Author: Alyson Noel
Series: The Immortals #2
Publication: July 7, 2009 by St. Martin's Press
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
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...
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This second installment to Alyson Noel's The Immortal series put me on a series of arguments with myself. As a sequel, the book started just right where Evermore has ended: Ever's learning how to control her abilities, her friends are treating her normal though she's really not, she has at least showed she's doing okay with her family's death and Damen's being such a cool boyfriend. Oh well, not until Roman, another gorgeous and mesmerizing guy, showed up and messed everything.
It basically revolved around Damen's weaknesses and Ever's misjudgments. I kept on arguing with myself that somewhere in this book, I would get the gist of the series. I tried and tried but up till the end, it left me clueless. First, Damen's 600 years old and being around that long should've made you what, wiser? But in his case, he was easily tricked and hypnotized by Roman. I was expecting more from his character. He could've sensed that there's something wrong especially when Ever started feeling weird around Roman and how weird he's going through since he doesn't get sick at all. He could've been prepared and he should have known better. But he was so weak that its very very disappointing.
Second thing, Ever's never-ending misjudgments. From the way she blames herself for her family's death to always trusting the wrong people. I actually liked Roman better specially when he explains why he had to hypnotize and poison Damen. This girl doesn't seem to trust her instincts. Look what happened in the end, because she's so lost, she left Damen just to undo all the misfortunes she's experiencing which is a bit selfish and she believed Roman over those who wanted to really help her. It's quite pathetic.
But but but. There are still some things I liked about the book. Like Riley's sign (which made me teary-eyed), Ever's eagerness to fix everything at the expense of losing Damen (which showed braveness if you'll look at it that way), Summerland (which is the fuss-less part of the book), Roman (which is clever and handsome!) and lastly, BUTTERCUP hahahaha!
I know its rating should only be 2 stars and I tried to make this review as positive as possible (it turned out to be somehow a rant-review LOL) but you see, my heart couldn't give 2 stars. Though the characters are disappointing, I still see a good plot in it.
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