Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.
She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?
Okay, that was exhilarating! Wow, really, I thought I'd be disappointed with this book, but clearly I am not. I was thinking that it's actually better than the first book, which I so loved, and that's saying a lot.
Basically, I loved the plot, the love story, the main character, and most of all, the climax. Whenever I finish reading a book, I always evaluate and rate it depending on how I liked those four. With Darkness Falls, why, yes, of course I'd give it five stars! And here are the reasons why:
1. The Plot. Even from the first book, I did love the plot of this series. The main character's struggle to know her real self, learning magick, the fab partying with her friends (Incy, Boz, Katy, and Cicely), complicated love story, complicated best friend, the horrible flashbacks, and the mundane chores at River's Edge---yes, please. I find the whole plot refreshing. And much more now, in this second installment, because everything was heightened.
2. The Love story. Okay, so maybe this is the only part that didn't reach my expectations but, to hell with it, the story's still good! I admit, I had developed a little bit of feelings for Incy---before the whole fiasco, that is. Or maybe even then. And I think I might like him more than Reyn. Shut up. :P I like guys who are more affectionate than those who are just "drawn". It's just too cliche for me. :/
3. Nastasya. I LOVED her character so much! I loved her witticisms, her style, her humor...okay, essentially, I LOVED Cate Tiernan's writing style here because it's NEVER BORING. Anyway, I also loved her ability to learn from her mistakes (in the end), and how she transformed from being a callous and capricious girl to this matured and determined woman.
4. And lastly, the Climax. I am not going to spoil anything here by giving out any hint on how it all turned out, of course. But I'm going to say this: It was exhilarating, if a bit predictable.
So, there you have it. I hope you'd be more convinced to read this series, because it's really worth it.
Here are my expectations for the next and final installment of this trilogy:
**While it was said later on this book that Incy was sent to River's aunt to be "healed", I fervently hope that Cate Tiernan will bring him back on the story.
**A love triangle. I'm hoping for more love story, and so I'm looking forward to a love triangle, which is a first, because I hate love triangles. And I WANT it to be Reyn + Nasty + the "healed" Innocencio.
Oh please, Cate Tiernan, bring back Incy to the story! The healed Incy, that is. Pretty pleeeassee? O:)