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Their epic love story has captured the hearts of millions and enchanted readers across the world.  Everlasting is the beautiful finale to Alyson Noel's bestselling Immortals series, in which their journey draws to a spectacular conclusion—where all will be revealed.

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body.  If they can just find the antidote, they’ll...

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Their epic love story has captured the hearts of millions and enchanted readers across the world.  Everlasting is the beautiful finale to Alyson Noel's bestselling Immortals series, in which their journey draws to a spectacular conclusion—where all will be revealed.

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body.  If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for.  But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.

Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with the true reason fate keeps tearing them apart.  Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity.

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Editorial Reviews

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Now that my work on The Immortals series is done, I'm often asked which of the six proved the most challenging to write, and the answer is: all of them—though each in their own unique way.

When I started writing Evermore, I was so focused on telling that particular story that I didn't see it as the start of a series. I was just doing what I always did—attempting to make sense of my own life experiences under the guise of fiction. Ever's grief over losing her family was directly channeled from my own grief over losing my loved ones, and as I began to find my way out of the darkness, Ever did too. It wasn't until I'd reached the end of the story that I realized it was really just the beginning, she had a much bigger journey ahead of her, there was so much more still to tell.

In book two, Blue Moon, Ever faces a heart-wrenching decision between the past and the present, and to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure which path she'd choose until I stood on the precipice right alongside her. It was also around that point that I realized the true scope of her journey—the sacrifices she'd be required to make—and exactly how the series would end.

Shadowland, the third book, provides a major turning point for the series. Not only are the stakes raised to a whole new level, but events that seem simple on the surface—the arrival of Jude, the flip-side of immortality, the Shadowland itself—ultimately bear powerful repercussions that'll reverberate in later books.

With Dark Flame I made a conscious effort to take Ever's journey in a much . . . well, darker direction. It's her struggle with the dark side of herself that allows her to locate the light in the person she once considered her enemy. It's a powerful moment for Ever—one that redefines everything she once thought she knew about herself.

A lot happens in the penultimate book in the series, Night Star—relationships change, serious decisions are made, and everything is put into motion for the grand finale to come. While getting all those pieces lined up sometimes felt like a very tricky game of chess, at its heart, Night Star is a story of friendships—or, more accurately, the fragile nature of friendships. How they can shift and change into something wholly unrecognizable—and how their dissolution can be just as devastating as any romantic break-up.

As for Everlasting . . . well in an effort to avoid spoilers, there's not a lot I can say except that it was a very bittersweet moment when I typed “The End.” I'd lived with these characters for the last few years, and probably spent more time talking to them than I did my own husband. They became almost real to me—like imaginary playmates—and I have to admit that saying good-bye was no easy task. Even now, as I continue my work on the spin-off Riley Bloom series, as well as my upcoming YA series, Soul Seekers, I occasionally find myself thinking about Ever and Damen, and Miles and Haven, and Ava and the twins, and Roman and yes, even Drina—wondering where they are, what they're doing, and if they're happy with the ending I gave them. Mostly, I hope that they're happy.

EBOOK COMMENTARY

 Praise for the Immortals series "Night Star jumps right into high action and never slows down, not even after the last page. Noel's writing is intense and vivid, pulling readers into the depths of her imagination."—Teen Reads "The true magic of the story is not so much in the plot and the amazing characters within it. These novels leave the reader feeling refreshed and like they learned something. Without being preachy, without sounding like a self-help book, Noël touches on the acceptance of death, the dangers of anger, and, once again, the power of positive thinking and . . . the message comes through loud and clear—it’s all about acceptance and facing life in a positive way. If you haven’t bought this yet, go get it right away!"—Examiner.com

“Noel’s novel is absolutely amazing! Fans of her Immortals series will not be disappointed—Ever and Damen’s love is challenged like never before, and the story ends with a big, satisfying twist that will have readers begging for more. This long awaited installment is incredible.”—Romantic Times (Top Pick)

“It is the mark of a daring writer to defy expectations and Alyson Noel does that to the power of ten in Blue Moon.  I guarantee you will have no idea what’s coming in the second book of the series while Alyson Noel surprises you with a big, fat twist and leaves you wanting more, more, more.”—The Book Chick

“A mesmerizing tale of teenage angst, love and sacrifice with plenty of crossover appeal…The startling but satisfying ending shows that Noël knows how to keep her audience hooked. Ever's supernatural struggles are a captivating metaphor for teenage fears about love, relationships and growing up.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Blue Moon was incredible. If you thought Evermore was full of suspense and unknowns, just wait until you read Blue Moon . . . The plot was insane, and I mean that in a good way. Noel took this novel in a direction I was never expecting, resulting in an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to end. Fabulous.”—The Story Siren

