April 9, 2013

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

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Immortal Beloved

Author: Cate Tiernan
Series: Immortal Beloved #1
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Pages: 407
Review by: Tessa

       Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never die? Let me tell you that it isn't all charm and happy endings.
       Nastasya (Nasty for short) is immortal, but she is tired of it. Living for hundreds of years is exhausting! She decides to lay low for a couple decades, but she quickly runs into the wrong crowd. She spends her days drinking, partying, and just being a spoiled rich girl. This all changes when her best friend for the past hundred years tortures a human. Nasty realizes that she needs to get help now. She goes into rehab for immortals at a secluded farm in Massachusetts. Living a farm girl life is harder than Nasty expected, especially when you live with a guy who acts (and looks like) a Norse god. But no one expected what would happen when Nasty's past catches up with her.

       I know this book is not widely known, but it should be! It showed that life is not all rainbows and lollipops. This book was raw, and that made me love the characters even more. Nasty, a very appropriate name for her at the beginning, made one of the most impressive personality changes that I have ever read. She changed from a snotty party girl to a genuinely caring person. Tiernan slowly gave us the story of Nasty's past in a way that left me infuriated and hungry for more. She emphasizes how important the past is, even if it is not pretty. 
       There is a bit of romance, but it is balanced with the angst and overcoming of obstacles. This is definitely not insta-love. Both of the characters needed to fight their demons alone before they could do it together. The mood of the relationship kept me on edge and was romantic without being sappy.
       There is also a romance that is somewhat predictable, but still swoon-worthy. Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars. The next book in the series is Darkness Falls. It is definitely a good sequel, but that is all I am going to say.


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