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.
First off: Ever is one of my favorite characters. I just loved her, despite the little nagging things that weren't great about her. SHe just seemed perfect. Okay, so moving on from my very tiny girl-crush on a fictional character... Damen on the other hand was not one of my favorite characters, and neither was Haven. They kind of bugged me a lot, for very different reasons. In my opinion, this series is more character-driven than plot-driven, since the plot is a lot Twilight-ish. The whole immortal world is basically like every other vampire book, except without the vampires. So why do I love this series? Okay, so a little bit of that is Ever, and a lot of it is the addicting quality Noel captures. Even when I was bordering on rolling my eyes, I was still turning pages. Another thing I loved was how technical Damen gets about how the immortal world works; so many books never bother to go into the details, but Evermore got into the details (as sketchy and nonsensical as they are) and follows the rules strictly. And Riley; gosh where do I start with how much I loved her character. Her story was tragic (I felt so bad she never turned thirteen.. I get way too emotionally involved) and yet I loved how she got to come back and hang out with Ever. Not to dwell on my girl-crush longer than necessary, but I loved how her name was Ever; it was just so pretty-sounding. Finally, the plot moved super-fast, which, in novels where the story-line isn't so strong, is a great quality. Whether she was sitting in class or hanging out with the elusive Damen, everything was at light speed. And lastly, I loved the bad guys (in my opinion, totally bad-ass, in a vampire-esque way), and the ending left me drooling for more. Almost literally. In general, not great, but worth the read.
3.5 stars and a recommendation to Twilight fans (ouch) and vampire fans in general. They're not vampires, but I think they're similar enough.