“The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems with Blue Moon. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes, especially near the end. Ms. Noel doesn’t back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.”—Night Owl Romance

“One of the best books I've read this year . . . With immortal lovers, trustworthy friends, betraying fortune tellers, and freaky identical twins, what more could you ask for? Blue Moon has me begging for Shadowland!  I can't wait for the next in the series.”—The YA Book Blogger

“Mystery + romance + supernatural + drama = definite appeal to teens.”—Orange Coast Magazine

"The Immortals Series is so unique; it’s like a breath of fresh air…Noel knows how to pull you into her world with beautiful imagery and mesmerizing words. Blue Moon is a page turner that will keep you reading until the last page. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Alyson throws in another twist making it impossible to put this book down.” –5 stars! Fantastic Book Reviews

Evermore will thrill many teen fantasy-suspense readers, especially fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series … Noël creates a cast of recognizably diverse teens in a realistic high-school setting, along with just the right tension to make Ever’s discovery of her own immortality—should she choose it—exciting and credible.”  --Booklist

 “Beautiful main characters, tense budding romance, a dark secret, mysterious immortals—what more could you ask from this modern gothic romance?” –Justine Magazine

“When I got a copy of Evermore, I sat down to read it, intending to only read a chapter or two. Instead, I blazed through the first hundred pages before I knew it…and then I didn’t want to put the book down. Except I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. So I picked it up the next morning and finished it. Now I can’t wait till July for the second book to see what happens next.” –Blog Critics Magazine

“Get ready for a wild ride that is filled with twisting paths and mystery, love and fantasy. . . The writing style, story, and characters are a bit like Meyer and Marr's popular books, but written with a new twist and voice. And after reading the book, you too will probably want your own Damen, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.”  --5/5 stars! The Book Queen

 "Readers who enjoy the works of PC Cast and Stephenie Meyer will love this outstanding paranormal teen-lit thriller." –Midwest Book Review

"I found myself unwilling to put the book down, even though I had to at some points, because I wanted to know what was going to happen…Ever was so real and her emotions were so believable that it was a little creepy. It's like Alyson Noël is actually a grieving, lovestruck teenager. She got Ever completely perfect. And by perfect, I mean delightfully flawed and deep.” --The Frenetic Reader

"Evermore is a wonderful book that I believe would be a lovely addition to any library . . .Definitely a book that fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr should add to their collections. Definitely engaging and will catch your attention the minute you open to the first page!" - Mind of a Bibliophile

 “Alyson Noël creates a great picture of each and every character in the book. I am a fan of the Twlight series and I recommend this book to those who like the series as well. It is a very quick read, with all the interesting twist and turns.” –Flamingnet Book Reviews

"I loved this book. It really keeps your attention though out the story, because the puzzle gets pieced together bit by bit, but you don't know exactly what happened until the end. The only thing that disappoints me is that the second book won't be published for a while. I would definitely recommend this to my friends." --Portsmouth Teen Book Review

"This is the first installment of The Immortals series. Ms. Noël pens a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you’ll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart." --Darque Reviews

 “Evermore’s suspense, eerie mystery, and strange magic were interestingly entertaining…I found Ever to be a character I could really respect…Recommended.” –The Bookworm

 “Evermore was a great way to lighten my reading load this winter and provided me with a creative, magical story that I really enjoyed. This is the first in a series for Noël and I think she may have a hit on her hands . . . Evermore has good and evil, likable characters, vivid descriptions and a good story.”- Planet Books

 “I fell into it easily, and loved the world Noël created . . . The fact that Ever had psychic powers was truly interesting. They flowed neatly through the book and I felt Ever's pain. .trust me, this book was really good. I couldn't put it down. Alyson Noël created an amazing new world, and after this book I am so curious to see where it heads because honestly, I have no idea.” – Reading Keeps You Sane

“Ever is an easy character to like. I really felt for her because of all she lost and what she struggled with daily…Evermore was a really fast, engaging read with some great characters. It is the first in a series, so I'm eager to see if we will learn more about Ever, Damen and friends in the next one…it's sure to be a great read.”- Ninja Reviews

 “The writing here is clear, the story well-defined and narrator Ever has an engaging voice that teens should enjoy."- January Magazine

"Alyson Noël created a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you’ll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart and will surprise you."- The Ravenous Reader

 “Evermore is a fresh and original work that…branches out and explores new ground.  Definitely recommended.” –Cool Moms Rule!

