ISBN-13: 9780312532758
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: 2009
306 pgs
Series: #1 The Immortals Series

"... how can I expain how ever since the accident, the only people whose thoughts I can't hear, whose lives I can't know, and whose auras I can't see, are already dead?"

Ever since a car accident that claimed her family lives, sixteen-year-old Ever acquires the ability of seeing auras around people, hearing their thoughts and knowing their life story through touching. Being the sole survivor and without much options, she stays with her father's twin sister, Aunt Sabine, who is single and is kind enough to take her in.

Besides having the capability of sensing other people's life, Ever can also see and communicate with her dead younger sister, Riley, who became her companion even though she finds her a little annoying at times. Not wanting to mingle around with too many people and often labelled as a freak, things changed after she meets Damen Auguste, the hottest new guy in school.

Damen Auguste is gorgeous and charming but that is not the only thing Ever is attracted to him. For Damen seems to know what she is thinking (besides making tulips appear before her like magic, that is), most of all he seems to be able to silence the noise and random energy in her head. Unlike other people, Ever cannot see his aura or hear his thoughts, but yet she feels they are connected in a way she cannot explain. Ever knew right from the beginning that there is something more and unexplainable about Damen, but still she cannot help but falls helplessly in love with him.

But, the romance between Ever and Damen is not often smooth as Ever still feels the guilt over the accident. And to top it off, they have to face the beautiful and heartless Drina who claimed to be Damen's lifelong partner and she will do anything to stop Ever from being close to Damen forever.

As I first read Evermore, I thought there are bits of scenarios that are quite similiar with Twilight (by Stephenie Meyer) but as I read further, I realized they are so different in many other ways. To begin with, Evermore is not a story about vampires. If you ask me, I would say this is a coming-of-age story about Ever, and how she overcome her guilt and accept being herself. Ever is a likeable character and I thought she is quite an independent and a responsible young woman. However, there is too much guilt and remorse in her, in which I would understand considering she being the sole survivor after the accident.

Then, there is the strong sisterly love between Ever and Riley, even though the latter is dead. What most touches me is the way she watches over Ever and be her companion. And of course, there is the undying love between Ever and Damen but I am not going there to spoil it for you. Secondary characters like Haven and Miles (both of whom are Ever's only friends in school) are entertaining and offer some laughter (or thrill) to the story. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Evermore and find it to be quite addictive. I will definitely look out for the next installment, Blue Moon to be released in July.

I contacted Alyson Noel last week to ask if she would grant me a short interview and I was thrilled that she said yes.

Here is my interview with Alyson:

Melody: Can you tell us more about yourself and how did you get into writing in the first place?

Alyson: I was always an avid reader, thanks to a mom who introduced me to the magic of books, but it wasn’t until sixth grade when I read Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET that I knew I wanted to write someday too. But other than some really bad poems penned in junior high and short stories in high school, I mostly just talked about writing as opposed to actual writing, until the tragic events of 9/11 when I was working as a NYC based flight attendant and figured a job change might be in order! After enrolling in some online writing classes where I worked on my novel, I signed with my then agent who sold it in a two-book deal to St. Martin’s Press, and FAKING 19, my debut novel, was published in March 2005.

Melody: Where do you get the ideas for Evermore? How and why did you choose this title? (I find it quite special.)

Alyson: Grief is what spawned the idea for EVERMORE. A few years ago I’d lost three people I loved in five months, and just when the dust began to settle my husband was diagnosed with leukemia (he’s in full remission now!) and it felt like my entire world was crashing down. Going through that period of extreme grief and fear got me thinking a lot about life and death and what, if anything, really separates the two. It also forced me to face my own mortality, (something I’d avoided until then!), and how our youth loving culture sort of seeks physical immortality by trying to remain youthful looking for as long as we can—and yet, what would happen if we really could achieve it? What would it mean for us, our loved ones, society in general? And since I’ve been interested in all things paranormal since I was a kid, Ever and Damen’s story seemed like the perfect vehicle to explore all of those themes. Also, I loved the idea of “normal” people being thrown into extraordinary circumstances by becoming immortal.

