Published by Curiosity Quills Press on October 1st 2012
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural/Paranormal
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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Seventeen-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.
Wanting to read something romantic and a bit different, I picked this story particularly cause the cover. It called me in with the romantic notion of loving someone even in death.
Plot. When I first dived into this book the plot is a bit confusing. The reader is introduce to a girl who can see her dead best friend who she is in love with. I thought no one else knows. Right? Like she is the only one who can see him. Wrong. Apparently other a few other people around him can see him and that bugged me. This particular element in the story lost me. The author did not clarity nor gives reason as to why certain others can see him.
Love. Well, its quite obvious that this two need to be together. They both lost their time to be together. I can see the chemistry between them just waiting to burst. And in comes the love triangle. Yikes! In some parts of the story it worked out and in others it just became dramatic. I’ll leave it up to reader to see how he/she feels about it.
Paranormal twist. Due to the synopsis, I knew that it was a ghost story but this little element of well… I don’t want to give away much but imagine Ghost Busters. Yeah, like that. I wasn’t quite expecting it and since it came out of nowhere, it left me a little emotionally strained. Still, this part of the story did bring depth and more understanding to the story.
Cliffy ending. Yeah, it happen and I suspected too since the little tidbit of ghost buster going on. Did I mention that there is an evil girl bent on power? Yeah, that too. The ending left on a note of dread and anticipation.
Ever consist of a lot of parts that are interesting but not quite satisfying. It consumes itself with drama yet manages to make the reader reader till the very end. A tasteful story of a chance at love that was once lost, Ever is good.
I give it 3 BITES!