Monday, October 21, 2013

Review of EVADE by Jessa Russo

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! 

In this thrilling sequel, Ever Van Ruysdael's race to beat the odds—and the clock—begins with the introduction of an integral part of her past. As secrets are revealed, and truths uncovered, she learns her imminent death is the least of her problems: Ariadne did more than just put an expiration date on her life; she marked Ever's soul by upping its value for greedy collectors looking to buy their freedom.

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.

An unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance, Jessa Russo reads, writes and breathes paranormal YA, rarely straying from her comfort zone. When not writing or reading--or raising the coolest kid ever--Jessa enjoys making memories with her amazingly supportive family and friends, while secretly planning her next trip to New Orleans. She will always call Southern California home, where she lives with her husband and daughter, and a Great Dane who thinks he's the same size as his cranky sister, the Chihuahua.

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  1. Such an awesome title! And the series sounds neat, too! :)

  2. I read Ever (even though if you ask me I'd say this is not my preferred genre) and loved it so much that I'm getting Evade for me & Ever & Evade 4 my sis-in-law because I know she'll love it.