“I totally LOVE Alyson Noël’s Evermore…Noël has delivered a deliciously fresh new series that will be the next new thing that has every teen and even adults everywhere hooked and waiting for more…This is a keeper and a book that you have to go out and buy right now because if you don’t you will be missing out.  People will be asking if you have been living under a rock if you don’t give Evermore a try, and that is just not acceptable.” –Talk About My Favorite Authors

From the Publisher

“A passionate and powerful story of love that transcends lifetimes, Everlasting will prove a popular choice for public library audiobooks collections.” – The Midwest Book Review

Praise for the Immortals series

"Night Star jumps right into high action and never slows down, not even after the last page. Noel's writing is intense and vivid, pulling readers into the depths of her imagination."—Teen Reads
 
"The true magic of the story is not so much in the plot and the amazing characters within it. These novels leave the reader feeling refreshed and like they learned something. Without being preachy, without sounding like a self-help book, Noël touches on the acceptance of death, the dangers of anger, and, once again, the power of positive thinking and . . . the message comes through loud and clear—it’s all about acceptance and facing life in a positive way. If you haven’t bought this yet, go get it right away!"—Examiner.com

“Noel’s novel is absolutely amazing! Fans of her Immortals series will not be disappointed—Ever and Damen’s love is challenged like never before, and the story ends with a big, satisfying twist that will have readers begging for more. This long awaited installment is incredible.”—Romantic Times (Top Pick)

“It is the mark of a daring writer to defy expectations and Alyson Noel does that to the power of ten in Blue Moon.  I guarantee you will have no idea what’s coming in the second book of the series while Alyson Noel surprises you with a big, fat twist and leaves you wanting more, more, more.”—The Book Chick

“A mesmerizing tale of teenage angst, love and sacrifice with plenty of crossover appeal…The startling but satisfying ending shows that Noël knows how to keep her audience hooked. Ever's supernatural struggles are a captivating metaphor for teenage fears about love, relationships and growing up.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Blue Moon was incredible. If you thought Evermore was full of suspense and unknowns, just wait until you read Blue Moon . . . The plot was insane, and I mean that in a good way. Noel took this novel in a direction I was never expecting, resulting in an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to end. Fabulous.”—The Story Siren

“The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems with Blue Moon. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes, especially near the end. Ms. Noel doesn’t back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.”—Night Owl Romance

“One of the best books I've read this year . . . With immortal lovers, trustworthy friends, betraying fortune tellers, and freaky identical twins, what more could you ask for? Blue Moon has me begging for Shadowland!  I can't wait for the next in the series.”—The YA Book Blogger

“Mystery + romance + supernatural + drama = definite appeal to teens.”—Orange Coast Magazine

"The Immortals Series is so unique; it’s like a breath of fresh air…Noel knows how to pull you into her world with beautiful imagery and mesmerizing words. Blue Moon is a page turner that will keep you reading until the last page. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Alyson throws in another twist making it impossible to put this book down.” –5 stars! Fantastic Book Reviews

Evermore will thrill many teen fantasy-suspense readers, especially fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series … Noël creates a cast of recognizably diverse teens in a realistic high-school setting, along with just the right tension to make Ever’s discovery of her own immortality—should she choose it—exciting and credible.”  --Booklist

 “Beautiful main characters, tense budding romance, a dark secret, mysterious immortals—what more could you ask from this modern gothic romance?” –Justine Magazine

“When I got a copy of Evermore, I sat down to read it, intending to only read a chapter or two. Instead, I blazed through the first hundred pages before I knew it…and then I didn’t want to put the book down. Except I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. So I picked it up the next morning and finished it. Now I can’t wait till July for the second book to see what happens next.” –Blog Critics Magazine

“Get ready for a wild ride that is filled with twisting paths and mystery, love and fantasy. . . The writing style, story, and characters are a bit like Meyer and Marr's popular books, but written with a new twist and voice. And after reading the book, you too will probably want your own Damen, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.”  --5/5 stars! The Book Queen

 "Readers who enjoy the works of PC Cast and Stephenie Meyer will love this outstanding paranormal teen-lit thriller." –Midwest Book Review

"I found myself unwilling to put the book down, even though I had to at some points, because I wanted to know what was going to happen…Ever was so real and her emotions were so believable that it was a little creepy. It's like Alyson Noël is actually a grieving, lovestruck teenager. She got Ever completely perfect. And by perfect, I mean delightfully flawed and deep.” --The Frenetic Reader

"Evermore is a wonderful book that I believe would be a lovely addition to any library . . .Definitely a book that fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr should add to their collections. Definitely engaging and will catch your attention the minute you open to the first page!" - Mind of a Bibliophile

 “Alyson Noël creates a great picture of each and every character in the book. I am a fan of the Twlight series and I recommend this book to those who like the series as well. It is a very quick read, with all the interesting twist and turns.” –Flamingnet Book Reviews

