Thursday, November 26, 2009
Shadowland (The Immortals Series Book 3)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Published: November 17, 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin
Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude. Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…
Alyson Noel has officially disappointed me as a reader. After Blue Moon made me so upset that I threw down the book and cursed out loud, I had hoped that Shadowland would resolve this anger of mine, not add to it, but nonetheless, that's exactly what it has done. Ever used to be a an interesting character - naive, misguided, guilt-ridden who you felt sorry for - now after Shadowland, she is just a main character that you can't like anymore...incapable of learning from her past mistakes, pathetic in her lack of intuition or common sense, frustratingly full of herself and displaying such arrogance that one cannot help but feel she's gotten exactly what she deserves and all pity rests with those unfortunate enough to be connected to her. Damon's character has been rewritten so much like Twilight's Edward, that I just wish he would disapear completely. I find myself cheering for the bad guy, Roman, because its the only interesting part left of this series. Jude's character insertion was just an attempt at a love triangle that could have been much better developed, but sizzled in my opinion.
I found myself sighing through most of the book wishing I could just get done with it - up until page 240 when it finally picked up. Yes, that right - 240 pages of boring for the last 100 pages of interesting - only to be pissed off when I closed the book once again. I really wanted to like this author and her series...first thoroughly enjoying Evermore, then feeling unsure after reading the melodrama of Blue Moon, but still willing the author to redeem herself with Shadowland. Sadly, it wasn't even close. 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
The fourth book, Dark Flame, releases Summer 2010.