Friday, 9 September 2011

Review: The Immortals Book 1 Evermore by Alyson Noel

Title: The Immortals Book 1 Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel

Release Date: February 3rd 2009 (first published 2007)
Publisher: St. Martin's GriffinGenre: Young Adult, Paranormal Fantasy
Series: The Immortals
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★

"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." Information from Goodreads

My thoughts: I'd never heard of the Immortals Series before I picked up Evermore so I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I read this within about a week, but not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I wanted to treasure each page. The plot is pretty intriguing, not entirely original, but still thoroughly enjoyable. It's about Ever, who after an fatal car accident which kills her family becomes able to read minds. For Ever this is not a gift, and instead she fights a constant battle trying to block out these unwanted thoughts, until she meets Damen. 
Now the only down side to Damen for me is his name. Throughout the story you are to believe that he is evil, so it may be intentional that his name sounds evil. I don't know if it's just me, but all I could think of when I read his name was Damian, eg. the evil, devil child from the 1978 movie The Omen. Probably just me. 
By the end of the book I was so in love with all the characters, including the evils one, that I had to pick up the second book. 
I believe as a stand alone book it doesn't have an incredibly strong story line, but does have enough to encourage you to pick up the second book. Combined with the second in The Immortals series Evermore is spectacular at setting the scene. You need to pick up this series, it's definitely worth at least a 4 start rating.

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