Originally when I read Evermore, a few years ago what drew me to the book was the gorgeous book cover. I tend to pick a lot of the things I reEvermore
Originally when I read Evermore, a few years ago what drew me to the book was the gorgeous book cover. I tend to pick a lot of the things I read based on what I think of the cover and blurb. I have always loved books with a supernatural element to them and Alyson Noël blew me away with this one. Evermore follows 16-year-old Ever Bloom as she deals with the tragedy of losing her parents while trying to cope with psychic gifts she doesn’t understand.
I think the thing I love most about this book and the series in general is that it’s different from most books of its kind. Ever is not your typical main character. She’s withdrawn, unpopular, and get made fun of on a regular basis by Staci Miller and the rest of the ‘in’ crowd. It’s a nice change of pace having a character who isn’t by any means popular or worshipped.
Ever has two best friends, Haven and Miles, and while I love Miles I’ve never been too crazy about Haven. She sort of bugs me, plus I don’t think she’s all that nice to Ever and she’s my favorite. Throughout the course of this book we really get to see the character development with Ever. We learn why she’s so introverted and how her life is different because of her psychic abilities.
And then enter Damen Auguste.
He was just as awesome as I remembered. He comes in all sexy with his magically appearing red tulips and sweeps Ever off her feet. There’s this immediate connection between the two of them and even though Haven has called dibs (pfft, which I did not like) Ever can’t help the fact that Damen pursues her until they’re together.
No one can understand why the mysterious new guy chose to date the school outcast, not even Ever, but we learn later on in the book that Damen and Ever’s past has been interwoven through generations. I really love the whole plot of immortals and how they came to be. It’s different and unique. While I’m not Haven’s biggest fan there is someone I dislike even more than her and that’s Drina.
Kudas to Noël for creating such a wonderfully terrible villainess that I have absolutely no trouble hating her! Drina is the bane of my existence and her life is twisted right alongside Damen and Evers. It’s a rough journey for them through the book and I couldn’t put it down even though I knew what was going to happen in the end.
Evermore is definitely worth the read for those of you into young adult paranormal romance stories with a twist.
5 Best Things
-Damen’s happy place (The room full of all the things he’s collected over the years) -Summerland -Riley and her Halloween costume obsession -Red tulips appearing everywhere -Miles
5 Worst Things
-Haven -Drina -Stacia -Ever’s drinking towards the end of the book -Damen not explaining things to Ever sooner...more
So far so good. I would have been finished with this book the day after I got it in the mail if I had a solid couple of hours to sit there and read. :So far so good. I would have been finished with this book the day after I got it in the mail if I had a solid couple of hours to sit there and read. :-) Check it out!...more
“My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indI Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
“My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more woman than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead,” wrote Tucker Max in I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.
In 2002, Max started off with a computer, a girlfriend application, and a website (www.TuckerMax.com). Now, seven years later his novel, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (IHTSBIH) has earned him a spot on the New York Times Bestseller list, and will be making its way to the big screen on Friday, September 25, 2009. This autobiographical novel is filled with 271 pages of the most vilely, disgusting, hilarious tales of drunken youth I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. From the titles of all 27 stories, to the appendix one and two, Max has depicted all that is wrong with the world in his book and yet, I couldn’t bring myself to feel repulsed enough to stop reading.
In my 23 years I have never laughed as hard as when I read IHTSBIH. Max is the only writer I’ve come across so far who makes debauchery and incomprehensible behavior seem attractive. Throughout the book the common denominator in most stories are alcohol and sex, or sex and alcohol. He is a college graduate with a J.D. from Duke Law School who spends his time writing about the not so legal adventures he took part in, in his early twenties.
“I met Rachel at some ill-conceived fundraiser for infant amputees with swollen spinal cords…She was one of the organizers, very good looking, and seemed normal, which is very significant in Florida…The first date she only reaffirmed my initial impression: not dumb, but not bright, not interesting, but not totally repellant. This girl was there as a human being, but that’s about it,” wrote Max in IHTSBIH.
There aren’t many words to describe how nasty this book is, but that’s what makes it great. No one in their right mind could read this book and not laugh at how revolting his personal theories on life and people were at that age. The sheer cruelty of some of the stories makes you sit there and ponder just how someone gets themselves into those kinds of situations. I mean come on, I’m sure everyone reading this has been drunk at least once, but I doubt anyone has ever been Tucker Max Drunk. (See appendix two in IHTSBIH for the definition of Tucker Max Drunk.)
I think the New York Times said it best when they said IHTSBIH is “highly entertaining and thoroughly reprehensible.” It doesn’t get much better than this book. If you have weak stomach this is not the book for you. My advice is, if you haven’t read this book go out and buy a copy, preferably before the movie comes out in September. You think you’ve done some appalling things in your life? You don’t know what appalling is until you’ve read IHTSBIH.
For those of you reading this who have read IHTSBIH, how excited are you about his next book 'Assholes Finish First'? I know I can’t be the only one. If you are looking for an entertaining read, something that will both disgust you and keep you laughing go pick up IHTSBIH.
“All the events depicted in the stories are completely true. Only certain dates, characteristics, and places are changed to protect me from criminal prosecution or civil liability. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed living it,” wrote Max....more