Oh, and as far as the title goes, my agent, editor, and I actually tossed around quite a few names before settling on EVERMORE. But I’m so glad we chose it, it was always my favorite out of the bunch!

Melody: In what ways do Evermore differ from other vampire stories (in particularly to the Twilight series)? Can you tell us more about Ever and Damen?

Alyson: Well, if you haven’t read the book yet, then stop reading HERE. Seriously, move on to the next question because a spoiler is coming!

Ready? They aren’t vampires. They’re immortals whose immortality stems from an alchemical elixir—no blood sucking required. Also, Ever suffered a near-death experience in the accident that claimed the lives of her family, only to awaken from the ordeal with psychic powers that allow her to hear peoples thoughts, see their auras, know their life story by touch, and also to visit with her dead sister Riley. There is a mystical dimension called Summerland that they visit—a place where one can manifest anything they desire by merely—desiring it. And there will be many more visits to Summerland in BLUE MOON!

Melody: What do you find most challenging in writing this series?

Alyson: Keeping track of all the details and minutiae that crops up along the way! Since my previous books were all stand alones, I wasn’t required to keep track of those things once the book was finished. But with a series, it’s different. So I have a big green notebook filled with notes, photos, articles, etc. I’ve found it’s way too easy to forget whether Ever has Art class fifth period of sixth (it’s sixth—I just checked!), and a quick glance at my IMMORTALS bible helps keep it all straight.

Melody: When is the release date for your next installment, Blue Moon? Can you also tell your readers what will they expect from your next installment(s)?

Alyson: The second book in the series, BLUE MOON, comes out on July 7th. A bit from the back cover says:

“Just as eager new immortal Ever’s powers are increasing, her beloved Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland where she discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must choose between turning back the past and saving her family—or staying in the present and saving Damen . . .”

The series will include five books in total, all of which follow the story of Ever and Damen. I’m finishing up book #3, SHADOWLAND, now!

Melody: Who are your favourite YA authors? And finally, any other things you would like to share with your readers?

Alyson: Oh, I have so many favorites I’m always afraid of leaving someone out! But I was lucky enough to get early reads on some great books this year, like: Courtney Summer’s CRACKED UP TO BE (in stores now!), Cindy Pon’s SILVER PHOENIX (out in May!), Amanda Ashby’s ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH (available now!), and Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s CRAZY BEAUTIFUL (out in Sept)—all great reads!

Melody: Thank you, Alyson, for taking the time in answering my questions!

Alyson: Thank you for having me!!
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Alyson Noel is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOE, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL)- an anthology, CRUEL SUMMER, EVERMORE and BLUE MOON.

Check out Alyson's Immortal series here and her blog here.
26 Responses
  1. Julia Says:

    Interesting review/interview, Melody! Love everything about the post today. You always does an awesome job on them :)

    I just want to say to the author, that I too love Judy Blume books when I was younger. I find it interesting, that the book got you want to write :) Good luck with your upcoming writing :)

  2. Melody Says:

    Julia - Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement, as always! :)

    As you can tell, I've a fun time reading this book!

  3. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    Hey, I grew up with Judy Blume and Margaret (still have my original book on my shelf, yellowed, with the back cover ripped off). That was a great review and what a bonus to have the interview with the author! I am intrigued with the series. What age group do think this is appropriate for?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Totally love your blog's look. That's number one. Two is I have this book on my shelf. Your review and interview has really got me excited about reading it. Okay, that's technically three. (lol)

  5. Dot Says:

    I really enjoyed this review and interview, I will be ordering this book soon I think!

  6. Beth F Says:

    Super post and super interview. Thanks so much. I skipped over the spoiler notices because I think I'll be reading this series! Thanks!!

  7. Alyson Noel Says:

    Thanks so much for the interview, Melody!

  8. Darlene Says:

    Great review/interview Melody. This book sounds really good and the cover is awesome.

