Awwwh man I feel mean writing this post. It’s one thing to write a sarcastic ranty review of a book I had a lot of problems with because it’s kind of relevant and in context, but to spotlight a book specifically to be negative about it seems a bit unnecessary. Especially with the word ‘hate’ – so harsh! I never say I hate anything, strongly dislike sure, but not hate. Unfortunately though, I do recollect one book that fits perfectly into this category, normally I can always find at least one redeeming quality in a novel, but with this one I was lost for words…
I picked up Evermore on a whim of fancy. For ages I had resolved not to buy it just because it had a pretty cover, but something about those soft purple hues and the delicate typography steered me toward the buy button on a day of weakness. The novel was getting so many positive reviews I thought it must be at least a reasonable read.
Ohh so wrong.
This is why I don’t go on the recommendations of random internet people anymore! Instead I look towards bloggers I know I can trust the opinion of or have a similar taste to me. 🙂
I should first point out that I seem to be in the minority with my dislike for this book, one of my best friends loves The Immortals series of which Evermore is the first of six. I think I recal RockerSophz27 saying she enjoyed them as well, but all I remember is wanting to chuck the book out the window like Pat with his Hemmingway in The Silver Linings Playbook.
LETS GET US SOME BLURBITY BLURB:
Sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom is the sole survivor of a car accident that killed her family. Exiled to sunny California, Ever is haunted by her little sister and by the ability to see people’s auras, hear their thoughts and know their entire life story by touching them. She wants to hide from the world, but when a stunningly handsome new guy arrives at school, she can’t seem to keep away. Falling in love with Damen is dangerous – he’s not what he seems.
But if Damen is her destiny, how can Ever walk away?
Now Noël, I’m sure you are a lovely person, but I have about as much love for your book as I do for mushy peas, which is to say, not a lot. I liked the premise, that was cool. I usually like the whole wiccan or spiritual type thing in novels so the aura idea appealed to me, but it didn’t seem overly relevant to the story and wasn’t covered in detail.
First up, the name. Ever? Who has a name like Ever?! Granted I knew that before I bought the book but do you know how awkward it was to read a novel with a character of that name? E.g. What do you want, Ever? What, Ever? I kept reading it as part of the sentences rather than a name. GET A PROPER NAME, EVER. Oooh, ooohh, but I missed the best part, her surname is Bloom. So she’s like, Ever Bloom. Awwh isn’t that cleaver and not at all cheesy?!! Ohh and guess what her best friend’s name is… Haven, which is almost as silly as the protagonists. (Although I kind-of like the name Haven, using so many silly names together did me in). It was kind of like Noël tried to pick really funky cool names that she thought teens would like, but they just sounded stupid.
Thinking about it, all my gripes with this book come from the characters because oh boy, if you thought Bella Swan was bad you are in for a treat with Ever! She’s rude, whiny, doesn’t appreciate anything her friends or family do for her, complains about why nobody likes her and how her life is so hard and is just constantly really freakin’ annoying! Then there’s Miles, I don’t remember much about him other that he was a total cookie cutout of the stereotypical ‘gay best friend’, with no character development or personality whatsoever. I couldn’t STAND Ever’s bestie Haven, what’s that saying again? Oh yeah, who needs enemies when you’ve got friends like that! How Haven could be classified as a friend is beyond me, she does nothing but yell and insult Ever and takes the advice/words of strangers she has just met over her best friend consistently. I wouldn’t even go near her with a crash helmet on, that girl is high strung. Not to mention she was another stereotype – The edgy, I hate the world and I’m rebelling against my parents Goth, matched with the boy obsessed sassy best friend. Two stereotypes in one, WHOOPIE.
But the worst is yet to come, the love interest, Damen, Mr Arrogant Mc Douchey alert! Ohh geez. I think I despised him even more than Ever. He was presented as sickeningly perfect in every way, physique, looks, intelligence etc. with no personality, and due to his immortality was supposedly able to paint like Picasso and used to hang out with lots of famous writers. The trait I hated most about him though was the way he threw his money around like it meant nothing and solved everything. I actually found him repulsive, and I have never felt that way about a love interest in a book previously or since.
That’s not even getting into the plotting issues or the writing because I don’t remember
them in as much detail. Judging by the way she constructed her characters though, I’m guessing she won’t be getting an A*.
I feel like a mopey ten year old writing this post, but horrifically, the book really was that awful. I didn’t attempt any of the rest of the series. I’ll leave you with my mini Goodreads review:
Quite simply one of the worst books I have ever read. Horrifically shallow characters, uninteresting, and unoriginal. It encompasses all the worst traits of YA into one 356 page book. – Avoid like the Plague!
Is there a book out there that you really hated? Or as I prefer to say, strongly disliked? 😛
If anyone out there enjoyed Evermore, feel free to say something in it’s defense!
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