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 is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
My Thoughts: This book took me by surprise. You see, I read the first book in the spin off series featuring Ever’s sister, Riley, before I realized that (a) it was a spin-off series and (b) it was targeted toward a younger audience than I was expecting. So, while I liked Riley’s story, I wasn’t blown away by it. This book, however, grabbed me in a choke hold and wrestled me to the ground and was all “Kelly, you are MINE.” Gracious lady that I am, I allowed all this manhandling and politely agreed to be under its thrall for the foreseeable future. Please note: This paragraph has in no way been embellished upon during the retelling. I read this book in a few short hours because I couldn’t put it down. Sometimes it’s a good thing to pick up a book with no expectations. When it blows your mind, you fall over in stunned disbelief and then get to wallow in the awesome.
The question you might be asking yourself is “What was it that flipped your giddy switch, Kel?” There’s no single answer. This was one of those worlds that came together nicely for me. I liked that Damen wasn’t what I (or Ever) thought he was. I adored Ever. Just adored her. Her big baggy clothes, her hoodies and music, her fear of touching other people… she worked for me as a character. I really liked the relationship between Ever and Riley (which is just proof that sisters can be annoying even from the great beyond), but I was cringing as it became more and more apparent that both girls were using one another as crutches instead of embracing their respective futures.
With themes of forgiveness, love, and letting go, Alyson Noel has created a haunting and tragic world that is just beginning to reveal its secrets. Ever isn’t quite ready to embrace her destiny, but she’s started down the path. Now we just have to see where that path takes her.