  9. Iliana Says:

    Really enjoyed the interview and review, Melody! I have to say I'm amazed/impressed at how Alyson was able to write and follow on those dreams when so many things around her were so difficult. How great that she was able to turn to writing to work through her grief.

    Anyway, adding this book to the list! :)

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Great review, and what an excellent interview! :) I really enjoyed reading both.

    I definitely need to add Evermore to my list. It sounds very good. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Ana S. Says:

    When I began to read your review I was reminded of Twilight too, but as I read on, not anymore. It sounds like an enjoyable book. And I must check out those YA authors Alyson mentioned, as they're all new to me.

  12. S. Krishna Says:

    This book sounds interesting! I'll have to put it on the TBR list.

  13. Looking forward to reading this - but maybe I should wait until the whole series is done...

  14. The Bookworm Says:

    sounds like an intense read, great review and great interview!
    its interesting to hear about her inspiration.

  15. Melody Says:

    Sandy - I'd say age 11 onwards. I think your daughter might enjoy it. :)

    J. Kaye - Thank you!! I hope you'll read it soon. :D

    Dot - Thanks! Can't wait to hear your thoughts if you get to it.

    Beth - I'm glad to hear you'll be reading this series! Maybe we can exchange views then? :D

    Alyson - Thanks again for the interview! And thanks so much for visiting! I had a fun time doing it! :D

    Dar - I love the cover too! Tulips happens to be my favourite flowers! :)

    Iliana - I share the same sentiments about Alyson. She's one amazing person and writer. :)

    Jessica - I really enjoyed this book! I'm glad you're adding it to your wishlist too! :)

    Nymeth - I need to check out those YA authors Alyson recommended too! That means more books to add/read, YAY! ;P

    Krishna - Indeed it is!

    Lenore - It's a good idea to wait until the whole series is done, but I don't think I can endure the waiting, LOL.

    Naida - Thanks! I had a great time doing the interview and I enjoyed reading Alyson's answers too.

  16. Alice Says:

    Great review+interview, Melody! I like the premise of the story and how the immortals in the story are different from the usual vampires. :)

  17. Debi Says:

    Wonderful interview, Melody! And wonderful review, too...I honestly didn't think I'd be interested in the book until I read your review. But now it's going on my wish list!

  18. Melody Says:

    Alice - Thanks! I think you might enjoy it. :)

    Debi - Thank you! I'm glad you're adding this book to your wishlist too! :D

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I keep seeing this around the blogsphere and am going to try and wait for the paperback to come out as it sounds great. I love that you contacted the author and better yet got a response and interview out of it. So very cool :)

  20. Melody Says:

    Rhinoa - I hope you'll enjoy the book if you get to it. I love hearing from the authors' perspectives and I'm really glad that Alyson agreed to my interview when I asked her for it. :)

  21. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Now this sounds very cool! I'll have to see about trying to get it. Great interview too!

  22. Paula Weston Says:

    Great post and great interview. I really enjoyed both, and have added Evermore to my growing list of fantasy/paranormal titles I want to check out.

  23. Melody Says:

    Jen - Thanks! I hope you'll get it soon. :)

    Paula - Thank you! I hope you'll enjoy it if you get to it. :)

  24. Anonymous Says:

    This book is on it's way to me, I am so excited. Sorry but I skipped most of the post, I'll come back when I have finished the book...

  25. What a difficult gift Ever has! I imagine it can't be easy for her. This sounds like an intriguing story, Melody. Wonderful review!

    Also, thank you for sharing your interview with the author, Melody. It's always fun to get a peek inside the author's mind and to find out what inspired them to write the book they did. Alyson's story is especially interesting--and sad. I am so glad her husband is in remission now.

  26. Melody Says:

    Violet - Oh, that's great! I can't wait to hear your thoughts after you've read it! :)

    Wendy - I wouldn't want to have Ever's gift, no matter how good it may have sound. ;)

    I'm really grateful that Alyson granted me the interview. I always love hearing from the authors' perspectives.

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