Shadowland (Immortals Series #3)by Alyson Noël
Experience the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestselling series from Alyson Noël that has taken the world by storm. Enter the realm of The Immortals…
Ever and Damen have gone through countless lives and fought off the world's darkest enemies so they could be together. But just when an everlasting future is finally within their reach, Damen is/i>
Experience the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestselling series from Alyson Noël that has taken the world by storm. Enter the realm of The Immortals…
Ever and Damen have gone through countless lives and fought off the world's darkest enemies so they could be together. But just when an everlasting future is finally within their reach, Damen is struck down by a cursea dark spell separating him and Ever for eternity. Now sharing so much as a single touch could bring about Damen's death…and send him plummeting into the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses her herself in magick. And in her quest, she 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 loveand she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever's connection with Jude grows strongerand tests her love for Damen like never before…
“I have never been more unexpectedly surprised by an author. Noel knows exactly how to keep me enthralled in her books...Shadowland is purely mesmerizing. A book with a little bit of everything in it- romance, suspense, friendship, and immortality-all meshed together to create a mind-blowing combination.” The Book Blogger
“Alyson Noel surpassed all my expectations. Not only is Blue Moon an amazing sequel; it sets the bar for the rest of this series very, very high! When I reached the last page of this one, all I could say was ‘wow!'” Teens Read Too
“It is the mark of a daring writer to defy expectations and Alyson Noel does that to the power of ten in Blue Moon." I guarantee you will have no idea what's coming in the second book of the series while Alyson Noel surprises you with a big, fat twist and leaves you wanting more, more, more.” The Book Chick
“One of the best books I've read this year… With immortal lovers, trustworthy friends, betraying fortune tellers, and freaky identical twins, what more could you ask for? Blue Moon has me begging for Shadowland! I can't wait for the next in the series.” The YA Book Blogger
“Alyson Noël has many talents to share as a writer, and she proves it again and again with her amazing Immortals series. She writes with an intensity and a passion, her words weaving perfectly together to create an overwhelming experience for the senses and the heart.” Teen Reads
“The YA paranormal genre has a flawless diamond among the gems with Blue Moon. I was moved to tears by a couple of scenes, especially near the end. Ms. Noel doesn't back away from emotion, instead she has the ability to reach into your chest and twist your heart.” Night Owl Romance
“Blue Moon was incredible. If you thought Evermore was full of suspense and unknowns, just wait until you read Blue Moon. Noel surpassed all expectations...The plot was insane, and I mean that in a good way. Noel took this novel in a direction I was never expecting, resulting in an emotional roller coaster ride that I never wanted to end. It was so cleverly pieced, so intricately meshed, I never saw it coming. Fabulous.” The Story Siren
“When I got a copy of Evermore, I sat down to read it, intending to only read a chapter or two. Instead, I blazed through the first hundred pages before I knew it…and then I didn't want to put the book down. Except I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. So I picked it up the next morning and finished it. Now I can't wait till July for the second book to see what happens next.” Blog Critics Magazine
“Evermore is a wonderful book that I believe would be a lovely addition to any library . . .Definitely a book that fans of Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Marr should add to their collections. Definitely engaging and will catch your attention the minute you open to the first page!” Mind of a Bibliophile
“This is the first installment of The Immortals series. Ms. Noël pens a well-detailed story that makes it easy for the reader to visualize both the characters and the world around them. Evermore has a familiar theme that attracts readers, but inside this book you'll find that the author has added some unique details that sets it apart.” Darque Reviews
“Evermore's suspense, eerie mystery, and strange magic were interestingly entertaining…I found Ever to be a character I could really respect…Recommended.” The Bookworm
“Evermore was a great way to lighten my reading load this winter and provided me with a creative, magical story that I really enjoyed. This is the first in a series for Noël and I think she may have a hit on her hands . . . Evermore has good and evil, likable characters, vivid descriptions and a good story.” Planet Books
“Evermore is a fresh and original work that…branches out and explores new ground. Definitely recommended.” Cool Moms Rule!
