Ever discovered that everyone has an aura.
And she definitely was able to see it, after her family died in a terrible car accident.
She was the only survivor and from the moment she woke in the hospital, she noticed color everywhere.
From that instant, her sister Riley appeared to her: she just felt her presence or something, like a change in the room, or a charge in the air. She talked to her dead little sister almost every day.
Riley didn't cross the bridge, she
stopped halfway and ran back to find Ever and Ever was so grateful to see her and she already knew that not only was she solely responsible for what happened to her family, but also that she was stupid enough, selfish enough, and lazy enough to loiter, dawdle, and procrastinate herself right out of eternity.
Riley told her she had seen her parents and Buttercup, and they more than fine, they were happy. They thought Eve was not guilty for the crash. It was time for her to know it and accept it too. Apparently it was not her time, but Riley's time.
It was Riley who helped Ever to recover her memories. Guiding her through childhood stories and reminding her of the lives they used to live and the friends they used to have, until it all began to resurface. She also helped Ever appreciate her new Southern California life with her aunt Sabine.
She lived for Riley's visits. Being able to see her again gives her one less person to miss. And the time they spent together was the best part of each day for her.
Ever saw dead people and she was able to read people's thoughts.
She discovered that a wonderful boy, Damen made her an immortal when she died in the crash.
He was right there beside her. He brought her back. He saved her. He knew she remembered as he could see it in her thoughts.
Damen was immortal too and he saved her more for himself than for her. He couldn't bear to lose her again.
Also Damen's father died, he was orphaned; in Italy, where he was from, last names
often depicted a person's origins or profession. Esposito means orphan, or exposed. The name was given to him , though he dropped it a century or two ago, since it no longer fit.
His father was hunted. So he thought it was better to distance himself.
He had lived hundreds! More than enough time to make a few mistakes.
Things were different back then. He was
different. He was vain, superficial, and extremely materialistic. He was out for himself, but the moment he met Ever everything changed, and when he lost her, he never knew such agonizing pain.
And no sooner had he found her, than he lost her again. An endless cycle of love and loss-until then.
Evermore è il primo capitolo della serie "The Immortals" di Alyson Nöel. La protagonista è Ever, unica sopravvissuta della sua famiglia, che troviamo sin dalle prime pagine alle prese con il senso di colpa per la tragedia di cui è stata vittima e con nuove capacità che non riesce a comprendere e ad accettare. Una ragazza diversa da quella di un tempo, senza più la spensieratezza tipica dell'età adolescenziale, che si nasconde sotto felpe col cappuccio, si estrania dal mondo grazie alle cuffie nelle orecchie e alla musica che copre ogni altro rumore. Trasferita in una nuova città per poter vivere con la zia, qui trova due amici sinceri: Haven, ragazza volubile alla continua ricerca di attenzioni, e Miles, gay dichiarato amante del teatro. Con loro passa la maggior parte del tempo, senza riuscire a condividere pienamente il dolore per il suo passato, l'inquietudine per tutto ciò che riesce a vedere e percepire, per quell'assenza di normalità che sembra non poter più ritrovare, neanche lì. E tutto si complica ancora di più quando conosce Damen, misterioso ragazzo che sembra aver in comune con lei più di quanto Ever stessa riesca a capire, attratta da lui, ma anche infastidita dai suoi continui cambiamenti.
Una storia che vede protagonista una creatura non propriamente umana, per quanto lui sia in apparenza un ragazzo come tanti, se non fosse per il suo essere immortale. Non manca anche un personaggio che rappresenti il male, una figura priva d'amore che cercherà di ostacolare in tutti i modi il lieto fine della love story.
Devo ammettere che all'inizio ho fatto fatica a leggere questo romanzo, dopo il primo capitolo mi son bloccata, non riuscivo ad andare avanti e per qualche giorno l'ho abbandonato sul comodino. Una volta ripreso in mano, bum!, l'ho divorato, in due giorni l'ho finito e non mi è neppure dispiaciuto. La trama forse non è così innovativa, ma mi ha regalato ciò che cercavo in un libro, una storia che mi prendesse, che mi facesse staccare dal mondo e riuscisse a donarmi quella serenità e quell'energia che gli impegni mi facevano consumare. Lo stile è scorrevole, i personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e le interazioni tra di loro riescono davvero a coinvolgere il lettore.
