From that time on, the world was hers for the reading....

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Alyson Noel: Blue Moon

I really needed to know what happened next in the Immortals Series, so I found myself heading back to my grocery store to pick up a copy of Blue Moon by Alyson Noel.

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...

This is one of those rare cases where the sequel far surpassed the original.

Damen's mystery illness and the Stepford-like behavior of Ever's friends and classmates was creepy and enough to keep me interested until the surprising ending.

I enjoyed visiting Summerland and learning more about the location and the people who reside there. Alyson Noel did a great job of creating a magical place, right down to the twin girls Romy and Rayne, who felt like they stepped right off the pages of Stephen King's The Shining; I never knew if I should trust them and wondered if they were sweet or sinister.

Again, the talk of potions and chakras completely flew over my head, but I was glad to finally have a few answers to the many questions I had about Ever's previous lives and Damen's background.

Blue Moon was a fun, easy read filled with romance, suspense, sacrifice, and heartbreak from beginning to end. I liked it so much better than Evermore and am really curious to see what happens in Shadowland.

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