Author: Alyson Noel
Series: The Immortals #1
Date Published: February 3, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
After a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head—wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is—or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
This is the first time I appreciate a girl who's blonde and was a cheercaptain to be the protagonist of a story. We are used to the stereotyping of cheerleaders—dumb and mean whose main concern is to be the most popular in school. Alyson Noel chose to divert this character of a cheerleader as a good and substantial person. Well, there's nothing much being dealt about her being a cheerleader, it was just mentioned as her background.
Now enough with comparison. So there she was, Ever with her loud thoughts in the classroom (mostly thoughts of her classmates buzzing in her head). After the accident, she blamed herself for the death of her entire family. It took her time before she could move on if it weren't for the presence of Damen Auguste. Why does it have to be always the guy who'd bring people back to themselves? Why can't Ever just learn on her own?
I honestly can't describe the character and I don't want to spoil. I just want to tell how much I dislike the fact that the series' most concern is how to deal with what I call gossipmongers among popular girls. Seriously, if you have special abilities, people gossiping about you should be the least of your concerns. I find Ever way too immature for my taste. Okay, I'm just a bit insensitive and a hateful person. I understand that she's still grieving.