I'm a little sick of the young adult novels coming out where the plot includes a boyfriend who's allowed to lie (amongst other creepy actions) to his girlfriend to protect her or hide a secret of his own. Like a certain vampire who rates high on the abusive boyfriend scale the main man in this one disturbs me and sets off some alarm bells as well. Which is why it is with great shame that I actually have to admit I was pretty engrossed in this book and found it entertaining. And it's the first in the series, so I'm guaranteed more books to read in sequence.
Ever hasn't been the same since a car
accident that killed all of her family except for her. It merely
changed her into someone who can see auras and hear people's thoughts,
and oh yeah, communicate with her dead sister who likes to come around
every day. It's made her go into her own little shell which is made up
of a hooded sweatshirt and ipod to drown out the thoughts of those
around her. But when Damen comes around things change. The voices
aren't so loud and he's attracted to her, although he has an odd way of
showing it and is incredibly mysterious.
So let's talk about the
characters since they were probably the weakest part of this whole
book. I've already mentioned Damen and his habit of lying to Ever for
her own good. Nevermind the fact that it's entirely creepy and
controlling. Apparently he is handsome, rich, and has tons of talents
in other areas so it more than makes up for it. But I can tell you
right now I don't care if he looked like Brad Pitt, I would be entirely
uninterested myself. Ever is a little better, she has a tragic story
and her way of coping seems real. However, her life of luxury is a
little unbelievable. Why is it the girls always have to be beautiful
and rich in these things? I did like her little sister although she
wasn't used very effectively. Mostly she bounced around commenting on
Ever's clothes. And I didn't really feel anything for either of her
friends as they were just there to comment on her love life. Her aunt
Sabine, who is just the token adult in the book, actually had a lot more
promise of being an interesting character than either of her friends.
And as a side note I couldn't help but noticing that almost every
character in this book had a very uncommon name, which struck me as
Somehow the plot drew me in despite my not
liking the love connection. I liked the concept of the secrets around
Damen and hope to learn more about them in future books. And as I said
before, I liked the way Ever copes with her new-found abilities as it
seems realistic. The writing is pretty tame too since it is for a young
adult audience. Just some kissing and that's about it. I can't even
recall any cussing in this book, although there is some violence and
battle towards the end. I do have to point out that in this book the
meaning of flowers are discussed, and as much as I searched the
Internet, I couldn't find the same meaning for a white rose as what the
author says it is in this book. In fact, it seems to be the opposite.
But I did like the concept of the dark red tulips and it was accurate
according to an Internet search. Although there isn't really any setup
for the next book as far as bad guys, plot struggle, etc. (the
antagonist is taken care of pretty quickly and easily in this book) I'm
still interested in reading it because maybe we'll unravel a little more
of Damen's mystery.
Not a fantastic series but still pretty entertaining. I'm hoping as I read the next few books the characters will improve.