Evermore: The Immortals, Book 1

Common Sense Media says

Twilight lookalike with more sex and profanity.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Book details

Author:Alyson Noel
Genre:Fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date:February 3, 2009
Number of pages:320
Publisher's recommended age(s):14

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Kid, 10 years old November 27, 2011
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12
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Evermore!

I think this book is exceptional! I love this author and she has the most creative imagination of teen hood that no other author could have. I recommend this book to twilight fans and to people who love romance books. This book does have a little bit of swearing but it doesnt really effect me in anyway because i am so drawn into the character, i dont even think about it. I recommend this book highly and its one of the best book/series ever made!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Adult Written bystrawberryluva23 September 20, 2010
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

grrrr i hate this book

This book is terrible. I tried to read it for a little while, but around page 125, it started getting too explicit. There was a page with an f-bomb spoken every sentence. And the relationship with Damen and Ever is soooo stupid. I so wish that the YA publishers were more careful with what crap they put into books like this! Seriously. And I can't believe they have sex in the book! Argh... I hate this book so badly.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate April 30, 2011
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11
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Teens Read

It's a good book. What I mean by good is that Ever does not have that little moral issue of "I wanna have sex with my boyfriend so I can be a vampire". Nope, Ever is certainly no Bella Swan. I think it's a bit mature for some younger readers, and I just don't see how the language is such a huge problem? I can understand not wanting kids to say it, but reading it is just not the same. So, after all, this is a great pick for teens who thought the storyline of Twilight was stupid and immoral.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

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