Book Review: Everlasting by Alyson Noel

Everlasting is the sixth and final book in the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. It was published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 7th July and the book is 336 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.

Plot
Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.

Will they be united-or torn apart forever?


What I thought
I can’t quite believe that this is the end of the whole series. I have been following this one since the very beginning and now I’m quite sad to see it finish.

As much as Ever has annoyed me over the course of the series, I think she finally redeems herself in Everlasting. Gone is the girl who makes the most infuriating mistakes and choices and instead, we have a girl who seems to have her head firmly on her shoulders. I think her whole journey over the series has lead her to this exact point in her life and all of the mistakes she has made in the past have been to make her ready for what she is about to experience. As much as her mistakes have bugged me in the past, I now see that they have all been extremely worth while and justified.

Something that I wasn’t expecting from this book was for the majority of it not to take place on the mortal plane. A lot of the book actually takes place in the magical world of Summerland and this made a massive change compared to the rest of the series but it was also a welcome change. Summerland makes everything a lot more exciting and interesting due to what is able to happen there and I think this made the book more entertaining on the whole. Summerland is a place where you can manifest anything you can possibly think of and it is a place I would love to be able to visit myself.

As in past book, Ever and Damen are able to revisit their past lives but this time it is with a bit of a difference. Gone are the fantastical worlds of Paris and Amsterdam and instead, we get a completely new life that no one has ever seen before. I loved the twist on Ever and Damen’s past lives and I really enjoyed getting to know more about where they came from and what kinds of people they once were. This part of the book was a particular favourite of mine. I have enjoyed seeing their past lives before but now I think that this new one is my favourite overall.

As well as some of my favourite regular characters returning, there was also the addition of some from the past who I had kind of forgotten about. It was nice to be reminded of people who had a hand in getting Ever to the place she is at in this book and being reminded of what they went through while she was working things out. It was great to see some of the more mischievous characters from the past and I think they definitely made the story a lot more interesting and exciting, especially when it came to Ever making one massive decision.

I was really happy with the way that the ending was written. Although it is a bit predictable, I wouldn’t have wanted any other outcome for Ever and Damon. Ever and Damen’s journey has been a bit hit and miss for me over the course of the series but I think that Everlasting did an amazing job of tying up a lot of loose ends. All characters involved gain some kind of closure in whatever form that might be but it was good to see that Alyson Noel really thought of everything. No one was left out at any point and she really thought of everything that has gone on in the past. Overall, this was a great ending to a fantastic series and I am sad to see the end of Ever and Damen now.

1 comment:

  1. I think in some ways you left it off a bit too easily but it was a good ending to the series I have to agree on that point.

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