Dark Flame (Immortals Series #4)

Dark Flame (Immortals Series #4)

by Alyson Noël

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ISBN-13: 9780312590970
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Series: Alyson Noël's Immortals Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 876,028
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.12(d)
Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About 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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Dark Flame


By Alyson Noël

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2010 Alyson Noël
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-0237-3


CHAPTER 1

"What the fug?"

Haven drops her cupcake, the one with the pink frosting, red sprinkles, and silver skirt. Her heavily made-up eyes searching mine as I glance around the busy plaza and cringe. Instantly regretting my decision to come here, foolish enough to think a trip to her favorite cupcake place on a nice summer day would be the best place to break the news. Like that little strawberry cake would somehow sweeten the message. But now I'm just wishing we'd stayed in the car.

"Inside voice. Please." I aim for a light delivery but end up sounding like a cranky old schoolmarm instead. Watching as she leans forward, tucks her long, platinum-streaked bangs back behind her ear, and squints.

"Excuse me? But are you for real? I mean, here you drop a major bomb on me — and I mean major — as in my ears are still ringing and my head is still spinning and I kind of need you to repeat it just to make sure you really did say what I think — and your only concern is that I'm talking too loud? Are you kidding me?"

I shake my head and glance all around, slipping into full-on damage control mode as I lower my voice and say, "It's just — nobody can know. It's got to remain secret. It's imperative," I urge, realizing too late that I'm talking to the one person who's never been able to keep anyone's secret, much less her own.

She rolls her eyes and slams back in her seat, muttering under her breath as I take a moment to study her closely, dismayed to see the signs already present: her pale skin is luminous, clear, practically poreless as well, while her wavy brown hair with the blond streak in front is as shiny and glossy as a high-end shampoo ad. Even her teeth have gone straighter, whiter, and I can't help but wonder how this happened so quickly, with only a few sips of elixir, when it took so much longer for me.

My eyes continue to graze over her as I take a deep breath and dive in. Forgoing my usual promise not to eavesdrop on my friend's innermost thoughts, while I strain to get a better look, a glimpse of her energy, the words she's not sharing — sure that if snooping ever was warranted, it's now.

But instead of my usual front-row seat, I'm met by a rock-solid wall that bars me from entering. Even after I casually slide my hand forward and tap my fingertips against hers, feigning interest in the silver skull ring she wears, I get nothing.

Her future is hidden from me.

"This is just so —" She swallows hard and looks around, taking in the bubbling fountain, the young mom pushing a stroller while yelling into her cell phone, the group of girls exiting a swim shop with armfuls of bags — looking just about anywhere but at me.

"I know it's a lot to take in — but still —" I shrug, knowing I've got to make a better case but not quite sure how to do it.

"A lot to take in? Is that how you see it?" She shakes her head and drums her fingers against the armrest of her green metal chair as her gaze slowly sweeps over me.

I sigh, wishing I'd handled this better, wishing I could do something to make it go away, but it's too late for that. I've no choice but to deal with this mess that I made. "I guess I was hoping that's how you'd see it." I shrug. "Crazy. I know."

She takes a deep breath, face so still, so placid, it's impossible to read, and I'm just about to speak, just about to start begging forgiveness, when she says, "Seriously? You made me an immortal? Like — for reals?"

I nod, stomach a jumble of nerves as I sit up straighter and pull my shoulders back, bracing for the blow that's surely headed my way. Knowing that whatever she gives, be it verbal or physical, I've no choice but to take it. I deserve nothing less for wrecking her life as she knows it.

"I'm just —" She sucks in her breath and blinks several times, her aura invisible, offering no clue to her mood, now that I've made her like me. "Well — I'm in a total state of shock. I mean, seriously. I don't even know what to say."

I press my lips together and drop my hands to my lap, worrying the crystal horseshoe bracelet I always wear as I clear my throat and say, "Haven, listen, I'm so sorry. So — very — very — sorry. You have no idea. I just —" I shake my head, knowing I should cut to the chase but feeling like I need to explain my side of things — the impossible choice I was forced to make — how it felt to see her so pale, so helpless, teetering on the verge of death, every shallow breath quite possibly her last —

But before I can even begin she leans toward me, eyes wide and fixed on mine. "Are you insane?" She shakes her head. "You're actually apologizing, when I'm just sitting here, so psyched, so totally gobsmacked, I can't even imagine how I'll ever repay you!"

Huh?

"I mean, this is just so fugging cool!" She grins, bouncing up and down in her seat, face lighting up like a thousand- watt bulb. "It's seriously the coolest fugging thing that's ever happened to me — and I owe it all to you!"

I gulp, nervously glancing around, unsure how to react. This is not what I expected. Not what I prepared for. Though it's pretty much exactly what Damen warned me about.

Damen — my best friend — my soul mate — the love of my lives. My amazingly gorgeous, sexy, smart, talented, patient, and understanding boyfriend who knew this would happen and begged to come along for this very reason. But I was too stubborn. Insisting I do it alone. I'm the one who turned her — I'm the one who made her drink the elixir — so I'm the one who should explain. Only it's not going at all like I thought. Not even close.

"I mean, it's like being a vampire, right? Minus the bloodsucking?" Her sparkling eyes eagerly search mine. "Oh, and without all the coffins and sun avoidance too!" Her voice rises with glee. "This is so amazing — like a dream come true! Everything I've ever wanted has finally happened! I'm a vampire! A beautiful vampire — but without all the gruesome side effects!"

"You're not a vampire," I say, voice dull, listless, wondering how it got to this point. "There's no such thing."

Nope, no vampires, no werewolves, no elves, no fairies — just immortals, whose ranks, thanks to Roman and me, are quickly multiplying ...

"And how can you be sure of that?" Haven asks, brow raised.