“I totally LOVE Alyson Noël's Evermore…Noël has delivered a deliciously fresh new series that will be the next new thing that has every teen and even adults everywhere hooked and waiting for more…This is a keeper and a book that you have to go out and buy right now because if you don't you will be missing out. People will be asking if you have been living under a rock if you don't give Evermore a try, and that is just not acceptable.” Talk About My Favorite Authors
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By Alyson Noël
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"Everything is energy."
Damen's dark eyes focus on mine, urging me to listen, really listen this time. "Everything around us —" His arm sweeps before him, tracing a fading horizon that'll soon fade to black. "Everything in this seemingly solid universe of ours isn't solid at all — it's energy — pure vibrating energy. And while our perception may convince us that things are either solid or liquid or gaseous — on the quantum level it's all just particles within particles — it's all just energy."
I press my lips together and nod, his voice overpowered by the one in my head urging: Tell him! Tell him now! Quit stalling, and just get it over with! Hurry, before he starts talking again!
But I don't. I don't say a word. I just wait for him to continue so I can delay even further.
"Raise your hand." He nods, palm out, moving toward mine. Lifting my arm slowly, cautiously, determined to avoid any and all physical contact when he says, "Now tell me, what do you see?"
I squint, unsure what he's after, then shrugging I say, "Well, I see pale skin, long fingers, a freckle or two, nails in serious need of a manicure ..."
"Exactly." He smiles, as though I just passed the world's easiest test. "But if you could see it as it really is, you wouldn't see that at all. Instead you'd see a swarm of molecules containing protons, neutrons, electrons, and quarks. And within those tiny quarks, down to the most minuscule point, you'd see nothing but pure vibrating energy moving at a speed slow enough that it appears solid and dense, and yet quickly enough that it can't be observed for what it truly is."
I narrow my eyes, not sure I believe it. Never mind the fact that he's been studying this stuff for hundreds of years.
"Seriously, Ever. Nothing is separate." He leans toward me, fully warmed up to his subject now. "Everything is one. Items that appear dense, like you and I, and this sand that we're sitting on, are really just a mass of energy vibrating slowly enough to seem solid, while things like ghosts and spirits vibrate so quickly they're nearly impossible for most humans to see."
"I see Riley," I say, eager to remind him of all the time I used to spend with my ghostly sister. "Or at least I used to, you know, before she crossed the bridge and moved on."
"And that's exactly why you can't see her anymore." He nods. "Her vibration is moving too fast. Though there are those who can see past all of that."
I gaze at the ocean before us, the swells rolling in, one after another. Endless, unceasing, immortal — like us.
"Now raise your hand again and bring it so close to mine we just nearly touch."
I hesitate, filling my palm with sand, unwilling to do it. Unlike him, I know the price, the dire consequences the slightest skin-on-skin contact can bring. Which is why I've been avoiding his touch since last Friday. But when I peer at him again, his palm out, waiting for mine, I take a deep breath and lift my hand too — gasping when he draws so close the space that divides is razor thin.
"Feel that?" He smiles. "That tingle and heat? That's our energy connecting." He moves his hand back and forth, manipulating the push and pull of the energy force field between us.
"But if we're all connected like you say, then why doesn't it all feel the same?" I whisper, drawn by the undeniable magnetic stream that links us, causing the most wonderful warmth to course through my body.
"We are all connected, all of us made of the same vibrating source. But while some energy leaves you cold and some leaves you lukewarm, the one that you're destined for? It feels just like this."
I close my eyes and turn, allowing the tears to stream down my cheeks, no longer able to keep them in check. Knowing I'm barred from the feel of his skin, the touch of his lips, the solid warm comfort of his body on mine. This electric energy field that trembles between us is the closest I'll get, thanks to the horrible decision I made.
"Science is just now catching up with what metaphysicians and the great spiritual teachers have known for centuries. Everything is energy. Everything is one."
