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. Source
Review This is my first read for 2011! I'm going to try to do something different for my reviews and split them up into categories: plot, characters, cover, and overall rating.
Plot: The plot was different from what I ususally read. I can't say a lot without givng away spoilers, but it is definitely not what you think. I thought it was one thing, but it something else, which caused me to be confused for a second because I thought Damen was lying. Also, for me, the plot and climax were not...deep enough. It seemed like half of the book was spent trying to figure out just what was up with Damen and what he was. Then the last quarter of the book is spent trying to solve this issue that I knew something was going on, but it was just a blimp on my radar. I think that most of the surprises and twists in the book were flung in there. It seemed like Noël didn't want Ever to be harmed, so she pulled stuff out so thatEver wasn't hurt, so there was no true action that conspired. There was probably two quick fights that didn't last, but nothing that made you jump out of your skin. The ending was good though, I liked how it ended on a good note but it seemed as though it could have just been finished with the first book. All of the problems were resolved, so it seems like it could have just ended. I'm ready for the rest of the series, but I was just confused on how it will move on.
Characters: Ever-I loved Ever. She was a good realistic character. She was someone you could relate to and get how she acted. There were times that I got fustrated with her though because she always blamed herself for everything that happened in the past. Ever was blaming herself so much that it was affecting her relationships. She was, however, a good main character that I did love all in all and you could kind of see why she acted the way she did.
Damen-Damen was...Damen. He was extraodinarily beautiful, which I kind of guessed at the beginning because there was not one person who didn't think otherwise. Damen was amazing though; he was always honest to Ever, but just had problems of his own which made him even more likable.
Haven and Miles-They both give this book some life. With all of the "heated" romance and "drama", they definitely give some "umph" to the book. I loved Miles, he always had me giggling and making me wish I had a friend like him. Haven was...different for a best friend. She seemed against Ever from the very beginning. I grew to hate her, even though she did bring a different view of a "best friend", she reminded me of Jessica Stanley and Angela from Twilight.
Cover: The cover was beautiful. I loved the deep purple background with the tulips being the main focus. It definitely showed the main topic of the books, which was Ever's and Damen's love. (If you read the book, you'll understand.) I did like the lettering as well for the book's title, it seemed to have a fictional glow that kind of reminded me of Ever's powers.
Overall Rating: I give this book a 2 out of 4. I liked the characters and the romance when you could really feel it, but it reminded me too much of Twilight. I've read the intense gazing, bed sleeping, absent adults, impossible ways to get out of school before. It was a good read and I will admit that I was engrossed in the book and I will continue with the series to see how it pans out, but it was not the best paranormal YA books I've read.