"I loved this book. It really keeps your attention though out the story, because the puzzle gets pieced together bit by bit, but you don't know exactly what happened until the end. The only thing that disappoints me is that the second book won't be published for a while. I would definitely recommend this to my friends." --Portsmouth Teen Book Review

"This is the first installment of The Immortals series. Ms. Noël pens a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you’ll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart." --Darque Reviews

 “Evermore’s suspense, eerie mystery, and strange magic were interestingly entertaining…I found Ever to be a character I could really respect…Recommended.” –The Bookworm

 “Evermore was a great way to lighten my reading load this winter and provided me with a creative, magical story that I really enjoyed. This is the first in a series for Noël and I think she may have a hit on her hands . . . Evermore has good and evil, likable characters, vivid descriptions and a good story.”- Planet Books

 “I fell into it easily, and loved the world Noël created . . . The fact that Ever had psychic powers was truly interesting. They flowed neatly through the book and I felt Ever's pain. .trust me, this book was really good. I couldn't put it down. Alyson Noël created an amazing new world, and after this book I am so curious to see where it heads because honestly, I have no idea.” – Reading Keeps You Sane

“Ever is an easy character to like. I really felt for her because of all she lost and what she struggled with daily…Evermore was a really fast, engaging read with some great characters. It is the first in a series, so I'm eager to see if we will learn more about Ever, Damen and friends in the next one…it's sure to be a great read.”- Ninja Reviews

 “The writing here is clear, the story well-defined and narrator Ever has an engaging voice that teens should enjoy."- January Magazine

"Alyson Noël created a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you’ll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart and will surprise you."- The Ravenous Reader

 “Evermore is a fresh and original work that…branches out and explores new ground.  Definitely recommended.” –Cool Moms Rule!

“I totally LOVE Alyson Noël’s Evermore…Noël has delivered a deliciously fresh new series that will be the next new thing that has every teen and even adults everywhere hooked and waiting for more…This is a keeper and a book that you have to go out and buy right now because if you don’t you will be missing out.  People will be asking if you have been living under a rock if you don’t give Evermore a try, and that is just not acceptable.” –Talk About My Favorite Authors

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429981927
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Immortals Series , #6
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 36,909
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 356 KB

Meet the Author


ALYSON NOËL is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals series, the Riley Bloom series, and seven previous novels for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, where she is at work on her next book.
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"Ever–wait!"

Damen reaches toward me, grasping my shoulder, hoping to slow me, to bring me back to him, but I keep moving forward, can't afford the delay. Not when we're so close, almost there.

The worry streaming off him like rain from a windshield, not dimming in the least when he picks up the pace, matches my stride, and laces his fingers with mine.

"We should head back. This can't be the place. Nothing about it looks remotely the same." His gaze travels the distance from the disturbing landscape to my face.

"You're right. Nothing about it is remotely the same." I hover at the perimeter, my breath coming too quick, my heart beginning to race. Taking a moment to survey my surroundings before I hazard a step forward again. One small stride followed by another, until my feet sink so deep into the mud-laden earth, the tops of them vanish completely. "I knew it," I whisper, the words barely audible, though I don't need to speak for Damen to hear me, it's just as easy to communicate telepathically. "It's exactly like the dream. It's..."

He looks at me. Waiting.

"Well, it's just as I expected." I glance to the side, my blue eyes meeting his dark ones, holding the look, wanting him to see what I see. "All of this, everything you see here, it's like... it's like it's all changed because of me."

He kneels beside me, fingers splayed on my back, running his palm in slow circles up and down the path of my spine. Wanting to soothe, to refute everything I just said, but choosing to swallow the words instead. No matter what he says–no matter how good and solid an argument he may wage–he knows better. Knows all too well that I will not be swayed.

I heard the old woman. He heard her too. Saw the way her finger pointed, the way her eyes stared accusingly–listened to the haunting tune of her creepy song with its cryptic lyrics and lingering melody.

The warning intended solely for me.

And now this.

I sigh as I gaze upon it–Haven's grave–so to speak. The spot where just a few weeks before I dug deep into the earth to bury her belongings–all that was left of her–the clothes she wore when I sent her soul into the Shadowland. A spot I held sacred, hallowed–now transmuted, transformed. The once rich earth turned to a wet, soggy mush with no sign of the flowers I'd manifested, no life of any kind. The air no longer shimmering, no longer glistening, virtually indistinguishable from the dark part of Summerland I'd stumbled upon earlier. So bleak, so foreboding in both its feel and appearance, Damen and I are the only creatures willing to venture anywhere near it.

The birds keeping to the perimeter–the carpet of nearby grass shrinking back on itself–providing all the evidence I need to know it's changed because of me.

