Immortal (Immortal Series #1)

Immortal (Immortal Series #1)

by Gillian Shields
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Immortal (Immortal Series #1) by Gillian Shields

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness.

Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.

Gillian Shields's electrifying tale will dazzle readers with suspense, mysticism, and romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061859168
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2009
Series: Gillian Shields' Immortal Series , #1
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 221,494
File size: 406 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gillian Shields is the author of Immortal, Betrayal, and Eternal, the first books about the sisterhood of the Mystic Way, as well as many other books for young readers. She spent her childhood roaming over the Yorkshire moors and dreaming of the Brontë sisters. After studying in Cambridge, London, and Paris, she became a teacher. She has taught in a girls' boarding school and also in a drama school where it was rumored that the ghost of a young girl could be heard crying in the night. Gillian was inspired to write this series in celebration of the power of first love, the strength of female friendship, and the haunting mystery of the past.

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Immortal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 260 reviews.
carol777 More than 1 year ago
The publisher's synopsis is very accurate but does not fully do justice to the beautifully woven story-line; the depth of the characters and the evocative period, mood and cadence of the story. A friend lent me her advance copy she had been asked to read and she was wildly insistent that I read the book, too. Now I know why. The only thing that could spoil this wonderful book for me is if there isn't a sequel. And soon. The writing, which is highly accessible, quickly immerses the reader into the word of Evie and the challenges she faces. To go into these in detail risks spoiling the story for would be readers (and you should be one!) but suffice to say I just could not put the book down. It excited, moved, and transfixed me all at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*scream* I loveeeeeeee this book. So far Its my favorite. Filled with suspense and tragic happenings prepared to fall into the world of love,faith,courage,magic, and a life threatening decision. When I finished the book I practically started to cry. I was so angry cause I had finished it and because there wasnt a sequel...yet. I had never wanted it to end. I have been on my computer for an hour just to find Gillian Shields's email, i foud it but the website said I had to pay to get it so i still dont know it. Read this book or you shall never forgive your self and will enjoy not 1 more book. You will ask your self "What the heck is wrong with me?Why didn't I read Immortal!!!" So thats the all I got to say about the magically tragic book "Immortal"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first saw the cover it called to i just know it was going to be good but when i finished reading it i said wow such amaizing characters and wonderful story i hope theres a sequel
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Evie Johnson's life can't possibly get any worse. Her beloved grandmother has taken ill. She has been living with her while her father has been serving in the military. But now, she can't go with her father, her mother is dead, and her grandmother is in a home. So with a little-known scholarship, Evie finds herself sent off to the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies out in the moors. Evie grew up by the sea, and she can't imagine what it will be like so far removed from the water she loves. She has to take the train to the school, and the cab driver refuses to take her all the way to the school, calling it a cursed place. In the dark cold rain, Evie struggles with her bags through the trees to the school. It's in the trees that she is hit by a dark brooding boy on horseback. She's tired, dirty, and is distraught to find her mother's photo frame broken on the ground. The mysterious boy helps gather her belongings and murmurs he will see her again. When Evie sets her picture frame beside her bed, she's surprised to find that it's in one piece, the glass not broken at all. She begins to believe she imagined the encounter and the strange boy, but then she notices the gash on her hand, from a piece of the previously broken glass. This begins her first night at the school. And things do not get better for Evie. She's taunted by one of her roommates, Celeste. Evie's place at the school is due to the mysterious death of Celeste's best friend. And as part of being a scholarship student, Evie must help crazy Helen Black with some of the chores after dinner. The only bright spot is the friendly gesture by one other girl, Sarah. The mysterious boy returns, and soon Evie finds herself sneaking out after hours to meet Sebastian. He gives little information about what he does during the day, and Evie makes many requests to have him call properly at the school. The more mysterious Sebastian seems, the more intrigued Evie becomes. When Helen starts to watch over Evie and get her in trouble for sneaking out, hints of stories told to Evie by her grandmother start to make more sense. IMMORTAL is an intriguing and dark tale that intertwines the past and the present. With glimpses into the past through a character's diary entries, Evie learns who she is and what she must do to survive and protect those around her. The story captures the reader from the first page and draws them in until the final one. There was so much mystery as well as romance throughout the entire story that it should appeal to a large audience.
Ezmirelda More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! From the very beginning the author has this wonderful story laid out for us and as you read along you could slowly see the mystery unfold before you. The romance aspect of it was undeniably sweet. I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to read this book. It's just that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little iffy with the book when I read the discription, but once I started reading it, all those doubts went away. It was Thrilling, exciting, suspenseful, a page-turner, and I don't even love reading. But hands down, my favorite part was the characters which were discribed amazingly and so intense and thoughtful and amazing. My only negative comment is the ending. Personally I was disappointed with that ending, but I can't take away credit for that one little negative area of the entire amazing woven mystery of secrets. Incredible! You'll regret not reading it!
