Immortal Beloved

Posted May 11th, 2012 by in *Review / 9 comments

Title: Immortal Beloved
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date:ย September 7th, 2010
Classification:ย  Paranormal YA

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.

My Thoughts

Nastasya is a 400+ year old immortal who has chosen to spend the rest of her life having fun and partying until a friend of hers goes too far and badly hurts a human. She once spent years and years with Incy but now can’t get away from him fast enough. After that night she just wants to leave London and find a place where she can change. Remembering another Immortal she met years ago she decided to go to the United States to see if her offer still stands to help Nastasya and let her stay with her. River is pleased she final made her way to her but there are some other people that aren’t so happy with her being around. Someone even wants her dead.

When I first started this book I was a little confused. It could have just been me (and the fact I started reading it at 1 in the morning) but for a bit I just felt like I was really missing something. Home in London, Nastasya and a group of friends were on their way to another club when Incy began using his magic to torture their cab driver. Nastasya didn’t like this and suddenly she was extremely fearful of the friend she has had for literally forever. She was scared and extremely paranoid and although I understood the being scared part there was so much of her past I didn’t know yet so it was hard to understand the paranoia. It felt like too much with so little to back it up but as the story progressed I got to know a little more about Nastasya and it helped me understand her a lot better.

Nastasya had been through a lot which is to be expected when you have lived for more than 400 years. She had a lot buried in her past and although I can’t really talk about it here it was really sad to read about. People have to live their whole lives knowing their pasts but for humans the amount of time they live is nothing compared to how long Nastasya will have to hold on to it. Living forever may have its perks but it also has its downsides. Overall, I really liked her and how forward she usually was. She had her issues but she found River because she wanted a change. She felt like she was the reason for all the bad things that she had seen in her life and she feared that she had a darkness inside of her that she would never escape. She learns a lot from River and although she hits some rough patches she doesn’t quit or leave the home.

“In the last ten minutes, she had unraveled my very persona, split my chest open and laid bare the rotting corpse inside me. I was completely freaking out.”

River was 1,300 so she knew some things. She was really nice and had decided to dedicate her life to helping Immortals having hard times in their lives. She helped them embrace the earth and life and gave them hope for their futures. She showed them a better way to live. She really was a sweet person but she was also a no nonsense type of person. She wanted to help Nastasy but only when she was willing to help herself. She didn’t play around.

“I couldn’t quite place him as I rolled down my window. Please, please be some sex-starved nutcase who want to kidnap me and make me your love slave, i begged silently.”

That is Reyn she is talking about ๐Ÿ™‚ The second she meets him she feels like she has met him before, like she knows him from somewhere else, but he insists that they had never met before. Reyn was one of the people that wished she didn’t come to the home and he doesn’t hide those feelings. He was openly distant and it was clear he didn’t want her there. Nastasy couldn’t figure out what his problem was and although he was like that she couldn’t help but feel attracted to him even when she could feel something was off. She described him as looking like a Viking god so who could blame her. I surely can’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

Besides my confusion at the beginning I really did enjoy reading this book. Some of it was kind of predictable and didn’t really shock me but then there were some things I couldn’t have thought would happen. There were a couple things thrown in once or twice that I felt should have been addressed more before it was over but I guess I will just have to wait and see what will happen in the next one (which is out already so I should really get on it and go buy it).

Bianca

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9 Responses to “Immortal Beloved”

  1. candace

    Ive heard others say that the beginning confused them too. I don’t think this is a book I will ever read, for some reason its just not appealing to me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Stephanie

    I hadn’t heard of this book til now. It sounds like an interesting, if not somewhat confusing, read. May have to add this to my TBR list. Thanks for the great review!

    • Bianca

      I just felt like I was missing something I should have already known when I started it. I don’t know if that makes sense but yeah I don’t like confusing starts either. Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Nicci @ Paper Dreams

    I’ve been debating on reading this forever! The reviews have generally been somewhat mixed, and I read some of the author’s other books but did not love them. Thanks to your wonderful review, I am even more torn! ๐Ÿ˜› Some elements sound like stuff I would love, but the romance aspect sounds a bit cliched. I might just have to read this one to find out though. lol. Great review!

    • Bianca

      Yeah I haven’t read anything else by her so I have nothing to compare it to. Glad you liked the review. If you get a chance to read it I hope you can enjoy it.

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