Shadowland (The Immortals)
Author: Alyson Noel
This book is third in the series: The Immortals which follows Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste, two teenagers who have struggled to be together over the centuries. They face constant obstacles that threaten their true love.
Shadowland leaves off shortly after Blue Moon. Ever and Damen have been cursed by Roman. And there’s nothing like a good curse to keep lovers apart.
They can never touch each other, not kiss or even a brush of fingers. Should they touch, Damen could die. Ever is determined to find a way to break the curse and has little regard for the rules of magick. She’ll break all of them if that means she and Damen can finally be together. But will she stop when it risks the life of her best friend?
This was certainly the best one that I’ve read out of the series so far. I’m not sure if that says very much though. Ever is still full of assumptions about people and self-pity. Both qualities are nasty, but! There’s a but! She’s given a purpose in this installation I feel. She wants to save Damen from a curse that is technically her fault so there’s more than just her wallowing and unending longing.
Ever thinks she knows everything which only gets her into more trouble. It’s terribly frustrating. I’ve yelled at this book a couple of times. And you know the saying about assuming. She makes an ass of herself A LOT.
The love between Ever Bloom and Damen Auguste is what I would describe as all consuming. And while that is something to behold, it is also utterly consuming. By that, I mean that is Ever points it out constantly. While eternal love is the subject of this series as well as the complications of being able to have it, I wish it hadn’t been so repetitive. There has to be more than just being told about this everlasting love right?
(Love this guy by the way. He’s fantastic.)
Moving away from the everlasting love (much like the song that never ends even though you wish it did), I have to mention Ever’s friends. I have to mention them because while Ever deems them her best friends, they act like anything but. To them it appears like she’s a burden. Like she’s only good enough because of the house her aunt owns. It’s pointed out that she’s a freak over and over. They might as well join in as antagonists because the actual friend moments are so small you need a microscope for them. It’s tragic.
The story is fast paced with twists and turns that’ll certainly keep you reading even though you’ll be shaking your head, wondering how the heck Ever Bloom made it this far. On top of that I found myself wondering why three-fourths of the details in the book was listed off. Personally, I don’t feel like you can see everything better by reading off a list. It’s less natural. Less smooth.
More so, the story is all over the place. It feels like you make a sharp turn at fifty miles an hour when you shift from one problem the character faces to another one that she nearly forgot about.
While I do believe it’s the best one in the series, I still couldn’t get on board with this book though it did better in adding drama. The writing still felt stiff because it kept telling me what was happening instead of showing me. There wasn’t a lot happening and the way the characters came across was deeply unappealing.
“And even though you prefer not to believe it, take it from someone who’s been there all along. Damen waits for no one. And he certainly never waited for you.” (Roman to Ever, p. 25)
“We always want what we can’t have. It’s human nature. We’re hardwired that way…” (Roman to Ever, p.80)
“I’ve already tried a life without you, when I went back in time, and guess what? Fate sent me right back!” (Ever to Damen, p.238)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Eternal Flame by The Bangles