sunshine69 More than 1 year ago
This story had me so intrigued and I had to finish it in one sitting. I can't wait for the next book and a book about Sebastiana and Abbey would be nice. There are so many stories within this story and the possibilibies make me so giddy! I love the storyline and the simple way it was brought out. It wasn't tarnished by too much supernatural and brought out a realistic twist to it.
jnik More than 1 year ago
i read this in 2 days.... mainly because i forgot it at work on my desk. it was a good story and for an english author i was surprised they didn't try to use so much slang that you needed an english to english dictionary like so many to try to do. it was a great read just for fun. i was left wanting more wanting to hear how and if they end up together. with a book ending like this i do think they should give you something to hope for or at least look forward to because sadly i'm likely to forget to look for another in a series like this.
gloomy-daylight More than 1 year ago
I cant believe anyone has ever doubted this book! It is so amazingly written and thrilling!I LOVED iIT. Dont you DARE not read this book. You will REGRET it!
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, the blues are very eye catching. The second thing was the book description that this included a Gothic mansion (I'm a sucker for old mansions and homes, and anything Victorian and Gothic). Evie is "shipped" off to an all-girl private school and not by choice. Evie's father has to leave and her grandmother can no longer take care of her. From the moment she is dropped off at the gate to the school, by the taxi driver who refuses to take her up to the school doors, strange things start to happen. First, she meets a mysterious guy, Sebastian, riding on a horse; little does she know that Sebastian is going to turn her world upside down wether she likes it or not. She is further met with more strange things when she starts to have "visions" at Wyldcliffe. One of Evie's escapes comes to be Sebastian, who also becomes the person that puts her in danger. Evie discovers a connection between Sebastian and all the strange things that are happening at Wyldcliffe. The question is, can she trust Sebastian even though she loves him, and does he love her in the right way, or will his love put her in more danger? While I overall enjoyed this book there were a few things that I did not. There were too many plots going on all at once - it got confusing at times as to what exactly was going and which plot was more important than the other. Also, the love between Evie and Sebastian didn't feel concrete enough, it wasn't completely believable - there was no development or build up to it, and it just seemed to have happened. I also wish there had been more diary entries - to get a more consise understanding of the past, maybe that will be included more in the sequel...
Harry-Potter-Geek More than 1 year ago
I got this for Christmas I finished it that day and I really liked it! But the one thing I found was that it was a bit predictable.. but I think it was good book, and it was written very well. I would recommend this book. :)
BoekiesBookReview More than 1 year ago
: Immortal by Gillian Shields is filled with HEAVY undertones of the Bronte sister's. When I began reading immortal I was instantly drawn into the story. I have to admit I wanted to like the book, especially because so much of it seems inspired by the classics. I found an abundance of beautiful imagery through out the text that reminded me of the moors in Wuthering Heights. Sebastian is conveniently named Sebastian James Fairfax. Does the last name sound familiar? It's from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, think Edward Fairfax Rochester! Personally, I adored Sebastian's brooding attitude and the way Shields describes him simply as a rider on a black horse in the beginning of the novel. There are so many qualities that I loved about this book but unfortunately the story starts to go downhill midway through. First, although Agnes' journal entries were interesting, it was painstakingly obvious that the S. that she refers to in her journal, is Sebastian. It was sort of aggravating waiting for Evie to realize it too. Second, I didn't like the multiple pov's. It was distracting. The ending did not do the rest of the book justice. It just seemed off balance. To be honest besides the fact that I haven't heard good news about book 2 & 3, i'm not sure if I want to keep reading the series anyway. I think Shields is a great writer and her story is definitely interesting, but I felt that the ending wasn't strong enough to keep me interested. I'm a bit disappointed because I was loving the style of a gothic romance.
Nancy75 More than 1 year ago
I got this book thinking it would be good. I read some of the page barnes and noble.com let me read and it sounded so interesting I just had to read it. When I got the book I began reading at once and when I finished I was really disappointed. The whole story line and plot is rushed. The author is leading you up to something, so you expect something big to happen. But really it was nothing. it leads you on just to find disappointment. I do not recommend this book, and hope this helps some people:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome story and could be turned into a series if the author so wishes. For anyone whol like the Twilight series this is also a good back. Although it does not deal with vampires the characters are young and torn in two because of a love that cannot be. This was an awesome book and a hghly recommend it and hope the author comes out with more of this type of fiction.
DarkRomance More than 1 year ago
I Thought this book was Great! At first I thought the book was going to be about how Evie found out that Sebastian was immortal because he was a mythical creature. WRONG! During the quest to find out the truth about Sebastian she finds herself intertwined with a Talisman, a ghost, a dark coven, and forbidden love, all leading up too....Immortal
