Monday, March 11, 2013

Review: Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1) By: Cate Tiernan

Title: Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1)
Author: Cate Tiernan
Published: September 7th, 2010
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary:

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:

This was the first book that I read by Cate Tiernan, I had read a review from another blogger, I can't remember who and I immediately picked this book up, I wasn't sure what to expect going into it  but, Tiernan weaved a beautiful story of life, redemption, and change. It was a wonderful story and definitely a nice break from many of the other immortal books that I have read. 

Nastasya is an immortal party girl, until one night her best friend does something that doesn't sit right with her, he tortures a human for no reason at all. Nastasya decides that she needs a change and she remembers meeting a woman long ago who told her of a place for immortals, basically an immortal rehab. When Nastasya first arrives she meets a sexy and mysterious man who she feels like she recognizes but, when you have lived for a century you can't remember every person you meet. Learning to live a real life again, Nastasya has to face everything in her past that she has been running from.

I really enjoyed Nastasya because this book was different from many of the b books that I have read that involve immortals have not been as deep as this one and really engaged me. Tiernan really made me connect with her character by showing you that living forever is not as easy as it sounds. I feel like every single person can related to coming to a point or a time in their life where they didn't understand how they had gotten their or felt like they needed a change. I couldn't imagine living for a hundred years and being the exact same person during that time. The road to recovery was long and hard for Nasty, filled with obstacles and challenges along the way , each time she made progress I could feel myself being proud for her, rooting for her, and wanting her to succeed. This book also involves magic and history which I really enjoyed. Learning about the history of Nasty and immortals was so interesting and it captivated me each time we got to learn about it. 

This book was a great break from typical YA, and I definitely recommend it to older readers only because I feel like they will appreciate it more. Definitely pick this one up, I already got the second book and I can't wait to see where Tiernan will take me.

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  1. Well, Kristen, I like paranormal novels a lot but I feel like they are all the same now
    I don't know why
    GREAT review, though
    Might read this sometime
    Your reader,

  2. I had this book on my radar for quite a while now, but I deleted it from my tbr list. Not sure why, but I could never find a copy of it & I didn't want to order it online. Now, after reading your review, I might have to check it out a bit more. It sounds really good and I do want to read more paranormal books. :)

    Nina@J'adore Happy Endings

  3. I read Tiernan's Sweep series years ago and was obsessed with it (I highly recommend it) so I knew I had to get Immortal Beloved Unfortunately, though, I felt like it was all promise with no real pay-out. The potential was there, but for me, Tiernan never really delivered. I know a lot of people loved this book, though, so that could be more about my reading hang-ups.

    I loved your review. Even though we didn't exactly have the same reading experience for this one, you made some really valid points, especially concerning Nasty's recovery.

    -Kelly @ Paper Fantasies


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