Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review: Ever, by Jessa Russo

(This is part of the review blog tour for EVER, and my first ever [get it?] book review on this blog. Enjoy!)

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn't help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.


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Cover: Gorgeous (and relevant!)

One sentence review: EVER is cliche, but cute, with characters so real they practically breathe, and a fantastic cliffhanger ending.

This book is for you if:
  • You like your paranormal super real & modern.
  • You enjoy paranormal romance.
  • You want love triangles that don't have an immediately obvious "winner".

This book isn't for you if:
  • You don't want to see any sexytimes or hear any swearing (minor, and I didn't mind, but fair warning).
  • You would be triggered by slut-shaming and/or major character death (accidental).
  • You have had it with boys "trying to do what's best" for the main character but who keep her in the dark.

Full review:
I have to admit, the premise of this book kind of turned me off to begin with. Seriously tragic dead boy, hot mysterious older new neighbour - there are a lot of cliches. But Jessa wasn't afraid to poke fun at them, and she worked in a couple of very nice digs at Twilight to lighten the mood.

Still, the opening of EVER wasn't my favourite. Ever comes across as a lot older than her seventeen years - probably because she's moping around, weighed down by tragedy. I honestly didn't like her that much - she seemed to be a vessel full of longing and angst and not much else.

But when things picked up with a new love interest, I started to change my mind. Ever felt so real and so seventeen - it was an amazing about-face. Although there were moments where I wanted to yell advice at her, those were mostly followed by laughing at myself when I remembered all the silly ways I've reacted to boys and complicated feelings - even just in the last few months!

Throughout the whole book, Ever and her friends felt like they could be teenagers living next door to me (well, if I lived in LA). They forgot their cell phones, assumed google would know everything, and had far from picture perfect families.

At times, EVER seemed to go in circles, and occasionally it almost felt like the first half of a book. But the ending was priceless, and left me with high hopes for the sequel, EVADE (coming in May).

In the mean time, Jessa Russo is running a giveaway of EVER and EVADE on her website. Check it out!

Jessa Russo's website

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