Fragile Eternity takes us back into the world of Faery that continues on as a direct sequeal to Wicked Lovely. Although the events in Ink Exchange are...moreFragile Eternity takes us back into the world of Faery that continues on as a direct sequeal to Wicked Lovely. Although the events in Ink Exchange are relayed, I don't think you need to read IE.
But Fragile Eternity leads us into a darker premise of relationships between the courts (Dark Court, Winter Court and Summer) and the love of a mortal, Seth, for Aislinn, who became a Queen in the Summer Court. Ever since Ash became Keenan's Queen and as Summer approaches, she's been feeling a pull towards him even though she loves Seth. Keenan will do anything for the benefit of his court, meanwhile Niall and Donia are becoming more of a threat towards the Summer Court. All the while Seth, has the protection of the Dark Court, beloved of the Summer Queen and probably the most favorable mortal, who is willingly to to do anything to have an eternity with Ash. The High Queen Sorcha enters the picture, along with her War crazy sister Bananach who has begun to taken an interest in him.
The bonds between Seth, Aislinn, Keenan and Donia are strained, leading to a very complicated and complex love square. Melissa Marr doesn't spare any of them from pain in their world and leaves a glimmer of hope of what could have been as what she left in Wicked Lovely. Donia is torn between wanting and loving Keenan, despite the physical barrier, or just pushing him out of her life if he continues to cling onto Ash. Keenan needs and wants both girls but his Court comes first. Between Donia and Keenan, it's like a ping pong ball going back and forth. We finally get to see Seth's personality and his views on the 'partnership' between Ash and Keenan. I'm glad we got his POV, because he's much darker and is barely holding onto his temper. Way more attractive than his one-dimensional character in WL. You can really see the way he struggles to keep Ash in his life as she is trying to fight the attraction to Keenan. And mostly failing before she gets her wits back.
Seth's character is much more explored and is totally devoted to Ash. On the other hand, Ash, I don't really like her character in FE, she borders on needy. So I get she needs somebody with all the stress but she avoids confrontations and doesn't like to talk about the growing problems in her life. Right, wrong way to fix things. And she's feeling insecure no matter how much Seth loves and goes through for her. I think's it's unfair to Seth that she has so little faith in their relationship when he choose a life-changing decision. Oh yea, it's like she constantly needs someone to tell her it's ok. Keenan is seductive but very manipulative in his words and Donia - I loved her WL and wow, she kinda scared me in this book. I'm not sure about her character, but I still love her. (Although her love for Keenan is kinda annoying me). Niall is absolute love. He is too tragic not to love! Sorcha, wow, I really enjoyed her character. Like, seriously, she's not who I thought to be but even better, although she is still a faery...
But for action, yeah, not so much. It's pretty much dialogue of what-to-do and talking. It doesn't really move, albeit slowly, and it was kind of irritating. Mostly just strained relationships between the courts. The ending did hurry and was pretty exciting, although kinda anti-climatic. Sigh. But I still enjoyed this book and am gonna pick up the sequeal! Here's hoping Ash grows a back-bone, Niall stays awesome (when isn't he?), Donia saying 'No' more to Keenan, Seth -- uhh. Keenan--ummm. (less)
To be honest, it was the cover that caught my attention, then the title, "Evermore: The Immortals" so I picked it up. The story follows from Ever's ey...moreTo be honest, it was the cover that caught my attention, then the title, "Evermore: The Immortals" so I picked it up. The story follows from Ever's eyes; her tragedy with her family, her ability to read people's mind, aura and to have the knowledge of anybody's life story with a touch. I like reading teen paranormal/romance and I didn't know what to expect with this, especially with the mention of Damen. He steps into her life that gives her mind peace and settle the loud voices around her and Ever is enchanted and vice-versa. Ever had a perfect life but lost everything and isolates herself at her new school, except her two friends. We have no clue of what Ever and Damen are when he is introduced.
Alyson Noel has perfect story flow and doesn't say outright what happens but gently weaves the story. There's a shocking twist that we found out about Ever (I had a WTF moment) which was pleasant.You can sympathsize with Ever's guilt and was written well that she could have real! The characters were a tad flat, but were still enjoyable; my favorite character was Ever's little sister Riley!
Damen is the usual perfect, sexy and mysterious boy. He's not a vampire nor a werewolf (thank God!). Though he is a bit boring (so perfect, I swear, what else is so interesting other than his looks and charms?) The instant attraction between them was a little frustrating because it's immediate-- and you don't even know a single thing about him/her and it's love! The "omg-I-love-you-I-don't-care-about-anything-else-can't-get-you-outta-my-mind." type that's seriously annoying. I like romance, but stuff like that I hate. Love is a big word, but apparently it gets tossed out so often and fast. I mean, it's like Alyson Noel is too afraid to hurt the perfect Damen that Ever lets everything slide even after some frustrating stuff he's done. Ever gets pissed with him but once she sees him it again, it's like - "*sigh* I really cant stay mad at him. It's fine." It's ALRIGHT if your mad at your boyfriend when he's done something bad. Aside from that, I had no problems with the plot. (less)