I can hear the smile in his voice as he draws closer, eager to entwine his fingers with mine. But I move away quickly, catching his eye just long enough to see the look of hurt that crosses his face — the same look he's been giving me since I made him drink the antidote that returned him to life. Wondering why I'm acting so quiet, so distant, so remote — refusing to touch him when just a few weeks before I couldn't get enough. Incorrectly assuming it's because of his hurtful behavior — his flirting with Stacia, his cruelty toward me — when the truth is, it has nothing to do with that. He was under Roman's spell, the entire school was. It wasn't his fault.
What he doesn't know is that while the antidote returned him to life, the moment I added my blood to the mix it also ensured we could never be together.
For all of eternity.
"Ever?" he whispers, voice deep and sincere. But I can't look at him. Can't touch him. And I certainly can't utter the words he deserves to hear:
I messed up — I'm so sorry — Roman tricked me, and I was desperate and dumb enough to fall for his ploy — And now there's no hope for us because if you kiss me, if we exchange our DNA — you'll die —
I can't do it. I'm the worst kind of coward. I'm pathetic and weak. And there's just no way I can find it within me.
"Ever, please, what is it?" he asks, alarmed by my tears. "You've been like this for days. Is it me? Is it something I've done? Because you know I don't remember much of what happened, and the memories that are starting to surface, well, you must know by now that wasn't the real me. I would never intentionally hurt you. I'd never harm you in any way."
I hug myself tightly, scrunching my shoulders and bowing my head. Wishing I could make myself smaller, so small he could no longer see me. Knowing his words are true, that he's incapable of hurting me, only I could do something so hurtful, so rash, so ridiculously impulsive. Only I could be stupid enough to fall for Roman's bait. So eager to prove myself as Damen's one true love — wanting to be the only one who could save him — and now look at the mess that I've made.
He moves toward me, sliding his arm around me, grasping my waist and pulling me near. But I can't risk the closeness, my tears are lethal now, and must be kept far from his skin.
I scramble to my feet and run toward the ocean, curling my toes at its edge and allowing the cold white froth to splash onto my shins. Wishing I could dive under its vastness and be carried by the tide. Anything to avoid saying the words — anything to avoid telling my one true love, my eternal partner, my soul mate for the last four hundred years, that while he may have given me eternity — I've brought us our end.
I remain like that, silent and still. Waiting for the sun to sink until I finally turn to face him. Taking in his dark shadowy outline, nearly indistinguishable from the night, and speaking past the sting in my throat when I mumble, "Damen ... baby ... there's something I need to tell you."CHAPTER 2
I kneel beside him, hands on my knees, toes buried in sand, wishing he'd look at me, wishing he'd speak. Even if it's only to tell me what I already know — that I made a grave and stupid mistake — one that will possibly never be erased. I'd gladly accept it — heck, I deserve it. What I can't stand is his absolute silence and faraway gaze.
And I'm just about to say something, anything, to break this unbearable stillness, when he looks at me with eyes so weary they're the perfect embodiment of his six hundred years. "Roman." He sighs, shaking his head. "I didn't recognize him, I had no idea —" His voice trails off along with his gaze.
"There's no way you could've known," I say, eager to erase any guilt he might feel. "You were under his spell from the very first day. Believe me, he had it all planned, made sure any memories were completely erased."
His eyes search my face studying me closely before he stands and turns away. Gazing out at the ocean, hands balled into fists as he says, "Did he hurt you? Did he go after you or harm you in any way?"
I shake my head. "He didn't have to. It was enough to hurt me through you."
He turns, eyes growing darker as his features harden, inhaling deeply as he says, "This is my fault."
I gape, wondering how he could possibly believe that after the case I just made. Rising to my feet and standing beside him as I cry, "Don't be ridiculous! Of course it's not your fault! Did you listen to anything I said?" I shake my head. "Roman poisoned your elixir and hypnotized you. You had nothing to do with it, you were just doing his bidding — it was beyond your control!"
