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Immortal Beloved Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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Gr 10 Up–This is both a fantasy about immortals and a contemporary story of an adolescent seeking to know herself. Questions about identity and morality plague Nastasya, an immortal. A heavy-drinking party girl, she speaks as a 21th-century teen, though she was born in 1551. Her connections with friends who flagrantly exploit their magic powers, flippantly causing death and pain to others, have finally set her on a quest for guidance. She looks for River, a calm, intelligent, and patient mentor who heads a retreat in Massachusetts called River's Edge. It is for immortals who seek self-knowledge. Independent Nastasya has trouble following the precepts of the group, but she perseveres because she desperately needs to get beyond the pain of her childhood and the brutal destruction of her family centuries earlier. The other students at River's school are all working through their own personal difficulties, and each character is interestingly drawn. Among them is Reyn, a handsome Nordic fellow whom Nastasya tries to ignore at first because he reminds her of the raiders who murdered her family. The truth of their dark past together becomes a background for their developing connection and strong mutual attraction. Intrigue, humor, pathos, and underlying wisdom combine to make a fascinating read. The open ending naturally leaves readers wondering what will happen next. Suggest this to fans of Frewin Jones's The Immortal Realm (HarperTeen, 2009) and Alyson Noel's Blue Moon (St. Martin's Griffin, 2009).–Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Nastasya, Nasty, is a self-described wastrel partier. When you are immortal and have seen and done everything in your 450-plus years of life, it takes extremes to excite you. For Nasty, the extremes go too far when she watches her best friend, Innocencio, commit a violent crime, and it sends her reeling. Remembering River, who offered her refuge years ago, Nasty heads to West Lowing, Massachusetts, where she finds River’s home for wayward immortals. On this communal organic farm, Nas learns to do chores, finds peace, discovers her inherited power, and meets up with Viking god Reyn. This series-starter has a few steamy scenes, but the romance hinted at in the book’s title is secondary to the story of a young woman taking stock of her choices and shaping her identity. With plenty of immortal teen angst and threats of lurking evil, this makes a strong choice for paranormal bibliographies. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Dobrez
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And the less said about my first impressions of Reyn, the better. I was really wondering how in the hell anyone could make him remotely sympathetic, especially after some of the big reveals. But Tiernan makes it work.
I also LOVED the immortal mythos. It was so refreshing to come across an entirely new sort of fantasy/myth element...something akin to vampires/faeries/et al, but at the same time, totally and uniquely different. I think Tiernan really captures what it might be like to be immortal...to continue to exist while everything around you changes and eventually dies. It makes sense that so many immortals go the way of Nasty and her crowd of friends (and why, at the same time, a select few eventually find their way to River and attempt to regain their humanity).
This book may be too light on the "romance" element and too heavy on, well, heavy themes (like hitting rock bottom, redemption, etc) for some readers. If you are looking for something light and entertaining, you may want to put this on the back burner for now. But if you're in the mood for something that will keep you thinking long after you've finished the story (and if you can handle waiting until next year for book two..) then get this book, NOW!
The story of Nastasya, a magickal Immortal who is almost 500 years old, is told in first person narrative creating a hard to put down novel that I, personally, hated to see end.
When Nastasya aka Nasty witnesses her long time companion commit a brutal act deliberatly harming an innocent mortal, Nasty decides it's time to make a change in her life.
After spending the last century indulging in whatever whim that takes her and running from the pain of her past, Nasty takes the advice of a woman she met on a lonely stretch of road years ago and heads for a group home set in Massachusetts.
Natasya isn't sure what to expect but what she finds isn't it! Rivers Edge is actually a Communal Organic Farm to outsiders but for Immortals it's much more. It's a place to get back in touch with their inherited powers and the simplistics of life. For Nasty, her inherited powers were always there but never really honed; she lost her family when she was a small child and her heritage was taken from her. As far as the simplistics, well, Nasty has acquired wealth--she doesn't do manual labor--period. On a farm where everyone is expected to pull their own weight that can be a problem and some people at Rivers Edge feel more entitled to be there and resent Nasty for her easy going charismatic ways. There's the introduction of Reyn, to which there is an instant hot-cold relationship between he and Nasty along with a sense of recognition from somewhere in the past and the other Immortals at Rivers Edge are engaging vivid characters that offer much to the story.
Immortal Beloved shows Nastasya's development through her stay at Rivers Edge; the mad attempts of her dark Immortal friends trying to find her and of course, someone at Rivers Edge doesn't like her.
All in all, Immortal Beloved is a great start to a new series and if you are a fan of Sweep or any of Cate Tiernan's writing, you'll love Immortal Beloved.
A roughly 450-year-old immortal, Nastasya has pretty much seen it all, lived through great moments in history, but all she wants is to party through life. Why? Well, that is the journey. After witnessing a horrible event, Nastasya is so disgusted - with the event and herself - that she decides to get away. As she goes on a journey of self-discovery, Nastasya must face the ghosts of her past and deal with all the bad events in order to live in the now and become the person she wants to be - the person she was destined to be.
I enjoyed reading about Nastasya's story and discovering the truth of who she really was. Bits of her time at the retreat with River did get a bit boring, but the interaction with Reyn more than made up for it. This couple has great chemistry.
The novel ended abruptly, leaving me wanting more. I will defiantly be reading the next installment.