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review 2016-04-03 14:42
A slow burning, contemplative tale...that is both historical and contemporary.
Immortal Beloved (Audio) - Kelly Lintz,Cate Tiernan

Book Title:  Immortal Beloved

Author:  Cate Tiernan

Narration:  Kelly Lintz

Series:  Immortal Beloved Trilogy #1

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magic

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song:  My Immortal by Evanescence (Between the title and the tone of song, I think it fits perfectly.)

 

Ratings Breakdown  

 

Plot:  4/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.2/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover: 4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:   3.5/5. Cliffhanger: "to be continued"

 

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

First Impression:  Immortals who are not Vampires…I think I like this.

 

Nastasya has lived an incredibly long life and she has so many stories to tell.  This story snuck up on me slowly, their isn't a lot of action, but there is a lot of introspection.  I do have to say for someone who has lived as long as she has…she has a lot of growing up to do.  With that being said, I still think she is a cool,  and seriously badass chic.   I liked her, because she seems to be on the right path now. 

 

The world of Immortal Beloved is alluring yet intimidating.  It seems to me living that long could get really boring, especially with the life she had been living lately.   On other hand, think of all the books you could read with that kind of time.

 

Sex Factor:  Not really any.

 

Will I continue the series? I think so, because I'm intrigued to see where this thing between Reyn and Nastasya is going.

 

Link to Goodreads Synopsis

 

 

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review 2016-02-25 12:36
If magic was real, then teenagers would still be just as whiny.
The Complete Cate Tiernan Sweep Series Books 1-15 in Five Volumes [Book of Shadows, Coven, Blood Witch, Dark Magick, Awakening, Spellbound Calling, Changeling, Strife, Seeker, Origins, Eclipse, Reckoning, Full Circle, Night's Child] - C. Tiernan,Cate Tiernan

    This series of YA mini novels contains 15 books in total.  They mainly follow the story of Morgan, a 16-year-old American girl who discovers that she is a blood witch (witch by birth) and possesses an unusual amount of power.  Through the series, the reader journeys with Morgan as she discovers her power and the dark past of her ancestors.  Their past quickly becomes her nightmare as she is targeted by a dangerous and powerful coven of witches, intent on using her power even at the expense of her life.
    

    Thrilling stuff for any young adult, right?  For the most part, it is.  Tiernan’s style of writing is typical of most YA novels.  It’s told from the perspective of teenagers, so it definitely has a young, modern voice that is easy to read and follow.  It also has many elements that are practically essential in YA novels: first loves, true loves, love triangles and a whole lot of misunderstandings that are blown way out of proportion.  I found that many of the more trivial plot points (best friends falling out over a boy, aforementioned love triangles, etc.) were forced at times.  Perhaps I was too sensible as a teenager, but I hardly remember any of my friends or I being so damn stupid.  If you prefer more action and less teenage angst, than you may find some of the books in this series tedious.  
    

    One of the more frustrating aspects of the books was the sheer amount of recapping.  I’m aware that many series writers do this simply to remind the reader of what happened in the last book, especially if the books had been published with a good year or two in between.  I personally hate it.  I, along with most readers, am capable of recalling the gist of the previous book as well as characters without any help.  That is if the writer has done their job in the first place and made the characters and environments vivid and memorable—Tiernan accomplishes this.  If something is essential, then the writer should mention it, but in the Sweep series I was dragged through paragraph after paragraph of recounting characters, what they look like, what Morgan’s relationship is with said character, as well as places too.  Tiernan went as far as to remind the reader of why Morgan named her car, Das Boot in almost every single book.
    

    This becomes most apparent in the final book of the series, Night’s Child.  Here, the voice of the story is changed to third-person—as opposed the first-person POV from the previous books—and we find Morgan all grown up with a family of her own.  At first I was so intrigued by this bold move, I was itching to read it.  Not to mention it is the longest book in the series.  What I found was a substantial amount of story retelling.  Tiernan manages to weave the recapping in with her characters’ dialogue, which of course led to a lot of monologues that I skimmed through as fast as I could as they tended to drag down the pace of the book.  
    

    In spite of all of this, I really did enjoy the series.  The character development spanned decades and there was a great deal of imaginative Witch lore weaved throughout.  Not only that, but Tiernan clearly put a plethora of research and effort into creating her stories.  Her knowledge of Wiccan practises was used with a great deal of respect, even though she is not a Wiccan herself.  On top of that, she dropped in a number of British characters and does a faithful job at writing their dialogue.  As an American who has lived in Britain for 13 years, I know that this must have involved a lot of care and attention to detail.  She didn’t use any half-assed research, even down to her invented quotes from ‘historical’ books on witchcraft, which were well-executed.
    

    I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys books from writers like J.L. Smith, Kelley Armstrong or even Stephanie Meyer.  But what makes Tiernan stand out was her enthusiasm for history, anscestry and how our family's past makes us who we are.        
  

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review 2016-01-27 15:06
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan - Audiobook Review
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan had been sitting on my reading wish list for many years now. I stumbled on it a few years back while looking for books on Amazon. The premise sounded interesting so I put it on my reading list. However, it was never on my highest priority so when I saw the audiobook in my library I was really excited. This was the perfect moment to finally read/listen to this book.

 

Unfortunately, the book did not live up to the expectation. I was very disappointed, especially in the beginning. As the title hints the book is about immortals. Nastasja, the main character, is over 450 years old – but behaves like a 12-year-old. She is not just acting bratty and spoiled but also talks like she is a hormone driven teenager. What was Tiernan thinking while writing her main character like that?! How does she reason such behavior? I mean, I get the spoilt, bored immortal that has lost herself in her boredom but why would she talk like a little kid? Why? She is over 450 years old!

 

It was driving me absolutely crazy. I could hardly concentrate on the story because of all the missing logic in Nastasja behavior. It only got better closer to the end, when she finally started acting like a grown up.

 

I might have liked the book better if I had read it instead of listened to the audiobook. Katja Danowski, the German narrator, managed to make Nastasja sound even younger. She had my blood boiling so much. I almost DNF’ed the book because of her. She can be a fantastic narrator. She even was doing a good job for most of the audiobook but for some reason she spoke Nastasja so childishly that I really wished they had chosen someone else to read this book.

 

The plot itself wasn’t too bad although it did not catch my attention as much as I hoped. Immortal Beloved was the first book of a trilogy. Even though it got better at the end I will not continue the series. The idea could have been executed so much better. The first disappointment of the year.

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text 2016-01-05 19:01
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

The narrator might actually ruin this book for me...

 

And on a side note, why does a person that is 450 years old sound like a 12-year-old?

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review 2015-12-02 19:18
Immortal Beloved/ Cate Tiernan
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

3.5 stars

 

I have to admit- I was a bit reluctant at first, and I think the biggest minus to this book is that the world building was very slow and unclear. Only in the middle of the book I felt that I understood the main character (Nastasia) enough to care what happened to her. 

 

It took a while and when I finally did- it was sudden, and beautiful. I immediately fell in love with her- she has so many layers, which made it harder to know her, but made me love her deeply, and much more than usual book characters. 

 

The plot was fast- paced, interesting and engrossing. the second half of the book, I just couldn't put it down. I literally read it whenever I could, even in the middle of a lesson at school! more than once in the middle of reading in class (which is why I hate publicly reading) I gasped dramatically, made strange frustrated noises, and had huge goofy oh-my-god-this-is-so-adorable smiles. 

 

I can really say I loved this book, but I had to give it 3.5 stars because of the beginning and the slow character and world building. 

 

Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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