Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1

Book review by
Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Twilight lookalike with more sex and profanity.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 53 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Teens who enjoy this book can read its many sequels, and Radiance, its spin-off series about Ever's dead sister.

Positive Messages

Coming-of-age messages as Ever learns to move on after a car accident that left her entire family dead -- and also to accept the supernatural truth about herself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The audience will hit it off with strong but vulnerable Ever and understand the pain she feels as the sole survivor in a car crash that killed her family.

Violence

A violent car crash, a homicidal immortal who attempts to kill two people and winds up killing a third. A couple of violent fights and scenes involving blood round out the action in this book.

Sex

Some heavy petting scenes, including one in which two characters almost have sex and the male character is described as pulling down the female character's underwear. A teen is routinely described as "hot" throughout the book by adults and teens alike.

Language

Occasional swearing, including the f-bomb several times.

Consumerism

There is some discussion of designer labels including Juicy, iPod, and Nike, high-powered cars, and other material trappings. A teen describes her material possessions, including a wide-screen television in her room, a Jacuzzi, and her convertible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are several instances of underage drinking, and underage drug use is discussed. One girl develops a drinking problem.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the first book in a fantasy series that will appeal to Twilight fans. There are some gruesome scenes, including a girl losing her entire family in a car crash and watching them cross over to the other side. Another teen is murdered, though readers don't see it happen, and two more teens are threatened. Several scenes are quite bloody. There's also some swearing, heavy petting, and one teen develops a drinking problem. Even so, Ever is a relatable character and readers will empathize with her difficulty accepting her new reality. Fantasy fans who enjoy this book will be happy to learn there are several more books in the series and even a spin-off about Ever's dead sister.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycaitlin89 September 17, 2009

Great book for older teens!

I really liked this book but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14 or 15!
Adult Written bymellowlemon July 10, 2018

Good but not great

The idea of the book was pretty good, but it felt like some of the main points were not fully explained. The main character was also a little too predictable mo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byreina488 March 20, 2016

AMAZING

Many people are saying that there is an f-scene in that book , but let me explain it , there WAS something close to it but they didn't do anything , they... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEv. October 24, 2016
I don't think that the inappropriateness is a problem, just so long as the reader is mature. Though it would be better if kids were slightly older before... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ever Bloom is the only survivor of a car crash that kills her entire family. After the accident, she has regular, in-person conversations with her dead little sister, develops intense psychic powers allowing her to read minds, and see auras. When a super sexy, rich, mysterious student named Damen shows up, Ever cannot see his aura, nor read anyone else's mind when he touches her, either. Who is this guy, and why is Ever drawn to him -- and scared of him -- all at the same time?

Is it any good?

Author Alyson Noel does a great job drawing readers into EVERMORE. The audience will hit it off with strong but vulnerable Ever, and be drawn to the mysterious Damen, much like everyone else is in the book.

However, audiences will grow tired of the constant, incessant references to how hot Damen looks all the time. After Damen arrives we are treated to and beaten over the head with how incredibly attractive this mysterious teen boy appears to everyone -- male, female, adults, teens -- EVERYONE. And the novel's end reveal is a hard swallow, relying on past information readers only learn at the last minute. It feels like a bit of a letdown after what had been an interesting journey. Still, most teens will be willing to overlook these quibbles and surrender to the gripping story -- and its sequels.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about immortality. Would you like to be a teen forever? What is appealing about this premise? What other books can you think of that include immortal characters?

  • This book has several sequels, and has sparked a spin-off series about Ever's dead sister (Radiance). Will you continue to read all the books in this series? Why do they appeal to teens?

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