Ho apprezzato moltissimo i particolari che hanno reso i vari personaggi diversi e unici, nonostante avessero tutti qualcosa in comune tra di loro: Ever, Haven e Miles sono i tipici ragazzi ignorati e considerati sfigati a scuola; la protagonista e la zia affrontano entrambe il dolore della perdita di persone care; Ever, Damen e Ava hanno in comune le singolari capacità. Ma nessuno lo si può definire uguale all'altro, ognuno mostra caratteristiche diverse tutte da scoprire.
Un altro particolare che mi ha fatto sorridere è l'uso dei fiori come messaggio, il Tulipano Rosso (presente anche nella maggior parte delle copertine) e la Rosa Bianca, entrambi legati all'amore, seppur con significati inaspettati).
Una lettura che consiglio, potrà anche non essere un capolavoro e richiamare altre trame, ma l'autrice riesce a coinvolgere e a suscitare quella curiosità necessaria per proseguire con la saga.
I’m going to be brutally honest here. It hurt to like this book. It was like being horribly fascinated with watching a car accident in slow motion. I enjoyed reading this book, but then there were moments where I asking myself why I’m reading something that has all the qualities of a book that I do not like? take the romance between Ever and Damen for example. I couldn’t help but like them both together they were wonderful. At the same time I’m thinking wow, this is so....lovey dovey and it’s almost making me nauseous and I’m cringing with the cramps right now. It’s so..sweet my teeth are hurting just thinking about it.
The plot was good, and interesting, and the paranormal aspect of it was also good to read. Perhaps it’s just the way it was written, that just makes me turn inside out. The names for example. They sound very cliché (seriously, Ever???? and Haven??!?!?!?! wtf?!?!?!) and added more to the cheesiness to the book. Ever is not really that much likable. True, she’s been through a lot and there are times where the tension between her and Damen was fun to read but I just didn’t really like reading about her. Through the second half of the book she sounded so whiny and mopey it nearly become a chore to read.
Okay, so I’m going to give the book four stars even though it made me cringe. Why? it’s like when you eat junk food. You know it’s bad, but there’s just something about it that it’s good and you can’t stop reading. (Yes, it’s like the car accident scenario I mentioned earlier). I think if the cliche and cheesiness of the book is toned down in the next book then the series can potentially get much better than this. I couldn’t help but continue reading this book. I liked the plot, and the pseudo vampire that is Damen (come on, seriously? he’s got all the qualities of one) I had to admit he’s rather charming to read. Before we go further, I’m one of the few that did NOT read Twilight, so I wouldn’t know if this is the same (I’ve read past reviews of this book, and some are saying it’s just like it) if it is...I guess I’ll be prepared to cringe when I eventually come around to reading it...one day.
Would I recommend this? not really. Unless you want to cringe while reading but hey, maybe you like these kinds of things. By all means try it. Even if it might hurt. I’m hoping Blue Moon is better. (Yes, I’m going to read the second one. See what I mean? I can’t turn away!)...Continua
I really really liked this! Think this is the first time a young adult book has gripped me so much since Twilight. The characters, the storyline, the setting, everything about it I adored basically.
Ever (which by the way is one of the most original names ever((excuse the pun!))) is an interesting main character in that she isn't always completely likeable but you can't help but empathise with her at the same time. She has become an orphan and lost her sister all at once and has to deal with a new home, new school, a whole new life really. Not to mention her new pyschic abilities. Damen is instantly beautiful and gripping character too, even more so than Ever as he always seems to be trying so hard to please Ever.
The storyline is new, original and so refreshing in a young adult book. Even though I love the vampire craze taking over young adult books at the moment, this is a refreshing change on the scenario. Damen isn't a vampire, he is an immortal, which apparently is not the same thing people! He doesn't need to feed on blood to survive although he does drink a suspicious red liquid which we don't learn much about in this book so I wouldn't rule that out.
I am so intrigued about how the story is going to continue and think this is my first exciting find of 2011....Continua