“Interesting read. I liked the details of historical cultures.”*MsC wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Loved this book, mostly because of the narrator, who managed to carry the story even when the plot felt stagnant.
Opening Sentence: Last night my whole world came tumbling down.
The novel starts out with Nastasya and her friends in a cab, in the middle of another night of club hopping. To be totally honest, books about hard partiers usually aren’t for me, but Nasty (That’s actually her nickname, by the way. Super weird.) was so funny and casual that I kept reading. Then, suddenly, almost out of the blue, her best friend Innocencio snaps the spine of their angry cab driver. And none of her friends are phased. Nasty is horrified, physically ill, and you know what she does? She walks away. Oh, there are a few token protests and lingering horrors, but Nasty is drunk enough that all she wants to do is forget it ever happened.
But as she says in the novel, immortals can’t drink themselves to death, so she wakes up the next morning with a violent hangover and a newspaper that says the cabbie’s paralyzed from the shoulders down for life. She’s horrified — but not just with Incy. The self-hatred that rose from the incident is so raw that I fell completely in love with her character. It’s like she finally sees her life for the first time, her expensive, wastrel world is appalling to her — and she remembers a woman who told her she could have more. So she runs to River’s Edge, part-hippie commune, part-rehab, part-school, and her life gets hard, fast. There’s no quick fix to four hundred years of hideous living, and Nasty has done some truly repulsive things. If she were a real person, and not just a character, I’d never forgive her.
Her life at River’s Edge brings stability, structure, and work. Not things Nasty has had in her life for a century or so. The teachers at River’s Edge, her fellow students, all have their own dark stories, but she can’t trust them. Not even the Golden Viking God Reyn, who is hands down the most gorgeous, stunning guy she has ever had the displeasure of knowing. He’s rude, abrasive, and far too familiar for comfort. Of course, they have an almost romance — but it is a SUBplot, that then feeds the main(ish) plot, while the real/big/important plotline seems to be over-arching between books. Their relationship is complicated, to be overly simplistic, and crowded with a past neither one of them wants to really remember. At least, Nasty doesn’t. She’s made a point of avoiding her less-than-pleasant memories for about 459 years now.
I absolutely loved the world-building around the immortals. People who never die, all around relatively human, but with the ability to use magic. Most immortals pull their power from the earth, killing whatever they draw from and feeding the darkness that’s born inside them. River teaches Nasty a new kind of magick, called Tähti, that draws from oneself and an immortal’s inherent magick. Immortals are everywhere and always have been. They mix with humans, recognizing other immortals when they see them, but honestly, it’s so simple that Tiernan’s world is completely believable.
The plot is almost sedate in Immortal Beloved, while there’s always an undercurrent of dark tension as the reader remembers what Nasty’s hiding from. Honestly, she’s such an entertaining narrator that I almost didn’t notice the plot was slow until the novel ended. The writing is fiercely casual and totally unique to this narrator. There were so many parts where I laughed out loud, or realized that was totally something I’d say or think. It’s a fun, fast book that definitely gets my recommendation.
I let out a theatrical sigh. “So I bet him that I could disappear, successfully, so he couldn’t find me. It’s stupid, I know. I have to stay lost for at least two months.”
Beatrice laughed. “That sounds like Incy. But two months! What did you bet?”
I grimaced. “If he finds me, I have to get his name tattooed on my ass.”
Beatrice roared with laughter, throwing her head back. She smacked the bar lightly with one hand. She positively whooped. Yep, Incy was a scamp, all right.
“Oh, my God!” She wheezed, trying to catch her breath. “And does he have to get yours tattooed on his if he can’t find you?”
I nodded. “Inside a heart. You know how long tattoos last on us.”
Beatrice laughed again. “Oh, God, too funny! You guys are crazy! So I guess you want me to keep seeing you a secret?”
I tried to make puppy eyes at her and probably ended up with more of a rabid squirrel vibe. “Unless you want his name on my ass on your conscience.”
Beatrice whooped again. “Oh, God, no! I can’t have that! I won’t say a word!”
Immortal Beloved Series:
1. Immortal Beloved
2. Darkness Falls
3. Eternally Yours
FTC Advisory: Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Immortal Beloved. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ”
“Nastaya was partying with her friends one night like every other night. Until an upset taxi driver was being rude to her and her friends. Incy her best friend broke the man back with majik a special power immortal’s hold. Nastaya became scared of her best friend and decided to leave to River's home. River's home is kind of like a place for rehab for immortals. She can’t stand staying there and is mistreated because of her attitude towards the rehab. She starts a job and tries to keep her secret that she was a survivor of a power clan 400 years ago. But it is revealed because of her powerful majik.
