Saturday, December 6, 2008

"Evermore"

Synopsis From B&N.com:



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.




Compared to amazing teen fantasy authors such as the acclaimed Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr, Evermore manages to snag the readers attention from the very beginning and pull you head long into the story! Get ready for a wild ride that is filled with twisting paths and mystery, love and fantasy.

Ever's *Interesting name, I must say...* story starts out fairly normal: she and her family were involved in a car crash, and she was the only one that walked away from it alive. She lives with her aunt, after moving from Oregon to California, and now besides dealing with the grief and feeling like it was her fault that her parents and sister died, she also has to deal with moving far away, starting over fresh, and trying to fit in at school. As if that's not hard enough, now add in the fact that since the accident, Ever has had some..unusual gifts: she can see ghost, talk to them, and she can read people's thoughts. Life for Ever is anything but easy and perfect, and once Damen, the new *And very hot!* student, moves to town, her life is once again changed- forever.

Despite her unique abilities, which she sees as more of a curse than a gift, Ever doesn't know or understand everything. She doesn't know why her sister, Riley, is still lingering around and she can talk to her while her parents, and almost all other ghosts, are invisible to her. Even her own abilities sometimes remain a mystery to her. The fun thing about this is that whenever you discover some new twist or finding in the plot, Ever does to, so the reader is kept in the dark as much as the actual characters, allowing you to connect a bit more with the story and people themselves, trying to find out what's going on just like they are. And as you get farther into the book, you realize that nothing is always as it first seems...

Now Ever has to help her sister continue on to the other side; spend more time with her aunt; find out why her best friend is suddenly following around the mysterious new woman in town like she's some type of God; figure out who--and what-- Damen is, along with why he's paying so much attention to her; learn to control her abilities, and, oh yeah, deal with day to day teenage things. Life is anything but simple! Because of these complications and mysteries, Evermore is filled with action, suspense, romance, drama, and fantasy... All in all, a perfect read for anyone who enjoys any or all of those things.

5/5 STARS! Evermore is a thrilling read for teen readers and yes, even a few adults too. The writing style, story, and characters are a bit like Meyer and Marr's popular books, but written with a new twist and voice so as not to seem like a cheap remake. And after reading the book, you too will probably want your own Damen, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice. ;) After all-- Immortality is like the apple in the garden of Eve: forbidden fruit that tempts and always tastes sweeter.

~TBQ~

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