But I've barely finished when he's already dismissing it with a wave of his hand. "Ever, don't you see? This isn't about Roman, or you, this is karma. This is retribution for six centuries of selfish living." He shakes his head and laughs, though it's not the kind that asks you to join in. It's the other kind — the kind that chills you to the bone. "After all those years of loving you and losing you, again and again, I was sure that was my punishment for the way I'd been living, having no idea you'd died at Drina's hand. But now I see the truth I've missed all along. Just when I was sure I'd evaded karma by making you immortal and keeping you forever by my side, karma gets the last laugh, allowing us an eternity together, but only to look, never to touch each other again."
I reach for him, wanting to hold him, comfort him, convince him that it's not at all true. But I pull away just as quickly. Remembering how our inability to touch is the very thing that got us both here.
"That's not true," I say, gaze fixed on his. "Why would you be punished when I'm the one who made the mistake? Don't you see?" I shake my head, frustrated by his singular way of thinking. "Roman planned it all along. He loved Drina — I bet you didn't know that, huh? He was one of the orphans you saved from the plague back in Renaissance Florence, and he loved her for all of those centuries, would've done anything for her. But Drina didn't care about him, she only loved you — and you only loved me — and then, well, after I killed her, Roman decided to go after me — only he did it through you. Wanting me to feel the pain of never being able to touch you again — just like he feels with Drina! And it all happened so fast, I just —" I stop, knowing it's useless, a total waste of words. He stopped listening just after I started, convinced he's at fault.
But I refuse to even visit that place, and I won't let him either.
"Damen, please! You can't just give up. This isn't karma — it's me! I made a mistake, a horrible, dreadful mistake. But that doesn't mean we can't fix it! There must be a way." Clinging to the falsest of hopes, forcing an enthusiasm I don't really feel.
Damen stands before me, a dark silhouette in the night, the warmth of his sad tired gaze serving as our only embrace. "I never should've started," he says. "Never should've made the elixir — should've let things take their own natural course. Seriously, Ever, just look at the result — it's brought nothing but pain!" He shakes his head, his gaze so sad, so contrite, my heart caves. "There's still time for you though. You've got your whole life ahead of you — an eternity where you can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do. But me —" He shrugs. "I'm tainted. I think we can all see the result of my six hundred years."
"No!" My voice quivers as my lips tremble so badly it spreads to my cheeks. "You don't get to walk away, you don't get to leave me again! I spent the last month going through hell to save you, and now that you're well I'm not about to give up. We're meant for each other, you said it yourself! We're just experiencing a temporary setback, that's all. But if we can just put our heads together, I know we'll think of a way to ..."
I stop, voice fading, seeing he's already moved on, retreating to his bleak sorry world where he's solely to blame. And I know it's time to tell the rest of the story, the sorry, regretful parts I'd prefer to leave out. Maybe then he'll see it differently, maybe then —
"There's more," I say, rushing ahead though I've no idea how to phrase what comes next. "So before you assume karma's out to get you or whatever, you need to know something else, something I'm not exactly proud of, but still —"
Then I take a deep breath and tell him about my trips to Summerland — that magical dimension between the dimensions where I learned how to go back in time — and that given the choice between my family and him — I chose them. Convinced I could somehow restore the future I was sure had been stolen, and yet all it really amounted to was a lesson I already knew: Sometimes destiny lies just outside of our reach.
I swallow hard and stare at the sand, reluctant to see Damen's reaction when he looks into the eyes of the one who betrayed him.
But instead of getting mad or upset like I thought, he surrounds me with the most beautiful glowing white light — a light so comforting, so forgiving, so pure — it's like the portal to Summerland — only better. So I close my eyes and surround him with light too, and when I open them again, we're wrapped in the most beautiful warm hazy glow.
