Evermore

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for Everless. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Evermore was written by Sara Holland and first published in 2018. It is a fantasy novel set in a world where time is currency, focusing on a teenage girl’s mission to defeat a wicked sorceress. The novel forms the concluding part of the Everless series and follows on directly from where Everless (2017) left off, therefore I would strongly advise reading the novels in sequence to have any idea of what is going on.

Jules Ember’s life has been turned upside down. Not only has she been framed for the deaths of both the Queen and Lord Roan, but she now knows the truth about her power to slow the flow of time. She is the reincarnation of the Alchemist – the hated figure of legend who stole the immortal Sorceress’s heart and bound time to the blood of everyone in Sempera. Now, nowhere is safe for Jules. Not only is she hunted and despised for her supposed crimes, but Caro will stop at nothing to recapture her. The Sorceress wants her heart back and that means it first must be broken.

Although Liam and his friends try to smuggle Jules to safety, she knows that she cannot run away. Her sister Ina – now the new Queen – has no idea of what Caro is or the danger that she represents. The only way that Jules can protect her sister is by finding a way to kill the Sorceress but doing so seems to be impossible due to the Sorceress’s terrifying ability to regenerate herself. If only Jules can find a way to access her inherited memories from the time of the Alchemist. Perhaps they could contain some way to stop her archenemy.

With Liam’s help, Jules travels across the land in search of places that were significant to the Alchemist. In doing so, it’s not long before she sees glimpses of an ancient jewelled dagger which could well have the power to kill the unkillable. Yet can these memories be trusted, or are they just another way for Caro to trap her…

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Evermore

Evermore

Evermore was written by Alyson Noël and first published in 2009. It is the first instalment of The Immortals series which focuses on teenage psychic Ever Bloom as she tries to keep her gifts secret and live a normal life. The novel is followed by Blue Moon (2009), Shadowland (2009), Dark Flame (2010), Night Star (2010) and Everlasting (2011). The book also sparked a middle grade spin-off titled the Riley Bloom Series which ran for four novels and focused on Ever’s little sister.

Following a terrible car accident which took the life of her parents, sister and beloved pet dog, Ever is forced to leave her entire life behind and move to California in order to live with her Aunt Sabine. Although she is endlessly tormented by survivor guilt, this is by no means the worst of her problems. The accident has left her cursed with psychic powers – the ability to see people’s auras and learn their life story with a single touch. Unable to control her new abilities, Ever shies away from human contact and gradually becomes regarded as the school freak. Only friends with fellow outsiders Miles and Haven (and the ghost of her sister, Riley), she resigns herself to a life alone. That is, until Damen arrives in her life.

Damen is perfect in every way and immediately becomes the most desirable boy in school. He is intelligent, dashing and skilled at art and Ever can’t understand why it is that he seems so interested in her. Yet she quickly discovers that Damen is hiding something from everyone. He seems to have psychic powers of his own and can dampen Ever’s abilities by touching her and he never seems to each anything, choosing instead to drink from a flask of mysterious red liquid.

As Ever’s attraction to Damen begins to grow, her life grows even more complicated. Haven seems to have fallen in with a bad crowd and is behaving increasingly strangely. To make matters worse, Damen seems to have a history with Haven’s new best friend, Drina. As another member of Haven’s group is found dead and Haven herself grows suddenly ill, Ever begins to realise that there is something sinister about Drina. She needs to find out what is going on and how Damen is involved or Haven could be the next to die.

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