Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Paranormal YA, Young Adult
Source: Purchased myself
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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.
Thoughts: Okay, let me start by saying that the writing in Evermore was excellent. Alyson Noel has buckets of talent when it comes to writing. I know a lot of people have criticized this book for being too similar from Twilight. But honestly, I found it not similar enough! While with Twilight, you love the book because you love the characters – I just couldn’t love these characters.
My problem was with the romance. Ever, our heroine, was wonderful. A bit thick-headed at times, but identifiable and in a very real amount of pain from the loss of her family. That she then inherited a debilitating “gift” made her suffering all the worse. It was refreshing to read about a heroine who is just as supernatural as her love interest!
But then there is Damen, the “hero”… yeah, I was not so keen on him. We never really understand his motivations – and considering his actions usually made him seem like a total asshole, I really needed some kind of explanation for his behaviour. It was frustrating, and even Ever thought so! Thing was, she was in love with him despite all her attempts to forget him completely. I had no such luck!
Bottom line? Great writing, lackluster romance. I do plan on picking up the sequels and remain hopeful that Damen will grow on me!
- January 4th – Hearts at Stake aka My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey
- January 5th – Firespell by Chloe Neill
- February 1st – Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
- February 4th – TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
- March 4th – The Line by Teri Hall
- March 16th – The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
- April 5th – Ondine: The Summer of Shambles by Ebony McKenna (MG)
- May 1st – Dark Life by Kat Falls
- May 18th – Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
As I am still considering which books I will be getting for this challenge, I have also made a Debut Author Shelf over on Goodreads for a bunch of authors that I am still considering on buying. (These are just the ones that look great to me – there is a much bigger list already on GoodReads!)
31/12/2010 – Nine out or twelve debut novels read in 2010. Not too bad, but I didn’t meet the challenge – there’s always next year!
Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw
Young Adult – May 1st 2010 by Amulet Books
“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”
Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.
A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.
To be honest, I only want this for the cover! Isn’t it just gorgeous??
There are a lot of challenges starting up for 2010 – but this is the one I am most excited about!
- January: The Hobbit at A Striped Armchair
- February: The Fellowship of the Ring at The Literary Omnivore
- March: The Two Towers at Shelf Love
- April: The Return of the King at Just Add Books
I have only read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring – and that was years ago. I had a lot of trouble getting into the rest of the books – despite a fierce desire to! The films are some of my all-time favourite (I consider them “comfort films” as they never fail to cheer me up!) but the books have always seemed rather inpenetrable. Hopefully this challenge will help me get through them!
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