"Because Damen's been around a lot longer than I have," I say. "And he's never met one — or met anyone who's met one. We figure the vampire legends all stem from immortals, only with a few big distortions — like the bloodsucking, not being able to go out in sunlight, and the whole being allergic to garlic thing." I lean toward her. "It's all been added on for extra drama."

"Interesting." She nods, though her mind is clearly elsewhere. "Can I still eat cupcakes?" She motions toward the dented strawberry mess, one side caved in, flattened against its cardboard container, while the other side remains fluffy, begging to be eaten. "Or is there something else I'm supposed to —" Eyes going wide, giving me no time to reply before she slaps the table and squeals, "Omigod — it's that juice, isn't it? That red stuff you and Damen always drink! That's it, huh? So, what are you waiting for! Hand it over already, let's make it official — I can't wait to get started!"

"I didn't bring any," I say, seeing her face drop in disappointment as I rush to explain. "Listen, I know you think it sounds really cool and all — and some of it is, there's no doubt about that. I mean, you'll never grow old, never get zits or split ends, you'll never have to work out, and you might even grow taller — who knows? But there's other stuff too — stuff you need to know — stuff I have to explain in order to —" My words are halted by the sight of her jumping out of her chair so quickly and gracefully she's like a cat — yet another immortality side effect.

Hopping from foot to foot as she says, "Please. What's to know? If I can jump higher, run faster, never age or fade away — what else could I possibly need? Sounds like I'm good to go for the rest of eternity."

I glance around nervously, determined to curb her enthusiasm before she does something crazy — something that'll draw the kind of attention we cannot afford. "Haven, please. Sit. This is serious. There's more to explain. A lot more," I whisper, the words harsh, brutal, but having no effect whatsoever. She just stands there before me, shaking her head and refusing to budge. So drunk on her new immortal power she skips past defiant and heads straight for belligerent.

"Everything is serious with you, Ever. Every — single — thing you say and do is just so dang serious. I mean, seriously, you hand me the keys to the kingdom then demand I stay put so you can warn me about the dark side? How crazy is that?" She rolls her eyes. "Come on, unclench a little, would ya? Let me try it out, take it for a test drive, see what I'm capable of. I'll even race you! First one to make it from the curb to the library wins!"

I shake my head and sigh, wishing I didn't have to do it, but knowing a little telekinesis is in order. It's the only thing that'll put an end to all this and show her who's really in charge around here. Narrowing my eyes, I focus hard on her chair, driving it across the pavers so fast it buckles her knees and forces her to sit.

"Hey — that hurt!" She rubs her leg and glares.

But I just shrug. She's immortal, it's not like she'll bruise. Besides, there's plenty more to explain and not enough time if she continues like this, so I lean toward her, making sure I have her full attention when I say, "Trust me, you can't play the game if you don't know the rules. And if you don't know the rules, someone's bound to get hurt."

CHAPTER 2

Haven hurls herself into my car, scrunching her body tightly against the door and propping her feet on the seat. Frowning and glaring and mumbling — a full litany of complaints leveled at me — as I pull out of the lot and onto the street.

"Rule number one." I glance at her, pushing my long blond hair out of my face, determined to ignore her openly hostile gaze. "You — can't — tell — anyone." I pause, allowing the words to sink in before adding, "Seriously. You can't tell your mom, your dad, your little brother Austin —"

"Please." She shifts, crossing and uncrossing her legs, tugging at her clothes and jiggling her foot in a way so antsy, so squirmy, it's clear she can barely stand to be contained here with me. "I barely talk to them anyway." She scowls. "Besides, that's a repeat. You already sang that one loud and clear. So, come on, keep it moving, let's just get 'em over and done with, so I can get out of here and start my new life."

I swallow hard, refusing to be either rushed or swayed, gazing at her as I stop at a light, determined she understand the full importance of this when I add, "And that includes Miles. Under no circumstances whatsoever can you tell him."

She rolls her eyes and fiddles with her ring, twisting it around and around her middle finger, clearly tempted to flip it at me. "Fine. Can't tell anyone. Got it," she mumbles. "Next, please!"

"You can still eat real food." I make my way through the intersection, slowly picking up speed. "But you won't always want to, since the elixir pretty much fills you up and provides all the nutrients you need. But still, in public anyway, it's important to keep up appearances, so you have to at least pretend like you're eating."

"Oh, like you?" She looks at me, brow arced, lip curled into a smirk. "You know, how you sit there at lunch, tearing your sandwich to shreds and crumbling your potato chips into tiny little bits and thinking no one notices? Is that what you've been doing all this time? Keeping up appearances? Cuz Miles and I just thought you had an eating disorder."

I take a deep breath and focus on driving, keeping my speed light, refusing to let her get to me. Like the karma Damen's always going on about — claiming that all of our actions cause a reaction — this is where my action has led me. Besides, even if I could go back and do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I'd make the exact same choice as before. Because no matter how awkward this moment may be, it's still better than attending her funeral, any day of the week.

"Omigod!" She looks at me, her mouth dropping, eyes going wide, voice all high and squeaky when she says, "I think — I think I heard that!"

My eyes meet hers, and despite the fact that the top is down, despite the fact that the Southern California summer sun is beating straight down on us, my skin goes instantly chilled.

This is not good. Not good at all.

"Your thoughts! You were thinking something about being glad you didn't have to go to my funeral, right? I mean, I actually heard your words in my head. That is so cool!"

I immediately raise my shield, barring all access to my mind, my energy, everything, all of it. More than a little freaked by the fact that she was able to do that when I can't read hers, and I haven't even had a chance to show her how to shield herself yet.

"So you guys weren't kidding, were you? About the whole telepathy thing? You and Damen really do read each other's minds."

I nod, slowly, reluctantly, as she surveys me with eyes that shine brighter than ever. What was once your everyday, basic shade of brown, often hidden by crazy-colored contacts, is now a brilliant swirl of gold, topaz, and bronze — yet another immortality side effect.