emilysue_09 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book would be very good, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the plot and the characters were good. Could have been longer to flesh it outsome more. The romance aspect of it wasn't very convincing or moving. Reminded me a little of Great and Terrible Beauty series, but not as good. I read Shiver right before this and actually preferred this book. Shiver was boring.
kid18 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I want to say that this book, like other readers said, tries to be too many thing and in the end it got stuck in the middle. It doesn't belong to the romance section since the love between Evie and S. happens too fast. I don't even know why they are so deeply in love after several meetings. It is too forceful and quick and the conversation they exchange during those meetings are so childish, it doesn't really spark any chemistry to make me feel the romance between them. (Maybe it's just me, I don't know) The book really really leaves me unsatisfied at the end since in the end the conflict didn't really resolved. I feell like nothing has really in resolved. Sebastine is still fading and Mrs. Hartle is still lurking out there. What happens to her followers? What happen to the dead Agnes? Did she move on? And in the end, Evie still could not unlock the necklace secret? so WHAT had she really accomplished? The plot is a bit predictable, too. I knew at the beginning that Evie and Agnes are related. But what disturbed me was Agnes's husband. It was so random. I felt like he was just...there just so that she could have a baby with him so there could be a story. (maybe I was just being difficult, which I always am.) And there's the guy named Josh that speaks for like, 2 sentences at the almost end of the book. and I don't even why he's in there. He doesn't help the plot or anything. I hope the author gives him an important role in the next book. (I hope there's sequel or I'll be extremely unsatisfied) Even so I have to say that this book has some really good moments. I like the way the author describe the surrounding for each new scene. I could even imagine it in my mind and trust me, I'm not a very imaginative person.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest, this isn't a book that I enjoyed. I think it was trying to be too many different things at the same time. Is it a love story? Is it a mystery? Is it a fantasy story riddled with mysticism and evil covens that need to be destroyed? None of the themes are explored and the plot rushes through what should be longer, more processed elements of the story. The love element has no conviction, and the fantasy seems almost like an afterthought. This really should have been two different books. One where Evie discovers a strong kindred with this girl in the past while falling in love with this dangerous stranger, and another where Evie's powers are awakened and she joins a coven of girls with magical elemental powers and they fight the evil coven. Either that or it should have been longer in order to flush out the story. Also, a quick word of clarification, the novel advertises itself as dealing with mysticism, but it's very clear that this is Wiccan, and not the love the forest and the trees sort. This is the coven of witches who kidnap girls and murder them to keep their coven master alive sort. Simply put, the 'magic' isn't fun like many fantasy books. This is secret society of evil people sort of magic based much more in literal beliefs than what one would find in Harry Potter or Twilight. -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Evie Johnson is a girl whose life has been turned upside down. She is ripped away from her home by the sea when her grandmother is placed in a nursing home. She is sent to Wyldcliffe Abby School for Young Ladies under a last minute scholarship arrangement. This should be an opportunity of a lifetime. However, the strict teachers, snobbish students, and an oppressive atmosphere leave Evie feeling abandoned. Evie meets Sebastian who provides her a lifeline to something she is longing for. Then she starts seeing a strange, ghostly girl who could be her twin sister. She is drawn into a web of intrigue and elemental magic that lead her on a quest of self discovery. Review: Gillian Shields has written an interesting Romantic Urban Fantasy. She makes use of some tried and true fantasy elements. There is protagonist that is thrust into an “upper crust” academic world where she doesn’t quite fit in. There is a ghostly love interest that may be friend or foe. Finally elemental magic provides a simple yet sophisticated magical science. Evie is a strong character, but her potential is never fully exploited in the story. She tends to react rather than act. This makes her flat as a character. The story is hard to get into at first but does pick up the pace as one goes on.
AvaBear098123 More than 1 year ago
There was this girl. She isn’t, well, normal. Her name is Evie and she can see, talk, and touch ghosts. Her grandmother is sick, and her father doesn’t want to deal with her at this time. He sends her off to a private school. “Abbey School For Girls” it was called. What she encounters is mind blowing. Girls don’t like her, they are mean and selfish to her. She wanted a friend at this school and she got one. That is my summary of the book Immortal. I really liked this book I was able to read it, but I would recommend it to an older reader. This book shows friendship, love and learning. Evie is a young girl, and she lost her mother when she was little. She lives her father and grandmother. Her grandmother is sick and her father doesn’t want her there if her grandmother dies. Immortal is a 7th or 8th grader level book and very interesting to read. I recommend you reading this book, it is very well written.
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I hate that book terrible ending and no good romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
daughter and I both felt this was a great series! enjoyed reading and had to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and just read it again, still the same mystery;)