Series: The Immortals #1
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin on February 3, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
Also by this author: Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star, Everlasting, Fated
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 equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.
When I first read the synopsis on the back of the book I immediately thought this was a book about a girl with a special gift who meets and falls in love with a vampire, and I have to say I was partly wrong. Sure she’s a girl with a special gift and all, but when you finally see what the lead male character really is, it’s quite different than anything you’ve read before. Damen, the male lead, is perfect (at least as depicted in the book). He’s handsome, smart, romantic, and talented; definitely one the girls all swoon over and definitely a guy with some mystery. Ever, the female lead, is depressed and alone, and hides her beauty behind hoodies. She uses the music in her iPod to drown out the noisy thoughts of others, and is considered one of the freaks in high school. Very typical stage for the beginning of a great love story, perfect guy meets the perfect girl who thinks she’s an ugly duckling.
What plays out the most in this story is how Ever always blames herself for her family dying, and you don’t understand why until the end, but it’s pretty tragic and really makes you feel for the girl. Even though her guilt and self-esteem gets a bit tedious throughout the story, it doesn’t detract from anyone really enjoying the whole book. The comedic side of the story arises from one of her friends, Miles, a gay friend with witty comments and wild antics, and Ever’s sister, Riley, who loves to tease her sister and have fun. The romantic aspects of the story are definitely ones that will leave you wanting more. Alyson presents Ever & Damen’s relationship in such a loving way, flowers and beaches and soft kisses lingering on the neck, that romance fans will highly enjoy. I definitely continued reading it just to revel in the parts with Ever & Damen alone together. The only downside is readers have to wait until way at the end to even get a glimpse of what’s really going on, who Damen really is, and how significant his relationship with Ever is. Honestly, even half way through the book I was going, “When will they tell me WTH is going on here?” and I was getting a bit frustrated, but I decided to hold on until the end, and finally, everything came into place.