Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
"Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies."
Our heroine, Ever, is still grieving over the death of her family. She blames herself for everything that happens. The author makes her so relateable. The grieving wasn't something that was over dramatic, nor less than it should be. It was actually normal. Damen was your tall, dark, and handsome character. He was kind of sketchy when it came to how he really felt about Ever throughout the book, but it clears towards the end. Then there's Riley who is her little sister. She adds punk to the story and helps Ever with her grieving and letting her know it's not her fault.
The descriptions on the setting and characters were really good. She (the author) made it feel like there were real places and people. And what I mean by 'places' is something I'm not going to tell you because it might or might not be a spoiler. But anyways, I like Noel's writing. She took something that you normally would consider something for vampires and made it her own and I think that's really awesome. The whole thing about auras is something that's really neat thrown into the book.
Overall, I really liked this book no matter how many reviews I see saying that it's exactly like Twilight so on and so on. I recommend you read the first book :]