Release date: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 ---> TOMORROW!!!
The cover is a bit reminiscent of Twilight and, once you get into the book, there are a lot of similarities. There is the new girl at school, beautiful and awkward, and the mysterious guy who is both charming and dangerous. Is he good for her or bad? Should she run from him? And do we want her to?
But to be fair, that is really where the similarities end.
Sixteen-year-old Ever lost her parents and younger sister in a car wreck that also left Ever with a multitude of abilities that she doesn't want. She can see auras, hear everyone's thoughts, and if she touches someone she can know everything about them. She lives with her aunt, who loves her but is distant, and has managed to make two good friends at school. But school is daily torture as Ever tries to ignore the bombardment of private thoughts and feelings of her classmates and teachers with the help of her two friends (who know nothing about her abilities), baggy clothes that make her a bit more unnoticeable, and the earbuds of her MP3 player always in her ears and turned up full blast.
When Ever meets Damen, she feels an instant attraction, but also fear. She just wants to be left alone. She can't deal with getting close to anyone. But when Damen touches her, all she gets is silence. She doesn't hear his thoughts or, for that matter, the thoughts of anyone around her. Is this good or bad?
Ever is an easy character to like. I really felt for her because of all she lost and what she struggled with daily. Her two best friends are also great characters who provide both a little humor. Another recurring character I enjoyed was the ghost of Ever's younger sister, who visits frequently. I kept asking myself if her sister was there to provide comfort to Ever or if she just wasn't ready to move on.
When Damen's past was finally revealed, I felt that the author took a few chapters too long to get there and that once she did, she rushed through it a bit. It was a lot of info to take in that quickly. And Damen - not sure if I liked him or not. He could be pretty creepy.
Overall, I thought Evermore was a really fast, engaging read with some great characters. It is the first in a series, so I'm eager to see if we will learn more about Ever, Damen and friends in the next one, or if the author will introduce us to some brand new characters. Either way, it's sure to be a great read.