REVIEW : Evermore

Monday, December 12, 2011

Evermore (Immortals Series #1)

Author     : Alyson Noel
Publisher  : Mizan
Source     : Bought
Pages       : 390

Blurb from Goodreads :
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.

I had Evermore like a long time ago but read it just now because, well, the cover disturbed me too much. Call me cover nazy and I don't care. LOL. I know I have to not judge a book by it's cover, but for me a cover; beside story, author, blurb, etc; is important too to make someone at least want to peek what exactly inside the book is. I bought this because I saw the English version of Immortal series on my friend's shelf, and she said it looked good, so when I saw the Indonesia version release here, with a bit hesitation (yeah that cover thing) I bought it.

Evermore has a different theme from any paranormal books I've read which mostly about vampire, shape-shifter, faery and angels. So the story theme about 'Immortal' is new for me. It has, I call, 'heavy paranormal atmosphere'; magical, angst, emotional and gloomy, but I was glad I still could enjoy this book.

We are introduced to Ever Bloom. She used to be popular girl, but then an accident happened and it wasn't only took her family, it also changes her perfect life. Suddenly she has odd abilities that make her shut herself and stay away from others, except from her 2 friends, Haven and Miles. She can hear people mind, she can see auras, which show people's emotion through its color. Moreover, she can see her death sister who keeps visiting her. And then one day a new student, a hot and gorgeous guy comes to her school, Damen. His looks and myteriousness attracts Ever, the fact that she feels like she knew him before and she couldn't see Damen's aura which means he's 'something' distract her so much and make her want to know more about him. But something surprising and unimaginable waiting for her about Damen's identity

Until this part you may see a slight of similarity with 'Twilight' like I (and almost all reviewer) did. You have to admit that Twilight makes a prototype, an indifferent and loner girl meets gorgeous mysterious guy, and sure it's predictable that the boy is definitely 'something'. I don't mean to compare them because with the same background each story has its own charm. Evermore does. It's very complicated and twisted. It's like a new world and it's not that predictable for me.
Ever is a realistic character with strong voice. Alyson Noel did very great job at describing her through her inner thoughts and I understood her negativities and felt what she feels after everthing bad happen to her. Her sister, Riley is cute. At some ways she's brighten this story with her eccentric appearances. I'll really miss her at the next book. Damen is still mysterious for me. I don't really know him beside his fond over Ever and his sweet ways to shows it with gives a bunch of red tulips. He bears a lot of mysterious past and I hope I can know him well at the next book. And for Ever friends, too bad they're not quite a good friend. Maybe just Miles does, he's a gay male friend type, usually they're even better than girl friends. I don't like Haven. She's selfish and egoist, and only care about herself. She almost the same as other female villains who are really a b*tch type.

This is very good and enthralling story, but I can't give 5 stars, because of the characters are not good enough to make me love them, even Ever nor Damen. They're just so-so for me. I'm now reading the second book, "Blue Moon" after hesitation because a lot bad reviews about it.
This is not a story that can be generally liked, so if you love twist paranormal story like Twilight, you may try this one. You'll either love it, or leave it =)


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