Evermore: The Immortals
I read this one in just two evenings and it was just what I needed to get a little “break” from the intensity of the Outlander series I’ve been involved in. While it didn’t blow me away, it had a bit of everything to keep me interested. A little personal (and warranted) angst, a love interest that ends up causing even more angst, some questionable behavior (that is never answered until the end – so it keeps you guessing), and of course, plenty of paranormal activity 😉 Be forewarned, it is a YA series, so a lot of the drama is due to personal inexperience and typical teenage hormones, and you get the usual “mean girls” cattiness, but I always get a kick out of those things (now that I don’t have to suffer them).
“Ever” is a 16 year old who has just survived a deadly crash, where her parents and little sister perished. While she almost “crossed over”, something pulled her back. Uprooted from her regular life as a popular, pretty teenager, she is moved across the country to California to live with her workaholic aunt. Depressed and insecure, she is now dealing with “gifts” that she feels she must keep a secret (she can see ghosts – strangely enough, she has her ghost of a little sister to hang around with, auras, life events etc…). Determined to get through her new high school life in “recluse” mode, she befriends only two other people, sulks in her hoodie, and blocks out the “mean girl” snickers with her iPod.
Her life changes however, when a gorgeous new student, named Damen shows up in her class. She is captivated by his good looks, but also by something else…
But it’s not his complete gorgeousness that has me so transfixed. It has nothing to do with that. It’s mainly the way the entire area surrounding his body, starting from his glorious head and going all the way down to the square-cut toes of his motorcycle boots, consists of nothing but blank empty space.
No color. No aura. No pulsing light show.
Damen seems interested in befriending her, so she slowly lets her guard down, and lets him in. But Damen is confusing the heck out of her. He literally runs hot and cold. From wooing her with tulips, trying to get through her defenses, and being there for her, to ignoring her completely and flirting with the main mean girl (and publicly giving her rosebuds!! Right in front of Ever!! UGH!!).
He takes a deep breath then shakes his head as he says, “Ever, it’s not what you think.”
I pull away and press my lips together. You have no idea what I think.
“Let me make it up to you. Let me take you out, somewhere special, please?”
From spending meaningful time alone with her, to simply disappearing from her life for days. From telling her how special she is to him, to her realizing she still doesn’t even have his phone number!
And as I glance from her to him, my body fills with a cold hard dread. “How do you know each other?” I ask, noting how Damen’s entire demeanor has changed, suddenly growing chilly, cold, and distant – a dark cloud where the sun used to be.
Yes this guy drove me crazy! What was his problem? What games was he playing, and why? Was he the good guy, or the bad guy? All of this drama (even though somewhat childish) kept me reading. I was dying to know.
It’s not like I didn’t know better. So I shouldn’t feel surprised.
Damen’s a player. Pure and simple.
Tonight just happened to be my turn.
One thing for certain, however, is that, reading this as an adult, I did not like some of the messages I was receiving on the relationship end. The whole, “putting up with a hot guy’s games” just cause you have a terrible crush on him and can’t bear to stay away, was disturbing. I wished that Ever had a little more “hard-ass” to her, when it came to Damen. Ever was a vulnerable teen, that had already been through so much, and the games she endured, the turmoil she had to work through at the expense of her heart really irked me.
Well, I guess there are all kinds of young girls in the world. Maybe deep down, I understood where she was coming from, and that’s probably what bothered me the most. Working one’s way through the maze of crushes, lust and true love in a young woman’s world is bad enough, but to have it happen to a girl who already lost her whole world… *if* Damen is the good guy, then he should have known better.
But, it’s not just a romance, as there is more to Ever then meets the eye (stuff she doesn’t even realize). Overall, a good book, a few little surprises (I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong), and I will be continuing the series. My Facebook friends seem to love it, so I’m looking forward to more adventures (and hopefully, angst – I’m a sucker for it).
Has anyone else read the series? Any thoughts?
Interested in the series? Here is the reading order guide: Alyson Noel – The Immortals Series Reading Order