"I always knew you guys were weird — but this takes it to a whole new level. And now I can do it too! Jeez, I wish Miles was here."

I close my eyes and shake my head, striving for patience and wondering how many more times I'll have to repeat this, when I brake for a pedestrian and say, "But you can't tell Miles — remember? We've already been over that."

She shrugs, my words glancing right off her, as she twirls a chunk of glossy brown hair around and around her index finger, smiling as a black Bentley pulls up right beside us with some kid from our school behind the wheel.

"Fine. Fine! Seriously, I won't tell him. Chillax already, would ya?" She zeros in on our classmate, smiling and flirting and waving, even going so far as to blow a series of air kisses at him, and then laughing when he does a double take. "The secret's safe. I'm just used to telling him when exciting stuff happens, that's all. It's a habit. I'm sure I'll get over it. But still, you gotta admit, it's pretty dang cool, right? I mean, how'd you react when you first found out? Weren't you totally psyched?" She looks at me, smiling when she adds, "No pun intended."

I frown, pushing the gas harder than I meant to, the car lurching forward as my mind travels back to that very first day — or, at least the first time Damen tried to break the life-altering news out in the parking lot at school. But I wasn't up for listening then. And I was pretty much as far from excited as it gets. Then, the second time he insisted on explaining our long and tangled past, I was still on the fence. I mean, on the one hand I thought it was pretty cool that we could finally be together after centuries of being kept apart. But on the other, it was a lot to take in. A lot to give up.

And while at first we thought the choice was all mine — that I could continue to drink the elixir and embrace my immortality — or ignore it completely, live out my life, and succumb to my death at some point in the far distant future — now we know better.

Now we know the truth about an immortal's demise.

Now we know about the Shadowland.

The infinite void.

The eternal abyss.

The place where immortals linger — soulless — isolated — for all of eternity.

A place we need to steer clear of.

"Um, hel-lo — earth to Ever?" She laughs.

But I just shrug. It's the only answer I plan to give.

Which only prompts her to lean toward me and say, "Excuse me, but I so don't get you." Her eyes rake over me. "This is like the best day of my entire life and all you want to do is focus on the negatives. I mean, hel-lo? Psychic powers, physical prowess, ageless youth, and beauty — does it mean nothing to you?"


(Continues...)