Like fertilizer sprinkled onto a small patch of weeds–each immortal soul I've sent to the Shadowland has tainted and infected the Summerland. Creating its opposite, its shadow-self–an unwelcome yin to Summerland's yang. A place so dark, so dreary, and so contrary, magick and manifesting cannot exist.

"I don't like this." Damen's voice is edgy, as his eyes dart, eager to leave.

And while I don't like it either, while I'm just as ready to turn around and never look back, it's not quite as simple as that.

It's only been a few days since my last visit, and despite knowing that I did what I had to, that I was left with no choice but to kill Haven, my former best friend, I can't seem to keep myself from returning, from asking forgiveness–forgiveness for my actions as well as hers. And that short amount of time is all it took to go from light to dark–to grow murky, muddy, and barren–which means it's up to me to do something to stop it from spreading even further.

From getting any worse.

"What exactly did you see in the dream?" Damen's voice softens as his eyes pore over me.

I take a deep breath and sink my heels deeper, the pockets of my old worn jeans dipping into the mud, but not really caring. I can manifest a clean, new pair just as soon as we're out of here. My clothes are the least of my concerns in the face of all this.

"It's not a new dream." I turn and meet his gaze, seeing the flash of surprise that crosses his face. "I've had it before. A long time ago. Just before you decided to leave me on my own, so I could decide between you and Jude." He swallows hard, flinches ever so slightly at the unpleasant memory, which makes me feel bad, it wasn't the point I was trying to make. "Back then, I was sure Riley had sent it. I mean, she appeared in it, and she seemed so vibrant and... alive." I shake my head. "And, well, maybe it was her, maybe it was just wishful thinking, a result of my missing her. But, just after she'd gotten my attention, I realized it was you she wanted me to see. You were the point of the dream."

His eyes widen. "And..." he prompts, jaw tightening, poised for the worst.

"And... it's like you were trapped in this tall, glass, rectangular prison, and you were fighting like hell to escape. But no mater how hard you fought, you couldn't break free. Even though I tried to help, tried to get your attention so we could work together, it's like... like you couldn't see me. I was right there on the other side, with only the glass between us, and yet, I may as well have been invisible to you–you had no sense of my presence. Couldn't see what was right there in front of you..."

He nods. Nods in a way that tells me his logical side, the side that likes tidy explanations and easy solutions, is raring to take over. "Classic dreamscape scenario," he says, brow slanted with relief. "Seriously. Sounds to me like you think I'm not paying you enough attention–that I don't really listen–or maybe even–"

But before he can go any further, I cut it right there. "Trust me, it wasn't the kind of dream that can be found in some Dream Interpretation One-oh-one book. In tonight's dream, just like the dream I had before, when you realized you couldn't fight it, when you realized you were trapped forever, well, you gave up. You just dropped your fists, closed your eyes, and slipped away. Slipped into the Shadowland."

He swallows hard, tries to take it in stride, but it's no use. He's clearly as shaken as I was when I dreamed it.

"And then, just after that, everything disappeared. And by everything I mean you, the glass prison, the stage–all of it. The only thing left was this gloomy, damp patch of earth, a lot like the one we're in now." I rub my lips together, seeing the scene so clearly in my head it's as though I'm immersed in it. "But that last part was new. I mean, it wasn't in the original dream. Still, the second I woke I knew that not only were the two dreams connected, but that they were connected to this place as well. I knew I had to come here. Had to see for myself. See if I was right. I'm just sorry I dragged you along for the ride."

My eyes graze over him, taking in his bed-ruffled hair, the soft, wrinkled T-shirt, the worn-in jeans–clothes gathered in a hurry, in haste, just seconds before I manifested the golden veil of light that led us both here. Feeling his strong, capable arms sliding around me, the warmth of them reminding me of just a few hours earlier when we slid between the sheets, tucked our bodies tightly together, and settled in for the night.

Back when our only immediate concern was that of Sabine and how she would handle the second week in a row that I'd failed to go home.

How she'd handle the fact that I took her at her word when she warned me not to come back until I sought the kind of help she's convinced that I need.

And while I've no doubt I need help, especially in light of all that's before me, unfortunately it's not the kind of help Sabine meant. It's not the kind of help that can be found in a prescription, a psychiatrist's couch, or even the latest self-help book.

It requires something much greater than that.

We linger, the two of us gazing upon Haven's grave. Damen's thoughts carefully melding with mine, reminding me that no matter the consequences, no matter what lies ahead, he's there for me. I had no choice but to do what I did.

By killing Haven, I saved Miles. Saved myself. She couldn't handle the power, pushed every last limit. My making her immortal brought out a whole new side of her–one that we didn't expect.