"You had no choice," he says, voice gentle, gaze soothing, doing everything he can to ease all my shame. "Of course you chose your family. It was the right thing to do. I would've done the same — given the choice —"
I nod, shining his light even brighter and tacking on a telepathic embrace. Knowing it's not nearly as comforting as the real thing but for now it'll do. "I know about your family, I know everything, I saw it all —" He looks at me with eyes so dark and intense I force myself to continue. "You're always so secretive about your past, where you came from, how you lived — and so one day, while I was in Summerland, I asked about you — and — well — your entire life story was revealed."
I press my lips together and peer at him standing before me so silent and still. Sighing as he gazes into my eyes and telepathically traces his fingers along the curve of my cheek — creating an image so deliberate, so palpable, it almost seems real.
"I'm sorry," he says, thumb mentally smoothing my chin. "I'm sorry I was so shut down and unwilling to share that I reduced you to that. But even though it happened a long time ago, it's still something I prefer not to discuss."
I nod, having no intention of pushing it. His witnessing his parents' murder followed by years of abuse at the hands of the church is not a subject I intend to pursue.
"But there's more," I say, hoping I can maybe restore a little hope by sharing something else that I learned. "When I was watching your life unfold, at the end, Roman had killed you. But even though that seemed fated to happen, I still managed to save you." I gaze at him, sensing he's far from convinced and rushing ahead before I lose him completely. "I mean, yeah, maybe our fate is sometimes fixed and unchangeable, but there are other times when it's shaped purely by the actions we take. So when I couldn't save my family by going back in time, it's only because that was a destiny that couldn't be changed. Or as Riley said seconds before the second accident that took them again, 'You can't change the past, it just is.' But when I found myself right back here in Laguna, and I was able to save you, well, I think it proves that the future isn't always concrete, not everything is ruled solely by fate."
"Maybe so." He sighs, gaze fixed on mine. "But you can't escape karma, Ever. It is what it is. It doesn't judge, it's neither good nor bad like most people think. It's the result of all actions, positive and negative — a constant balancing of events — cause and effect — tit for tat — reaping and sowing — what goes around comes around." He shrugs. "However you phrase it, it's the same in the end. And as much as you'd like to think otherwise, that's exactly what's happening here. All actions cause a reaction. And this is where my actions have brought me." He shakes his head. "All this time I told myself I turned you out of love — but now I see it was really out of selfishness — because I couldn't be without you. That's why this is happening now."
"So, that's it?" I shake my head, hardly believing he's determined to give up so easily. "That's how it ends? You're just so dang sure you've been chased down by karma you don't even try to fight back? You came all this way just so we could be together and now that we're facing an obstacle, you're not even going to try to scale the brick wall in our path?"
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Meet the Author
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss & Blog, Saving Zoë, Cruel Summer, and the Immortals series including Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, and Night Star, as well as the Immortals spin-off series beginning with Radiance. With over 2 million copies in print in the US alone, her books have been published in 35 countries and have won awards including the National Reader's Choice Award, NYLA Book of Winter Award, NYPL Stuff for the Teenage, TeenReads Best Books of 2007, and Reviewer's Choice 2007 Top Ten, and have been chosen for the CBS Early Show's "Give the Gift of Reading" segment, and selected for Seventeen Magazine's "Hot List" and Beach Book Club Pick. She lives in Laguna Beach, California.
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Alyson Noel has officially lost me as a reader with her release of the latest story in the Immortals series. Noel has successfully destroyed any likable qualities of her main character, Ever. Where Ever was once a naive, misguided, guilt-ridden teenage girl who, especially after Blue Moon, you feel sorry for, she has now crossed over to utter idiocy...incapable of learning from her past mistakes, pathetic in her lack of any inkling of intuition or common sense, frustratingly full of herself and displaying such arrogance in her "powers" 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 and thus suffer her consequences. 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. It's almost amazing to me that an adult wrote this series...so focused on appealing to the shallow, commercialized, morality lacking, dumbed down current generation of pre-teens and teens. Bottom line, this series is truly not meant to go beyond the 12-15 year old segment of the Young Adult market.