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acsimps More than 1 year ago
Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she's bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless-there's a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of the curse before Damen discovers what she's done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves- including her beloved Damen.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
As with the previous three books in this series, the plot and characters always seem to find the perfect way to grate my nerves and make me want to smack them. And yet, as with the others, I am always intrigued from the start, pulled in, and eager to know more. Noel has written some of the most stubborn characters around, pitching numerous battles of will that always end in clashes so extreme, it sometimes throws the reader. The simplicity of one giving in always makes me scream and yet, it is an endearing quality for every character possessing it and a large attribution to the plot. I seem to have a love/hate relationship with this series, always relieved when a book is over only to turn around the next second wishing I could have more now. That is a mark of a gifted writer to twist a reader like that and Noel has nailed it with each book. Ever continues her slightly misguided ways, determined to finish things already set in motion in earlier books. She has the same determination and generally positive her way is the right one. The latter has been one thing that has bothered me through the books though it does strike true to her character. In Dark Flame, however, Ever goes through tremendous personal growth, finally showing strong development that her character has resisted in previous books. She is far more sympathetic in this one, some of her motivations even better explained and more understandable. Ever is constantly finding herself in outrageous situations, the path to them always a convoluted one that is impossible to predict and the girl can never catch a break. While Noel continues to throw the left hooks and toy with not only Ever but the reader as well, a few plot lines that have been present from the start are tied up in this one, some are starting to reach their end, and new ones are opened. Damen continues to be the sweet, lovable guy he is, though he takes a little bit of a back seat in this installment. His relationship with Ever is an interesting one, and continues to progress and develop in fantastic ways. In the same way Ever seems to always manage to redeem herself, Damen grows and gains status with readers as well. His history is extensive, given his chronological age, and the flashbacks to his past and the ways he has spent his centuries always come in at the right moments to remind the reader of the reality of his and Ever's lives as immortals. Although they are in a modern time and Damen has certainly changed with the times, their roots are defined and reminded. The well defined supporting characters continue to be in Dark Flame, primarily Roman, Haven and Jude. They play some interesting roles and progress the plot in surprising ways. The way the reader feels about them is very liable to shift and change within the book- another mark in favor Noel's writing abilities to create such complex characters whom hold an abundance of gray areas. The plot progresses at a relatively steady pace though I did feel jarred out of the story at times, both in the writing itself- at times it almost seemed too good for what was needing to come across- and because the passing of time seemed to happen at obscure times. A few places, several days had passed without me as a reader realizing it until it's mentioned in passing after a new scene has already begun. Perhaps I wasn't being an astute reader but I did find myself stopping a few times. Noel's overall writing, however, has strengthened with this installment.
Burg More than 1 year ago
I've been having a love/hate relationship with the Immortals series for a while now. The first installment, Evermore has by far been my favorite and is what has kept me reading the series. With that being said, this was not a opinion changer for me, not a favorite to be sure. Readers will see the characters and plot going in more of the same direction in Dark Flame. Ever is still trying to find the antidote and in order to do that she needs help. Her relationships with the other characters drove me crazy this time around. I'm not quite sure at times why they put up with her antics and let her get away with everything without any risk of her jeopardizing the relationships she has with the others. She's cruel to Jude, insensitive to Damen and sympathetic (eventually) to Roman...keep in mind these are just my opinions. I understand that Roman's had a rough life, but he's still not a great guy. And then we've got Haven, Ever's best friend and recently turned immortal. She's got her new immortality and she's abusing every minute of it. While Damen and Ever warn her of the consequences of such actions, we've got Roman egging her on. Like I said...not a great guy. I don't know, I was just frustrated throughout with all the characters to be honest. I couldn't believe the thoughtless decisions Ever made time and time again and it annoyed me to no end. I don't understand how Damen can always take everything in stride and never get truly angry with Ever, the girl needs a stern talking to. I get that they're soul mates, but everybody fights once and a while...don't they? Apparently not Damen and Ever. Roman's personality is irksome but I guess that's what you're looking for in a good villain and Jude just complicates an already overly complicated situation. Damen and Ever already have enough obstacles to overcome, did we really need a love triangle in there as well? I think this might be the end of the road for me and the Immortals series. I love Noel's writing and plan to read her new and soon to-be released series, with the first book Radiance, but for now the Immortals and I are going to part ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up a couple of books from a stores 50% off rack. Evermore was one of the them..I liked it. It was ok for what it was, I didn't expect very much. I liked it well enough to go buy the second and was still happy and looking forward to number 3...major let down. Made me question if I want to bother with 4 and get more annoyed then I already am with this series. There was a great idea here and a sweet romance that has taken the wrong turn and left the reader wanting some thing more, some thing better. Now that I see this whole garbage with Roman, who I don't like at all, and Haven being made immortal and acting stupid? I think this is where I get step off the teenager platform and hop the train to adult. There was also another book I picked up at the same time and while it won't knock your socks off, I found it a much better read, a fun time and kept me wanting more. I still want more... The Vampire Academy Series...
Rogue_X More than 1 year ago
First of all people... This aint no ordinary book, there's so many twists. You never know what will happen next. I thought 'Hmm, i sure hope Ever can be with Damien again', but nooooo. (Jude): A boy who is supposeably Ever's reincarnated soulmate, stuck in a love traingle between himself, his endearing love Ever Bloom, and Damien. This part is at the very end. Last chapter specifically... Roman, (Bad Boy!) lol, Stranger Danger. He wanted to she Drina, where she went when Ever killed her, well not Kill Kill... Ever hit her main chakra and Drina was sent to the Shadowlands for all eternity. The eternal hell of Darkness. Thats what i call it. I'd rather go to Summerland, where i could manifest a damn cheesebuger and a rootbeer float and not gain weight. Well back to the topic. Where was i, oh yea, Ever? Ever sees the good in people when others may not, she saw the good in Roman. See, the reason he was so you know, A be-otch... was because his mother died giving birth to him, his father was so defistated, angry, and blamed the wrong person for his wife's death. He blamed Roman, abused him since he was a little kid, practically out of the womb. So that's why he was so cold hearted, being raised in that enviornment is'nt healthy what so ever. Ever thought if maybe she took him to go see Drina, he would give her the antidote to the antidote. He went to the Shadowlands and saw, how awfully dark $ quiet it is. 