Ever by Jessa RussoMy rating: 3 of 5 stars
"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." -goodreads.com
This book was a simple cozy read for me. I liked it, and it felt like a great uncomplicated book that was easy for me to get into. I suppose the problem was that is was just that: simple. For starters, I wish there was a prologue, or even a prequel, that elaborated more on Frankie and Ever's relationship and his tragic death; also how she coped with his death and ghost resurrection.
"Sane people do not fall in love with dead people, plain and simple. Regardless of his many good traits, or his rockabilly good looks, I could never have him." (loc. 294)
I enjoyed this book, however I felt that I had basically already figured out the main plot line when I was only a quarter through the book. The characterizations are great, and the names being used give foreboding on what's to come, and hint at who these people are that's suddenly coming into Ever's life. With that said, I really loved Jessie's character, she's my favorite of this book. The constant repetition of events throughout the book became tiring as Ever decided to replay everything that's happened over and over again, as if we (the audience) didn't just read that scene in the previous chapter, and then again on the previous page. There are a couple shockers, but one that happens a little before the halfway mark really doesn't seem necessary, unless it was used to as a catalyst to fuel the future scenes, or things to come in the second book. Ever's neediness and desperation got a bit annoying at times because it made her look impotent and immature. Hopefully she'll grow out of that in books to come.
In all, the book is a great book to lay back with. The characters are relatable, in a sense, and there's that great paranormal aspect that I love in books. The plot gets a lot better as it goes on, and although there may be just the little shockers throughout the book, the ending is the best and greatest shocker.
First Line: "One glance at the calendar was all I needed." (loc. 34)
Last Line: "'See, I'm nothing if not fair.'" (loc. 3414)
"Ugh, I seriously needed to get a life. Or a real boyfriend. Preferably both." (loc. 244)
"One of us had a life to live, and I needed to actually live it." (loc. 1220)
Galley provided by Curiosity Quills Press via NetGalley
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Published October 1st 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press