'near death experience.' Only they happen to be wrong. Because believe me, there wasn't anything 'near' about it."
"'Don't follow me, Ever.' And the way he says it makes me wonder if he said, Don't follow me ever, or Don't follow me, Ever. But either way, it means the same thing."
"I watch as she advances on me, smiling in anticipation, knowing my end is near."
"'Only love heals. Anger, guilt, and fear can only destroy and separate you from your true capabilities.'"
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.