EVERMORE by Alyson Noel
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.
Evermore is a story about a sixteen year old girl named Ever who gains special abilities after a near death car accident kills her immediate family thus leaving her as the sole survivor. Without many options she decides to go and live with her Aunt Sabine, her father's twin, who is a very busy lawyer thus leaving Ever very alone, or is she?....it seems that Ever's younger sister is a constant companion, even though she can be nusiance, Ever welcomes the intrusion that keeps her from being totally alone.
Solitude is what Ever constantly craves, because her "gift" makes it hard for her to have a normal social life, because knowing people’s inner thoughts takes away the mystery in life and puts Ever in a very uncomfortable position. So, she retreats to her hooded sweats and cranked up Ipod to avoid the contant voices she hears and refuses to be touched because she could then know everything about that person, and she would be overwhelmed by all of their thoughts and emotions. Until, she meets Damen, and the constant jumble of thoughts and emotions are forgotten when he’s near.
Damen becomes her succor from the storm. Yet, as gorgeous as he is, and as peaceful as she feels when they’re together, she still believes that he’s hiding something big. Something that even she and her friends Haven and Miles cannot figure out. As the truth is finally revealed to her, she will have to make some decisions, and either accept Damen and his truths or say goodbye forever.
This is the first installment of The Immortals series. Alyson Noël created a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you’ll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart and will surprise you. This is a young adult novel that should appeal to both teens and adults.
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Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 3, 2009)