Evermore, the first in the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, tells the story of Ever, who survived the car crash that killed her parents and family. She didn’t walk away from the crash unscathed, though; Ever now has supernatural abilities like hearing other’s thoughts and seeing auras. Tired of her gifts, Ever tries to retreat from society. Soon, however, Damen moves to town, and strangely starts paying her careful attention. Damen seems to have a few supernatural abilities of his own, and Ever finds that she cannot read his thoughts or see his aura. Ever is drawn to Damen. As the two of them get more involved, she delves deeper into her tragic past, and discovers the nature of her strange connection with Damen and her true identity.
In general, I felt that Evermore was a very enjoyable book. Alyson Noel’s writing was certainly skilled, with vivid descriptions and several well-developed characters. The plot was enthralling, with just the right amount of action and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat as I was reading.
However, there are several key holes in Evermore that make it impossible for me to recommend it as a good book. There is a reason that its plot is so engrossing; Evermore nearly borders on plagiarism from Twilight. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Twilight and its successors are a wildly popular book series by Stephenie Meyer. In both Twilight and Evermore, the main character moves across the country to live with a reclusive relative. She goes to school, where she easily excels and meets a mysterious, physically perfect boy whom everyone slavers over. For reasons unknown to everyone, the boy is interested in the girl and they fall in love. As the story progresses, the girl realizes that the boy is incredibly fast, can read minds, and is immortal, and she feels unworthy of his love. I was truly and deeply shocked when I found out that Damen was an immortal and not a vampire; then again, immortals are characteristically beautiful, strong, fast, and supernaturally gifted, basically the same as the vampires in Twilight. I won’t reveal the rest of the story, but the similarities do not end there. Evermore is, in essence, a copy of Twilight with different names and less-likable characters. Though readers are often supposed to identify with or like the protagonist, Ever is vapid, self-centered, and frankly annoying. Her fixation with Damen, however (she describes his epic beauty several dozen times) is even more irritating. After all, Damen pretends that he is only interested in Ever, yet flirts with other girls whenever he gets the chance. He is controlling, paranoid about actually telling her the truth, and plays with her emotions to test her feelings for him. Being the empty-headed girl that she is, Ever goes along with all of Damen’s decisions and does not notice anything strange when he pulls about a thousand flowers from thin air throughout the book. No, she hangs on his every word, even plunging into severe alcoholism when she feels lonely–but then Damen comes back again, and of course, Ever gives up the whole alcohol thing immediately. Besides Damen and Ever, there are really no other characters to describe; Ever’s friends, aunt, and every other person mentioned had absolutely no personalities.
Overall, Evermore was good for a few hours of entertainment. Fans of Twilight and similar books will enjoy Evermore, although they may be incensed by its blatant rip-offs. However, if you are not a fan of vapid protagonists, stalkerish love interests, and a second-hand copy of an existing novel, you should stay away from Evermore.