But that's where Damen and I differ. I'm more inclined to believe what Miles said just shortly after I'd spared him from her. That there was nothing new or surprising about Haven's dark side, it'd always been there, she exhibited signs all along. But, as her friends, we fought to ignore it–chose to look past it, to see only the light. And when I looked into her eyes that night, saw the way they gleamed with victory when she tossed Roman's shirt–my last remaining hope of getting the antidote that will allow Damen and me to be together–into the flames, well, there was no doubt in my mind that her dark side had completely extinguished the better part of her.

And as far as Drina's death is concerned, well, it was either kill or be killed. It's as simple as that. Roman's the unfortunate one–but still an accident pure and simple. A misunderstanding of the most tragic kind, I'm sure of that now. I know in my heart that Jude's disastrous interference was an act he committed solely in my best interest. His intentions were good.

I saw it unfold in his head.

We rise to our feet, slowly, solemnly, all too aware that the answers we seek won't be found here, that our best bet is to start at the Great Halls of Learning and see where that leads. And we're just about to go there, when we hear it. The tune that causes us to freeze:

From the mud it shall rise

Lifting upward toward vast dreamy skies

Just as you–you–you shall rise too...

Damen grasps my hand tighter, pulls me closer, as we turn to face her together. Taking in the long wisps of hair that, having escaped the confines of the braid that trails down her back, float freely around her crumpled, ancient face, making for an eerie silvery halo effect, while her rheumy, cataract-clumped eyes settle on mine.

From the deep and dark depths

It struggles toward the light

Desiring only one thing

The truth!

The truth of its being

But will you let it?

Will you let it rise and blossom and grow?

Or will you damn it to the depths?

Will you banish its worn and weary soul?

She repeats the tune, emphasizing the end of each verse. Her voice rising as she sings, "Rise–skies–too–depths–light–thing–truth–being–it–grow–depth–soul–soul–soul–" repeating the last part again and again, her eyes moving over me, analyzing, observing, even though they appear to be sightless, as her gnarled, bumpy old hands lift before her–cupping, rising–her fingers slowly unfolding as a spray of ash spews forth from her palms.

Damen's grip tightens, flashing her a harsh meaningful glare as he warns, "Stay back." Maneuvering in front of me, when he adds, "Stop right there. Don't come any closer." His voice level, sure, containing an underlying threat that's impossible to miss.

But if she heard, she pays him no notice. Her feet keep moving, shuffling forward, while her eyes keep staring and her lips continue to utter the tune. Stopping just shy of us, poised right at the very edge of the perimeter–the place where the grass ends and the mud begins–her voice suddenly changing, lowering, when she says, "We've been waiting for you." She bows low before me, bending with a surprising amount of agility and grace for someone so aged, so... antiquated.

"So you've said," I reply, much to Damen's dismay.

Don't engage her! he mentally warns. Just follow my lead. I'll get us out of here.

Words I'm sure she overheard when her gaze switches to him. The sun-bleached blue of her clumpy old irises practically rolling in their sockets when she says, "Damen."

The sound of it causing him to stiffen, as he mentally and physically prepares for just about anything–anything except what comes next.

"Damen. Augustus. Notte. Esposito. You're the reason." Her wispy hair lifts and twirls in a manifested breeze that swirls all around. "And Adelina, the cure." She presses her palms together as her gaze pleads with mine.

I glance between them, unable to decide which is more disturbing: the fact that she knows his name–his full name, including one I've never heard before, along with one pronounced in a way I've never heard before, or the way Damen's face blanched and his body stilled the moment she blamed him.

Not to mention, who the heck is Adelina?

But the replies that swirl through his mind die long before they can reach his lips, halted by the lilt of her voice, saying, "Eight. Eight. Thirteen. Oh. Eight. It's the key. The key that you need."

I glance between the two of them, noting the way his eyes narrow, his jaw grinds, muttering a string of undecipherable words under his breath as he grips my hand tighter and attempts to heave us both out of the mud, away from her.

But despite his warning me not to look back, I do anyway. Glancing over my shoulder and staring right into those rheumy old eyes, her skin so fragile, so translucent, it appears to be lit from within, her lips softly yielding as she sings, "Eight–eight–thirteen–oh–eight. That's the beginning. The beginning of the end. Only you can unlock it. Only you–you–you–Adelina..."

The words lingering, haunting, taunting–chasing us all the way out of Summerland.

All the way back to the earth plane.

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Interviews & Essays

Now that my work on The Immortals series is done, I'm often asked which of the six proved the most challenging to write, and the answer is: all of them—though each in their own unique way.

