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Thursday, September 2, 2010
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan "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."- summary from Amazon
I really enjoyed this book and flew through it pretty quickly. I was always turning pages, wanting to know what happened next. Right in the beginning, I wasn't sure if I would want to read this book as Nastasya (and her friends) got on my nerves a little bit, but I kept reading and she grew on me. She's a character that's really well-fleshed out and you learn so much about her emotionally and about her past. Tiernan did a great job of weaving in Nastasya's past into the storyline, floating between the present and the past. It was a really clever way of showing off her immortal life so far and how she got to where she was at the beginning of the novel.
One thing that had me intrigued before I started reading was the fact that this was about immortals. We see paranormal creatures all the time, but you hardly ever see just plain old immortals. It was interesting to read about all that Nastasya's been through.
The last 200 pages or so were particularly suspenseful as that was when the whole "someone trying to kill her" thing occured. There were many twists and turns leading to a surprise ending. There were some questions left unanswered (one in particular that wasn't answered completely to my satisfaction) that I'm not sure will be covered in the sequel though I hope they are. If you've read the book, you can email me and we can discuss.
If you're not into romance, this book is for you. The romance is there in the book, but it's not at the forefront and doesn't really come into play until later in the novel. There's also some humor sprinkled throughout that made me laugh; Nastasya has a sarcastic sense of humor and I loved it!
Overall, a good start to what seems like it'll be a great series. I loved the backstories here and how fleshed out all the characters were. Nastasya's time at River's Edge though was probably my favorite part of the novel and that's where most of it takes place. This book's release date is Sept. 7, but I've seen it in stores already so you might be able to go get your copy today!!
FTC: Received ARC at BEA. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.
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