Friday, July 3, 2009

Evermore - Alyson Noel

Summary: The first book in Alyson Noel'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 someones entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and 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. (Photo from www.alysonnoel.com - Summary from back cover)

My review: A seemingly shy girl at a new school. A dazzlingly gorgeous boy with a secret. Drawn together despite their better judgment. He’s impossibly fast and strong….wait, does this sound FAMILIAR to you?!

I'll admit that I picked this book up because I thought that it might have the essence of Twilight about it. What I didn’t anticipate was that the first half of the book would be so laden with similarities that it would be distracting. From the cover concept, and psychic powers, to the presence of “shields,” Evermore got a little too close to Meyer-lore for my comfort. Someone who has read the Twilight Saga might think they were having a serious case of literary deja vu.

Halfway through the book,however, the story began to pick up and take off in its own direction. My hopes got ratcheted up and I actually started to be curious about Damen’s big secret. Ever’s psychic abilities enhanced the story and made for a lot of interesting content. However, after an extremely long “Why I am Evil” monologue from the antagonist, and the introduction of an alternate dimension called “Summerland”—my interest faded. One of the many things that makes Twilight so relatable is that, despite its vampire/werewolf aspects, it is decidedly grounded in THIS world. Noel's introduction of Summerland (really? Summerland!?) was a little too off the wall for my taste and didn’t fit in with the rest of the story.

Ultimately, despite the possibility of a fresh vampire romance, Evermore didn’t move me. The chemistry was blah and I didn’t feel any real connection to (or between) the characters. The ending was weak, rushed, and anti-climactic which made it difficult to absorb. I’m not saying it was bad. It was okay and had some great moments. It just wasn’t anything new.

My rating: 2.5 Stars. As far as age ratings go - I’d make this a PG-15. It’s definitely a “today’s teen” drama. To me, that means it contains characters and issues that teens encounter in today’s world. There is also a great deal of accepted alcohol consumption, a few sexual comments, and a brief close-to-sexual encounter.

Sum it up in one phrase: Hoped for a fresh take on the vampire genre--and ended up with vampire generic.

Also reviewed by Kim.

2 comments:

Kim said...

I admit the summary had me wanting to read it......perhaps to re-live Twilight type anticipation. But your review squelched it. I think I will pass on this one and just re-read Twilight!

Kari said...

I agree. This book looked tempting, until reading your review. Pass.

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