Everlasting (even though it’s actually over)

Everlasting (The Immortals #6) by Alyson Noel

Oh these covers. These covers, these covers, these covers.

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 the true reason 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. (Barnes and Noble)

This is the sixth and final (yea) book in the Immortal series.  Oh and it’s been quite a ride.

There’ve been lots of evil people trying to keep our loves apart, lots of crystals and chakras and mtysical stuff, lots of pent-up desire and talk of dark, brooding eyes and tousled dark hair, and there’s been an abundance of cheese.  Like a super-colossal amount.

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this series.  I despise so much of the dialogue and the horrific names (Drina, Ever, Haven , Honor, Roman, Jude, Romy and Rayne–don’t make me list them all), the constant repetition in the problems that threaten to tear Ever and Damen apart, and the constant talk of the shimmering veil that separates Ever and Damen (for those of you who aren’t clued in to this, Ever and Damen can’t actually touch anymore because their DNA is poisonous to one another, so they’ve created this way of “touching” without really touching. It’s sorta nauseating).

But oh, I love the premise. The idea of Ever and Damen falling in love centuries before only to have her go and get all dead on him before they could live happily ever after, how she’s constantly reincarnated and dying over and over again every time he finds her—it’s awfully tragic and romantic.  And Damen, considering how shallow he started out, there really is a lot to love about him.  Though I find Ever hard to stomach at times, I love how he loves her.  I guess that’s why I’ve continued to read each book in the series. Either that or I’m just a glutton for punishment.

I’m not going to lie. Though they’ve had good moments, they’ve gotten progressively more irritating in their predictability and in the heavy cheese factor. I mean no disrespect to Ms. Noel when I say that. She knows her audience and clearly this is what they want.  And hey, I’ve certainly kept coming back for more.

But this last book? Well, I’d hoped to like it at least a little bit. And there was a portion there that actually drew me in.  The rest was painfully slow and seemingly the same old thing, only this time there was virtually no Miles (the awesome BFF to Ever). And since Ever’s nemesis was gone, there really wasn’t a major conflict except the one that’s been happening throughout the last two books: Ever and Damen need the antidote to help them get on with their sexy business. And they need to figure out what it is that continues to pull them apart. Oh and Ever can be a bit of an overly dramatic moron sometimes.  It’s the same old recycled story.

In the end I was so happy to say goodbye to this series. I think Noel’s initial concept had so much promise and the underlying idea is completely romantic, but the series (and this book) fell flat because Ever lacked depth and because it has all dragged on for far longer than necessary. So am I glad I read the last book? Uhhh, sure.  Did I like it? Not really. But who knows, maybe you will.

Crush Intensity: 1/5 I’m not really sure what else I can say.

The Cover: These covers usually embarrass the hell out of me. I hate it when anyone (my husband especially) sees me reading them. And this one is awesomely bad too, but I’ll admit that I found myself staring at it quite a bit.  I think it’s because the guy and girl on the cover look exactly the way I pictured them in my head. Actually, I think that the cover was the best part of the book. Yikes.

Giveaway: Everlasting by Alyson Noel

by Tee

Attention fans of Alyson Noel’s Immortals series:  The sixth and final book, Everlasting,  comes out tomorrow.

Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears—all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach. Will they be united—or torn apart forever? 

In celebration of its release, St.Martin’s press wants to give one of you a free copy of the book ( I know! Free books= awesome sauce!)!! If you love Damen, Ever, Damen, Miles, Damen, Haven or, you know, Damen, here’s all you have to do to enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below with your e-mail address.

Yep. That’s it.

There are a couple of rules:

  1. You must be a resident of the US or Canada
  2. You must be over the age of 13
  3. Please enter only once
  4. The contest ends on Saturday, June 10 at midnight EST.

The winner will be chosen at random.  We’ll contact you via e-mail on June 11 and you will have 24 hours to respond back to us with your mailing address (which we will then forward to the publisher).

Good luck!