Review: Ever by Jessa Russo

November 19, 2012 Book Review, Curiousity Quills Press, Ever, Ghosts, Jessa Russo, Netgalley, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance 18

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.



This novel has one of those covers that totally stood out to me, begging me to find out more. With a premise that immediately appeals to my love for ghost love stories, I was instantly intrigued. Unfortunately, I found it to be a complete letdown.

I don’t even know where to start with this one, really. If I had to describe this novel in two words it would be, ‘HOT MESS’. Honestly, the premise was good! The idea of a girl who couldn’t let go of her love for her dead best friend who was a ghost sounds sweet and heartbreaking. And then a cute new boy moves in next door and she is immediately torn, right? Ugh, so wrong. I found Ever to be one of the worst main characters I have ever read. She had not one redeemable quality about her and her naivety was annoying. Her reactions to every turning point boggled my mind and left me constantly shaking my head. At one point she is on a double date filled with tension and awkward conversation, and in the next instance she is referring to it as ‘the most wonderful date in the history of the world’. Huh? How does that make any sense?!

Now onto the boys and the love triangle… Frankie the ghost I felt got the shaft. Every time he would pop up into a scene, it was brief. For someone who was supposed to be so important to the story, I thought his presence was severely lacking. I wish he was around a bit more to spruce things up. I think it would have made a difference in my reading experience. Also, I had a hard time getting on board with the fact that the whole family could see him, and treated him like a family member. He had rules where he wasn’t allowed in her room and such. I don’t know, it seemed silly to me. With Toby, the other love interest, I wasn’t sure what to think of him. He is a bit of a mystery so I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to like him or not. I think that sort of left me in limbo, where I didn’t care about him in one way or another. The whole love triangle was a lot of back and forth, giving me some serious whiplash. I still am not sure what exactly I think about it, to be honest.

The plot was a lot of up and down. Just when we’d get to a big moment, or reveal, and I would start to hope things could turn around… it would fall flat. Like I wanted to slap all of the characters for not demanding answers. It was ridiculous and only managed to piss me off. You can only skirt around giving your reader information so much before it just becomes distracting and annoying. Sadly, we still don’t get much until about the last couple pages, and then it ends at a cliffhanger which left me feeling a little mad for it’s timing and happy that I had at least finished.

I wish I could leave you with something positive about this one, but the only thing that comes to mind is the premise, which sadly, isn’t enough for me to recommend this book to anyone.

*This review is based on an egalley provided by the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

18 Responses to “Review: Ever by Jessa Russo”

  1. Candace

    Oh yikes! I love that cover! And I love stories with ghosts. But I’m thankful you were honest as this sounds like one I wouldn’t enjoy too much. Thanks for the honest review!

  2. YA Novelties

    Darn… I totally agree with you. The cover of this book is gorgeous. Guess judging by a cover isn’t exactly the best way to pick out books. Wish it was because there are so many great books out there with amazing covers.

    Hopefully, the next book you read will be just as good as the cover.

    Angie @YA Novelties

  3. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    Ack, that sounds pretty brutal. It seems like that type of story would require a lot more world building and information for it to work. I, too, loved the premise of this book, but it definitely sounds like one to miss based on your review. :/

  4. Hannah

    SADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve seen lots of good reviews. I’m so sorry it let you down. UGH, yes! I hate those kinds of contradictions. They drive me insane. How do you miss that when EDITING? Huh. And the love triangle sounds weird too. Now I don’t know what to think! Thanks for sharing your honest opinions Sara!

    XOXO, Inky@ Book Haven Extraordinaire

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