When I started writing Evermore, I was so focused on telling that particular story that I didn't see it as the start of a series. I was just doing what I always did—attempting to make sense of my own life experiences under the guise of fiction. Ever's grief over losing her family was directly channeled from my own grief over losing my loved ones, and as I began to find my way out of the darkness, Ever did too. It wasn't until I'd reached the end of the story that I realized it was really just the beginning, she had a much bigger journey ahead of her, there was so much more still to tell.

In book two, Blue Moon, Ever faces a heart-wrenching decision between the past and the present, and to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure which path she'd choose until I stood on the precipice right alongside her. It was also around that point that I realized the true scope of her journey—the sacrifices she'd be required to make—and exactly how the series would end.

Shadowland, the third book, provides a major turning point for the series. Not only are the stakes raised to a whole new level, but events that seem simple on the surface—the arrival of Jude, the flip-side of immortality, the Shadowland itself—ultimately bear powerful repercussions that'll reverberate in later books.

With Dark Flame I made a conscious effort to take Ever's journey in a much . . . well, darker direction. It's her struggle with the dark side of herself that allows her to locate the light in the person she once considered her enemy. It's a powerful moment for Ever—one that redefines everything she once thought she knew about herself.

A lot happens in the penultimate book in the series, Night Star—relationships change, serious decisions are made, and everything is put into motion for the grand finale to come. While getting all those pieces lined up sometimes felt like a very tricky game of chess, at its heart, Night Star is a story of friendships—or, more accurately, the fragile nature of friendships. How they can shift and change into something wholly unrecognizable—and how their dissolution can be just as devastating as any romantic break-up.

As for Everlasting . . . well in an effort to avoid spoilers, there's not a lot I can say except that it was a very bittersweet moment when I typed “The End.” I'd lived with these characters for the last few years, and probably spent more time talking to them than I did my own husband. They became almost real to me—like imaginary playmates—and I have to admit that saying good-bye was no easy task. Even now, as I continue my work on the spin-off Riley Bloom series, as well as my upcoming YA series, Soul Seekers, I occasionally find myself thinking about Ever and Damen, and Miles and Haven, and Ava and the twins, and Roman and yes, even Drina—wondering where they are, what they're doing, and if they're happy with the ending I gave them. Mostly, I hope that they're happy.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Can't wait....for it to finish

    It started out as a good series but now it's just dragging. IMO it should have ended 2 books ago. I am buying this for the sake of seeing it through but I've been bored for a little bit now. :-/ Sorry.

    54 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

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    Excellent

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    46 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    A Series Hard to Pass Up!!!!

    This series is awesome! These books will pull you from the very first page of Evermore and will keep you biting your nails until the very last page of Night Star!!! These books will take you on adventures you will never embark on unless you approach this series. The journeys of Ever, Damen, Haven, and the rest of the crew, will shock you and leave you begging for more. Every emotion from love to anger to fear and shock! These books taught me an important lesson: Love never fails when it's meant to be! I definitely recommend this series to all young authors!!!!!=D

    22 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Read it! Read it! read it!!!

    OMG i absolutly LOVE the whole series! i just read the first one, evermore, last year but it was so good i read the rest of the serirs in a month. i bought night star the day it came out and finished it the next day. i have been dying for the final book.

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Let's just get it over with already

    I agree, the series has become incredibly boring. The first book was good; but the ones that came after it have become redundant. The plot seems nearly the same in each book and the "Ever" character is just really dumb. It's time to wrap it up

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Disappointed

    For all those people that are giving this book 4 stars and calling it amazing must have read a different book. I fell in love with Evermore and couldn't wait to continue the series, however after the second or third book it started to become redundant and over drawn. I believe the series should have ended at least 2 books ago. It was incredibly hard for me to find the motivation to finish this book because it was dull and boring. Most books i read, i don't want them to end and am sad when they do. However this book i couldn't wait to end. I was actually happy because it was finally over and i could move on to something better.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    good series but its neverending

    i feel the exact same way. im just waiting for the series to b dun so i can move on to another book but i mean it is a great series but its like neverending wit them killing roman in the 4th book but they killed drina in the first but it like takes roman 2 books to b killed. good series thu :)

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    A must read will be loved by everyone from teens to older adults

    My daughter recommended the Twlight books, which I read and loved. I was on the hunt for something as exciting and unique. This series captured me from page one! This series keeps you guessing is clean -almost too clean, you have no qualms about letting your daughter read this book with morals intact. It's definitely a stay up all night read. Looking forward to next book.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Waste of time.

