23 May, 2010

Book Review and Thoughts

Evermore

Title: Evermore
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 301
Rating: 2 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.5 out of 5. I love the color contrast between the tulip and the darker purple background.

*May contain spoilers. Read at your own risk*
The good: It wasn't horrific. He wasn't a vampire, and I thought the mystery of what Damen Auguste's existence meant was interesting.

The bad: If you took out the sentences about how "gorgeous, dark, and sexy" etc. Damen was, there was perhaps about 70 pages of substance. Really interesting things, like the way Haven was close to dying and the Drina situation. Other than that, it was mostly focused on Damen and the way he treated Ever.

Ever I did not especially like. She gets drunk, for goodness' sake! Drunk as in: expelled, acting stupid, and generally wallowing in self-pity. She's not the strongest character by far, and I didn't like her attitude toward life. It was just so . . . defeatist. Like there was nothing she could do, and she kept resisting help from those who wanted to help her.

Damen is all right; I don't know about his history with Drina, though. It seems pretty shaky, and I'm not sure that makes him the best protagonist. He's not arrogant when he meets Ever, but he says that he was when he became an immortal. How is the reader supposed to know he won't go back to that sort of mindset?

*Some language.*
Do I recommend this book? Mph. Not really.

Back cover:

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she had been branded a freak at her new high school--but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
   Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head--wielding a magic so intense, it's as though he peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answer. And she had no idea just who he really is--or what he is. The only thing she known to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.*

*(Why is that phrase "deeply and helplessly in love with him" so rife among YA novels? It's so overused, and please, girl's aren't helpless. Or at least they shouldn't be.)

*****

In the above review, the immortal person (Damen) is male. In The Twilight Saga, Edward is male. In The Mortal Instruments, Jace is male. In so many other books the powerful, smart, mysterious, beautiful character is male.

WTH?

What's wrong with the girl being the powerful, smart, mysterious, and beautiful character? Hmmm? Why doesn't a mortal boy fall in love with a girl for once, instead of it being the girl falling "helplessly" in love with the boy? Surely not all books have a male immortal whatever who changes the female character. If there are, please alert me! I'm dying for some literature that doens't have a girl as the main character!!

*****

Have you ever heard the quote "For every complex problem there is a solution that is clear, simple, and wrong"? Well, it's true. People want simple answers, and when it comes to solving something difficult, the solution is often complicated. There is usually not just one right answer or response, nor is there one wrong answer or response. Sometimes there is a simple solution, but not usually.

Take the phrase "government takeover". People react to that phrase explosively, demanding that they do not want a "government takeover". But those words are tricky; what do the Republicans mean when they say "government takeover" or "government bailout"? Americans react with knee-jerk words and actions, and don't stop and pause to wonder if their answer/response is really the correct one. It's an easy response to simple cry "We don't want a government takeover or a bailout of financial institutions!" but is that really what is happening? Republicans play with people, pressing buttons with those very phrases, depending on what they want the result to be. Like is someone says, "there's a government bailout in the new legislation"* people don't stop and ask whether that's really true or whether it's a political thing. They just react.

That's not solution to our problems. We have to think to get the right answer, and catch phrases don't do that. It's not the right answer. It's clear and simple and it's wrong.

*Note: I'm not trying to say that there is or there isn't a bailout in the bill. I might state my views in a different post, but this is neutral.

-----The Golden Eagle

1 comment:

Icewolf said...

I know, right?! Girls should be the most powerful!!!