Friday, June 1, 2012

Night Star (Immortals, #5) by Alyson Noël, Book Review

After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don’t miss this explosive new installment of the #1 bestselling series that’s enchanted millions across the world!

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Title: Night Star
Author: Alyson Noël
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 302
Release Date: November 16, 2010
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5

It took me three tries before I was finally able to read Night Star from beginning to end because it felt so very tedious and repetitive.  I wanted to escape into the world of the Immortals, but I just could not get into this book until after the first 50-60 pages.  After that, however, the plot began to gain momentum and I got through this book pretty quickly.  I was pleased with the exciting, fast-paced ending that left off on a humongous cliffhanger, and character development.  I feel that with every Immortals book, the heroine, Ever Bloom, becomes more strong and independent in both her physical/mental abilities, but also stronger as a person and that liberated independence written very well.

I loved the romance--a love story that spans across countless centuries, featuring two starcrossed reincarnated lovers who must find each other through time over and over again.  What could be better?  I also enjoyed the character of Damen, Ever's soulmate--he was beautiful, charming, charismatic, understanding, and totally and completely accepting in this book--talk about swoon-worthy!

I recommend this book if you've read the previous four books in the Immortals series and are familiar with Noël's writing style and sometimes tedious prose.

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