by Jessa Russo
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
BOOK ONE in The EVER Trilogy
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.
My Thoughts: Seventeen year old Ever Van Ruysdael leads a somewhat different type of life than most teenagers. You see, two years ago, she was in a car crash with her best friend, the boy next door, the one she had a crush on forever, Frankie. Frankie died in that accident, and Ever has never been the same since. There is one catch, he doesn't move on. He's a ghost and he lives in Ever's house, and has since the accident. Not only can she see him, so can her family and her friends. It doesn't help that she still loves him and has never been able to move on, yet knows that she can never touch him, never have a real relationship. Still, she plays the game, they play the game, not openly declaring their feelings, secretly in love with each other, never really saying it out loud. Ever craves the physical touch of another, and she knows she never have that with Frankie, yet she can't seem to move on. That all changes when she sees the new neighbor, the one that is moving into Frankie's old house, who is one of the hottest guys she has ever seen, Toby.
Ever and Toby end up going out, though she feels guilty, yet she is so attracted to him. Things begin to get intense between them. Frankie isn't too happy and begs her not to see him, but yet he won't give a reason. Ever has nightmares, nightmares that involve Frankie, and they get worse, especially after she experiences another tragedy. Frankie ends up showing up in her room every night to comfort her after the nightmares, and their true feelings for one another begin to surface. Still, she knows she can't be with him, not for real. Meanwhile, Toby's ex-girlfriend shows up on the scene, Her best friend Jesse has a new guy in her life, and things begin to get really complicated. She finds out Toby has secrets, big secrets, his ex-girlfriend has secrets, and her nightmares becomes more clear, and very, very fearful. Then on Ever's 18th birthday, she get the biggest surprise of her life, a surprise that will change things forever.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Though not unique, the plot and premise for the book were interesting. I liked Ever's character, though I wasn't overly impressed with her. I really enjoyed Frankie's character and would have liked to have heard more from his point of view and know what was going on in his head, and hope to see more of that in the sequel. Toby was just plain hot, he is the classic bad boy in the story, the one with a mysterious secret, the kind you just can't keep your hands off of. My favorite character was Jesse, Ever's best friend. She was funny, outspoken, and just had a great personality, adding a lot of humor to the book. As far as the romance, you have the classic love triangle going on. Ever can't make up her mind who she wants, wanting both Toby and Frankie, and they both want her, and there are several hot romantic scenes. There is a twist at the end of the book, one which you had a feeling might be coming, but it is presented in such a way that it leaves you hanging and ready for the next book. If you are a paranormal romance fan then you may want to check this book out.
About the Author: An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone. When not writing or reading, Jessa enjoys making memories with her awesome family and amazingly supportive friends, while secretly planning her next trip to New Orleans. She’s won a few flash fiction contests and had a short story published, but feels her greatest accomplishment is raising the coolest kid ever – a little girl with a Tim Burton obsession and a desire to save every animal she sees.
Jessa will always call Southern California home, where she lives with her husband Jon, their daughter Faith, Bronco the Great Dane and Lola the Chihuahua.
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