'Is this where Drina has been all this time', he say's. Ever Nods. Here comes Judes, ugh! i was so mad, i was yelling. To what excactly?, i keep forgetting its just a book, but no odinary book. So, in comes Jude thinking 'Oh, ima be all macho and save Ever from this evil prick', he jumped on Roman, (This is the part where i started yelling). lol. Ever had told Jude about The Immortals and that they have vulnerable spots, AKA: Chakras. Jude aimed straight for it. Killed him instantly, sent him to the Shadowlands with his love Drina. There was nothing left of Roman but his ashes and the clothes he was wearing. Ok, im gonna admit i felt for the guy, i even shed one tear. But i also felt for Ever $ Damien. Jude destroyed the Antidote to the Antidote, along with Damien's and Ever's life, sort of. Ever thought he did it on purpose to keep her away from Damien, she thought he was jealous because she chose Damien, Again. For the past 6 centries. But he was only trying to protect her, he's always been and always will. And Damien cant come between what him and Ever have, even if that means him and Ever will never be together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you readers really dont understand how this book goes and the stresses involved. Be Ever for a day. See how stupid YOU act. I love Ever, and this series completely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
drag, drag, drag, drag, drag. That's all she is doing is just dragging the story along! With the first book in the series I was like "Wow, this is really interesting" but then Ever couldnt touch Damon and I was like "Not cool, but in the next book they'll fix it and be able to touch each other all they want." Two, almost three books later, still not touching each other, Ever is still stupid, and her best friend is still a butt, well until the end of the book. All Im saying is that this story is hard to get through and made me very frustrated and upset.
BLAIR44 More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series so far, and to tell you the truth I am not really looking forward to this. Evermore was really good, blue moon was good, but Summerland was not all that great. I find the series a tad repetitive, always the same problem. A lot of the things Ever does just makes me angry. I think she has become less intelligent as the series progressed. And of course she is going to fall for Roman, I did not predict that at all!(sarcastic)I will probably finish this one just to see what happens, but that should tell you that I did not think it was a complete waste of time; it had its moments that I was interested.
agapegrace More than 1 year ago
As with all the other books in the series, this was an addictive read. I think everyone should keep reading and will find themselves enjoying the (at times edge-of-your-seat frustrating) plot and waiting eagerly for the next book to come out. That said, there are a few concerns I have about the series at this point. Although Ever's main love interest is supposed to be Damen (a la Edward Cullen and Bella), I find myself wishing that she would go for Jude instead. Damen's character feels just too perfect for me in a much more flat-character way than Edward Cullen did. The tidbits about Damen's past allude to something maybe a bit deeper or interesting, but thus far I find myself getting a little bored with him. I am starting becoming annoyed with the plot in terms of how the books are divided. Yes, we all know that cliffhangers are effective techniques to assure readers will buy the next book, but I'm starting to feel a bit cheated. The main episode/concern in the last novel (Shadowland) didn't seem to be completely wrapped up and was carried into Dark Flame, with the issue being resolved somewhere around the middle of the book. The second half of Dark Flame feels a bit segmented, cut short in the middle of something monumentally important. Again, I feel it's taking the cliffhanger thing a bit too far.
Ancilla More than 1 year ago
Even though I didn't care much for Evermore, I continued reading Ever's journey out of mere curiosity to see if it would get any better. And I had hopes Blue moon would be better. But the truth was, it didn't trump Evermore in plot, character development, or writing. It was so mundane, so irritating that I couldn't read any of the novels, thus far, without actually becoming angry. Suffice to say, in Dark Flame nothing is resolved. It starts off with Ever talking to Haven about her new-found immortality. And gosh, could Haven be any more annoying? Turns out, she can be. Even though Ever is the one who saves her life, her so-called "best friend" can't be bothered with any of Ever's warnings about Roman. Not that Ever and Haven even really acted like friends since the beginning of the series. Not even close. Ever keeps making the same mistake after mistake. Always trusting the wrong, never trusting the right. And [HUGE SPOILER ALERT!] killing off one of the characters towards the end seemed like such a major cop-out, so weak, so freakin' stupid that it just aggravates me. We'll be on book 5 and we're STILL reading about how Ever's desperately trying to find the antidote to shag her boyfriend. And even though she'll probably end up getting the cure by book six, at the end, they won't even go through with it. And if that girl keeps shrugging any more than she already does, I'll be very surprised if she doesn't injure her shoulders by the next book, Night Star. If anyone hadn't noticed, I'm trying to use the writing style in the book in this review. Most of which her sentences begin with. 1. Even though (And even though, but even though, etc.) 2. And 3. But the truth is 4. So (insert adj.), so (insert another adj.) that. And even though I feel this novel is so bad, so frustrating, I'll probably read the last two books because once I start a series I don't like to quit. I really hate to give this series such a low grade because I really hoped when I read Evermore that it would be great, but it just didn't agree with my taste. If you are interested in this series, I'd suggest checking it out of the library first before forking over 10-17 bucks. *Shrugs*
Tnkerbell21403MY More than 1 year ago
I came across the series just needing another book to read. I love the characters. . .I can't wait to read this book! 2 1/2 more wks. I love the characters: Ever's amazing with out knowing it-but extremely impatient. Damen so focused and in love with Ever-his yearning and desire for her is almost palpable & when he has to stay away from Ever extremely painful. Romy & Rayne (the twins)-Romy is so sweet and nice, patient and lovable, she knows how to sugarcote things. Rayne is direct & straight to the point, bluntly honest. She doesn't know how to express her feelings where Ever is concerned. There are so many times where she seems to really not like Ever, but in smidgens of moments she shows that she does care; kind of like a frienemy. Haven is a pain the the butt. She's such a poser, her individuality is soo lost, she doesn't really know who she is. She tries so hard to be the star of her own group, she is always getting into trouble, that Ever & Damen have to get her out of. She is soo easily swoon by the wrong people. Jude, well, his character is freshly new, I am unsure of him still; Alyson Noel did a great job leaving him as unfinished business for Ever! I don't believe that he is one of the bad guys, not yet anyway! Roman, is a very dangerous bad! He is a poisoned apple, a spiked punch, gorgeous & delicious on the outside, but rotten on the inside. I am still unsure what drives him to be the thorn in Ever & Damen's side. In Blue Moon & Shadowland, I thought his motives were one thing, but I am still left daunted! I think he just wants to hurt Ever & Damen, just b/c they are happy and he isn't, but again, still questionable. Drina, was a typical jealouse woman drunk with power! Her life ended as it began in Evermore. Miles & Sabine are important in Ever's life, but kind of like fixtures in a story, there just to add ironic issues for Ever, kinda like-"as if what is going on isn't enough, now. . . " Stacia, Honor, & Craig are the typical high school bullies that are powerfully annoying in a group, but harmless when separated, with their own feebile agendas! Ava seemed to be interested in helping Ever, until she broke her promise. Not even I trust her, but there is something more, she tried to explain. Alyson Noel did a wonderful job with all the characters, in all the books. I felt what they felt, was surprised at how I actually jumped in suspensful and surprising events. I was cheering Ever on, gasping with everyone, screaming Nooo!, when Ever was about to make a mistake, along with everyone else. Just as confused and unsure when Ever had to decide between Haven's life and fixing the dilemma her and Damen face. I love it, love it, love it!!!!! It has everything I could ask for. I read all three books in 1 wk. I couldn't put them down. I vowed to catch up to all of them before Dark Flame would be released and now, I can't wait for Dark Flame. I recommend this series!!! I REALLY DO! ENJOY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way the summary sounds is very seductive and very interesting. Interesting may not be the word,I believe luring is the right word. Dark Flame will probably be the best book in the series.I am very curios to know if Ever will ever give up and do something that she should be doing with Damen instead with Roman. Looking foward to reading the 4th book.
