August 24, 2011

Night Star by Alyson Noel

excerpt here 
Series: The Immortals
Format: Hardback
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down...and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart — and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen — a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got — and bring out powers she never knew she had — to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: Is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Haven has turned out for the worst after Roman's death, proving to be an enemy more lethal than Drina, filled with hate and lusting for revenge against Ever. Haven is so drunk on her powers that she's becoming irrational and unpredictable, ultimately alienating her remaining true friend in Miles.

This is another test for Ever, because of this experience she discovers her limits and the things she's willing to do for friendship and for love. Even after multiple attempts on her life done by Haven even threatening those who are powerless against her, Ever still tread on with the hopes of saving Haven from herself. But it appears as if Haven is beyond saving, stooping so low as attacking Jude and Miles just to exact vengeance on her former bestfriend.

As we draw to a close, a couple of loose ends are being slowly tied by Alyson Noel. The villains are all gone except for that enigmatic warning or prophecy at the end which makes me wonder what their next hurdle is.

I'm glad that Ever ditched her good girl image in this one and decided to fight with Haven. Though there were times where I was so mad at Haven I was wishing that they should just get it over with and fight it til the end. Or at least give that girl a lashing and butt whooping she certainly deserves. Talk about your typical insecure, self-centered and "victimized" teen, that's Haven for you.

On the other hand I would like to give Ever her own deserved tongue lashing and ass whooping the way she's been treating her dear Aunt Sabine. I mean she's becoming such an ingrate! I know she wants to protect her and keep her out of it but seriously how hard is it to go through the motions of normalcy? At seventeen, she doesn't have to wait long before she can move out of Sabine's house and be on her own. After all she has an ETERNITY to spend with Damen. Or at least make a convincing lie for appearance's sake.

My other consolation is at least Damen is being a little assertive in this one. 'Bout time.

Anyway, I've been surprisingly taken by this series. It has it's hits and misses but overall it's entertaining enough. If one reads beyond the talk about Karma, reincarnation, and other cosmic stuff, you'll actually see that Ever's life is an example, though a well-contrived fictional one, of a moral story. It shows us the "ripple effect" and even if some scenes and conversations in the book are very teen therefore irritating for a non-teen like me, it has its merits and in a way Alyson Noel is sharing with us her values and her take on losing people you love, trust and friendship.

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