EverlastingEverlasting by Alyson Noel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is what happens when you’re a self-diagnosed obssessive compulsive; you absolutely have to finish what you started. To that end, I’m glad that this Immortals series has, with Everlasting, finished.

There is no way this series justified being spread over six books when it could have honestly been done in about three. That being said, Everlasting does go some way to redeeming the previous books by being not actually that bad. Not as good as Evermore, but it does give it’s best effort.

Nothing much can be said about the plot without giving away what has come before suffice to say that Ever and Damen are still looking for the antidote that prevents one from touching the other without killing them Yeah, that will put a real downer on any relationship. However, despite what has happened, they have been given another clue and basically Ever has to learn her destiny and find the tree of life which supposedly only bears fruit once in a millenia.

I had a couple of issues with this story. The first is that Damen is such an arrogant ass towards Ever, it’s a wonder she doesn’t dump him and take up with Jude. He’s more than willing, after all. "Okay, we’ll continue to search for the antidote but I’m giving you a week." Excuse me? Granted, stories need impetus but giving a time frame just because Damen wants a vacation is a bit poor.

The other niggle is that Ever acts wise beyond her years at times and makes intuitive leaps of logic (if that’s not an oxymoron) based upon the flimsiest of evidence. The scene where she’s falling down a bottomless chasm is a prime example. As an aside, whenever someone does, I instantly think of a similar scene in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

So what did I like? Like any decent ending, there is resolution to the story. In fact there’s an awful lot of it including some that I didn’t realise needed resolving but was nice to see included anyway. And it was nice to see Riley make a brief cameo, as well.

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