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A blog for all my reviews, rants, thoughts, and whatnots. Well, yeah, pretty much. Also, there will be random posts about movies, music, and other mundane stuffs like that. But this will be mostly me blabbering, ranting, and gushing about my latest read. So, if you are one who finds bliss in sipping a cup of tea while reading a book on a rainy day such as myself, then by all means, read on! :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel

The Blurb:
Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland.   Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.
Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar.  Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…

The Review:

So I finished it, FINALLY! Hell. I've been so eager to finish this book, not because it's very exciting that you can't put it down, no -- I felt exactly the complete opposite of that. I loved Evermore and Bluemoon, but Shadowland? I don't think so. Not that I hate it, just that it's sort of disappointing for me, it doesn't even satisfy any of the loose ends from Bluemoon. In Evermore, I thought Ever is kind, and smart, and selfless. Then in Bluemoon, I thought she's still the same though she made a huge mistake. But in Shadowland? I thought Ever has become this shallow and annoying person. She makes new mistakes all the time, she makes the wrong decisions because she's keeping everything to herself. Really, it became uhm... boring? Though once you started reading it, I guarantee that you'll surely get yourself into finishing it till the very end. But other than that, yeah, it's boring, really. *sigh* I just hope Dark Flame is a lot better than this one.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel

The Blurb:
Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him.  As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

The Review:

Before reading Blue Moon, I hoped it will be as good as Evermore. But now that I've finished reading it, I'd say that it's officially as good as the first book. If it weren't for the huge cliffhanger in the end of the book, I'd say that Blue Moon is a tad better. I like the mix of immortality, magic, mystery, and romance between the characters in this book. A new character is introduced, though not as violent as the antagonist from the first book. Both Damen and Ever faces a consequence of her huge mistake in the end. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel

The Blurb:
Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch.   Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . . 
Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition.  He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets.  Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head.  She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is.  Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

The Review:

I really liked this book, it was a good novel that kept me up all night, reading. I liked the protagonist, Ever Bloom. I sort of can relate to her and to what she feels sometimes. There are twists that you wouldn't see coming, so unlike other predictable paranormal novels. The perfect chemistry between Ever and her love interest is amazing. I mean, I've read a couple of romance novels -- some of them lovebirds weren't that affecting or moving or cute in a way, and some were sensational. I must say that Evermore belongs to the latter. I love Ever and Damen. I find their little "trips" to be very romantic and that Damen is totally the guy-in-every-girl's-dream. There is one loose-end though, but I'm sure it'll be all sewn up in the next book, Blue Moon. 

It's a major asset for the series that Ever Bloom is an immortal because I'm getting a little tired of the old "Damsel in Distress" theme, seriously. So Ever, being as strong and as capable as her Damen, is quite clever and imaginative. So all in all, Evermore is undeniably worth-reading. I hope Blue Moon is, too.

This is how I pictured Ever and Damen: