Evermore by Alyson Noel

Stop me if you've heard this one before:

Girl moves to new city. New, rich, and perfect boy shows up to school and immediately shows marked attention to girl. Boy has all kinds of odd abilities - moves fast, is drop dead gorgeous, never eats - and girl can't figure him out but can't stay away either.

Ring any bells?

I felt like I had already read the first hundred pages or so in this Twilight wannabe where Ever loses her family in a tragic car accident and moves in with her aunt in California. After the accident, Ever can see aura's and read minds - which causes no end of turmoil in her backstabbing and hormone driven high school. Then she meets the mysterious Damen and finds herself drawn to him even though she doesn't understand him. Blah, blah, blah, then someone tries to kill Ever blah, blah, blah and Damen tries to prove he is worthy of her love.

Okay, maybe I'm more than a little harsh in this review, but I felt the story was just so flimsy. The explanations for Damen's behavior were more than a little weak and his whole history more than a little implausible. Alyson Noel gives the reader just enough a glimpse into his back story to think "ok, I can sorta see it.." then changes the subject and never goes back to anything more substantial. And let's not even get me started on the villain in this one shall we? One word: CARDBOARD. And how Ever escapes from her? My eyes are still a-rollin'. The one thing I did like were Ever's geeky friends Haven and Miles. Their lunchtime conversations were much appreciated.

I'm sure some teenage girls will eat this one up but as for me, I'd have rather just reread Twilight and get it over with.

reading order:
~ Evermore
~ Blue Moon


Anonymous said...

I read it too and didn't like it much more than you did... it certainly was a lot like Twilight! I'll be reading the next one probably, as a second chance, but I don't have my hopes really high!

Michelle said...

I'm still not decided if I'll pick up the next one. I'm interested to see what you think of it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it'll be better though.

Molly said...

I'm in the middle of this and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to finish it. It started off with such a cool premise (the seeing auras part, not the total lift from Twilight part. And I liked Twilight.) and it was wasted. Nothing has happened. It's like this endless cycle of English class and lunch and Damen being an ass/making a huge gesture/being an ass. Why does Ever like him? I may just cut my losses with this one.

Michelle said...

Molly - I know!! I feel like I wasted so much time just finishing this book. Very cool premise - very poor execution. Don't feel bad to put it back on the shelf - it's where it belongs