I liked this book because the character Nastaya wasn't a perfect girl like most characters in other books. She was unique and starts to become more perfect as she stays at River's home. I didn't like the parts went she fought with Reygn all the time. They weren't really in a nice relationship.
“In this book, there is a new name, new life, new friends, and new knowledge. Nastasya, the main character, an immortal, sets out to find a way to find her true self and try to help out to be herself in the past, Lilja, the girl who was the only survivor in the house of Ulfur. She tries to finds her way to control her magic and to dig deep into how powerful her magic is. In the book she stumbles into finding secrets to how she can control her magic to become Tahti, or another meaning good, instead of Terava, evil. She came to River's Edge to find a way to get a new life and focus on what is good for her. When she got to River's Edge she came upon a guy named Reyn. Later on as she stayed at River's Edge she gets these memories or visions of her past life. Though one of her memory she saw a man who looked exactly like Reyn as a winter raider. She stumbled upon knowing it was him all along. At the end they got a long a bit, but not exactly. At the end she then realizes what she wants, she wants to become the girl in her past. She wants to be Lilja the daughter in the house of Ulfur.
I like this book because it got really interesting at the end. She had visions or memories that can show her who she wants to be. It's like hints of what she wants. Also because the book really caught my eye when I first saw and read the back. Like all books the back has a short summary of what the book is about, which clearly got my attention of reading the book. This book is really interesting and really hilarious, but sad from what I read, Nasty (a nickname given) saw her friend her closest friend Incy go insane from missing her though was it really her he was missing or her power or magic
What I disliked about the book is that her friends, her old friends, didn't really care about how they made those non-immortal kids die off a cliff on a race. Also because in the book someone wanted her to have bad luck or even die just from jealousy. What I disliked the most was the whole he wants her magic or misses her magic. The saddest thing in the book was when Nastasya's and Reyn's family both killed each other’s family and they were the only two that survived from the magic of the magic amulet Nastasya kept from her mother.”
“This book surprised me in many ways. I didn't know exactly what the story is about until past half-way through the book. It was nothing I've expected before I started this book but I'm glad that after what seems to be months or so, I finally abled to read it. The first half of the book was a bit slow for me and I've been waiting for something exciting to happen. I didn't get that until I reached the second half where it became hard for me to put down the book. Honestly, I don't like Nastasya at all, since she's so immature and selfish and spoiled-brat. She always rants about things around her and she seemed to see all the bad things and not the good things. It was irritating to hear her thoughts especially during the early part of the story. Thank goodness, her character developed (a little and slowly) as the story continue to unfold. There's also too little romance in this book, but I can see that there will be more in the next installments. I didn't get to see more of Reyn as much as I wanted but somehow their love-hate relationship is something that kept me rooted. I was so anxious to see the two let their emotions out and it was driving me crazy in a good, exciting way. I want to see them together but I think I still need to read the rest of the series to find out.
The characters are good, though not all of them are very likable. Each of these characters has their own secrets and stories that are interesting enough. I love the teachers and the other wayward immortals that adds flavor to the story, except Nell who irritated me the whole time and who I want to send flying off across the Atlantic Ocean!
Even though the plot was a little slow for me in the beginning, I appreciate how the second half was done. I liked how the story was written, including the flashbacks which made me shuddered most of the times. The story is good and there is no doubt that it was written with depth. I enjoyed it and I recommend it to readers who love paranormal/fantasy stories.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The begining is in London, England and the main chracter Nastaya and her friends get into an altercation with a cab driver and her friend Innocenio, or Incy, snaps his spine by using magic. Nastaya dislikes his action and chooses to leave them the next morning. She goes to a home for troubled immortals. There she meets new people including Reyn a man from her past. ”Nia wrote this review Wednesday, September 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't connect myself with the book no matter how much I tried, so I gave up. ”Lexi wrote this review Sunday, June 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was very good! Cant wait for the next one!”Dani A wrote this review Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely love this book!! I've got a crazy crush on Reyn and love Nastasya's sense of humor! ”Madylin wrote this review Sunday, March 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No