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Dark Flame (Immortals) Paperback – Bargain Price, January 3, 2012
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“Dark Flame is the best installment in this series yet, ending in a very shocking way that leaves high promise for the next book. The readers' appetite will be whetted for more, the constant addictive craving Noel seems to infuse in every book continuing to guarantee her strong readership. Noel includes plenty of surprising twists, unexpected tie ins and histories, and never lets the reader know what else she has planned…leaving only a burning need for more.” ―AGoodAddiction.com
“A mesmerizing tale of teenage angst, love and sacrifice with plenty of crossover appeal…The startling but satisfying ending shows that Noël knows how to keep her audience hooked. Ever's supernatural struggles are a captivating metaphor for teenage fears about love, relationships and growing up.” ―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on the Immortals series
“Noel's novel is absolutely amazing! Fans of her Immortals series will not be disappointed--Ever and Damen's love is challenged like never before, and the story ends with a big, satisfying twist that will have readers begging for more. This long awaited installment is incredible.” ―Romantic Times (Top Pick) on the Immortals series
“I have never been more unexpectedly surprised by an author. Noel knows exactly how to keep me enthralled in her books…Shadowland is purely mesmerizing. A book with a little bit of everything in it― romance, suspense, friendship, and immortality―all meshed together to create a mind-blowing combination.” ―The Book Blogger on the Immortals series
“Alyson Noel surpassed all my expectations. Not only is Blue Moon an amazing sequel; it sets the bar for the rest of this series very, very high! When I reached the last page of this one, all I could say was 'wow!'” ―Teens Read Too on the Immortals series
“It is the mark of a daring writer to defy expectations and Alyson Noel does that to the power of ten in Blue Moon." I guarantee you will have no idea what's coming in the second book of the series while Alyson Noel surprises you with a big, fat twist and leaves you wanting more, more, more.” ―The Book Chick on the Immortals series
“One of the best books I've read this year... With immortal lovers, trustworthy friends, betraying fortune tellers, and freaky identical twins, what more could you ask for? Blue Moon has me begging for Shadowland! I can't wait for the next in the series.” ―The YA Book Blogger on the Immortals series
“Alyson Noël has many talents to share as a writer, and she proves it again and again with her amazing Immortals series. She writes with an intensity and a passion, her words weaving perfectly together to create an overwhelming experience for the senses and the heart.” ―Teen Reads on the Immortals series
“Mystery + romance + supernatural + drama = definite appeal to teens.” ―Orange Coast Magazine on the Immortals series
“The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems with Blue Moon. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes, especially near the end. Ms. Noel doesn't back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.” ―Night Owl Romance on the Immortals series
“Blue Moon was incredible. If you thought Evermore was full of suspense and unknowns, just wait until you read Blue Moon. Noel surpassed all expectations...The plot was insane, and I mean that in a good way. Noel took this novel in a direction I was never expecting, resulting in an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to end. It was so cleverly pieced, so intricately meshed, I never saw it coming. Fabulous.” ―The Story Siren on the Immortals series
“The Immortals Series is so unique; it's like a breath of fresh air…Noel knows how to pull you into her world with beautiful imagery and mesmerizing words. Blue Moon is a page turner that will keep you reading until the last page. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, Alyson throws in another twist making it impossible to put this book down.” ―5 stars! Fantastic Book Reviews on the Immortals series
“This heart-pounding sequel to Evermore is a must read!” ―Mind of a Bibliophile on the Immortals series
“Evermore will thrill many teen fantasy-suspense readers, especially fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series ... Noël creates a cast of recognizably diverse teens in a realistic high-school setting, along with just the right tension to make Ever's discovery of her own immortality--should she choose it--exciting and credible.” ―Booklist on the Immortals series
“Beautiful main characters, tense budding romance, a dark secret, mysterious immortals―what more could you ask from this modern gothic romance?” ―Justine Magazine on the Immortals series
“When I got a copy of Evermore, I sat down to read it, intending to only read a chapter or two. Instead, I blazed through the first hundred pages before I knew it...and then I didn't want to put the book down. Except I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. So I picked it up the next morning and finished it. Now I can't wait till July for the second book to see what happens next.” ―Blog Critics Magazine on the Immortals series
“Get ready for a wild ride that is filled with twisting paths and mystery, love and fantasy. . . The writing style, story, and characters are a bit like Meyer and Marr's popular books, but written with a new twist and voice. And after reading the book, you too will probably want your own Damen, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.” ―5/5 stars! The Book Queen on the Immortals series
