Immortal Beloved and Darkness Falls – Cate Tiernan

“After some of the events I’ve witnessed I felt like I was a shell with nothing alive left in me.

I hadn’t been going around killing people, but people were hurt – the memories just kept trickling in like rivulets of fresh acid dripping into my brain until I wanted to scream.  It was in my blood, I knew.

A DARKNESS,

THE DARKNESS.

I had inherited it, along with my immortality and my black eyes.

New name, new town, new life.  Nastasya has done it too often to count.  And there’s no end in sight.  Nothing really ends … when you’re immortal.”

I bought this book because I won a copy of the sequel – there is no way I can read a sequel first so I had to get this one and I was so glad I did.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the story, I knew it was to do with immortals and darkness but I couldn’t figure out which way it would go.  I realised pretty quickly that this was a book that I would struggle to put down, there were so many things that kept me reading – Nastasya’s scar, her colourful history that was revealed piece by piece, her crazy friends and especially a shocking moment on a night out that seriously makes Nastasya rethink her lifestyle.

As I read further into the book (by this time I was completely addicted to the story) Nastasya meets a fresh set of immortals who are all interesting in their own right.  One particular immortal, Reyn, really captured my interest though, other than being extremely good looking there is clearly more to him than meets the eye, he’s a classic mysterious hunk who you know will complicate Nastasya’s life even more.  There is an intense feeling between them, one which neither can figure out and I have to admit that when I found out the reason for those feelings I was shocked!

Nastasya is a fun and outspoken girl who seems to enjoy stirring things up, however as you read on you realise that she is hiding many layers of grief and heartbreak,  there really are some desperately sad moments in this powerful story.

The style of writing is fabulous, it’s humorous and quite blunt at times but for me that made it much more believable and enjoyable.

The ending was also great and was left open so that you know there’s lots more action to come.

“Nastasya has lived for more than 400 years but things never get any easier.  As she learns more about herself, she questions whether it will ever be possible to break free from the darkness of her former life.  Can she turn away from the one person she wants to be with above all others?  Should her past determine who she should – or should not – love?

Desire, death and painful secrets are revealed in this compulsively addictive sequel to Immortal Beloved.”

This was the book that I was lucky enough to win from Daisy Chain Book Reviews and after reading Immortal beloved I couldn’t wait to get started on it.  I actually managed to read both books in just a couple of days because I was so hooked on the story.

In this book Nastasya is still feeling the effects of leaving her old friends behind, the past is still hurting her and she seems more confused than ever.  She has discovered so much about her life but still feels lost, like she doesn’t belong.

After some shocking discoveries about Reyn in the previous book she is also struggling with her feelings towards him:

“He is the thorn in my side, nightmare of

my past, destroyer of my family … And

the one whose fevered kisses I had relived

over and over as I lay exhausted and

unable to sleep.

And yet night after night, he – who had

kicked down hundreds of doors – had not

brought himself to knock on mine.”

This book has a lot more action in it and there was a dangerous part of the story that had me holding my breath hoping that the outcome wouldn’t be bad.  Obviously I won’t share with you what the outcome was but it was definitely good reading!

Again this book was written in a comfortable way, it almost felt like I was chatting with a friend and she was telling me about her life, now this might not be to everyone’s taste but I really enjoyed it.

By the end of this story most of my questions had been answered and a lot of Nastasya’s issues had been dealt with but I can see that there is more of the story to tell and while part of me thought that the worst is over I get the feeling that it might just be the beginning.

This is a wonderfully dark, mysterious and magical book that I got completely lost in, I am really looking forward to the next book!

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