Evermore by Alyson Noel
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
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.I've had this book for quite some time now, but every time I planned to read it, I'd end up choosing something different. I first thought the book was somehow related to vampires, which was probably due, in part, to various reviews I read that compared it to Twilight. As usual, I was wrong, it wasn't about vampires at all. I won't spoil the book, but I will say that the plot was extremely unique. In fact, I'm a little surprised that it was compared to the Twilight series at all. The characters are different, the plot is different, and it isn't a vampire romance. I have nothing against the series, but I feel bad when books get written off as "a Twilight rip-off" (especially because this book wasn't).
I enjoyed the book, but was left with a few questions. For example, we're told that Ever and Damen have had relationships in various past lives, but Damen doesn't tell her any more than that. I'd like to hear more about them, and also about Ever's past lives.
On to the good! I thought Noel did a great job showing how Ever was dealing with grief in a realistic way. Ever was never magically okay after her family died. In fact, even at the end of the book you can tell that she's still grieving, she just dealing with it differently. This book is worth a read if you like paranormal YA, but are looking for something a little out of the norm.
By Alyson Noel
Published by St. Martin's Press