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An Ever Fixéd Mark Paperback – August 4, 2011
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About the Author
Jessie Olson lives in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has worked at various museums and historic sites, giving tours and exploring the neglected corners of the past. She enjoys theater, running, and themed dinner parties. An Ever Fixéd Mark is her first novel.
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Elizabeth attends her 15th high school reunion, where she connects with a guy she knew in high school. Except - surprise! - he keeps running out of bed in the morning because he's a vampire, which she doesn't catch on to until he actually tells her, despite finding matching puncture marks on her throat every time she sleeps with him. She just thinks they're strangely placed bug bites. Also, she spends a lot of time Facebook stalking said vampire, because I guess that's what you do these days. The only thing she does more than check her Facebook is run, because if she doesn't run she might gain back all the weight that she's recently lost, and obviously no one (especially not a sexy vampire who looks 25) could ever love a fatty (that's sarcasm, just fyi). And did I mention that she's also the reincarnation of his vampire brother's one true love, and that said brother has murdered her twice already?
I can forgive a lot of things if the characters are interesting, but they are as flat as can be. Ben, the vampire lover, is about as exciting as plain oatmeal, and Elizabeth spends about 6 months pining after him when he does his bite and run routine. God forbid a modern woman make the first move. In fact, the book is heavily populated by frighteningly codependent women, from Elizabeth to her roommate Meg to Ben's previous love. I was rolling my eyes from one end of this book to the other.
In short - don't bother.
Beyond the obvious "it's a vampire book," let's talk about the crazy tangled web Olson skillfully weaves. Her connections are connected so many ways it will make you scratch your head and wonder how she kept them straight. Still, she threads you along the right path, always moving forward. The result is an effortless tale befitting it's cryptic title... one that sucks you in, spins you around in circles, then asks you to walk a straight line.
It's gripping from beginning to end, especially once Lizzie's brain starts getting a little bit cloudy. I won't spoil anything, but you're in for quite a ride if you pick this one up!
Congrats, Jessie, on a fantastic debut novel!