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Friday, December 28, 2012

MICHELLE'S REVIEW: Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan

Title: Eternally Yours
Author: Cate Tiernan
Format Acquired: Hardcover 
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Publishing House: Poppy
ISBN: 9780316035965
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked


In the first two Immortal Beloved novels, 450-year-old ex-party girl Nastasya Crowe spends five months at River's Edge, a rehab for immortals with troubled pasts. In between uncovering her family's epic magickal history and flirting with Reyn, a heartbreakingly hot Viking wonder boy, Nastasya finally leans that being good is a choice within her power. Just as she's starting to truly change, she discovers that someone is killing immortals around the world and that River's Edge and her new friends may be the next targets.

Armed with her own brand of kick-butt magick, Nastasya joins forces with her immortal friends and friends and teachers as they battle an evil that has plagued the world for much too long. By claiming her heritage, Nastasya fights back against darkness... but can she also fight against true love? Probably not if Reyn has anything to say about it.

With vivid historical flashbacks, stark emotional reckoning, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, the Immortal Beloved trilogy is a fascinating and unique take on what it would mean to live together.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


In Darkness Falls, Nas succumbs back to her old party girl ways, breaks Reyn's heart (as  authors are wont to do with regards to second books), falls back in with her friend Innocencio, only to come back to River's Edge with a fiercer determination for redemption in mind.

Now, in Eternally Yours, Nas is back as the true successor of the House of X, a romantic partner of Reyn, a member of the makeshift family at River's Edge, and the enemy of barn animals, but mostly of evil, naked chickens. When rehab houses for wayward immortals around the world are being attacked randomly, Nas can't help but be quite protective of River's Edge which she now acknowledges as her home. With the aid of her amulet and her friends, Nas must figure out a way to find out the motives of the attackers because they seem to be all coming for her.

I know I should be a little disturbed by the fact that 450-year-old Nas thinks, acts, and speaks like she is still in her late teens or early twenties throughout the entire trilogy, but indulge me when I say that I think she's just so vivacious, which is why I'm guessing it's not hard not to see why Reyn is so taken with her. If you could bottle her up and sell Nas' brand of bubbly, you'd have a drink that would undoubtedly sweep the market. The retellings of Nas' history were, I admit, sometimes boring, but it did make me wonder how she can keep up her fun modern-day diva attitude and still be ancient. (I'm sorry, Grandma.) Nas' fun times with Reyn were a bit hot, and I can't help think that sometimes, I feel like I'm 12 years old again and surreptitiously sneaking peeks at romance novels with the half-naked models on the cover. But that's not all Reyn is for. He is the perfect, perfect character for Nas, as he is grounded and always thinks of the best of her, even when Nas is having her insecure moments about herself, and about their relationship. River was still a darling, and with the introduction of her shady shady shady brothers, I can't help but love her more. Her dedication to truly help and believe in Nas makes me wish that there were more Rivers in the world.

The only gripe I would have with this one would be that it offers nothing new, and that the storyline was hardly eventful and memorable enough for me. To tell you the truth (if you haven't noticed already), I'm reading this for the Nas and Reyn parts. Don't get me wrong, this was a fun read, but I couldn't bear to give it more stars than it really deserves.

Tiernan's Immortal Beloved series offers a different (and when I say different, I do mean different) paranormal story in a modern setting, rife with romance, and magical mayhem that will undoubtedly leave its readers clamoring for more, and with the last of the series being Eternally Yours, readers will be satisfied by the fact that until the very end, Tiernan does not fail to end the trilogy in a way that will make Nas proud.


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