Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Evermore: The Immortals

Evermore: The Immortals

Alyson Noel
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
St. Martin's Griffin, 2009   ISBN: 978-0312532758

Just a few months ago, Ever and her family were in a car crash and Ever was the only survivor. Actually, she did not really survive. Technically speaking she was dead for a while, but then she came back. Now Ever is “a freak” because she is able to hear people’s thoughts, see their auras, and know their whole life story if she touches them. She can also see the spirits of the dead. Her brain is bombarded with other people’s thoughts and feelings, and she has retreated from the world by spending as much time as she can plugged into her ipod with the hood of her hoodies over her head. The only person she really interacts with is the spirit of Riley, her dead little sister. Riley may be dead, but she is still there for Ever, supporting her and encouraging her to come out of her shell.

Then one day a truly gorgeous boy called Damen join’s Ever’s class and everything changes. When she is around him, the voices are silent. The headaches and jangling nerves quieten and she can have some peace. Damen seems to like her, but at the same time he flirts with the other girls in the class, and Ever has seen him in the company of a beautiful girl called Drina. Damen is an enigma, and Ever’s feelings for him are confusing. Should she give in and become his girlfriend, or is she better off without him in her life? Who is he and where does he really come from?

This is the first book in what promises to be a thrilling and unusual series. Ever’s struggles to understand what has happened to her are fascinating, and it is only at the very end of the book that she finally starts to put the pieces of the puzzle that is her life together. Combing romance with fantasy and suspense, Alyson Noel gives readers a singular reading experience.