I loved both Evermore and Blue Moon; I couldn't wait for this book to come out. But I was a little disappointed. Everything was happening so fast and all at one time. And Ever was a little selfish in this book and a little snobby. She's the reason all these problems are arising and she takes the blame for them but then she makes remarks about being angry things aren't being resolved as fast as she wants them. And really the ending doesn't solve anything. All the problems are still the same in the end, nothing gets solved. WILL THE GIRL EVER LEARN? Hadn't she already made enough mistakes and she just ignores everything everyone says and does the things she wants anyways, which tends to lead her to much more problems before she's even fixed the last one. It was wonderfully written but I felt it was unfinished, the book is titled Shadowland and yet it only talks about it one or two times. As I said nothing gets solved and some things aren't even explained. Definitely disappointed!
Holy crap. That's all I have to say. Alyson Noel does not know how to make Ever a smart character! I loved the first book, Evermore, Blue Moon wasn't too bad, but Shadowlands was depressing! Ever cannot make a right decision and listen to the people she truly loves...it is frustrating. I just hope Dark Flame, her next book, will be better.
The first book, Evermore, was not great but not boring either. It was consistent and I liked Ever at first. The second book only kept me interested because I wanted to know what would happen with Damen and it was very predictable. Shadowland is very disapointing. Nothing really interesting happend until after halfway through the book. Ever's character is starting to frustrate me. It's like she doesn't know how to think. Damen's character is no longer interesting either and acts too much like her parent and not her eternal love. He doesn't even make that big an effort to find a solution to their very huge problem. The plot is super boring too. I am not even going to finish reading this book. I might stop reading the series as well if Dark Flame is not better than all these books.
Loved the other books in the series, but was a little disappointed in Shadowland. Ever seemed to be rushing around to solve a problem only to create more, and she seems not to listen to advice especially from Damen.
I loved these books they are absoultely awesome! The romance between the Damen and Ever is breathtaking.. the only thing i didnt like was that at the end of this book it doesnt say anything about what happend to jude.. and that one person (if you read the book you know who im talking about) should not have been changed!! that was annoying to me..grr... >:( anyways i think that between the choices that Ever had to make she should have let that person die a human... but thats just me.. so cant wait for the next book and you should read these series!!!
Evermore was a book I literally couldn't put down. I evewn called into work to finish the book in less than a few hours. Blue Moon was a good book in the respect that it left you hanging and we all know that anything that leaves us in limbo also compells us to highly anticipate the next installment. However, at some point Ever became a little annoying. She used to be the heroine and now she plays the victim all too well. Of course I still can't wait for the fourth book, but I seriously hope it takes a different turn for Ever like she kicks some butt again or something that shows she isn't the wuss I have pegged her to be in Shadowland. Still love Alyson Noel and all her wonderful books.
After reading the first book I was not in the least bit interested in continuing to read a series which lacked an admirable, if not bearable female lead. However, my younger sister managed to get my mother to buy the second book and again I was dissatisfied with Ever. Not only did the book take way too long to get to the point and plot, but Ever continued to show that not only was she pathetic but that she clearly has no real understanding of her powers or any common sense for that matter. Now after reading the third book I am thoroughly upset. The story line drags until the last few chapters at which point it becomes rushed. Not only is Ever a weak main character but, for lack of a better insult, she is stupid. If the quality of a book is not up to par, the least an author can do is create a character that is captivating and somewhat intelligent. Honestly, for a girl that can read a book in a touch, with power's of such magnitude, you'd think there would be an actual display of such knowledge at some point in the series. Furthermore, the whole "I'm going to leave you because that is what's best for you" and "I'm so selfish for wanting you to be with me" boyfriend trait is getting played out. Honestly, there wasn't enough Ever/Jude in book action or chemistry for Damen to really feel threatened despite the fact that Jude continues to reappear throughout Ever's lives. If Noel is trying to pull off the whole love triangle thing she needs to do a better job. Having said that I hope that you take this heavy criticism into consideration before purchasing this book, or any in the series.
