Warning: May Contain Spoilers
Synopsis: After the accident that killed her family, Ever can not only see ghosts, but also see auras and read minds. Ever feels like she is going crazy with all the colours and sounds, until the new boy shows up. Damen is the only person she can’t see an aura for, can’t access his mind; in fact, Damen is like an off-switch and silences all the noise. Instead of being grateful, Ever thinks there is something weird about the new kid…
Author: Alyson Noel is a California girl (lucky her!) who has travelled the world. She writes young adult novels: The Immortals series, The Riley series, and some stand-alone novels.
Writing: While Alyson has a talent for writing, I had trouble staying focused and sticking with the book. This may be due to my having read it only a year ago, but there are books that I read every year. I felt the novel dragged a bit in places, but nevertheless I enjoyed the story.
Romance: Damen is the obvious love interest in the book and causes something of a love triangle… erm, rectangle… uh, star? Ever’s friends, Haven and Miles, both think Damen is gorgeous, but since Damen isn’t gay that puts Miles out of the running. So while Haven is drooling over Damen, Damen is flirting with Stacia trying to get Ever’s attention, Drina is trying to kill Ever to get Damen’s attention back, and Ever is trying to avoid Stacia, Drina, and Damen even though Ever is secretly attracted to Damen.
Character: Damen is a bit of a cross between a clueless teenage boy when it comes to wooing a girl while being wise about how to be romantic towards a girl. For example, giving flowers to a girl is romantic… but not when you give those flowers to another girl. Basically, Damen’s erratic behaviour made me want to thwap him upside the head and tell him, he’s a smuck.
Point of Interest: In many books where there is an immortal, the long-lived often become bored, bitter, and uncaring for humanity. In this novel, at least one of the immortal beings sees longevity as having time to learn new things such as painting or surfing.
Quote: Thoughts create.
The Verdict: It’s a cute book, so I say go for it… but don’t expect a can’t-put-it-down-til-I’m-done read.
What would you do f you could live forever?