Spoiler (and I spill the ending).
The first book in the Immortals series, Evermore tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom who is involved in a car accident that kills her family, but she manages to survive. Ever goes to Laguna Beach, California to live with a wealthy yet distant relative, her dad’s twin Sabine. Ever doesn’t fit in at school because she blasts iPod music, wears hoodies, and sunglasses to drown out her psychic powers. She can see auras, hear thoughts, and know someone’s life story merely by touching them. She can see the future, and talk to dead, particularly her little sister Riley. Ever blames herself for the accident, and wonders why her family died and not her.
Damen Auguste comes to town then, and ends up sitting next to Ever in English. Though Damen is gorgeous, Ever’s not interested because she doesn’t want to be in a relationship when she’ll always know what her partner is thinking. But Ever soon realizes that not only can she not read Damen’s mind or see his aura, but whenever she’s near him, whenever he speaks, she can’t read anybody. She can’t see or hear anything she’s not supposed to when Damen’s near. So Ever knows Damen has a gift, and she knows that he knows about her gifts.
A new girl, Drina, is introduced, and she’s slightly sketchy to begin with. Ever can’t read her, either, so something is up with her. And while Ever’s trying to figure out what’s up with Damen, and while she’s trying to find her place in her new school, she’s falling in love with Damen.
When Damen tells Ever that he brought her back to life and how he saved her, she’s furious, and blames him for her freakhood. She tells Damen he shouldn’t have separated her from her family, and she sends him away. So now they’re now they’re broken up, and Ever’s lonely, because Riley’s not really around anymore. At Sabine’s Halloween party, the psychic, Ava, told Ever she needs to Riley go, and Ever gets angry. Riley, however, thinks Ava’s interesting and she hangs out with Ava sometimes.
At the end of the novel, it’s revealed that Damen made Ever an immortal by making her drink an elixir when she died in the crash. This elixir brought her back to life. Drina ends up getting killed by Ever, when she aims for her weakest chakra, which Damen never even knew about. Riley, after a little coaxing from both Ava and Ever, crosses the bridge into the afterlife. Damen comes back, and he and Ever are ready to start their eternity of love together.
I’d recommend this book to fans of Twilight, or people who like a romance with twists. I was really sad when Riley left, but comforted when she promised to send Ever a sign from the afterlife to show she’s okay. One of my favorite Ever/Damen moments was when Damen convinced Ever to ditch school and he took her to Disneyland. One of my favorite Ever/Riley moments was when Riley was dressed as Wonder Woman and spilling celebrity secrets.
If I had to change one thing about this book, it would probably be the character of Ever’s new best friend, Haven. Haven’s a Goth chick who’s not comfortable in her own skin. She’s always trying to change who she is, and mimic others, and I didn’t really like that. I was fine with her being Goth, but if I had written this book I wouldn’t have made Haven copy others.
Evermore was easy to read (306 pages), minimal bad language, and romance (but nothing graphic). This was the first Alyson Noël book I read (I found it inadvertently at Borders one day) and I give it a 5/5.
If you liked Twilight, pick up Evermore.