this book was long awaited for as a fan of the immortal series. i fell in love with the first two books of the seies and this book hooked me in from the first page. i couldnt stop reading which, in my eyes, is such a good thing. this series has really helped me grow in my imagination and is different than all the vampire books that have crowded my bookshelves these past six months. but not to different. the author really capture me with her edge of magic and the power damen and ever retain. but, in my eyes, ever could have been made a little stronger in this book compared the the books that came before this one. i really would have liked to see her grow a little more and come into her own immortal person. also like most (spoiler!!!!) i would have loved to see them find an anedote for their problem but in the end, that is one of the reasons i will buy the next book. i really hope the next one ties up the loose ends that were left. i recommend this book to those who like all of the good vampire books out there and i think they will enjoy the twists that the author provides. my only word of advice is to wait until the next one (dark flame) hits store this summer if you have trouble waiting for suspense from the end of this book that you will most definitly experience.
I really did not like this book. I mean one of the things i liked about it was the romance and now there is no romance so it is just boring
Me & my bf love this book its weird though my bf calls me ever but his name is damen luv yea great book
Im also in sixth grade so ya
I have to say I was disappointed with this thrid book in Alyson Noel's Immortals series. It didn't live up to the excellence of the first two installments in the series. Alyson Noel seemed to be repeating things she'd already written and it makes you wonder if she ran out of things to write. This book wasn't horrible; it was just mediocre when I was expecting something great. First of all, the top two reasons I love this series are the romance and the fact that I really like the heroine and narrator, Ever. This time around, however, Ever came off as a selfish girl who couldn't do anything but whine. Her lack of good judgement and her repeating to make bad choices did not endear her to me or make me sympathetic as it did in the past. After awhile it starts to get old and I felt like screaming at her to make better choices. Her foolishness is ruining all the characters' chances of happiness. The romance, you ask? Well it was a little hard for Ever and her immortal hottie, Damen, to have much romance because of the fact that due to Ever's stupid choices in Blue Moon, they are cursed to never be able to touch. The pain this causes these star-crossed lovers is painful, and even more painful to the reader, who starts to get bored. There was a new character- and love interest -in Jude, the laid-back surfer dude with magical abilities. This of course, created a love triangle, but it wasn't as interesting as you might think. The story line was definitely lacking and the plot didn't even become clear until two-thirds of the way in. Once it was introduced, things picked up. There was a nail-biting climax and interesting parts about magic and spells. Shadowland was decent but not great. I would read it if you don't want to give up on the series. I hope Alyson Noel climbs out of her rut in the fourth book and bounces back with an exciting installment this series deserves.
The first two books were okay, but this book just totally trashed the series. I was so lost, the plot was crazy and why can't Ever just grow up?! The book was long and drawn out, and the writing was not that good. It was like the author was drunk when she wrote this book. I don't think I will read the next books in the series, and I am probably going to sell it on Craigs List tonight.
I loved Evermore and Bluemoon but Shadowland was a sad way to continue the story. Ever from my point of view has become selfish and only cares about what is going on in her world. She is never willing to give something of her own to others. She seemed to have changed in this book,which confused me. I only hope that Dark Flame is better and not such a distaster.
When i read Evermore i fell in love with it and couldnt wait too read the other one. But when i read Blue Moon i was very dissapointed.So when i started ot read this book i thought it was going to leave me with a better view of the series. But unfortuantely it was almost as dissspoinitng as the second book. The way the story line and characters are developing is really a bummer and is making me think that i shoulcnt reead the next ones.I still am thought just to see if the series is worth it
In my own words, I think that this book was a step-back in the series. I feel that this book wasn't able to live up to the first and second books in the series. I really enjoyed the first book and although the second book wasn't as good as the first book, it was still a good book. But I feel that this book isn't nearly as good as the first and second in the series.
