After Ever’s entire family dies in a car crash, she gains the gift/curse to see auras, hear thoughts, learn life stories from a single touch. She walks through life cringing away from people, until the new guy shows up at school. Damon. His touch quiets the world, and disquiets Ever. She wants to believe she’s found love, but her inability to penetrate his mysteries makes her question everything she thinks she knows.
Woah. I have to admit, this one really surprised me. After reading and not particularly enjoying Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel, I was real leery about this book. I’d wanted to read it forever, and I’d won a copy from Goodreads before reading Saving Zoe. I couldn’t just not read it after winning it, but I’ve been putting it off for a couple months. The problem is that I hated the writing in Saving Zoe, not the story. The writing was awful. And awful writing is not something I can work around. Thankfully, this book surpassed all my expectations. I started reading and couldn’t stop. I got completely sucked up into Ever’s world that all the tiny flaws dropped away.
First, let me say, OH THANK GOD THERE WERE NO VAMPIRES IN THIS BOOK!!! I swear, halfway through I thought there was going to be a big vampire reveal, and I was going to throw the book across the room. The more I hear about stupid vampires, the more I hate them with a passion. So I’m super-happy that there were no vampires in here. Whew. Of course, I won’t tell you what sort of revelations came out. I don’t want to spoil anything.
Second, I probably enjoyed this way more than I ought, but I couldn’t help it. This book hit all my hot buttons. It played into all the things I really hold dear. I can’t talk about it without putting spoilers into this whole thing, argh! I swear I’ve stop-started this paragraph like 20 times and I give up: I just loved it for reasons I can’t explain in a review. I want to get together with a bunch of people who have read this book so I can just gush.
This book wouldn’t be for everyone, I know. Some would construe Damen’s character as domineering or controlling, though I didn’t get that impression. Some would compare it to Twilight (though in my opinion, it’s far superior). There are definitely some flaws in the writing and some of the dialog is a bit stilted. But for my part, I can’t wait to get a hold of the sequel. I just have to wait until I’ve read enough books…sigh. Book-acquiring ban…
Okay, I just have to say one spoilery thing:
I really want to know more about Ever’s past lives and past encounters with Damon. To me, that was the interesting part. The eternal romance that keeps getting thwarted, with one person retaining those memories and the other reborn and clueless. I admit, a lot of the rest of the book seemed rather pointless to me beside that. For anyone who read my babbling on Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn, you’ll probably already understand why that sort of a story is so important to me. That’s my weak spot – timeless romance – so this book was just perfect for me.