Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Little Brown
Series: Immortal Beloved, #2
Release Date: January 2nd, 2012
Pages: 392 (Hardcover)
You can run from your past, but it will always catch up. Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason it never seems to get any easier. She's left behind her days of debauchery to find peace and forgiveness at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There she's uncovered her family's epic history, reclaimed her magickal powers, and met Reyn, whom she dubs "the Viking god. " Just as she settles into her new life, Nastasya learns that her old friends might be in town.... Reuniting with her gorgeous and dangerous ex-best-friend, Innocencio, Nas wonders if she'll ever be truly free of her dark legacy. Is Incy dangerous, power-hungry, and wicked? Or is he the only one who truly understands Nas's darkness? Either way, Nas is desperate to find out who she really is-even if the answer kills her.
Thoughts: Actual rating is 4.5 stars.
Although I definitely adored this book, unfortunately for me it's not exactly as awesome as its predecessor.
The story continues where the last book left off. Nastasya is still in River's Edge, but things are suddenly going downhill in her life, and she feels surrounded by dark magick. She then finds out that her old friends are in town, including Innocencio, her ex-best-friend who wants her back in his life, just like old times. But Nasty picks up a change in Incy, and starts questioning what his motives really are, while uncovering more of her own dark powers from her bloodline, and wondering if she will ever be truly free of it.
The title of this book fits perfectly, cause darkness really does fall.
Nasty is as awesome as always. I just love this bitch, seriously. She's well on her way in becoming one of my most favorite YA heroines of all time. And I loved that the author put a few "My face is not that expressive" moments in this book also, because that has definitely become a catchphrase. xD We also get to see more flashbacks from her past, including one that really made me tear up. For those of you who read this already, I'll give you a hint: Bear. *sniff sniff*
The romance. Well, we see some more sexual tension between her and Reyn during the first half of the book. And then this little chick Amy came along, who is basically Nell Lite. She's Anne's sister and she wants to jump Reyn's bones, pretty much. She also happened to be the reason I had to take away half a star from the rating. This book had what I'd like to call the Second-Book-Syndrome. Basically, it's when the "Other Girl" character shows up, and the love interest starts getting cozy with her and shit, and the protagonist has to suffer through seeing them together over and over again.
Now, Reyn is a very quiet, brooding, tortured-by-his-past kind of guy, most of you who read the first book already know that. But this Amy chick keeps making him all warm and smiley and stuff, and there was even one part where Nasty sees them walking out of his room laughing and shit. It annoyed me because this is becoming a stupid trend in YA sequels and I just want it to go the hell away.
What also bothered me was that it was never resolved in the end. Like, it was never even mentioned again. Like it never happened. I want to know what the hell went on between them in his fucking BEDROOM. -_- Don't just brush it off and expect us to forget. Some of us were actually starting to like Reyn.
But it appears Amy will still be around. Maybe it'll be addressed in the last book, I don't know. But still, it really pissed me off that this series would stoop so low and have the Other Girl character. Twice, albeit Nell's affection towards Reyn was never returned since he was too dense to even realize she had any feelings for him.
Anyways, besides that unfortunate annoyance, I loved everything else about this book. The whole thing with Incy and the dark magick and everything, I kind of was expecting it, but I never expected anything to go that extreme. During the end parts I got really engaged, and my jaw was open the whole way through.
At least the author wasn't cruel in that she didn't end with a huge cliffhanger. That'll make the wait for book three a tiny little teensy bit more bearable. Ish.
Overall, awesome book, awesome series, go read it. K, thanks, bye.