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Monday, February 8, 2010

Blue Moon, The Immortals, Book 2 by Alyson Noël

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 284


From the Cover:
Alyson’s Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive” “beautiful” “haunting” and “mesmerizing.” In the second installment, Ever can bring her family back from the dead—but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.
Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

Ever's life can't get much better, well, that's a lie. She's lost her entire family including her dog, Buttercup, but since she can't undo time, her life is the best that it can be. She really misses her bratty kid sister, but Riley has promised to send a sign from the great beyond, and as yet, Ever hasn't heard or seen anything from her. Sometimes, she wishes that Riley had have stayed, but Ever knows in her heart that it was time for Riley to move on. Even the ghost of a little sister was better than none though.

What saves Ever's existence from being a total nightmare is the love of her life, Damen. He's so patient and sweet, he has loved her for more than 400 years, through many lifetimes of heartache and misfortune. He has watched her died over and over again. But with Drina's death, Ever's life can bloom into an immortal existence along with his.

But, what neither knows is that Drina isn't the only rogue immortal who's infected with hatred and an existence beyond the bounds of humanity. When Roman come into their lives, he is bent on destruction. With the loss of his own unrequited love, Drina, he has vowed that Ever and Damen will be cursed to not know the love both have been seeking throughout history.

In one mighty swoop, Roman turns Ever's life into a living hell. All of her friends are no more, Damen can't remember why she was important to him in the first place, and Summerland has become a mysterious place more baffling than it is beautiful. How will Ever make it right? How will she right Roman's insanity?

Blue Moon by Alyson’s Noël is an excellent addition to the Immortal Series. As we learn more about Damen's existence before Ever, the hardship that was his life before the immortal juice and the orphans that surrounded him to Ever's present day, we discover that a person who isn't perfection. It is only after meeting Ever's incarnation that he strives to achieve what he seemingly cannot have, a life with Ever that could be perfection.

In Blue Moon, just as we think we're going to see their happily ever after, disaster strikes. Roman comes into the picture looking for revenge and achieving it. Ever watches as Damen slips further and further away, as he becomes a person that she doesn't know, as he becomes the superficial teen of her nightmares, and still she loves him. And then he becomes so ill, it's all she can try to do to save him and set things right. But in setting things right, she wonders if their love was ever really meant to be, look what's happening to Damen because she made it possible for them to be together. I highly recommend this book for a great YA read, Alyson’s Noël has brought this story to life, making the reader long to fight for what's right, the eternal love of Ever and Damen. I was captivated from page one, and I'm looking forward to Shadowland where their story continues and I hope, grow. Ever has some redeeming to do. This book is the second in the series and I recommend reading them in order as one book picks up from the pages of the last, excellent story telling!

I picked this book up myself eagerly after reading the first, all opinions expressed are my own.

12 comments:

Teddyree said...

I enjoyed your review much better than mine Dottie, hahaha, now you need to read Shadowland and let me know what it's like LOL

Blodeuedd said...

I have had this tab open for like 4 hours now, I have been very lazy.

So to get to it, great review Dottie :D I have been eyeing this series, but I do not know with YA these days

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Teddyree!

I told you I enjoyed the book, lol. Different perspectives, lol. I loved Ever's fight to save both Damen and herself, but when she tries, she realizes that maybe she can put everything right, but maybe everything was right to start with. I love the underdog, the fight, and Ever's idea of trying to save her family, even if it means not having Damen, a sacrifice she's willingly to make. But in doing what her short teenage years tell her is right, she screws the whole thing up!! That's what made it fun for me. Because I'm screaming don't do it! Repeatedly. At a book. LOL I'm still eagerly anticipating Shadowland, I hope I get to pick it up soon.

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

Yeah, it's differently an urban fantasy YA with elements of paranormal romance, but you didn't really enjoy the House of Night series, so I'm not sure you'd enjoy this series either. I would say to try your library to see if they have a copy of Evermore, the first book. You definitely have to enjoy reading YA books and urban fantasy, because this isn't a straight fantasy read with mysticism or magic (well, it's got a magical background, but you don't learn that until book two and then it's just touched upon). And I do know that you mean about spending time reading something you didn't enjoy.

((hugs))

Dottie :)

elaing8 said...

Great review.I really like this series too.I can't wait to read what happens next.
plus in August we get her spin off series.Riley's story :)

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

My stepdaughter has these books and loves them. I need to see if she will let me borrow them. Great review!

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Elaine!

I'm glad you enjoyed it, YAY! I really like this series, and can't wait to pickup Shadowland. I'm looking forward to Riley's spinoff too, it's got me wondering.

I put your book in the mail, hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Dottie :)

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Donna!

I enjoy this series, it's similar in structure to the House of Night Series and Firespell, young heroines trying to assimilate to a new life. Hope you stepdaughter lets you borrow them, lol, promise her the next Chloe Neill book or the Riley's spinoff, she'll cave, I would!

Dottie :)

Lea said...

Great review Dottie!

The cover art for this book is quite lovely and it sounds like a genuinely touching story.

Thanks so much for sharing.

;)

L

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Lea!

It's a good YA series, I'm loving it (though Teddyree doesn't agree with me wholeheartedly, LOL, hush...don't tell her I told!).

Thanks Lea!

Dottie :)

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Hon...great review....wish I had more time for reading...but since I don't I enjoy reading the reviews.

Hugs
Hawk

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Hawk!

It was a good book, I was really looking forward to it.

At least there are plenty of reviews to read, growing community!

((hugs sweetie))

Dottie :)

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