    I was so disappointed in this book. It bored me to tears. This series started out good, but just dragged on and on and the ending was so anti-climatic. It was to predictable. I expected more out of it.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    Out of all the monstery-immortal series that I have read, (and I

    Out of all the monstery-immortal series that I have read, (and I'm a immortal-monster freak) this was by far, the best series. It was so amazing, and I could never put any of it down, except when I screamed "Noooooo!!!!" at the top of my lungs when a heart shocker part had happened. I would wake up before dreadful, school early just to read a little bit, and read right after finishing classwork. If you have any "talking in class to friends" problem, BUY THIS SERIES. Or if your forever alone, and have no one to hang out with in the summer time. Believe me, this will take up your time. It broke my heart to even think about putting any of the books down to do homework, or shower, or even eat. Yes, it's that good. I even remember taking it to the bathroom! (don't worry, I didn't sell any of my books on amazon or ebay.) I ran into people reading in the halls and Walmart all the time! It's actually hurting my soul reading all the bad reviews or 3 starred ones down there. They are so lying. This book was too good to be "average".. I finished this series a whole year ago, and I still think and talk about how amazing it was. Just buy the damn series. You won't regret it. I promise...

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Finally and Ending? I'll believe it when I see it

    I agree, the series has been dragging along for awhile now. It should have ended at least 2 books ago. I am reading the ending hoping Ever and Damen will finally end up together, as I have been waiting for since the first book...I reccomend you not start the series now if you haven't yet b/c the whole series (all together, I think the first 2 books were good) is very...boring.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    A Must Read!

    After fighting each other, Damen and Ever finally have hope of reaching their destiny: being together. But will they overcome the powerful curse. I was hooked through the whole book. She took me on a journey through the series and I enjoyed nearly every step of the way. The series covers have always pulled me into the story. It is sad to come to an end!
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    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    This book is on fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book had me on the end on my seat i was so happy to see they could finally could be together in the way that they want. This book is a mush read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

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    Love it!!

    Omg, I love this series. I'm finish reading the second book last night but i wanted more so i went to B&N at 10pm to buy all of the rest of the books but they only had #3,4 &5 so i bought them. I'm also a big fan of twilight and for does people who are saying that this book is the same as twilight, well let me tell u it's not, just because they have to go through so many things to be together doesnt mean is exactly the same. Anyways, in my opinion This is a really good series. It's Addictive, extraordinary, thrilling and it leaves u wanting more...

    P.S. a love story has to have obstacles if not the story would be boring.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    What"EVER"!!!!!

    Aylson Noel captured my attention when I read her novel <i>Evermore<i/>, but the rest of the series was put on hold by me to do and read other things. But when one of my students told me she loved reading <i>Radiance<i/> this year, a companion novel to The Immortal series, I decided to pick up where I left off and read the rest of the series. Beginning with <i>Blue Moon<i/>, I reacquainted myself with Ever and Damen, the two main characters. Damen has lived for over 600 years, and he is in love with the soul that inhabits the body of Ever Bloom. Ever recently lost her entire family in a car wreck, and Damen saves her from the same fate as her family by making her drink the elixir that will make her immortal, too.

    Each book in the series takes Ever on an journey through teenage angst and questions about her soul. Each book becomes increasingly darker than the ones that came before in the series. Each book had the same plot format. I would get angry with my self for reading each book since I truly was not enjoying the storylines. And yet, I kept right on reading, waiting to see if Noel would indeed have Ever and Damen finally be together in the physical aspect. Needless to say, that was predictable.

    However, the last book was my least favorite in the series. I understand an author wants the reader to ride along with the characters, pulling for them, talking to the characters as though they were indeed in the room with the reader. But, I found myself questioning the author as to why on earth she choose to take Ever on such an unusual course, a course so totally out of character for the series. I guess I'll never know.

    The Immortal series is for high school readers or readers in middle school who are very mature. There are simply entirely too many references from the main characters about desiring "to be together" in the physical sense, and many "make-out" sessions.

    All-in-all, I was disappointed in the series, though I was surprised with how Noel wrapped the ending up and presented it to the reader.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Loved this series

    This is a series of 6 books this being the last. The immortal series. If you are a Twilight lover you will love it. It is lendable to any of you Nook owners out there!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Now i agree there were a few too many books but hey it was still great . I loved it and couldnt put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Spectacular

    I couldnt put it down the entire time. Alyson noel definatly got me attached to the very well developed charactors. I loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

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    I loved this whole series! If you haven't read it, READ IT!!! I

    I loved this whole series! If you haven't read it, READ IT!!! I thought it was great! Everlasting was a great way to end the series! If you like this series you also might like the books that i've recomended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Amazing book!...but im confused

    If Damen was six hundred years old, after eating the fruit from from the Tree of Life, how come he didnt turn to dust like Lotus?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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