SamiWimberly More than 1 year ago
i fell in LOVE with Evermore. i read it 5 times and each time loved it even more than the time before. but blue moon and shadowland, i feel like i have to force myself to read them...i kinda want Dark Flame to be the last in the Immortal Series because it feels like Alyson's just dragging them outt. :S
Squishy133 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This book follows Ever¿s journey after the events of the previous book, Shadowland. Ever is faced with several problems such as Haven becoming an Immortal, the spell Ever did wrong and her past relationship towards Jude. I found that although this novel did resolve quite a few of the many, many complications presented in Shadowland, there were still elements that were left unresolved for the next book in the series.I really like the cover for Dark Flame, and it may possibly be my favourite of the Immortal series covers! The candle is so shiny and nice, and the shadowing looks really good on the cover model. I¿m not sure exactly what it is, but this cover yells awesome to me. ¿Yeah, it¿s better in person.The plot of Dark Flame felt a little drawn out for me. Basically, the entire first half of the novel (and quite a few bits after that) remained focused on Ever¿s magical screw-up, which in itself wouldn¿t have been so bad if it wasn¿t repetitive. I just felt like the novel was going in circles, and that Noël managed to resolve a few things this time round as I mentioned earlier, which was good, but there were still too many complications hanging in the air for my liking. I did, however, like Dark Flame (on the whole) more than Shadowland.The ending of the novel, similar to how I felt about Shadowland¿s ending, was fabulous and I really couldn¿t stop reading! I loved the suspense at the end and the interesting new perspective that was gained on Roman (I shall say no more! Read it to find out what I¿m talking about¿)It was, however the characters in this novel that drove me up the wall and possibly onto the ceiling too! Let¿s start with Ever. WHY WHY WHY? Why does she continue to make these same mistakes over and over? It¿s killing me, it really is! As much as I don¿t mind her personality, the way she reacts to some situations is just plain silly. And Damen, whoa boy, sometimes, for someone as old as he is, he is just plain thick. Despite the numerous hints and pleads Ever throws at him, he refuses to listen. I wanted to slap him.And I don¿t even want to get started on Haven. OK, so I never really liked Haven (she¿s not exactly what I¿d call friend material. I mean, friendship is a two-way thing, yet does she ever take the time to listen or do anything for Ever? Uh-uhhh. Fail whale right there) but she has just gotten worse. I wanted to bash my face against the wall reading about her. I mean, some of her reactions were very much warranted and fair, but there were times when she was just completely over the top!But Roman. Ah, Roman. Finally, we see something more than the outer asshole! I liked the way Roman was portrayed in Dark Flame, the way we saw more about his background and why he acted the way he was, and most especially, the way he was finally shown to be human. I loved the scenes with Roman in this book and I think Noël did a fantastic job in finally getting his character fleshed out ¿ and he still makes me laugh, which is something I love in an antagonist!And I miss Riley. There are glimpses of her in this novel, but they¿re fleeting and right now I¿m pining for her return. She was such a cute and fun character too! Guess I¿ll have to wait ¿till `Radiance¿ is out (This is the first book in Riley¿s spin-off series).Overall, Dark Flame was `okay`. There was nothing overly special about it, and I¿m still waiting for the pick-me-up in this series, because it feels a little lacking right now. Maybe `Night Star¿, the next book, will be different? Still, I need more resolutions and less complications to be fully satisfied. Being someone who almost always needs to finish a series, I¿ll be reading Night Star, but at the moment I¿m not loving this series.The next book, Night Star, will be released on November 23rd, 2010.
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
So, I could not put this book down, I just had to see what happens next, but with that said, this is definitely not my favorite in the series. Ever continues to make bad choices and keep Damen in the dark and it is frustrating, I know that is her weak chakra, but come on. Haven is also really annoying in this book and I have previously liked her as a friend to Ever, but she completely changed around and I am just hoping that something redeems her in the next books.Damen is still sexy and proves his love time and time again, but unfortunately we hear more about Roman and Jude than we do Damen.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Here we are again, back in the world of Ever and Damen and if you have read the previous books you will remember that the thin ¿veil¿ that separates the two in still firmly in place. The curse Roman put on them has been a constant since the end of Blue Moon and they are still suffering through it. And let me just say telling two people who are in love they can¿t touch each other at all, or they will die is just cruel. I am just reading it and I am frustrated for them, I am not so sure if I was the two of them I could handle it as well as they are, especially because Ever is a teenager and things get a little crazy at that age so the restraint is quite amazing. But Ever is pressing forward and trying diligently to find a cure without outside help which is seriously hindering her progress. She needs to talk to Roman, but because of the magick that backfired on her she is strangely tied to him and cannot control her emotions when she gets around him. This of course is causing problems for Ever and her friend Haven; because Haven is convinced she is in love with Roman.While we are on the subject of Haven, let¿s talk about her for a moment, I don¿t like her. At all, sorry Haven fans. She has always rubbed me the wrong way in all three, well now four, books. I am actually not so sure why Ever hangs out with her so much. In the first book Haven was ok, but as the series has continued she has gotten just plain selfish and inconsiderate of Ever¿s feelings. She is always putting herself first and never thinks about the people around her that she is hurting. Ever describes her very well in the book by saying:¿(She) will fight to the absolute death to defend herself- even when she is dead wrong.¿That pretty much sums it up for me, she acts before she gets all the facts and she rarely changes her mind. And now that she is immortal, it looks as though she is going to be a foe rather than a friend to Ever.Jude is also ever present in this novel and is fighting for Ever¿s attention as well. At the beginning the two of them have a little confrontation that I don¿t think is meant to be funny but I found it to be hilarious. I don¿t want to ruin it so you will have to read it to find out about that one and see if you find it funny like I did. I am also still a little suspicious of him, he is not quite off my list of people to watch out for and his actions at the end of the book just move him further up that list for me. I am not really a fan of him, but only time will tell if my suspicions are warranted or not.On the positive side we do get to see quite a few happy moments between Ever and Damen that have been quite rare in the last couple of books. They are so cute together and have so many obstacles standing in their path so when we do get a rare glimpse into happy moments I soak them in.We are left at the end of the book with many questions left unanswered and Ever¿s life is still crazy complicated, but I am loving watching the plot unfold. If you have not read any books in this series I highly suggest that you do because it is well worth it and you will fall in love with Ever just as I have.Language Love:"Our past may shape us, but it doesn't define who we become."I picked this one just because I totally agree with that statement. We are who we are because of our past, but it does not control what we become in the future.
