Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day…
I had a VERY hard time getting into this book. The thing is that the story was enjoyable enough once I got past whatever mental block caused me to be unable to read more than a page or two at a time. Now, this might have been simply that I was not in a YA mood when I first attempted it. I don’t know. I just know that while I ripped through book 1 like a house on fire, this one was slower than molasses for me.
Here’s the thing – I wasn’t enamored of Roman. At all. While I understand the need to inject tension into the story for some reason every time he popped up I felt full of rage. Even thinking about him right now makes me feel vaguely stabby. And AND I felt all this before I found out about his stalker-obsessive love for Damen’s old flame. I mean… ewww. I didn’t find him charming and now that I’ve finished the book I don’t find him redeemable AT ALL. He’s yucky. And possibly insane.
So, where does that leave us? I like Ever but it kind of bugs me that she was so flighty about her new found power. On the other hand, she has a loooooong life ahead of her and after everything she went through in book 1, she deserves to have the chance to fool around and be a kid. But still… BUT STILL. Honestly, I didn’t get her hangup about having sex with Damen either. Obviously, given the number of years he’s lived, he’s going to have some experience under his belt (oh, snerf! I went there!). I don’t see how that has any bearing on Ever’s relationship with him NOW. He’s faithful to her, he’s not cheating – how can she hold his past against him? And by “past” I mean the 600 years he lived before meeting Ever in this life. Does she really think he put his libido on hold while she wasn’t even in existence?
Here’s the thing, I didn’t love this book but it was by no means terrible. I think a lot of it had to do with my mindset when I was trying to read it. I wasn’t in the mood for YA the first 3 times I sat down to read it and I wasn’t able to let myself go and get drawn in the way I was expecting to. I have absolutely no love for Roman and I’m kind of dreading that it looks like he’s going to stick around for later books. I wrinkle my nose in his general direction. And that’s that.