“Readers who enjoy the works of PC Cast and Stephenie Meyer will love this outstanding paranormal teen-lit thriller.” ―Midwest Book Review on the Immortals series
“I found myself unwilling to put the book down, even though I had to at some points, because I wanted to know what was going to happen…Ever was so real and her emotions were so believable that it was a little creepy. It's like Alyson Noël is actually a grieving, lovestruck teenager. She got Ever completely perfect. And by perfect, I mean delightfully flawed and deep.” ―The Frenetic Reader on the Immortals series
“Evermore is a wonderful book that I believe would be a lovely addition to any library . . .Definitely a book that fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr should add to their collections. Definitely engaging and will catch your attention the minute you open to the first page!” ―Mind of a Bibliophile on the Immortals series
“Alyson Noël creates a great picture of each and every character in the book. I am a fan of the Twlight series and I recommend this book to those who like the series as well. It is a very quick read, with all the interesting twist and turns.” ―Flamingnet Book Reviews on the Immortals series
“I loved this book. It really keeps your attention though out the story, because the puzzle gets pieced together bit by bit, but you don't know exactly what happened until the end. The only thing that disappoints me is that the second book won't be published for a while. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.” ―Portsmouth Teen Book Review on the Immortals series
“This is the first installment of The Immortals series. Ms. Noël pens a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you'll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart.” ―Darque Reviews on the Immortals series
“Evermore's suspense, eerie mystery, and strange magic were interestingly entertaining...I found Ever to be a character I could really respect...Recommended.” ―The Bookworm on the Immortals series
“Evermore was a great way to lighten my reading load this winter and provided me with a creative, magical story that I really enjoyed. This is the first in a series for Noël and I think she may have a hit on her hands . . . Evermore has good and evil, likable characters, vivid descriptions and a good story.” ―Planet Books on the Immortals series
“I fell into it easily, and loved the world Noël created . . . The fact that Ever had psychic powers was truly interesting. They flowed neatly through the book and I felt Ever's pain. .trust me, this book was really good. I couldn't put it down. Alyson Noël created an amazing new world, and after this book I am so curious to see where it heads because honestly, I have no idea.” ―Reading Keeps You Sane on the Immortals series
“Ever is an easy character to like. I really felt for her because of all she lost and what she struggled with daily...Evermore was a really fast, engaging read with some great characters. It is the first in a series, so I'm eager to see if we will learn more about Ever, Damen and friends in the next one...it's sure to be a great read.” ―Ninja Reviews on the Immortals series
“Alyson Noël created a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you'll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart and will surprise you.” ―The Ravenous Reader on the Immortals series
“This young adult novel ponders immortal love and the knowledge that "revenge weakens and love strengthens." Fans of the Twilight series should love it.” ―Orange Coast Magazine on the Immortals series
“Noel writes an emotional, thoughtful book that made me cry in a couple of places. Evermore was an easy novel to get sucked into, and I wanted to get back to it as soon as possible. If you love Stephanie Meyer, you will LOVE this book.” ―Night Owl Romance on the Immortals series
“Evermore is a fresh and original work that...branches out and explores new ground. Definitely recommended.” ―Cool Moms Rule! on the Immortals series
“I totally LOVE Alyson Noël's Evermore...Noël has delivered a deliciously fresh new series that will be the next new thing that has every teen and even adults everywhere hooked and waiting for more...This is a keeper and a book that you have to go out and buy right now because if you don't you will be missing out. People will be asking if you have been living under a rock if you don't give Evermore a try, and that is just not acceptable.” ―Talk About My Favorite Authors on the Immortals series--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Acclaim for The Immortals series:
“A mesmerizing tale of teenage angst, love and sacrifice…The startling but satisfying ending shows that Noël knows how to keep her audience hooked.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW ) “Alyson Noël writes with an intensity and a passion, her words weaving perfectly together to create an overwhelming experience for the senses and the heart.” —TEENREADS.COM “The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes…Ms. Noël doesn’t back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.” — NIGHT OWL ROMANCE “I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. And when I was finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.” — TEENS READ TOO “Teen angst and the paranormal make a combustible mix…Getting hooked on this new series, The Immortals, is guaranteed.” —4 STARS! ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKREVIEWS
“Alyson Noël writes with an intensity and a passion, her words weaving perfectly together to create an overwhelming experience for the senses and the heart.”
