Monday, July 22, 2013

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Review by Tempest (I know, it's been so long)

Blurb:

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.

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I'm a big fan of Cate Tiernan's Sweep series, so I was really glad that I enjoyed this book just as thoroughly as I would have had it been about witches. Sticking with that, there is still magic in the world created for the main character, Nasty (though I admittedly don't care for the name. At all.), who happens to be an immortal. Her friends are also immortal, and living for centuries has really done a number on their, for lack of a better word, humanity. After witnessing her best friend do something horrible, Nasty makes the decision to leave, searching out a woman she met years ago. The characters in this book are all very vivid, though at times I wished we got to see more of certain ones, and learn more about their backgrounds. Because most of the key players live forever, there's so much material here for the author to play with, and I grew increasingly curious what turns she was going to take and when. Nasty's soul searching is believable. I completely buy into the fact that she's done some terrible things and now she wants to do better. The way this is approached, almost like these characters are all addicts, was interesting, and helped make it realistic. There's action in this story, a splash of romance, and mystery. I would have liked a little more oomph in the ending, however, knowing that there's another book helps soften the blow a little. If you're interested in magic, learning a little history, and reading about a sassy character, then this is definitely the book for you.

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