Sunday, June 10, 2012

Everlasting by Alyson Noel

Title: Everlasting
Author: Alyson Noel
Pages: 336
Rating: 2/5 stars

"Their epic love story has captured the hearts of millions and enchanted readers across the world. In this beautiful finale, their journey draws to a spectacular conclusion—where all will be revealed.

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body. If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for. But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.

Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with thetruereason fate keeps tearing them apart. Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity"

When I started this series I loved it. It was cute and interesting. I loved Damon and Miles and Ever and Riley. I thought it was great. I admit to dozens of eye rolling, but over all it was an enjoyable series. I loved Damon's cockiness. Haven's cupcakes. Miles and his many boyfriends. And oh oh oh, the red tulips.

So I must ask, Alyson Noel, sweetie, what happened?

It all went downhill after Shadowland. The writing became horrible, the characters annoying. Damon became like an emotionally abusive boyfriend. Ever wouldn't stop whining. And don't get me started on Jude, Ava and Haven. The only characters that I seemed to enjoy were Miles, the twins, and on occasion, Ever. And why did Noel stretch out finding the antidote in 4 books? FOUR BOOKS! Come on now!

And as for this book in particular, I gave it a 2.5. Why you ask? Because I liked Adelina's story, the tree of life, and the last few chapters where Damon and Ever really hash it out and get to finally do the deed. Plus, the cover is pretty cute with the lotus blossom and everything. You can say a lot of bad things about this series but the the covers are usually breathtaking.

It makes me so sad when a series goes bad. I'm just so happy this dang series is over.

rating: 2.5
favorite character: the twins
favorite quotes:

“We spend our lives getting caught up in all the wrong things--led astray by our minds, our egos, seeing ourselves as separate from each other, rather than listening to the truth that lies within our own hearts, the truth that we are all connected, we are all in it together.” 

“When you think about it, in the big scheme of things, our time together is like a dash of spice in a big cosmic soup--important for richness of flavor, but still, not quite the main ingredient.” 

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