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Dark Flame (The Immortals #4) by Alyson Noël


Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4)
Dark Flame (The Immortals #4)
by Alyson Noël
Rating: 4/5
 
Description:
In Alyson Noel’s most darkly seductive Immortals novel yet, Ever fights for control of her body, her soul—and the timeless true love she’s been chasing for centuries.
Ever is trying to help Haven transition into life as an immortal.  But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat—exposing their secret world to the outside.  As Ever struggles to keep the Immortals hidden, it only propels Haven closer to the enemy—Roman and his evil companions
At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman—and longing for his touch.  As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.
Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself—and her future with Damen …
 
Review: 
Who knew recycled lives and undying love could be so fascinating?! Still in search of a cure to allow Damen and Ever to touch again Ever now also has to find a job or be forced into an internship at her guardian’s (and aunt) firm. Desperatly seeking not to spend her summer with lawyers and instead romancing with her boyfriend Ever turns to a local mysticism store and gets hired by the incredibly relaxed yet deeply passionate Jude. Down the street the insanely evil/sexy as all get out Roman has set up shop and Evers determination to get to the bottom of the antidote has gotten severly out of whack. She’s turned to witchcraft, using an ancient tome she found in one of Judes personal drawers, and has attempted a binding spell to Roman that will make him to do her bidding. All she wants is the antidote but the magicks gone wrong. She finds a darkness inside of her that is calling out to Roman, he’s all she can think about all she wants with every inch of her. Damen can’t even hold a candle to the lust rush she feels for Roman and strangely Jude is able to keep her mind somewhat off of this, not enough to stop her from losing her mind, but a comforting presence to say the least. But why? And why does he make her stomach flip and her heart race? Damen’s her true love…right? **Please note that there is SOOOOOOOO much more than these little, poorly written reviews I provide. These books are PACKED with characters, heartache, love and lust as well as self conflict. I haven’t been taken by such storm by a book in years so please, don’t just take my word for it, GO BUY IT! 🙂

 

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noël


Shadowland (The Immortals, #3)
Shadowland (The Immortals #3)
by Alyson Noël
Rating: 4.5/5
 
Description:
Enter the realm of the Immortals—the #1 New York Times bestselling series that’s been acclaimed as breathtaking, mesmerizing, flawless and extraordinary.

 

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

 

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…
 
Review:
In Alyson Noel’s latest installment of ‘The Immortals’ series, Shadowland, Ever and her true love Damen are faced with one huge problem: They can’t touch each other or Damen will die. 

Intriguing, no? 

Oh but wait, Damen pretty much clears up the whole issue at the beginning of the book by putting up some kind of shield so that they can touch, but anything that gets real sexual is out of the question. Wait? Is this book all about sex now? 

Noel brings back the same characters that have been in previous installments – Haven, Miles, Roman, the creepy twins – and we have one new character, Jude. Much like how Damen sought after Ever throughout all of her past lives, she finds out that in each of these lives there is always Jude – or a past life of Jude. The question is: Is Damen’s latest troubles the result of him interfering with what could have been true love between Ever and Jude? Is his lavish lifestyle to blame? Is karma playing a role? 

While Ever tries to understand that issue, she’s also trying to find the antidote to the antidote, which means she has to find a way to get it from Roman who has always been less-than cooperative. Ultimately though, Ever blames herself for what happened, and Damen blames himself for what happened and they both work separately, rather than together, to find the solution. In my opinion, if they were soul mates, wouldn’t they want to work together? 

As in Blue Moon, the twins are also involved with finding the solution. After Ever doesn’t take their advice in Blue Moon, she continues to not take their advice in Shadowland, ultimately leading to her having to choose between Haven’s life and the touch of Damen. One would think that Ever would have learned from her mistakes, but Noel seems to have it mapped out that Ever will make the same mistakes over and over again. The twins warned Ever that something was going to happen and she remained too wrapped up in herself to take note. 

One of the great things about this book is the relationship between Sabine and Mr. Munoz – one of Ever’s teachers. It provides humor and warmth and I was very happy to see Sabine happy. Noel also enforces the idea of friendship and helping the ones you love to no end. Even the twins are starting to form a friendship with Ever and it was nice to see that happen. 

One big problem with Shadowland is that it ends without an explanation about Jude, or Haven’s opinion about her current state. And what’s happening with Honor? The antidote to the antidote is never claimed and the reader is left hanging. Personally, I was getting very annoyed with Damen’s attitude and kind of hoped for a change – specifically for Ever and Jude to hook up. Jude seemed so down to earth and real and Ever had real sparks flying with him. Damen seemed too involved with material things and was just too serious all the time – he definitely lost his charm in this book. It would have been nice for Ever to have a happy ever after with Jude. 

