EVADE is the second book in the EVER trilogy, a YA paranormal romance by Jessa Russo. In the sequel, we begin with Ever headed on a fun Mexican vacation with her best friend Jessie. Of course, it's hard for Ever to have much fun away from her new boyfriend, the recently not-dead Frankie...and because she knows she only has nine months to live. She has a countdown on her soul.
That would be bad enough, but it actually gets worse. In Mexico, she's abducted and ends up reconnecting with her ex, Toby, the soul-collector. She learns that her marked soul is of greater value to the meanest, darkest of soul collectors and she's being hunted.
Like the first in the series, Evade, is an easy to read paranormal romance that would be enjoyed by any fan of the genre. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters; the friendship between Ever and Jessie, the tension between Toby and Greg, and of course the love triangle between Ever, Frankie, and Toby.
The story is full of yummy romantic moments like this one,
But the feelings I had for Toby aside, and his feelings for me irrelevant, what I was feeling right now was overwhelming. This feeling, with Frankie's arms around me and his nose in my hair? This feeling was home. His embrace threatened to heal me and undo me all at once. The comfort of his closeness washed over me in waves. Regardless of our relationship's status now, he was and forever would be my very best friend.
Although the story moved quickly, I would have liked to see a little more action and less exposition by dialog in the first half. In any case, I'm excited to see how Jessa ends the trilogy!
Condemned by the countdown on her life, and hunted by hired Seekers, Ever’s journey leads her to question everything she’s known and everyone she’s trusted, while growing closer to the one person from her past she was determined to avoid—and the one guy she never could—Toby James.
With her ex-boyfriend by her side, and the countdown clock rapidly ticking away, Ever tries thwarting fate’s plans. But as her nineteenth birthday approaches, and desperate Seekers follow her every move, she may be too late.
A marked soul is hard to come by . . . and even harder to escape.