khager on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This review is going to have spoilers for the earlier books in the series. I don't like doing it, but otherwise, I'd have nothing to say. :) So if you haven't read the other books, do that and then come back. :)So, when last we saw Ever and Damen, they were still trying to convince Roman to give them the antidote so that Damen and Ever could kiss and touch and be a normal couple. Plus, things are complicated by the fact that Ever chose to make Haven immortal so she wouldn't die. While this series tends to strain the limits of my ability to suspend disbelief, I love it. It's so fun and while Ever is kind of ridiculous sometimes, I love that about her. I love that she's so completely a teenage girl, even while she can do things like manifest cars and money and whatever she wants. And I love that she still misses her family, because it seems like sometimes in YA books, parents die and the loss disappears three chapters later. I think this is an unpopular decision, but I'm Team Jude. I like Damen, too, but if she miraculously ends up with Jude, I won't complain.Anyway, this is another roller coaster of a book, and I cannot wait to read the next offering (in November!). But I'm heartbroken that there are only two more left. :( (Please reconsider!)
kassyavon on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Warning: If you have not yet read the first 3 books in the Immortals series, this book description will contain spoilers.About~ Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat¿exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever¿s struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions.At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman¿s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who¿s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there¿s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can¿t stop thinking about Roman¿and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more then willing to take advantage of her weakened state¿and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender. Frantic to break the spell before it¿s too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, ricking everything she knows and loves to save herself¿and her future with Damen¿Warning: This review will contain spoilers, so if you haven¿t read the book, look away now.My Review~ As much as I loved the last 3 books in this series, the forth book, Dark Flame, left me highly disappointed. The issues that Ever is dealing with, just keeps dragging on and on and on¿I felt like Ever was a broken record, every time Ramon was near or in front of her. Non-stop of how she just craves for his touch, his lips, blah, blah, blah¿I just wanted to grab Ever by the shoulders, shake her, and tell her to snap the hell out of it. If I had a dime for every time Ever describes how much she longs for Roman¿s touch, I think I would be rich. And every time Ever went to The Book of Shadows to try to fix the spell she cast, I wanted to smack her. I could continue, but I think you get my point.I think this book could have been made better. The characters were still great except for one who really got on my nerve (cough*Ever*cough). I also wish there was more of Haven in the book. I kept wondering how she¿s coping with becoming an Immortal and if she really will get revenge on Ever for what she thinks she did to Roman at the end of the novel.Speaking of what happen to Roman at the end of the novel, I am really mad at Jude. I can¿t believe he killed Roman when Ever was thisclose to getting the antidote to the antidote. And since the very last chapter did not tell me much of anything that might happen next, I felt like we were left with a big cliffhanger. Add this book to your TBR pile, but not on top. Even though this book did kind of disappoint me, I¿m still dying to read Night Star, which is the 5th and final book to The Immortals series.Plot: ¿¿¿¿Characters: ¿¿¿¿Ending: ¿¿¿¿Cover Art: ¿¿¿¿Pages in Novel: 320ISBN: 978-0-312-59097-0Other Books in the Series: Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland
PattyLouise on LibraryThing 29 days ago
What technically is the definition of a dark flame¿in my mind it is the opposite of a bright flame. It is not the flame that lightens the path but rather the flame that hides what should be hidden. This series by Alyson Noel has really been close to my heart. I know it is because of the death of my mom and dad so recent and so close to each other. The thought of the two of them walking hand in hand through a wonderful place like the Summerland of Alyson Noel¿s imagination is most pleasant to me. The thought of actually being immortal is such a unique and amazing concept¿it teases at my mind and my soul.I was totally enamored with the first three books in this series and I truly loved this fourth book¿although I am not crazy about the ¿teaser¿ ending but that seems to be a part of all YA books of this nature.The premise of this book is that Ever¿main immortal¿is banned from truly being ¿together¿ with Damen¿second main immortal because when she saved his life in the last book¿she condemned them to never truly be together unless she is able to convince Roman¿third sinister immortal¿to give her an antidote¿actually the only antidote¿not written down but in Roman¿s head and due to something that Ever did to Roman¿s main immortal love interest¿Drina¿he refuses to give her the antidote but prefers that she and Damen suffer for as long as he wants them to¿which seems like forever to Ever¿Add into this mix a dreadlocked psychic store owner named Jude who pines after Ever. Then add some witchy twins Romy and Rain who love Damen but are not too fond of Ever. And also add Ava¿a psychic whom Ever feels betrayed her into saving Damen but not enabling him to truly be with Ever¿ever.Ever is a total mess in this book. Roman has stirred the dark flame within her so that she believes she wants Roman rather than Damen and she spends most of her time visiting Summerland¿the beautiful place¿and trying to rid herself of the dark flame and be the immortal she truly should be. Her best friend Haven also has to be thrown into the mix¿in order to save her life¿Ever also made her an Immortal¿but Haven does not seem to be on the path to becoming a nice Immortal¿she is more of a power hungry Roman worshipping Ever hating one.The path of this story is really one where Ever tries to get back to her core¿she goes through some self discovery and angst and black magic and good magic until she finally realizes where her true power really lies.I have to say that I loved this book but I loved every book within this series. Alyson Noel¿s description of Summerland¿is what I wish Heaven would be. Anything you want can be manifested at any time. All questions are answered. And it is a happy place to escape to¿on the opposite end of the spectrum is Shadowland¿a place for souls who can not rest¿the contrasts between the two lands are stark and scary¿most likely my Catholic school girl education has me thinking of the gates of heaven and hell¿so I am totally mesmerized as I read these books¿sort of a religious experience for me. All in all a really lovely series¿I will love reading the next one, too.
