EVER Super Review

To give the group a chance to read different books (and more frequently), the Super Reviewers are doing smaller, but still as super reviews on other books. One such review is this one. But the rules are still the same, where we:

  • share several points of views
  • use a handful of paragraphs
  • take down one big, bad book

Today we’re starting with a review of our very own Jessa Russo’s Ever.

Ever Cover RevealSeventeen-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.

A word from the author Now, for the FUN: For the entire two months of the tour (March & April), I will have a Rafflecopter form on my website. I will be giving away two books to one winner (one signed paperback copy of EVER, along with a signed paperback copy of the coming sequel, EVADE).

Totally squee worthy, right? And considering the cliff you’ll be hanging off of at the end of this book, you’re going to want to enter her Rafflecopter (find the links below the review) as many times as possible to fix that “end of the book” blues with the sequel. It’s within your reach! Don’t miss out. Now, onto the reviews:

See what we think, and then see what you think. If you’ve already read the book, we’d love to hear swhat you think. Hell, if you haven’t and you think you might, you can share that, too.

Ray In the first few pages of Ever, I was already drawn in and held captive by the sheer emotional trauma and turmoil this MC was going through. In the author’s words I found a connection that made me actually feel what this person was going through. I mean, can you imagine loving someone for so long, having them ripped away from you, but then they are still THERE and keeping you from moving on? It’s like wanting to eat your mom’s cake while the pie your girlfriend baked is sitting there right beside it. You want one of them so bad because you know it’s amazing, yet to do so would devastate someone else. Sometimes you just have to choose though!

In this love story, we have Ever who has been in love with her next door neighbor, Frankie, for years. An accident claims his life, but something keeps him from moving on to the next world. In a cruel twist of fate, the ghost of Frankie lingers in Ever’s home. Maybe some would see this as a comforting thing, but for Ever it seems like it’s little less than torture. She still loves the dead boy, and at times it seems as though she’s also dead and trapped in that house, unable to move on.

Bright and shining light at the end of the tunnel? Cue Toby, the new guy next door. Ever’s immediate connection with him may seem a bit too sudden for some, but if you’re on a deserted island for a few years and a nice bottle of rum washes up, you don’t question. Sparks fly, feelings fall, and mysteries abound as she gets to know the new guy, then the new guy’s ex-girlfriend, who I actually liked. Something’s up with Toby, and though Ever seems to want to ignore that fact or pretend something isn’t wrong, it’s there and makes you wonder just who, or what, the hell this guy is.

Those of you with access to violence-inhibiting weapons just remember one thing once you reach the end of the novel: Book two is coming out soon. Book two is coming out soon. Book two is coming out soon. Just keep repeating that and you won’t want to kill the author for her cliffhanger-y ending!

Jalisa I always love a book that grabs your attention within the first few pages, one that piques your interest in a way that you have to satisfy your curiosity, no matter what. With a opening scene that features the ghostly love of a young woman’s life as a hang out buddy, Ever was that kind of book.

“Addictive”  would be the best description of Ever. With a mix of realistic dialogue and an effective situational understanding of teen drama , Russo weaves a tale that is just as believable as it is fantastic: a hard thing to achieve.

What I found most striking about the novel…well, hell, let me blunt. At times, the reading hitched on dialogue that, despite the ability to be fantastically realistic, was at other times stiff. But that was the only drawback. Everything else was so gripping, I nearly ignored four periods of students to sneak in snippets. I fell behind in grading. It was that kind of book. The mystery and the drama are just the thing that makes a YA book sizzle. The energy and heat that I look for in a YA book versus an adult read was all there. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I was really impressed by the fact that Ever was that it was set in a world nearly identical to ours with one pointed exception: not only could Ever see her lost love’s ghost, but so could her friend Jessie, and her parents, and everyone else (if he appeared). I don’t think I’ve ever come across a novel that included that, and it was a nice break from the main character falling into situation after situation of people misunderstanding their interactions with the ghostly presences.

I wish I could tell you more about the book, as its just as unique as it is a great read, but revealing any of it will ruin the fantastic kick that it provides.

If you like YA, if you like the supernatural, you are missing out if you pass on this book.

Read. It.

Links & Tour Info

Al’s Fair With Pen & Paper
Love & Life & Learning
3/6/2013… The Quiet Concert
3/8/2013… Fiction for Foodies
3/11/2013… Amazing Books!
3/12/2013… Kate’s Book Life
3/13/2013… The Soul Sisters
3/14/2013… Ms. Nose in a Book
3/15/2013… My Library in the Making
3/18/2013… CM Albert Writes
3/19/2013… The Passionate Bookworm
3/20/2013… Literary, Etc
3/21/2013… Snuggling on the Sofa
3/22/2013… Starbreaker 
3/25/2013… Beach Kissed YA Books
3/26/2013… Girls PWN
3/27/2013… Larissa’s World
3/28/2013… Beauty and the Bookshelf
4/2/2013… Books for YA!
4/3/2013… YA-Aholic
4/4/2013… One Life Glory
4/6/2013… Alex Reviews & Interviews
4/8/2013… Loco for Libros
4/9/2013… Katie’s Stories
4/10/2013… The Worm Hole
4/11/2013… Pen & Muse
4/12/2013… Jolene Haley
4/13/2013… A Book Rapport, Not a Book Report
4/16/2013… Ink in the Book
4/17/2013… Paranormal Bookclub

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