The Immortals, Book 1: Evermore by Alyson Noel
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Griffin
Published:  February 3rd 2009
Paperback, 356 pages

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.

Ever was once a normal girl.  That was until she survived an accident that killed her entire family.  Now, Ever can read thoughts and see auras.  And if that wasn’t enough to make her feel anything but normal, all she has to do is touch someone to know the most intimate details of their life.  Ever has found a way to keep herself from going crazy, finding a place with 2 other “outcasts” of her new High School: Miles and Haven.  Then Damen shows up.  Ever can hear all the girls’ thoughts about how cute and sexy he is, and no other guy can compare.  But Ever refuses to be impressed. Its not long before Ever starts to admit that she has feelings for Damen, despite his weird actions and a lingering sense she knows him.  Just when Ever starts to feel she truely belongs, Drina, who has a past with Damen, comes into the picture. Ever finds herself questioning who she can trust, including those she once called friends.   

Alyson Noel’s first book in her Immortals series was a success!  I found this book to be very modern in many different ways, which in itself was quite refreshing.  Everyone has lived past lives; some people are re-incarnated and others live forever (but not Vampires).  Second, to put it bluntly, I was pleasantly surprised that Miles, one of Ever’s best friends is gay.  Its nice to see characters that push past the lines of ‘boy and girl’ relationships only.   

The plot itself did not have just one story line but many.  I quite often find when authors try to do this I become confused and lost about what is really going on and what is important.  But not Alyson Noel.  Every single little plot line was important, with all of them coming together.   Alyson Noel’s style of writing was also very easy to follow, and helped me get sucked into the book even more.   

I found this book to be quite enjoyable and I can not wait to pick up the second book to continue Ever’s journey!  

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