Evermore by Alyson Noel
My rating: 2/5
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
When I bought this, I couldn't wait to start reading it. That changed quickly. By around the fiftieth page, I was already seeing how weak the writing was.
In the beginning, I liked Ever. I liked the idea of someone who could see auras of other people, and their thoughts. But she was black and white. She had no personality, no thoughts of her own. Soon, I could see that there had been almost no creativity put into her. Ever gave off the impression of being self-centered, caring about nobody but herself.
When Damien came in, I must admit that I made the same mistake of liking him. He sounded like a kind person, when in reality, he was rough, pushing people away from him without a second thought. The romance between him and Ever was predictable, and they didn't seem to have any real feelings for one another.
The plot was just as weak as the characters. The author didn't quite seem to know what she wanted. All the places they went, all the things that they did, they all crammed together to bring you to the climax with no rising action before it. There wasn't enough description to see things in my mind, so I barely knew what was happening in the last, half-exciting part. Like I said before, it was all back and white.
The antagonist wasn't great, and didn't seem threatening in the least. But I was rooting for her for the entire book, because I didn't think that Ever and Damien could beat her, no matter how bad she was at fighting.
I'm not happy that I bought this book, but I can't really take it back now, so maybe I'll come back to this book, and like it some more.