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BOOK REVIEW: EVERMORE
BY ALYSON NOEL
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Ever is considered a freak by many classmates because of her love of hoodies, loud music, and the two odd friends she surrounds herself with. Her classmates think sheís a freak for the wrong reasons though. Since the accident that claimed everyone in her family of four besides her, she has been burdened with uncontrollable psychic abilities. Not only is she forced to hear peopleís thoughts and deepest hopes and fears, she is visited daily by her dead sister. Talk about not being able to move on. She is constantly under a barrage of exhausting energies, until the new kid silences the unwelcome noise. His voice quiets the noise. His touch warms her soul. Nevertheless, Everís unable to become completely happy because her new gorgeous boyfriend frequently disappears and acts strange. Finally when a friendís life is threatened, she knows its time to demand answers. But what if the answers and truth are unbelievable?
Evermore wasnít mind-blowing, but its slight suspense, eerie mystery, and strange magic were interestingly entertaining.
The romance between Damen and Ever was very flimsy. Ever was selfless, yet racked with guilt. She also held onto her morals even when it was very tempting to forget them. Damen could be easily conceived as a jerk. Yes he had amazingly good looks and was nearly perfect in all that he did, but beyond that he didnít have any appeal or personality. At times, he was just creepy. He was all over Ever and made her doubt herself. Not only did Damen cheapen the ďI love youĒ from Ever when he kept doggingí her to say it and truly mean it, he lost almost all of my regard for him. Ever held onto her morals and demanded the truth even when it would have been much easier to just give in. I found Ever to be a character I could really respect.
Iím glad the author included Everís psychic abilities. Without them the story would have lost most of the chaotic and confusing mess of emotions that really moved the plot along with its twists and turns. If her ghost sister or her ability to read minds wasnít in the book, Evermore would have been utterly boring.
Many of the scenes between Damen and Ever were only quickly recapped in passing. I believe most of Damenís likeability issues are caused by just the pure lack of intimate thoughts or moments shared. Damen rarely shared a genuine vulnerable moment with Ever, creating no insight into Damenís emotions or motives.
Evermore was clearly a first book in the series because many profound outlooks were hardly explored. Iím curious to find out how Ever is going to deal with her new life and I also hope to see more illustration of Damenís supposed compassion in the second book, Blue Moon.
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