While the issue of “the Shadowland” is brought up – i.e. a place where immortals go when they cease being immortal – it isn’t touched upon at all for the rest of the book. I’m curious why the book was even named Shadowland if it’s just a general concept that was introduced and not a major part of the outcome. Other things that bothered me was the emphasis on the tulips. We get it – tulips mean eternal love, which is what Damen and Ever supposedly have. It seems like every time I turned the page, one of them was sending a red tulip as an apology. Whatever happened to words? Enough with the tulips already! 

Apparently the next installment, Dark Flame will be released in July 2010. Here’s hoping that there Noel provides some explanation about all the issues she left untouched. Personally, I would call it quits on this series, but I really want Jude and Ever to be together. I really think there’s something there. 

 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noël


Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
Evermore (The Immortals #1)
by Alyson Noël
Rating:5/5
 
Description:
 
After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school-but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste. 
Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head-wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea who he really is-or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.
Review:
This is a three-and-a-half star book for me, though it started out higher than that – the second book crystalised all the things that bothered me about this one. 
Ever since the car accident that killed her parents, younger sister Riley, and pet dog Buttercup, and gave her the ugly scar on her brow that she hides behind her hair, sixteen year old Ever has been seeing and hearing things. She sees people’s auras in a rainbow of colours, hears their thoughts, can absorb an entire book simply by touching it – and learn all about a person’s life from touching them. 
With her family dead, her father’s twin sister Sabine, a high-powered lawyer who tries hard but has no idea what to do with a sullen teenager, takes her in and gives her all she could have wanted in her previous life as a popular cheerleader with a boyfriend. The move to California from Oregon isn’t the only change: Ever hides herself in hoodies, plugs her ears with her iPod to try to drown out the psychic noise, and stays quiet and unobtrusive. She’s considered a freak in the new school, where her only friends, Haven and Miles, are also looked down upon. Despite the scar and the hooded sweatshirts, she’s still blonde and beautiful. But she’s far from popular and she likes it that way. 
Her ordered, lonely life – where her only visitor is her dead sister Riley – becomes a big huge mess with the arrival of heart-stoppingly gorgeous Damen Auguste. Well-travelled, knowledgeable, sophisticated, and dreamy, all the girls start fighting over him – but the only one he seems interested in is Ever. Doing magic tricks with red tulips, which he pulls from behind her ear, turning up at her modest Halloween party as the Count Axel match to her Marie Antoinette, getting close to her then drawing away, inexplicably distant: Ever battles to keep a distance herself, to not fall for him, a man she knows almost nothing about. 
But he’s the one person whose thoughts she can’t hear, who has no distracting aura, and who miraculously dampens her psychic senses whenever he touches her or speaks. It’s almost addictive, and as the mystery deepens and Ever tries to understand what’s going on – with her friends, with the gorgeous, haughty Drina who seems very close to Damen – she must face the truth about the terrible accident, her psychic abilities, Damen himself – and decide the course of her life. 
I read this this morning in one sitting; it was itself very addicting. Written in first-person present tense, I didn’t even notice until about half-way through that it wasn’t in past tense, so flawlessly is it written. It’s hard to do present tense well, but it works admirably well here. Ever’s voice is captivating in a subtle way, the prose just right. I found her entirely sympathetic, understandable, mature, and aside from her stubbornness over Ava, never irritating. The pacing, too, is beautifully timed, details revealed at just the right moment, never hidden for the sake of trying to be mysterious.
Another pleasing character was Damen, who was complex, unpredictable, intense enough to please me, and fascinating enough to grip me. It’s hard to picture him as a teenager – I kept seeing him as about 30, 32. Mature. Experienced. Although I find his age – 17 – to be improbable considering what he accomplished at that age, I did find him believable. And desirable! Yeah I have a bit of a crush on Damen. 
Evermore is a lot darker than the others in this sub-genre, but is balanced by Ever’s engaging narrative, sweet Miles (the classic gay sidekick, here handled a great deal better than in, say, the House of Night books), some fun, light-hearted scenes and the warm, sunny Laguna Beach climate. The book drew me in for four hours and completely took over my brain. Just the way I like it. 
I highly recommend this one.
 
-Kathy @SMBSLT

 

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Friend Reviews

 

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