Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And there’s no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends… when you’re immortal. But this time is different: Nastasya knows that this new town must hold her salvation—or her death.
Nastasya was born into darkness, and has embraced it her whole life. Four hundred years ago, a tragedy robbed her of her birthright, and she’s been living a lie ever since. Now, four centuries of exploring the depths and limits of dark power has left Nastasya feeling sickened unto death. If she continues down this road, she will end up as a very dark, twisted, evil thing—with unthinkable power. Or she can begin the long, painful road toward light, and reclaim the destiny that others tried to destroy.

They’re rare. You may have never met one, never sat next to one on a plane, never eaten in the same restaurant at the same time. But the Immortals are there. Have always been there. Will always be there. Moving among humans, playing out their own cursed fate. Sometimes subtly, sometimes with huge, sweeping implications for mankind. But no one will ever know. Except you. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

Whoa, y’all. I got so much more out of this book than I was expecting. Of course, I’d never have picked it up if I didn’t think I’d be intrigued by it, but I didn’t expect it to strike me as anything above average.

Well, turns out…it did. Average is somewhere down here and this book is way up here.

Nastasya and Reyn are great characters: both with captivating personalities and backgrounds. I can’t wait to see where their story goes next. I love the sparks they throw off each other: the love/hate thing they have going is very realistic and believable, the chemistry Tiernan projects of them is amazing!

I also loved the flashbacks: which is rare. Normally I hate them and either skim them, skip them or go back and read them later. In my opinion, they stick out like a sore thumb a large majority of the time.

The immortals are pretty original I think…they aren’t exactly like anything else I’ve read anyway. I love the concept of them…they’re like vampires minus the creep factor. The fact that they are largely a party-loving immature group is fantastic I think, it makes them more believable because if you lived that long, do you really think you could survive taking yourself too seriously? Sure they were a little annoying, but always very real.

Anyway – pick this book up and read it. It is fascinating and you’ll be left waiting for the next one just like I am! I originally just borrowed it from the library and have since gotten a copy to keep  for myself!

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Misty December 3, 2010, 10:23 pm

    Hmm, that good, huh? Might have to bump this one up on my list. But then, a lot of things have been bumped lately, so I still don't know how high that puts it. Besides, I think it might be buried in my closet somewhere…
    BUT at least I'll put it on the definite list instead of the maybe…

  • A Tale of Many Reviews December 5, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I have this book, but haven't read it yet. Glad to know I have something to look forward to. 🙂

  • Jami December 5, 2010, 4:58 pm

    This one is on my wishlist. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it! 🙂


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