Ever keeps on making stupid mistakes from not listening to her trusted friends (she listens to her enemy instead, hello?!?!?!?! where is the sense in that???). She thinks she knows everything and instead she makes everything worst. I don't feel any pity for her whatsoever. When I was reading the book I really wanted to choke the life out of her. She is stupid and selfish. Damen isn't better either. I guess they do make a perfect match. Both of them ain't making any sense. I really hope the next book will be a lot better than this. The series had a great possibility, until this book came out. Come on, you can do better. I can hardly finish this book but since I already read the previous 2 then I had to finish this one too. Please don't make the characters act so stupid.
I love this series! It is the best! You can definatly be put on the edge of your seat in this book. Alyson Noel did a wonderful job. Even though I absolutly love this series, I have to say that I was a little dissappointed. Some of the events were predictable. Like I said.... overall.... it was WONDERFUL!!!!!
This is the 3rd out of 6 books planned for the Immortal series. I really enjoyed this one. The series is very well done and I am excited for the next book "Dark Flame" which is released July 6th. Those who have read the first two and are thinking about starting this one should know that not much is solved/changes from "Blue Moon" to "Shadowland." Despite the lack of resolutions to problems posed in the previous book "Shadowland" is packed full of new information, back-story, and some new characters/immortals. Also, if you were bothered by Damen lack of presence in "Blue Moon" you won't be much happier in "Shadowland." I recommend this book for those who enjoyed the first two and plan to see the series through, if this does not describe you then don't bother because this is defiantly not a book that can stand alone outside the series.
Shaowland was not good not bad but just ok. The thing I do like about this series as a whole is that they are quick reads. Nothing too much happens in this book though. I do like the character of Jude & can't wait to find out more stuff about him in the next book. I felt she used the word gape way too much it seemed like the only expression that Ever had. Which eventually came my pet peeve in the book. I'm really hoping the next book Dark Flame I think it's called is better. The last 2 books have just been ok. I want this series to make me want to read it not just read it because I've already gotten 3 books into the series
Is it just me or are all of her books depressing? Her books make me sad and feel alone while other books make me feel like the characters are my family and friends and I'm having an adventure with them.
I think in books that are part of series, there are always those books at kind of the mid point of the series where their point for being really is to (a) introduce important characters for a later story and (b) explain and / or present some things that are necessary for later plots. In these books, not a whole lot significant seems to happen beyond those two purposes but when you reach the end of the series, you realize how important it was that you actually read that specific book because otherwise you totally would have missed out on some really important things. I hope that this is one of those kinds of novels, and not a shadow of the way this series is going to go forward. I agree wholeheartedly with some of the criticism of this book. It was a little slow and pretentious, Ever became somebody you wanted to kick rather than somebody that you wanted to root for, and I did not feel at the end like anything was resolved or explained. And, at first read, the book seemed very straight forward which I was not expecting. I was after some kind of twist at the end or some big ephiphany. There wasn't really one. But, I do want to remind everyone that we are only at what is probably, from everything I have read about this series, at the midpoint. So, I would not yet say that this book is not worth reading or that it is something you should skip if you follow this series. I will reserve judgement on that until we have the series in total to look at. I remain a big fan of how Noel develops her characters, and I think the very fact that I want to smack Ever in the head is testiment to how she has been able to bring these characters to life. If any character in a book can arouse that kind of response in me, the author is doing something right. I think Miles and Haven are both very realistic and easy to relate to in many ways. I do like that Damen is very thoughful and careful in his responses and reactions, however I would like to see him doing some things other than hanging out, thinking, and worrying about Ever. How about showing a little fire? Really, come on...your eternal soulmate might be veering towards another person and you just figure you need to let it go because it is karma? Seriously? But, this series continues to be an easy read, or something that you can grab and read while you are on the bike at the gym or hanging out waiting for the doctor. And, it remains enjoyable. But, this book was not my favorite. I think Blue Moon had a stronger plot and much better pacing.
Damen always works hard to get everything right in both worlds of the mortal and immortal. However, there are troubles that magick cannot fix. There are a lot of obstacles in young love - mortal or immortal. We don’t always win in the end. Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
Love this series