August 25, 2011

Everlasting by Alyson Noel

excerpt here
Doesn't she look like Diana Agron?
Series: The Immortals 6
Format: Hardback
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Purchase Link: Barnes & Noble

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? Readers will finally discover the truth in this anxiously awaited conclusion!

As the end nears, their enemies vanquished, Sabine kicked her out and Jude resigned to Ever's choice of being with Damen and nobody and nothing is in the way of these lovers from being together.

But Roman's curse still hangs in the air and they have yet to find the antidote. In Night Star, an old lady was singing a prophetic song for Ever and of late the song continues to echo even in her subconscious asking for her to acknowledge it. Upon careful deliberation, she decides to go on a journey in Summerland that will finally give light to countless shadows that's been following her.

So Ever, Damen and even Jude goes through this regression type thing in Summerland. We go back to the very beginning with them, before they were Damen and Evangeline. This part felt very surreal to me though from the flow of things, it's no surprise that they will do this.

This book took a spiritual turn with all the mentions of Karmic Debts, chakras, healing crystals etc, I felt like I was having a crash course on Karma and Reincarnation. The tone is very mystical and though the first half is a little bit jarring because I feel like Alyson Noel turned the book into a long parable of sorts. Sure these were mentioned in the previous novels but in this last book, it feels like a New Thought/Metaphysics textbook. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against it and I'm a believer in some ways but the data given was too heavy handed in my opinion. And if the reader isn't much into that then it might alter their feelings and opinion about the entire series.

In summary, the entire series is under rated. Ever is a strong heroine but I think what turned people off was the excessive focus on the spiritual plane. That can be a mouthful if you're not really into that. As for the story, I think this is Ever's journey first before it's a love story. I like that Ever has her own mind, though I'd like to leap in the pages and whack her stubborn head sometimes but at the same time she owns her actions and doesn't run away from being held accountable for it. I just wish Damen would've been a stronger character, he was just like Ever's guardian throughout the whole thing and just faded into the background and went into Zen mode after Roman poisoned him.

Alyson Noel captured the mind set of a typical teenager, they can be whiney, irrational, stubborn and certainly self-centered and you'll see a lot of that here. What's different is that she injects some moral lessons in the story. Her theme about Karma may be radical for some but if you look at it in another way it's just all about getting what you give. All the characters are interesting and each has something to contribute to the whole thing. Aside from the spiritual jargons, I liked how the story ended. There is closure on all sides and everything went the way they're supposed to.

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