- File Size: 1315 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478127473
- Publication Date: February 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0078IVKMY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
I now have four published novels in The Ever Series, including an alternate point-of-view of For Ever, as well as two other titles written under pen names. The best part of my day is hearing from people who have enjoyed my stories and can relate to the characters -- it just makes my day!
I live in Portland, Oregon, and yes, it rains as much as they say it does.
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Even though Wren is the main character, I need to talk about Ever first. Ever Casey is a mysterious male character written in the proper way. Valle omitted the stereotypical scenes of the male love interest treating the main female character with deplorable manners. Instead of the usual Young Adult genre plot that consists of the male yelling, “STAY AWAY FROM ME. DON’T YOU GET IT? I’M BAD FOR YOU. I WILL HURT YOU.” (which is actually terrifying and I have to say, I would stay away) until he just “can’t stay away anymore” because he “loves” her, and all is suddenly forgiven, Valle has Ever chooses an effectively mysterious path: He ignores her. I refuse to give away too much information, but Ever is a wonderful male main character. I could appreciate him in how he treats Wren, the way he treats the people that are associated with her, his (normal) levels of protection over certain people, and so on. His vast knowledge of the world and life and humanity, yet his almost innocent curiosity with Wren is, dare I say it, sexy. It may be too far to say that Ever is one of my favorite male main characters, but it is quite possible.
Wren is awesome and I loved her. She was a realistic young woman who had a lot to deal with. The attractiveness of Ever was mentioned a couple of times, but I never doubted for a second that Wren wasn’t concentrating on the important things. Wren wasn’t afraid to stomp on her fear for a little bit and ask the tough and/or confusing questions. Yes, Wren found Ever to be handsome, but she wasn’t always swooning. She was concerned on more important matters than how Ever, or other boys, make her feel and I loved that. She was truly explored into the depths of her being. I have the upmost respect for her as a character and Valle for writing her to be like that. Wren isn’t quite a heroine yet, but I can easily see her becoming one. She wasn’t self-centered or always bemoaning how her life was turning out, but took issues head-on, even when the outcome was uncertain.
I liked that Wren had insecurities too. It’s another topic that has a balance that is hard to find. You can end up writing a character who has no flaws, one that only thinks and whines about their flaws, or find the middle ground. Valle created Wren to be a strong main character who had insecurities and she did well. Wren was the perfect character.. She wasn’t constantly judging her looks or anything, but had natural and realistic insecurities. I appreciated the accurate representation of a young woman with insecurities and I find that other people reading could relate to her.
The plot is a great and exhilarating read. I had had to pause near the end in order to complete some tasks, but I was eager to finish it. I did feel that the ending was a little abrupt, but considering how much I enjoyed the rest of the book, I didn’t mind too much.
Would I Recommend For Ever? Yes, most definitely. It was an amazing book with gorgeous descriptions and I didn’t find any mistakes as I read it. I almost didn’t want to write a review, as if it would destroy the sacredness of the novel, but I needed tell you all of this literary gem I have found.
It starts with Wren having to move to Portland, Oregon with her mother after her parents get divorced. She has to start a new school, and on her second day something really strange happens when she looks into the eyes of Ever Casey. He has never spoken to anyone at the school, but all of a sudden he seems to be saving her life every time she turns around. She realizes that maybe he has some secrets of his own, and he seems to know hers.
I did enjoy this book. But the whole first half almost seemed extremely close to Twilight. Lots of things that happen to Wren happened in Twilight as well. But after about 50 % of the book, it takes a whole different turn. I enjoyed how it was different than a lot of books out there right now. And I really loved Wren. I thought it was so cool, how smart she was, and how she wasn't totally freaked out by Ever. Now the ending was horrible. I couldn't believe it ended like that, in a freaking cliffhanger. Grr it just really frustrated me. Now I'm not sure that I want to continue reading this story, but my favorite thing about the book was Wren. I love character's like her, and she truly made the story worth reading!
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I could see exactly where the one star reviewers were coming from. I wondered why the author had written in similar scenes and wording to Twilight and why no one who edited or read her book before publishing pointed it out. It is easy to subconsciously write something similar and its also easy to make a story your own especially when you have talent as this writer undoubtedly does.
In between there are some good scenes. I though the restaurant scene was rushed but otherwise the writing was good. Hence the three stars.
The small snippet of originality (changing the vampires to guardians) that was shown, was greatly overshadowed by the copying of someone else's ideas.