Immortal Beloved

Paperback | January 2, 2012

byCate Tiernan

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Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.

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Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn,...

Cate Tiernan was born and raised in New Orleans. She is also the author of Penguin Speak's vastly successful (and recently reissued)Sweepseries. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and children. Her website iswww.catetiernan.org.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316035912

ISBN - 13:9780316035910

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Was Good I thought this book was good but it took a while for it to really grab my interest, I thought the characters overall were good, and I liked the writing style. I was not too big a fan that there really wasn't more information about the immortals and how there came to be immortals but im sure that will get covered in the next books. Overall this book was good and I want to read more, it just took too long to grab me. :0)
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!! This book was fabulous! Cate has done it again and written an interesting story in her fabulous writing style. While the subject (immortals) is not something new, Cate puts her own spin on it and ends up with a wonderful, intriguing story where the reader actually cares for the fate of the characters. Immortal Beloved left me hungry for more and I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It! You can read all of my reviews at http://alluringreads.blogspot.com In the first 100 pages of this book I was so angry, I almost DNF'd it about 3 times. The beginning felt like it made no sense to me, I felt like I jumped in in the middle of an ongoing story, I honestly checked to see if maybe, by accident, I was reading the second book in the trilogy rather than the first. It felt sloppily put together and I was having trouble with the english grammar. But once it got going, I definitely got sucked into this one. Nastasya is a junkie immortal who is wasting her days away in a haze of wild parties. She has been through so much in her life that she has lost the ability to care about others and have real connections with those around her. Until one night one of her best friends goes too far and Nasty can't deal with the unsettling feeling that is left in her stomach. She makes an escape to the other side of the world seeking refuge in a place she was invited to over 50 years ago by a mysterious woman named River. At River's Edge we watch her rediscover who she is and find out she has some deep dark secrets. Nastasya was a confusing character for me, she was over 450 years old but she acted like a child. I wasn't connecting with her at all at the beginning but as she began to grow, and we peeled away at her layers I realised why she was that way and started to appreciate the heartbreak in her life. She ended up being a very real character with true emotions. I loved her flashbacks, they didn't feel pointless and foreshadowey, they were very well placed. The allure of this trilogy is in the mystery surrounding our characters, I finished off so excited to find out more about River, Reyn, Incy, Nasty and even Dray & the natives of the small town. I craved more interaction between Nastasya and Reyn (the Viking God), but appreciated the fact that the love story didn't overshadow the real story here. I also appreciated the fact that this wasn't one of those insta-love stories, rather we got to watch their relationship grow and were along for the bumps in the road as they figured eachother out. Sure, from the beginning Nas was attracted to Reyn and she had fantasies that starred him, but she could live without him, and she functioned without his attention. I feel that is missing from alot of stories nowadays, it's always they meet and immediately can't live without one another, we don't get to know the characters for who they are apart from their love interest, so thank you, Cate Tiernan, for that! This was definitely a rough start but it ended up being a really good read. I'm really excited to start book 2 and hope that we get more of Nasty and Reyn!
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Higher Ground: Immortal Edition I threw this book at the wall after twenty-six pages. I was pissed that I bought it. I'm not a fan of the whole "back-story". I don't like when the book starts "My name is [blank], I'm [blank] years-old, and this how I came to be...(followed by a brief life summary). It wasn't exactly like that, but close enough to be annoying. Also, I hate when the character refers to or "talks" to the reader. For instance: "So, the whole immortal thing. You must have questions." I hate that. I didn't think I would make it through this book alive, but something amazing happened. THE BOOK GOT BETTER! After page 32 the book turned around. It was definitely an unexpected surprise. Once Nastasya gets to the rehab/safe haven (River's Edge) the book picked up. "River's Edge" seems like an awesome place. It's basically a farm where everyone is expected to pitch in and do their share of the work. In order for everything to run smoothly everyone contributes. I like the concept of it. It kind of reminded me of the show "Higher Ground" with the whole troubled teens, remote setting, and guidance couselors. The paranormal element in this story is "immortal humans". Everyone at "River's Edge" are immortal and some have magical abilities. I've never read a paranormal book that's so normal. There weren't vampires, werewolves, fairies,...nothing. It was a nice break. Paired with a farm life setting it was definitely new for me. What I normally don't enjoy are flashbacks...but this time it didn't annoy me. Nastasya would periodically have memories of previous moments that she experienced decades or even hundreds of years ago. It wasn't boring. I didn't mind it at all. You learn a lot about her through her memories and connect a lot of dots. In summary, this book is good. I loved Nastasya's humor and her encounters with Reyn always put a smile on my face. I kept wanting more and more of them. Random: -Cover could be better. Not a fan of faces being visable. -Don't judge the book based on the first chapters. It gets better. Promise.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from River's Edge - A Rehab For Wary Immortals *Note* This is a combined review of both Immortal Beloved and Darkness Falls Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan was a novel who's title left me on the edge of indecision and discomfort. Why? I hadn't quite heard the most positive things from my fellow co-workers when the title was originally released back in 2010. It wasn't until Poppy took to giving Immortal Beloved and it's upcoming sequel Darkness Falls a complete makeover, with two new covers and a catchy synopsis, that I finally decided to dive into it. River's Edge - A Rehab For Wary Immortals My first initial thought after diving into Immortal Beloved was pure confusion. I was instantly thrust into a rather awkward and unsteady situation involving protagonist Nastasya and her companions. (Not exactly starting off on the right foot, am I right?) The dialogue behind Immortal Beloved, though, actually struck me as quite interesting. It follows the story of Nastasya, an immortal who's gone extremely far with her partying and careless ways with her "friends". In hopes of bettering herself she travels to River's Edge, a safe haven for Immortals who've lost their way. However, after her arrival, the story begins to unfurl and she begins to learn more about herself and the impending attempts on her life. An Emotionally Growing Protagonist That Amazed Me Nastasya, unfortunately, came across as rather obnoxious and incoherent in the beginning of the novel, which left me with an overwhelming feeling to put the novel aside with anger. However, after the first few uneasy and jittery chapters, I actually began to love Nastasya. She showed that she had the ability to better herself, to grow responsibly and take things into her own hands. It was rather admirable, actually! With that said, I enjoyed how Cate Tiernan brought about a realistic persona for Nastasya. Despite her being Immortal, something that you'd think wouldn't be so troublesome and emotional, I began to further see the difficulties of it all through her eyes. With that said, Immortal Beloved was filled with quite a few exciting developments that changed my overall thoughts on the novel several times before finishing it. It wasn't until Darkness Falls, however, that the true excitement and intrigue took place. The downright dark and unpredictable secrets that were revealed, in addition to rather heartbreaking developments that were earlier clued in the synopsis, left me in absolute awe! However, with Darkness Falls I found myself falling deeper into Cate Tiernan's world and Nastasya's unpredictably dramatic life. Upon completing Darkness Falls, I find myself highly anticipating the third and final novel in the Immortal Beloved trilogy! Lovers of magic, suspense, mystery, and romance will certainly want to add both Immortal Beloved and Darkness Falls to their read lists.
Date published: 2012-01-09