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Retro Review {2} Evermore by Alison Noel

AUTHOR: Alyson Noel
SERIES: The Immortals #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting
EDITION: Paperback, 301 pages
ACQUIRED: Own / Purchased
PUBLICATION INFORMATION: February 3rd 2009 by St. Martin’s Griffin
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
RATING: 3.00/5.00  | Goodreads: 3.59/5.00

WHAT THE BACK OF THE BOOK SAYS: The first book in Alyson Noel’s extraordinary new Immortals series. Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies…
After a horrible car 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I originally read this back in 2009 when it first released. It was one of my first YA Paranormal titles, and I literally found it on Goodreads and left my house immediately to go and buy it at Borders. The cover, which I think is done wonderfully, also helped to pique my curiosity. 
There are many things going on in this series, though I still need to read the last two books. I enjoy Ever’s character, however I felt her relationship with Damen was too “insta-love”. While I wasn’t a huge fan of that, it didn’t really take away from the book too much once you get to the second book and things change drastically for the duo.
Ever’s two BFFs, Haven and Miles, are good sidekicks. Miles is a decent comic relief, if not a bit of the token, stereotypical gay kid. Think Kurt from Glee. At her old school, Ever was popular, a cheerleader, and surrounded by friends at all times. Now, she is reclusive, keeps to herself, wears a hoodie and her iPod at all times, deeming her the weird freak new kid at school. Ever is fighting with seeing auras and reading thoughts, which really plague her. She’s also having trouble adjusting to her new life living with her aunt after her parents, sister, and dog die in a car accident that she survived. Her deceased sister, Riley, comes and visits her, and those tend to be lighthearted, heartwarming, comedic scenes – which lead to the development of her own spin-off series. 
Just when Ever thinks things can’t get any worse – relief in the form of a gorgeous guy named Damen appears. Damen is just what a lot of YA love interests are, a bit cliche, in that he’s hiding deep, dark secrets about who and what he truly is. Especially when his ex, Drina, is around stirring up as much trouble as she possibly can. Also, Damen has unlimited wealth, which was a turn off for me. But ultimately once we start getting Damen’s back story, it’s easy to forget about the material possessions.
Overall, this was a decent first-in-the-series book, leading to even more action, drama, and adventure in the subsequent books to come. 
LITERARY AWARDS: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Favorite Book & Young Adult Series (2009), Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2011)
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Review {1} Fated by Alyson Noel

Title: Fated
Author: Alyson Noel
Series: The Soul Seekers #1
Rating: Did Not Finish

Edition: 352 pages; hardcover
Published: May 22nd 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
Obtained: Library
Categories: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Spirit Animals, Urban Fantasy, Living vs Dead, Good vs Evil, Demons

What the Back of the Book Says

The first book in a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before…but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed Noel’s The Immortals Series, and still have the final two books to read with high hopes. The issue I had with Fated wasn’t Noel’s writing, or even the story she was telling, because honestly I enjoy her style, and the plot of the story is very interesting and I’ve been looking forward to reading Fated since Noel announced it. I think the premise is very unique and different from other YA books out there.

The main hang-up I had is the overall pace and layout of the book. I felt that the story was very slow to develop, even though things moved kind of quickly. The parts where I feel more time should’ve been taken I felt were rushed over; and parts that could’ve gone more quickly, were slow. Those are the factors which I believe contributed to me not being fully engaged in Daire’s story. As far as the layout being unsatisfying, I felt that the story went a little backwards because the first part was about Daire learning who she is, and what she will become; and then she’s suddenly thrust into the life of a high schooler. Maybe it was just me, but I felt if the plot was arranged a little differently it could’ve increased the likeability for me.

I had trouble connecting to the characters as well. It’s not that I disliked Daire’s character, I just couldn’t really get that connection with her that I would’ve preferred. I enjoyed Paloma’s character, and accepted Jennika as well. I am curious to see how things develop with the Richter brothers, however, and for this reason alone I’m pretty sure I will end up picking Fated up again in the future.

I love the cover for the book; however, with the varying shades of purple, and the crows in the background that play a large part in Daire’s story. I also love Daire’s dreamcatcher earrings and would love a pair!

Additional Info

You Should Read This Book if You Like: The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel, Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Starling by Lesley Livingston, Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London, Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen, Undeadly by Michele Vail

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