Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Review; Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
By: Cate Tiernan
Published: September 7, 2010
Published by: Little, Brown books for young readers
Description: Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.
Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.
Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.
My Thoughts: I love me some Nastayasa (Nas or Nasty for short...I suppose it fits) She's a sarcastic, snarky girl who's a bit emo. She says whats on her mind and is so freaking hilarious I nearly cracked up laughing while listening to the audiobook on the bus home from work (By the way, I loved the audiobook reader. She was perfect!) Because she's lived so long, she and her friends have lost hold of their humanity and I feel as if every day she's struggling to kill herself somehow, to release herself from this ridiculously long and agonizing life.
We begin while Nas is with her friends. They're riding in a cab and the cabbie kicks them out. In anger, one of her friends Incy (he's a guy) uses the magic all immortals posses to torture and break the back of te cabbie, leaving him for dead on the street. This one occurrence of brutality snaps Nas out of her drugged out party life and makes her begin to question her existence and want something more, something better in her life. She leaves her friends the following day in secret and hides at a rehab center for immortals. There, in the span of a few months, she learns more about life than she was able t learn in the entire 400+ years of her existence.
Honestly there wasn't much going on here. We went along, following Nas as she began to discover parts of herself, got a job, and began to truly discover who she was. Nonetheless, this was an amazing book. It touched on so many important things like self discovery, acceptance, forgiveness, growth, dark versus light, and the difference between being alive and living. More than anything though, it discusses the power of love and how it can destroy, uplift, wound, and heal anyone whether you have it or you don't. (just like they discussed in Delirium)
I absolutely loved Immortal beloved and I'll definitely read the next book. I may even read this one again. I loved it, and you all should read it. Oh yea, and to all you vampire book avoiders, this isn't a vampire book so you can just calm down and stop protesting. 5 stars!
Posted by Sherre at 12:55 PM