Book Review: Ever, Jessa Russo

Ever RussoGoodreads Blurb: 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

Review: I thought Ever was a very interesting book. The premise, of living with and being in love with a ghost, while still being young and wanting to have a life the way it’s meant to be, was an interesting one, and I love that Ever takes the paranormal thing and does something different than vampires and werewolves. That is quite welcome.

Ever, I’ll admit, is not my favorite MC. For a seventeen-year-old, she lacks many street smarts and seems determined to place herself into a narrow box and define herself in very specific parameters, and yet be swept away by the opinions of those around her. Whoever she is with at any given time dominates how she acts and what she wants out of life. However, I think some of her confusion and tendency to waffle on everything is a fair depiction of the discomfort in one’s own skin that can arise in the teenage years.

In terms of the writing, there were a couple of things I didn’t love, namely a massive amount of ellipses and italics. This is completely personal preference, but my brain is hyperaware of those things and insists on slowing down to respect the pause implies by ellipses and also insists on stressing anything in italics, which interrupted my ability to lose myself in the story. I also felt in some ways that the scenes were strung together to eventually reach a point, but that some of the events were just happening, one after another, without continuity. The first two thirds also felt a little bit slow for me, just in terms of my personal preference when it comes to pacing.

However, the final third is when things pick up steam and I started to get into the story. I loved some of the twists and turns the plot took at that point, I really enjoyed the very saucy Ariadne and her conniving, and I liked that the love triangle, which was well-balanced to begin with but delightfully strange because of Frankie’s being a ghost, becomes even more powerful. It will be interesting to see where the second book takes this plot line, especially given the cliffhanger ending.

Also, is that cover not glorious?!!

You can find Jessa on her website here or follow her on Twitter here.

*I received a free e-book of Ever from the author in exchange for this review*

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