xtastethesky on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I know I'm really late on getting around to reading this, so late that the next novel is already out: Night Star. The reason I waited so long to read this novel is because as a whole the series has been taking me on an up and down ride. It started out great for me, then the second novel killed me, the third was okay, and I'm happy to say that Dark Flame has brought hope for this series back to my life.The problems I've been having with the characters is that Ever wants to find a solution to her problems, but she's not really willing to listen to others. She wants to do her best to figure it out on her own, and now we see where it's gotten her, irrevocably tied to Roman, the one person she hates the most, the one keeping her from ever really being with Damen. And in this novel she doesn't really get better until the end when she finally allows herself to listen, and get help, from others. The thing is that Ever doesn't want is for others to know she's not perfect, that she makes mistakes. In doing so she continues to make even worse mistakes.Then there's Haven. She plays a pretty large role in this novel. And I'll be honest when I say I've never really liked Haven. I found her interesting in the first novel, and then slowly she just became a whiny character that doesn't seem to really want to help herself. To find a way to change herself, so when she become an immortal, she almost become more interesting. My problem is that she went from this girl who didn't know who she was, to a cocky self-entitled girl. She's rash, and doesn't really want to listen to anyone - she feels they're always wrong or are looking down upon her. I don't really like those types of personalities.I know it sounds like I really disliked this novel, but in the end I really did like it. The plot was more interesting for me. While I didn't really like Haven, I got to see her develop in another way, which was good. She became more real, even if I didn't like what she became. The other thing that I really enjoyed was the fact that Ever more or less hit rock bottom. Now, I know that sounds terrible, but honestly doesn't "rock bottom" mean it can only get better? And it does - sort of. She finally reaches for help, and through that her life begins to turn around. Finally.I won't go into too many details, because the revelation that her life doesn't have to suck is sort of the big thing in this novel - and it was a long time coming. Though, I will say I was super excited to see the Law of Attraction included. (If you don't know what that is, you will more or less by the end of the novel, it's an awesome concept that I do believe in. Ever heard of The Secret? Cause that's it more or less.)So in the end, while it's been a roller coater ride, this novel instilled some hope in me. I'll be finding the time to read Night Star sometime in the future.
lisagibson on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I¿ve been a big fan of the Immortal series in the past. However, I did not read Shadowland, the book just before this one in the series. I have to say that my favoritism is waning. I¿m just not that into it anymore. Sorry Ms. Noel. It may have something to do with the constant gazing going on. If the characters looked at each other at all, they were gazing or averting their gaze or avoiding another¿s gaze. It was like a gaze craze. At one point, it was there four times in the two pages I was reading. I¿m also getting a little worn on Ever not feeling that she¿s deserving of Damen¿s love. I mean at some point, get a little self worth. If you don¿t see yourself worthy of this guy, then he might start seeing you in that same light. I know this is fiction, but young women today have enough self esteem issues without fictional characters validating those feelings; it is okay to start out that way, but character growth is important too. I don¿t particularly like Haven (Ever¿s best friend) anymore either. She¿s a brat, plain and simple.I will say that I did like the overall message of you as an individual being in control of what you give power to in your life. If you concentrate on something negative, even if it¿s eradicating it from your life, you are still concentrating on it and drawing its negative energy to you. The message is to live the best life you know how, to surround yourself with positive energy and a feeling of acceptance in your life. By concentrating on the positive, you draw more positive energy into you and thusly improve your life as a whole. Like I said, I¿m all down with that message. Not that I¿m great at putting it into practice, but I do try. I just think that positive message is cloaked in some negative self talk by the main character. So, I would love to say that I¿ll read the next in what now seems like a never-ending series. But, sadly I think my romance with the Immortal series has taken a final punch to my heart chakra. I will give this 2 ½ swaks.
aubrey0199 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I am so done with this series. It's boring and I hate the main character. Rarely do you meet a heroine in any book that you just want to stop doing anything. Every single decision that she makes is the wrong one. And really, all of the characters are horrible shallow people.
sch_94 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
There are parts in this book that make me want to scream at the top of my lungs at Ever, but in a good way... I'm pretty sure the author intends for that to happen. Before I began this book, I wasn't expecting much - mostly because the third book had been a disappointment. In this book, however, Mrs. Noel managed to recapture my attention and hold it. This book is much more exciting and fast-paced than Shadowland, and it also has more of Jude (who I like a lot more than Damen, if I'm being honest).SPOILERS: It's not enough that Ever suddenly has to chose between the two loves of her many lives. Now, against her will, she's being drawn to Roman by some foreign darkness she can feel inside her - controlling her. She begins pulling away from Damen as she finds her thoughts consumed by images of Roman. She tries to ask for help, but whatever the strange force inside her is, it's keeping her from reaching out to Damen. With noone to turn to, Ever seeks out Jude, who is a really key character in this book. Jude tries as hard as h can to help Ever, but after 2 failed attempts at unbinding herself and breaking the spell, Ever is worse off than she ever was before.Even if you gave up on this series, I still recommend you read this book. It redeemed the series for me, and I'm really glad I didn't give up on it.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Contrary to what most others are saying, I really enjoyed this installment. Am I the only one who has just once wanted the main character to choose the wrong side- to go dark? I just feel that we always know that as suspenseful as a decision is, the character will chose the right side- will choose light. With this book, you can¿t be so sure. Something has taken over Ever, something more powerful then she¿s thought possible. Something she cannot physically explain. She is trapped within her own body, her dark flame is taking over.Because this book treads on so much of the uncharted territory, I liked it a lot. Of course it is great when everything works out all well and dandy, but sometimes you just want something else. This book is definitely that something. It was suspenseful, intriguing, and somewhat maddening. Maybe this is just my good-girl persona acting out (I¿m so B.A!), but the fact that Ever is doing what she shouldn¿t immersed me in her world till the very end. Which, let me point out, was AMAZING. Roman! Ever! Jude! Haven! Damen! Whaaat? Yes, that was my reaction and I wouldn¿t be surprised if a few others felt the same way.
VikingGypsy on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Noel remains consistent with the other three works in The Immortals series. These books remain entertaining for those interested in dark romance, but the writing style does leave something to be desired. Through each chapter, I tell myself to put the book down, but continue reading because I do want to know what happens next in the plotline. I'm not sure if I'm compelled to continue reading because it's truly entertaining or because I like to finish what I've started. These books are reminiscent of The Twilight Series, with the main male role being very elusive, and the main female character being a bit inexperienced and lacking confidence. I remain true to my previous reviews on this series - If you enjoyed The Twilight Series, you should stick with that!