Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Title: Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved Series #1)
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 88% or B+
Buy It: Amazon
Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
My Thoughts::
After reading several disastrous takes on the whole immortality part of the fantasy genre, I pretty much gave up on reading it. They just became frustrating and could never fully explain themselves to my liking. But something about this book instantly interested me, so I decided to give it a try.

The plot really impressed me. It didn't rely on the fact that Nasty is an immortal to keep me interested. Nor did it rely on a love interest. Though of course there was one. But this one was actually to my liking and developed to an extent that proved that it wasn't just done out of convenience or just to appeal to readers. I've grown to appreciate books that aren't afraid of some sub plots, and we got a couple here. This made the book more interesting and gave me plenty to think about so my mind wasn't lingering on tedious things or growing bored, waiting for something to happen.

Like I mentioned before, the romantic relationship presented in this book was developed slowly, and in an interesting way. They weren't just thrown together and automatically in looooove. Nasty is a stubborn and somewhat frustrating main character. She took too long to realize the obvious, just to stretch things out farther. Though I like books that take the plot slow sometimes and doesn't jump into every situation.

I liked how Tiernan presented her version of immortals. No frills or complicated backstory that barely makes sense. She kept things simple and straightforward, hopefully revealing more later on. Speaking of revealing more, I'm really liking where this story is going and I can't wait to see what happens next!

Overall I think that Immortal Beloved was a fresh take on immortality without it becoming the sole focus of the book.

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