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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 2016-01-27 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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review 2014-09-10 23:52
Immortal Beloved
Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan

Nastasya (or Nasty) is an immortal. And she's spent the last century or so of her life partying with a group of fellow immortals. And none of them are particularly great people. But when her best friend uses magic to break a man's back, Nasty starts to reevaluate her life choices. Almost a century ago, another immortal, River, offered her a place to stay if she ever decided that she wanted more out of life than partying. Nasty's finally ready to take her up on that offer. Once she arrives, she finds that River's place is a like an immortal rehab, and there are a number of other immortals there as well, including Reyn, a tall, blonde immortal who looks familiar to Nasty.

 

Nasty's nickname is certainly appropriate when we first meet her. She and her friends have no regard for anyone other than themselves and just aren't good people. It takes a pretty big moment to kick Nasty out of that lifestyle, but once she gets out to River's place, watching her develop is great. She becomes a better person during her time there, but she can still be petty and cruel at times, which she acknowledges and is working on. I liked the fact that, while she got much better, she didn't magically become super sweet all the time. She's not perfect, and sometimes Nasty's going to choose to be petty rather than turn the other cheek. She knows when she's being mean, but does it anyways, and that's something I can understand and appreciate in a character.

 

The part that really sold me on this book was how being an immortal affects everyone. Living forever can cause a big disconnect between immortals and humans, particularly when immortals have loved ones and children that they have to watch grow old and die. Being born in different time periods also means they grew up with different morals than the present day and adjusting to changing times can be incredibly difficult for immortals. The more you see of Nasty's past, the easier it is to see how she became the person she was at the start of the story.

 

There is a bigger plot that is hinted at throughout the book, getting more fleshed out near the end that connects to events in Nasty's past. The mystery there is intriguing, and I'm interested to see how things play out later in the series with Nasty.

 

The book's writing is fairly chatty with plenty of slang thrown into the narration, which is a style I like to listen to as an audiobook. Since I did listen to this one, I can't say how I would like it in print.

 

Immortal Beloved was a fun read for me, and I look forward to seeing what's next in Nasty's journey.

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