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.

Book Review: Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel

3975774Title: Evermore (The Immortals #1)
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: February 3rd 2009
Rating: 3,5 stars
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After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school-but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.
Damen is gorgeous, exotic, and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head-wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea who he really is-or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Evermore starts with the reader meeting the main protagonist, Ever Bloom. Ever was in a tragic car accident that killed both her parents, the family dog and her little sister, Riley. Miraculously, Ever survived. But she was never the same again. You see, when she died, she saw her parents crossing a bridge, while she chose to linger around for a while. And by then, it was too late. The bridge had vanished and she could never be with her parents again. From the moment Ever woke up in the hospital, she saw people’s aura’s, bright, colourful shapes hovering above their head. She was able to read people’s moods instantly, to hear other people’s thoughts, and to see their very emotions. Things get particularly bad when she touches people. Yep, she’s pshycic now. And on top of that, she can also see dead people, for example her little sister Riley.

Moving from Oregon to Laguna, to another life and another high school, Ever left behind the popular girl she was once was, and now joined the crowd of social rejects, including her best friends Haven and Miles. But that’s until the day Damen shows up at school. Damen is everything every girl could dream of: mysterious, gorgeous, intelligent, witty, funny, adventurous…But there’s also something off about him. Something Ever can’t really place. But as the evidence starts to pile up against him, Ever must find out whether or not she can really trust Damen…

First of all, I like Ever, the main protagonist of this story. I like her because she’s a different. Before she had the accident in which both her parents and little sister got killed, she was popular, outgoing, social and all that. But seeing her beloved family die right in front of her eyes made her stop caring about those superficial things in life. Now she cares about having real friends, friends who love her and trust her, and getting along with her aunt Sabine, who’s now taking care of her. But Ever hasn’t just changed because that’s what people do after a traumatizing experience. She’s also changed because she now has abilities she couldn’t dream of before. Abilities like mind reading, seeing auras, etc. Abilities she never asked for. So when we meet Ever at the start of this book, she’s a bit of the odd one out, even when taking her friends in the perspective as well. She hides behind hoodies, not just because she wants to keep all the noise, thoughts and opinions out, but because she wants to hide herself from life as well. She is a spectator of life, rather than a person actually living it. It’s an intriguing point to start out, and Ever’s emotional journey throughout this book is intriguing as well. She tries to embrace her new self, and we all know that isn’t always easy.

As for the side characters, they’re interesting. Damen is gorgeous, seriously. Even the way he describes and acts – a mix of hot and cold that would totally fit Katy Perry’s song – everything about him screams mysterious, sexy and drop-dead gorgeous. On the scale of book boyfriends I want to appear in real life, he rates very highly. The problem is though that I have absolutely no idea why Ever would ever want to date him. I know, that totally contradicts what I just said. He’s gorgeous, true, but he’s also a liar, he leaves at the most inappropriate moments, he disappears when Ever needs him the most, and the list goes on like that. So yes, more than good enough for a fling, but Damen isn’t really boyfriend material. Nevertheless, Ever keeps forgiving him, going with him to disneyland, etc. although the nagging feeling in her mind that he’s hiding something is always there. I can see why she wants to give him a chance, but halfway through the book even she has to realize that Damen isn’t telling her the whole truth, and that people who hide things generally can’t be trusted.

Aside from Damen, there are two other characters often mentioned: Miles and Haven. Miles is gay, and overly so. I have some gay friends, and none of them really acts or behaves the way Miles does. Then again, I imagine that some people might act this way. I have to admit that I do like Miles; he reminds me of the gay character in Ugly Betty, whose name I temporarily forgot, but whom I liked as well. Ever’s other friend is Haven. Now, that girl is something else altogether. I don’t like her. I hate her. In fact, I want to burn her right here and now and be done with it. Haven is obnoxious, boring, undeserving of two such good friends as Ever and Miles, and constantly friend hopping. I never understood people who alternate between groups of friends as easily as if they were changing their clothes. But I think Haven is supposed to be this way. She’s supposed to be the person we all hate, but can slightly relate to anyway. She’s misunderstood, lonely, and thinks she’s unloved as well. We all feel like that sometimes, but not to the extent Haven does.

As for the storyline, I thought it was intriguing. A tad bit predictable with Ever falling for Damen and he having a big secret and all. But this is only book one in the series, and its purpose is to lay out the setting and introduce us to the characters. Keeping that in mind, the book is very enjoyable, the writing is fluent and the pacing is fast. Definitely recommended for all lovers of the young adult paranormal genre.

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

Do you want a chance at winning your own copy of Evermore? Check out The Immortals Giveaway to win the entire series!

The Immortals Theme Week

The Immortals Theme Week runs from January 11th – January 16th.

This week I will review all six books in The Immortals series by Alyson Noel. Some of the memes during this week will also focus on the series, or on the author’s other book series. I love The Immortals, and I think Damen makes one of the most intriguing boyfriends in all young adult literature, so of course I’m eager to revisit the series and write down my thoughts about them on a book per book base. In addition to the theme week, there will also be an international giveaway of all six books in the series, and a second winner will receive a copy of Everlasting. Scroll down for more information.

Week Schedule

Wednesday January 11th
Start of The Immortals Giveaway
Review of Evermore (The Immortals #1)
Waiting on Wednesday with The Immortals

Thursday January 12th
Review of Blue Moon (The Immortals #2)
Author Spotlight with Alyson Noel

Friday January 13th
Review of Shadowland (The Immortals #3)
Friday Finds Theme Post

Saturday January 14th
Review of Dark Flame (The Immortals #4)
On My Wishlist: Riley Bloom Series

Sunday January 15th
Review of Night Star (The Immortals #5)

Monday January 16th
Review of Everlasting (The Immortals #6)
End of The Immortals Giveaway

Giveaway Information

The first prize of the giveaway is a six book package including all books in The Immortals series: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star and Everlasting.
A second winner will receive a copy of the last book in the series, Everlasting.
The contest is open internationally, and ends on January 31st.