Evermore written by Alyson Noel
Publisher Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: February 3rd 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Series: The Immortals #1
Narrated by Katie Schorr
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
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The first book in Alyson Noël's extraordinary new Immortals series. Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies...
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
I don’t know how to start this review at all. Having said that, I know that I am not going to pick up the sequels – ever (pun intended)! If you do want to try this out, check out your local library (which I thankfully did) to see if you like it.
The story starts off pretty strong. Ever Bloom (right?!) is the only survivor of a fatal car crash and she moves to Laguna Beach, California to live with her father’s twin sister. The result of the car crash? She can see auras and can read minds that she blocks out by listening to music on her iPod and being an outcast. Bring in a new student named Damen Auguste who is gorgeous, sexy, hot, mysterious – (you know the drill), a Mean Girls type clique and you get a typical YA novel that does not bring anything new to the genre.
The story starts to go downhill once Damen is introduced to the scene. I had a hard time connecting with him at all! He was acting hot/cold at odd moments and there are a lot of unanswered questions and things that do not make sense at all. The author adds that Damen is an emancipated minor and does not need to go to school dragging along Ever to play hooky.
The villain is Drina Auguste. Supposedly, she and Damen were married years and years ago BUT Damen doesn’t like/love her anymore and has set his sights on Ever. I cannot grasp this! This is just wrong in my book. Apparently, Damen and Drina are immortals and have been married BUT their love didn’t pass the test of time? What does this say about Damen? And Ever still fell for him?! Anyway, this Drina who is also gorgeous, wants Damen back and what does she do? She causes the freaking accident and tries to kill Ever! Please. She also kills other women and is enticing Ever’s friend Haven to become her posse.
I also could not understand Damen’s power. He is immortal because he drinks a reddish fluid (that made me think of blood, by the way) and he can read minds too? What?!
As the story continues, Ever becomes very annoying. I also want to add that Ever is able to see her sister, Riley who is annoying as hell! There were a lot of scenes where I just had to roll my eyes because of the ridiculousness of Ever’s actions.
Unfortunately, I did not like Evermore at all. I felt that the theme has been done before and I do not recommend this book at all. I will definitely not be reading the sequels. I just hope this series would not be picked up for a movie!
I really liked Katie Schorr’s narration. Had it not been for her, I would not have finished listening to this audiobook at all! I was able to follow through with the story. Her pacing and voice that she used was very good and I did not find her voice annoying at all. She didn’t use a “childlike” voice which I really liked.