Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: February 3, 2009
Edition: Paperback (306 pages)
Cover Review: I'm not a big fan of the cover, but I do like the roses since they tie in with the book.
Series: The Immortals, book 1
Main Character: Ever Bloom
"Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . .
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies."
Story: Ever's family died in a car accident, and she was the only one who survived. She can see auras, and she tries to be ignored in school. She only has two friends, Hazel and Miles.
Everything changes once Damen comes to school. After sitting in class right next to each other for a while, Ever starts to fall for him. At one point, Ever sneaks into Damen's house to find that he has a room filled with things that he shouldn't... not if he is from this time period anyway. He has paintings of himself painted by Van Gogh & Picasso. There's no way that Ever believes that they're real. After Damen finds that Ever found his stash, she finds that he is immortal and has been alive for about 500 years. She also finds that she was saved in the horrible accident by Damen. He has fallen in love with her reincarnated self many times in the past, and everytime she dies. Damen decides that he doesn't want to go through that again, so he brings her back to life.
Ever is told that if she starts drinking the immortal juice, she too will become immortal.
Characters: I felt bad for Ever. She lost all of her family. Sometimes she gets to see her sister, Riley, but that's about it.
Damen was the mysterious one. I find that in most paranormal romances, the love interest is always mysterious. Has anyone else noticed that? Anyway, Damen seemed to have found his way into Ever's life, once again. It all started just because Miles and Haven had Damen sit with them at lunch.
Miles and Haven were great best friends. Miles seemed like a fun guy to be friends with. Haven was always there when Ever needed her.
All in All: This novel is fantastic. It's a great start to an even greater series. After I read this one, I couldn't wait to dig into the next novel.
Rating: 4/5 Lightning Bolts
Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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