Series: The Immortals, #2
Author: Alyson Noël
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
Overall Rating: 3/5
Cover Rating: 4/5
Cover Comments: I love this cover even more than the first! Love the color, and the pretty shimmery sphere in the middle. Anything that sparkles has appeal.
Ever and Damen's relationship seems to be going perfectly... until Damen starts getting sick. But wait, Immortals are... immortal. They're not supposed to get sick, ever. Everything seems to start spiraling the wrong way... Haven and Miles are distancing, the walls between school cliques are crumbling, uniting everybody, and Damen is not only sick, but has forgotten who Ever is. This all seems to be connected to one guy: Roman. Roman is a luring, hot, and cunning character who seems to be open and cheery on the outside, but Ever has a gut feeling that there is something very, very wrong about him. She just can't figure out what.
Ever goes to Ava, another psychic, for answers. She's not Immortal, and doesn't know the truth about Ever and Damen. Ever and Ava go to Summerland, the magical world that's a paradise for Ever. There she seeks answers from the Great Halls of Learning, but most of the time they're cryptic messages.
While Ever believed she had all the time in the world with Damen, she is now racing against time to find a cure to save her soul mate, but he's wasting away so quickly, there may be only one solution: to go back in time and keep everything from happening.
Ever seems much more mature in this one, having to deal with the evil-doings of others and her own mistakes. She has to make a huge decision which will literally change the entire course of her life. The ending left me at a cliffhanger, so I went out and checked out Shadowland the next morning!
Personal Thoughts (What I thought as a teen reader, not a reviewer)
I didn't like this book as much as I liked this first. Probably because I just hated the thought of Damen leaving Ever. I hate it when that happens! It always seems to happen at least once in a series of books, and it always bothers me, no matter how much I love the rest of the books. Really... is it necessary for soul mates to fall apart? Just sayin'. Or maybe I didn't like this one as much because those twin sisters really creeped me out.
"'Close your eyes and picture it. Can you see it?'"
Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...