—TEENREADS.COM “The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes…Ms. Noël doesn’t back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.” — NIGHT OWL ROMANCE “I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. And when I was finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.” — TEENS READ TOO “Teen angst and the paranormal make a combustible mix…Getting hooked on this new series, The Immortals, is guaranteed.” —4 STARS! ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKREVIEWS
“The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes…Ms. Noël doesn’t back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.”
NIGHT OWL ROMANCE “I couldn’t put it down. I dreamt about this book. And when I was finished, I couldn’t get it out of my head. This book was simply breathtaking.” — TEENS READ TOO “Teen angst and the paranormal make a combustible mix…Getting hooked on this new series, The Immortals, is guaranteed.” —4 STARS! ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKREVIEWS
—4 STARS! ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKREVIEWS
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Just had this downloaded to my Kindle today. Finished it today. Quick read. Dark Flame picks up where the last book in the series left off. It begins with Ever explaining to her best friend Haven, that she is now immortal. Ever basically spends the whole book feuding with Haven about her new found immortality, and about Roman. Haven does not believe that Roman tried to kill her. And of course, Ever is still trying to get Roman to give her the antidote, while trying to fight a binding spell gone wrong which accidently binds her to Roman instead of the reverse. She becomes obsessed with Roman as a result and can't even be in proximity of him without freaking out. Oh, and then there is Jude who learns who he was in his past lives, learns about the immortals, and screws things up in a big way.
I have loved the series so far and was anxiously awaiting this book in the series in hopes of getting some resolution to the whole Damen and Ever "curse". If your expecting a resolution to that particular dilemma in this book, you will be disappointed. I was very hopeful as I was nearing the end of the book as to how it looked like things were going to be resolved, but sadly, it didn't turn out as I expected. It did not care for how things were left between Ever and Haven, or how things were "resolved??" with Roman for that matter. I think having Ever and Damen not be able to be "together" through now the 4th book has drawn it out a little too long. By the time the series draws to an end, will we ever get to see them happy together? Will Ever ever catch a break??? I felt very depressed at the end of the book. Ever lost her best friend in a manner of speaking and was so close to having it all to just have it ripped from her in the end....again. I will still read the next one, but I really hope things end on a happier note.
So here we go, book four. Well, I must say that the first few chapters of this book were rather irritating as they dealt with Haven, whom I loathe. However, to my surprise, once she was off the page the novel picked up pace and became more cohesive as the story progressed. Somewhere around the middle it actually became a pretty decent read. Much better than books one and two, by far. Too bad those were pretty much a wash. The plot of Dark Flame is far better than its predecessors, mixing in sub-plots involving black magic, karma and reincarnation. As the quest for the "antidote to the antidote" continues, Ever is faced the continuing war with Roman, resorting to a catastrophic dalliance with black magic. In an effort to woo the antidote from him she inadvertently binds herself to him and goes through some very trying periods, finding herself unable to wrench herself from the darkness she's conjured. This also serves to create a greater chasm between Ever and Damen. It was quite nice to see that this plot had some substance to it.
The Jude story line also continues and when Ever confides in him, and ultimately brings him to Summerland, he learns the truth about their former romantic lives together. To be honest, though Jude makes a tragic "mistake" I'm not all that convinced is a mistake, he's still one of the best characters in the series. His presence adds an element of charm to the series which is otherwise lacking. Furthermore, he seems to bring out the best is Ever and Damen, as characters, and the scenes where they are present are the most vibrant. In my estimation, the Jude storyline is this series saving grace.
