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.
Why I Read It
Ah, this book just took me right back to middle school (not to the horrendously-awkward pre-teen me, but to the parts that aren’t embarrassing to re-live). Middle school is when my brain was bursting with different ideas for books, so I have a lot of unfinished stories sitting in a binder under my bed from those few years. I’ve been feeling uninspired when it comes to writing for a while now, and my mom gave me the idea to go back through my writing and see if there’s anything in there I can pick back up again.
While I plan on doing that, I took this a step further by asking myself where I get my ideas from in the first place. The answer? Music and books. So, I took it upon myself to download music from middle school onto my phone (there was a lot of Taylor Swift involved) and to take a quick trip down memory lane via my bookshelves and grab what I read in middle school. Which led me here.
I read this book in middle school, I started the second one, and for some reason I bought the fourth book (????) and skipped the third. Never read it, but still, why am I like this. Anyway, I read the first book at least twice, so of course that had a lot to do with my inspiration. And after reading it again now, I realize I tried to mimic Noël’s writing style back then (which kind of worked for me?) and I’m getting the urge to start writing again, which I’m thrilled about. The gears are slowly turning.
Frankly, the book is just as good as I remember. It involves paranormal stuff, it’s fantasy, it’s action and adventure, and clearly YA, which is all 100% right up my alley. I’m so glad I picked this back up again.
Ever is likable, Riley is adorable, Damen is hot, Miles is hilarious, and Haven is annoying. (Sorry, as much as I love the name, Haven, you aren’t exactly a great friend, but then again this is high school so.) I won’t lie, there are some serious clichés in here (blonde, perfect cheerleader? Or should I say ex-cheerleader, because of course after this tragedy she tries to hide herself from society). Normally this would bug me to no end, but I think it kind of works for this book? I read them, but then there’s something else right after that almost cancels it out for me. So I can deal with it.
There were a lot of things throughout the book that confused me, but it was all completely explained by the end so I can’t complain. I’m the type of person who gets confused and wants something explained to me right away, but then when I read another book (like the one I’m currently reading . . .) and something happens and the next line explains it, it can be a little insulting if it was something obvious and I find myself annoyed that it wasn’t played out a little longer to keep me guessing and thinking. I guess you just can’t win with me.
The ending was predictable, sure, but that’s kind of what happens when you’re reading a series that has already reached its end by the time you start reading it. Yes, I know there are five books after this first one, and yes I already purchased them all and they’re all sitting on my dresser waiting for attention. So, yes, I know certain people had to get together and certain people had to fix their problems and certain people had to disappear from existence by the end. But that doesn’t mean I can’t wish back the days when I’d had no idea this was the beginning of something big, that there would be seemingly endless reading material to come after. Yes, when I first read this I thought it was a stand-alone. Boy am I glad it’s not.
I’m not holding any of this against the book. Because it’s my own fault I waited this long to read it again, right? And sometimes, when that happens, there are sacrifices you have to make, such as predictability. I should also note that some reviewer on Amazon completely spoiled the end of this series to me, so I already know how it ends and I’m so mad right now. THANKS PERSON. ALL I WAS LOOKING FOR WAS THE PRODUCT QUALITY.
Do I recommend this book? Yesssssssssss 10000000000x yes. Read it read it read it if you haven’t already, and if you have but also happen to be a repeat-reader like myself, then read it again because I promise you’ll love it even more now. I think this series was ahead of its time.