BOOK REVIEW: Evermore and Shadowland (The Immortals, #1 and #2), by Alyson Noel

RELEASE DATE: February 3, 2009
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Griffin
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste… 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.


I really liked this book – which is weird because, in truth, not a lot happened. It reminded me of Twilight: Girl falls in love with mysterious boy, finds out boy is [enter vampire, immortal, etc.], boy and girl hook up, someone tries to kill girl, that someone dies, and boy and girl live happily ever after.

OK, maybe that’s a very simple gist of the book, but still let me say it again – I liked it. Alyson Noel crafts a very interesting book and even though it seems to take elements from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, and also elements from the Twilight series, Noel still makes the book her own. I fell in love with the characters I was supposed to, and hated the ones I was supposed to.

The “battle” at the end could have been a bit better than the whole “chakra” business, but when you get into the next book in the series, it makes more sense. The idea of the secret world was interesting, but didn’t seem to make a huge impact to the novel (it does more in the next book). And the whole drinking thing seemed a little far-fetched for a 16 year old to get away with, but it all worked.

After reading the first book in this series, ‘Evermore,’ I was looking forward to reading the second book, ‘Blue Moon.’

RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2009
 PUBLISHERSt. Martin’s Griffin
FORMAT: Hardcover
SOURCE: Purchased

Alyson’s Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as addictive beautiful haunting and mesmerizing. In the second installment, Ever can bring her family back from the dead—but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself. Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life. Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day…


A great addition to the series. Alyson Noel had me captivated throughout the whole book, not knowing what was going to happen, until the TWIST ending!

I’m curious why everything seems to happen so easy for the main character, Ever. When she needs information or anything, someone just happens to have it – no matter how obscure.

Roman was an interesting part of the book. I wasn’t too convinced about how Ever managed to revive the whole school – by remembering an old show she watched on hypnotism. If Roman was so smart to have Damen under his spell, why couldn’t she figure that one out so quickly?

Same thing with ruling out the “creepy twins” so fast. It seemed that Roman convinced Ever all too easy about not knowing it was her who killed Drina in the first place. Even though she did act a little too sudden (why couldn’t the mention of Riley convinced her that the twins were helping?), it did set up the premise for the next book, ‘Shadowland.’

It was a good book and I’ll recommend it to fans of the ‘House of Night’ series, or of ‘Twilight.’ The suspense is there, but I think the author has to give the main character a little bit of difficulty with some of the issues in the book, to make it a little more believable (of course, if believable means that immortals really do exist!).


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