I'm pleased to note that Damen, as a character, is becoming more fully realized. It's taken long enough and we're certainly not quite there yet, but this too warrants mention as I feel I don't truly know him yet. But getting a sneak peek into some of his past exploits and watching him play a more focused, pivotal, role has allowed a little insight into who he is. Again, there's still some room to grow here but at least it's a step in the right direction.
What works in this book and what was missing in the first two is the story development. The elements connected and created a linear path that gets the reader from point A to point Z without all the mucking around that happens in books prior. When I was done, I felt as if the pieces actually fit and that installments three and four created a fairly fleshed out plot. Certainly I have my complaints, but I have to be fair and acknowledge that, in my opinion, the actual story is improving.
Here are some elements that really got under my skin:
Haven is the most grating character ever penned. And I read, A LOT. She annoyed me in book one, drove me batty in book two, made me nuts in book three and in book four... well I'm so over it I can't even tell you. Not five pages in I was already prepared to close the book and never turn back. But I can't leave things undone, it's just not in my DNA, so I went back and gritted my teeth, prepared to weather the storm. And what a storm! Haven, in true snarky fashion is all about Haven, no one else. Why Ever can neither grasp or acknowledge Haven's absolute self-absorbed, rude behavior for what it is, utterly selfish, is unfathomable to me. At the first opportunity, Haven jumps the friendship boat and switches to team Roman. This is a best friend? Always pointing her finger and placing blame on everyone else, especially Ever, and taking absolutely no personal responsibility?
I can't stomach it, I simply can't. I have no empathy, no sympathy, nothing at all when it comes to this relationship. Nothing. The notion that Ever could continually support this behavior and prostrate herself for the sake of making peace or placating Haven is so far from believable, I want to scream. What's worse, it's clearly going to pick up again in book five. Haven totally ruined what might have been a really great story. I can't get past her incessant whining, finger pointing, malicious behavior and constant back-stabbing nor can I recover from Ever's inability to grow a backbone when it come to her "friend". Perhaps if this "friendship" was plausible to begin with I could have found this more believable, but Haven has always been a jerk and the end of their friendship had everything to do with that and nothing at all to do with what Ever believes it to be. I just don't get it and it ticks me off.
Another issue is Ever's lack of evolution as a character. I noted this in my review of Shadowlands but feel it merits mention again. People grow, it's what they do. Or at least it's what they're supposed to do. They make a mistake, they step back and, hopefully, they don't make it again. Not Ever. Nope, she's constantly stepping in it over and over again, not trusting the same people, the people she should trust, and making rash decision that have long lasting effects. Why does she have to be such a dolt? Is it supposed to be an endearing quality, like Bella's clumsiness, that makes us feel sorry for the girl who simply can't get it right? If that's the case, boy did Ms. Noel miss the mark on that one. All I want to do is smack Ever on a pretty consistent basis. There's nothing at all endearing about her shoddy judgment and her inability to learn. It just makes her look stupid and inept. Not very good qualities in a heroine.
Sure, toward the end of the novel Ever finally "gets it" but come on, we're on the fourth book already. It seems to me that the author has sacrificed strong character development for the sake of prolonging the series. That being said, of the four books, book three and four are the better installments. The plots are more compelling, the story arcs more successful and cohesive, and ultimately more enjoyable. It's a mixed review as I had many mixed feelings but I still plan to see how this whole things end. Bring on book five...
In a nutshell: I've read some of the more negative reviews and have to agree with some of the criticism. If I were to boil it down to its biggest flaw, I think the issues with these novels are that Ever seems not to be evolving at the pace one would normally expect. She continually makes the same errs in judgment and ridiculous mistakes. Damen is not as fleshed out as I would like him to be and is difficult to connect with as a character. The "antidote" plot is getting old quickly. I'm okay with the characters not being able to touch. I don't need groping in my novels to make them exciting but I do need progress. When after two books have been consumed and you're still in the same place, it begin to wear a person down. If the balance of the series has any hope at all, this needs to be quickly rectified. No, the problem doesn't need to be magically fixed but we do need to be moving in a forward direction. I think that this series would have been far more successful had it been condensed into three or four books. I believe quality was sacrificed for profit and no author should ever sacrifice their creations for the dollar.
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