While Evermore: The Immortals suffers the romance craze tiredness of current teen reads, it does offer diverse supporting characters in a realistic high school setting, sprinkled nicely with some endearing ghosts. Author Alyson Noel does a nice job of effortlessly moving the fantasy in and out of Ever’s teenage life. However, the plot is a bit slow on the action front, with some editing needed; and while Damen is a frustrating character, this may be Noel’s point as Evermore: The Immortals is the first in a series. And it looks like we'll be seeing even more of Ever and Damen as the book has been sold for a future television series (via author website).
All in all, a decent mix of standard teen angst mixed with a unique premise of reincarnation and everlasting, but unrequited, love. Recommended for teen paranormal romance readers, readers looking for something different in the fantasy-fused modern setting and Twilight fans who want a break from all the vampire craziness plaguing our shelves.
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Genre: Fantasy. Age: Young Adult. Pages: 320.
Themes: Romance, Difficult Decisions, Love and Family
Thank you to Library Thing.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Date: February 2009.
ISBN-10: 031253275X / ISBN-13: 978-0312532758
Buy Evermore: The Immortals HERE
Author Alyson Noel had eclectic taste in authors when she was younger. She cites Judy Blume and JD Salinger as her writing influences. She's a mean Rock Band player and believes in silver linings. You can read more about her on her website.
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