Author: Alyson Noël
Summary: 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 someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppresses 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.
My Rating: 5.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book has potential, it had a different premise then the other YA paranormal fiction books I’ve been reading, and I really liked the idea behind it on the psychic abilities, auras and seeing and talking to ghosts. Unfortunately, the book fell short of my expectations, the idea behind the plot was strong, but everything else, just didn’t work for me.
For starters, this is the kind of YA that makes me cringe, the angst, rebellion, the whole teenage coming of age - it seemed to be a little overboard, to the point I began to lose interest in the story. I get this is a book about young adults, who are still in high school going through all the problems, emotions and what not they go through, but this particular book just went overboard for me - I got bored very fast. I was waiting for the paranormal side of the story to move a long, and the teen angst side of the story have less importance, but that didn’t happen.
I also didn’t like the characters, some of them got on my nerves very quickly, again, this was probably due to the fact, it was high in the teen angst, but there were times when I wanted to smack some of the characters. There was one part with Ever, where I thought I was going to chuck the book across the room because of how she was behaving, really? Did that actually happen? I also didn’t like the way the relationship between Damen and Ever was portrayed, the way Damen acts towards Ever, I think it shows examples of a bad relationship, I get it’s a teen love story, but still the way the relationship is portrayed, Damen’s dominating personality bugs me, I was reminded of Bella and Edward’s relationship from Twilight a lot throughout the book. Although, Damen ge’s a lot of boons points, for not sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight.
What I liked the best was the paranormal side of the story, the author does have a strong ability in creating this paranormal world, I wish she had stuck more to that, and less of the teen angst, I would have enjoyed the book a lot more that way but now I’m not sure whether or not I’ll read the second book. I’m kind of on the fence on this one.
Would I recommend it to read: I’d recommend the book to young adults I can see them enjoying the book. Especially fans of paranormal books, and anyone who wants a paranormal book that isn’t about vampires.
What to read next: The rest of the series would be a start, I was also reminded of Twilight so if you liked the book, then you would likely like Twilight.
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