Book Review: Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel

6818083Title: Blue Moon (The Immortals #2)
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: July 7th 2009
Rating: 3,5 stars
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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…

Blue Moon starts exactly where Evermore left of: with our main character, Ever Bloom, still being as clueless as ever. Her new boyfriend, gorgeous, sexy and mysterious Damen has introduced Ever to an entirely new world, Summerland, where dreams can become reality, magic is everywhere and answers are found in the most unexpected of places. Unfortunately Summerland is also the key for Ever to discover all the secrets Damen wanted to keep hidden from her. For starters, his own past. And the part of his past that is entertwined with her.

On top of that, as Ever’s powers only seem to increase and grows, Damen’s are diminishing every day. A new guy shops up at Ever’s school, Roman, and although she has the feeling he’s bad news, apparently she’s the only one who thinks so. As her friends further distance themselves from her, Ever finds that she can rely on no one but herself to get to the bottom of this. With the help of Ava, the phsycic who helped Riley move on to the afterlife, she may just stand a chance. But when even Damen turns against her, Ever feels more than ready to give up. Can she find the strength within herself to fight back?

What bothers me about Ever, is her indecisiveness. I like it when a main character takes control. Don’t take me wrong, I’m all fed up with the female kick-ass heroines who have super powers Superman couldn’t even dream of and save the day every single time as well, but sitting around doing absolutely nothing to help the situation for more than three quarters of this book isn’t exactly a good solution either. Damen is out of the picture most of the time, and so are Haven and Miles. So in the end, it all comes down to Ever, Ever and Ever. Since Ever isn’t exactly the most enjoyable character out there, this would be a giant dissapointment…

If it weren’t for Roman, resident bad guy. Roman is deliciously evil, and with delicious, I actually mean delicious. He is charming, sly, seductive, and yet he’s just about as evil as they come. He knows how to play the game of hot and cold like no other. I actually liked him a lot better than Drina, the evil villain from book one. Roman has class and style and well…spoiler alert, but at least he somewhat manages to succeed in his plan. You already notice this halfway through the book, so it’s not that big of a spoiler. I always feel let down with the resident evil villain comes up with this amazingly devilish plan but then always fails before they even get started. Not in this case. And for that, bonus points. Lots and lots of bonus points.

The storyline itself is surprisingly predictable, but engaging nevertheless. Although I had to go /facepalm a couple of times, I did end up feeling sorry for Ever when every single person turned against her. If it were me, I would have either gone beserk and tried to kill Roman, or just run away forever. Or think about it and come up with a better solution. The pacing is fast, and the loose plot ends are a lot less common than in book one.

Blue Moon is a fast-paced, exciting paranormal romance novel for young adults. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of The Immortals series by now. For those of you thinking it’s a blatant Twilight rip-off, it’s not. Alyson Noel does introduce us to some interesting concepts, like Summerland, the building of knowledge (what’s its name again?), immortality without actually becoming a vampire, and an evil guy whose not in it for power and personal gain for once. Definitely recommended to people who enjoy YA paranormal romance.

This book counts towards the Finish The Series Reading Challenge, the Fantasy Challenge, the Speculative Romance Challenge and the TBR Reading Challenge.

Comments

  1. Brianna Rose says:

    I really thought the book was good but at times I didnt like the book because there were so many things happening at once I didnt understand.. I will try and read the rest of the series because i did like this book and plan to read the rest..

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