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{August 22, 2011}   {Review} Everlasting by Alyson Noel (The Immortals #6)

From Goodreads:  Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. 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?

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I saw a student reading this series last year, in class, and after confiscating the book (Evermore) for the duration of the period, and reading the synopsis, I decided I needed to pick up the series.  It was a Friday, and I went to the school library and borrowed the first two books for a light weekend read.  Well, I ended up reading them both by Saturday and ended up running straight out to Barnes and Nobel to pick up the next three novels in the series, which I also finished that weekend.  Of course, in my hurry to obtain the books and read them all, I didn’t realize that a sixth book in the series was yet to be released, and so I spent the better part of a year waiting to get my hands on Everlasting.  Finally, it was released, and finally, I’ve read it, closing the Ever and Damen chapter of my life forever (or, until I reread the series).

Noel is a great writer and I fell in love with Damen and Ever immediately.  They are great characters and, though they fight a lot, have a deep resounding love for one another (as they should, since they’re soul mates).  I feel like Noel has upped her game in this last novel, creating more fast paced action and “quest” scenarios than in the other novels, and I highly enjoyed this, especially as Ever finally comes to a decision about her life and where she wants it go.  I was captivated throughout the duration of the novel, and it is clear that Noel put much love and care into this imaginative story, ending on the perfect note.

Now, I do have one tiny issue with the series on the whole (heads up, small spoiler about to ensue IF you haven’t read any of the books in the series).  Starting in book three, the focus becomes a bit sexual in that Damen and Ever can never share bodily fluids or Damen will die.  That being said, the rest of the novels are driven behind finding the cure and getting into bed.  Now, that sounds a lot cruder than it actually is in the book, and Noel’s writing is very clean, but, it is obvious to the reader what is happening, even if it isn’t blatant.  That being said, I just personally wasn’t a huge fan of this focus of the novels.  I just don’t think sex should be a driving force for a story, but that’s all personal opinion, I guess.  Yet, this is my only qualm with the story and I do think Noel is a superb writer; I cannot wait to read her Riley Bloom series next.

Overall, Everlasting was a great ending to a great series, and I highly enjoyed it, along with all the books that came before in the series.  As the entire series is very interconnected, I do not recommend reading them out of sequence, so if you haven’t read any of the prequels to Everlasting, I suggest starting with Evermore and not Everlasting itself.  Otherwise, you may find yourself confused and unhappy with the series.  Four stars.

 

 

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