Friday, 28 September 2012

Ever (ARC) by Jessa Russo

Ever (Ever, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.

Ever by Jessa Russo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever (Ever, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Curiosity Quills Press and Netgalley.)
17- year-old Ever lives with her mom, dad, and deceased best friend/boy-next-door Frankie. Yes, deceased. Frankie is a ghost.
2 years ago Frankie and Ever were in a car accident, Frankie died, and he’s lived with Ever as a ghost ever since. More surprisingly, Ever is not the only person who can see Frankie, her mom, dad, and best friend Jessie see him too (surprisingly though none of them think that this is abnormal!).

Ever has been secretly in love with Frankie for a long time. She never told him, and now nothing can happen between them anyway ‘cause he is a ghost, so she’s never going to say anything about her feelings, and she’s pretty much resigned to life as a spinster, with Frankie in residence.
That all changes when a new family moves into Frankie’s old house next door though, because 22-year-old Toby is tall, dark, and gorgeous, and Ever can’t help herself when he starts to show an interest in her and asks her out.
How can Ever cope with the guilt she feels over dating Toby whilst Frankie is still present though? And what the hell do Toby and his dad argue about in private?
Evers life is about to get a whole lot more complicated, and there’s some massive secrets about to be revealed that will change the way she looks at Toby and Frankie forever.

I really enjoyed this book, I even toyed with giving it 5 stars but there were just a few too many issues to justify it. These issues weren’t necessarily ‘bad’ points, just odd!
For a start, Ever comments about how insane it is to be in love with a ghost, yet the fact that she even sees a ghost isn’t commented on at all! What’s more, Ever isn’t the only one who sees Frankie, her parents and her best friend can see him too! At one point Evers mum is having a conversation with him quite openly, and at another point Ever freaks out when he is in her room at night because she says her parents will go nuts if they catch him! It seems her best friend Jessie sees him too and keeps telling Ever that she needs to get over him.
Does anybody think it’s odd that Ever has a ghost living with her? Not really.
Does Ever think it’s strange that she sees Frankie’s ghost all the time? Not really.
Does Ever see other ghosts? Possibly 1 or 2 other ghosts during the story, but again, not really, and comments are never made about Ever being different in any way, if anything it’s Frankie who is different.
This to me is a little odd. If my best friend had a ghost living with her, I would not classify this as normal. If my friend could see ghosts, any ghosts, I would not think this was normal.

Secondly, Ever comments right at the start of the book that she won’t ever be able to have a boyfriend, to go out on dates, or have sex because of Frankie hanging around, but to be honest he’s not really around all that much, he seems to come and go – nothing is said about where Frankie is when he’s not there either. In fact, the start of this book is very much a contemporary romance, Frankie is just treated like a good friend who Ever kind-of has feelings for, the fact that he’s a ghost is almost a second thought. If it wasn’t mentioned occasionally that Frankie is a ghost, you would never even know.

That being said, I did enjoy this book! I liked Ever, and I liked how she actually thought things through before doing them. I liked the love interest Toby, probably more than Frankie really, but I think this was clouded by the fact that we didn’t actually hear that much from Frankie until quite a way into the book. The actual romance, was pretty hot, and Ever got some serious action in that department! I have to say that the romance part of this book was really good, and even steamy in some places, I can totally see why Ever was torn between the two guys, and even though I dislike love triangles, this one worked!

The way that the whole ‘ghost’ issue was handled was done well. I sometimes find with books with a paranormal element that everything is normal, and then all of a sudden the main character finds out that everyone she knows is either a vampire, a werewolf, or a witch, and that the paranormal element of the story just doesn’t gel well with the more normal elements. That wasn’t a problem in this book at all. Even with the whole paranormal element kicking off, the book never lost sight of reality, the story never felt wrong or surreal, and there were no ‘what?’ moments. Like I said before, this was almost too well done in places, where the fact that Frankie was a ghost was almost ignored, but overall this was done really well, and I loved how ‘normal’ and realistic the story still felt even with the supernatural storyline.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the mystery surrounding Toby was also done well, and while I had an idea of what was going on, it wasn’t obvious which I liked.

The cliff-hanger ending was sort of unnecessary, I thought that there was plenty of material still to be covered in the next book, without the (duh-duh-duhhhhhhh!) big revelation at the end.
Overall; I really enjoyed this book, and I’m excited to find out what happens to Ever in the next instalment!
8 out of 10.

The kindle version of this book has been released early! And when I checked it was 
only £2.56 / $4.15! 
Well worth picking up a copy at that price!
You can also order SIGNED print copies on the author's website
So tempted!!

Jessa Russo
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An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone.

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  1. Sounds great! Nice review and it seems like an interesting paranormal novel.
    Alex @ Possession of Books

  2. The plot seems really interesting and I love the cover.
    I agree with you it's a little weird that her parent's can see the ghost too.
    Love your review. :)

  3. That's so weird how them seeing the ghost was not covered. That would bother me. But I do like the premise.

    Great review.

  4. Love ghost stories!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Hot Off The Presses!