Night Star (Immortals Series #5)

Night Star (Immortals Series #5)

by Alyson Noël

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ISBN-13: 9781250005946
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Alyson Noël's Immortals Series , #5
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 73,764
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.89(d)
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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Chapter One

“You’ll never beat me. You’ll never win this one, Ever. It’s impossible. You can’t do it. So why waste your time?”

I narrow my gaze and peer into her face—taking in her small, pale features, her dark cloud of hair, the absence of light in her hate-filled gaze.

My teeth clenched tightly, voice low and measured, I say, “Don’t be so sure. You’re running a serious risk of overestimating yourself. In fact, you are overestimating yourself. I’m one hundred percent sure of it.”

She scoffs. Loudly, derisively, the sound of it echoing throughout the large empty room, bouncing off the plank wood floors to the bare white walls, meant to scare, or at the very least intimidate and throw me off my game.

But it won’t work.

Can’t work.

I’m too focused for that.

All of my energy concentrated down to one single point, until everything else fades away and it’s just me, my readied fist, and Haven’s third chakra—also known as the solar plexus chakra—the home of anger, fear, hate, and the tendency toward putting too much emphasis on power, recognition, and revenge.

My gaze narrowed on its location like a bull’s-eye, right smack dab in the center of her leather-clad torso.

Knowing that one quick, well-directed jab is all it’ll take to reduce her to nothing more than a sad bit of history.

A cautionary tale of power gone wrong.

Gone.

In an instant.

Leaving nothing behind but a pair of black stiletto boots and a small pile of dust—the only real reminder that she was ever here.

Even though I never wanted it to get to this point, even though I tried to work it out, tried to reason with her, to convince her to come to her senses so we could move toward some kind of understanding—cut some kind of deal—in the end, she refused to give up.

Refused to give in.

Refused to let go of her misguided quest for revenge.

Leaving me with no choice but to kill or be killed.

Leaving me with no doubt of how this one ends.

“You’re too weak.” She circles. Moving slowly, carefully, her gaze never once leaving mine. The stiletto heels of her boots assaulting the floor as she says, “You’re no match for me. Never were, never will be.” She stops and places her hands on her hips, head cocked to the side, allowing a stream of glossy dark waves to fall over her shoulder and hang well past her waist. “You could’ve let me die months ago. You already had your chance. But you chose to give me the elixir instead. And now you regret it? Because you don’t approve of what I’ve become?” She pauses long enough to roll her eyes. “Well too bad. You have only yourself to blame. You’re the one who made me this way. I mean, what kind of creator kills her own creation, anyway?”

“I may have made you an immortal, but you took it from there,” I say, the words firm, deliberate, ground out between clenched teeth, despite Damen having coached me to stay quiet, stay focused, to make it swift and clean, and not unnecessarily engage her in any way.

Save your regrets for later, he said.

But the fact that we’ve found ourselves here means there is no later where Haven’s concerned. And despite what it’s come to, I’m still determined to get to her, to reach her, before it’s too late.

“We don’t have to do this.” My gaze locks on hers, hoping to convince. “We can stop right here, right now. This doesn’t have to go any further than it already has.”

“Ha, you wish!” she sings, gleefully mocking. “I can see it in your eyes. You can’t do it. No matter how much you think I deserve it, no matter how much you try to convince yourself of that, you’re too soft. So what makes you think it’ll be any different this time around?”

Because now you’re dangerous—and not just to yourself, but to everyone else as well. This time is different, entirely different. As you’re about to see…

Curling my fingers so tightly my knuckles instantly blanch, I steal a second to center myself, find my balance, and replenish my light—just as Ava taught me to do—while keeping my hand low and steady, my gaze fixed on hers, my mind cleared of all extraneous thoughts, face cleared of all extraneous feelings—as Damen recently coached.

The key is to give nothing away, he claimed, to move quickly, with purpose. To get the deed done before she has the chance to ever see it coming—won’t even realize what hit her ’til it’s way past too late.

Until her body has disintegrated and her soul’s moved on to that bleak, dreary place.

Refusing her even the slightest opportunity to make a move or fight back.

A lesson learned on a long-ago battlefield that I never thought would apply to my life.

But even though Damen warned me against it, I can’t keep from apologizing. Can’t stop the words forgive me from coursing from my mind to hers. Seeing her respond in the flash of pity that tempers her gaze before it’s quickly diminished by the usual mix of hate and disdain.

Her fist rising—aiming for me—but it’s too late. Mine’s already in motion, moving forward, in full swing. Slamming right into her solar plexus, sending her reeling—spinning—shattering—headed straight into the infinite abyss.

The Shadowland.

The eternal home for lost souls.

Aware of my own sudden intake of breath as I watch how quickly she disintegrates. Fragmenting so easily it’s hard to imagine she was ever once solid form.

My gut churning, heart crashing, mouth so dry and parched no words will come. My body reacting as though what just happened before me—the act I just committed—wasn’t just a game of make-believe, but the horrifying real deal.

“You did well. You were right on target, right on your mark,” Damen says, crossing the room in a fraction of an instant, his warm, strong arms sliding around me as he pulls me close to his chest. His voice lilting softly in my ear as he adds, “Though you seriously might want to lose the forgive me part until after she’s gone. Trust me, I know you feel bad, Ever, and I can’t say I blame you, but it’s like we’ve discussed, in a case like this, it’s either you or her. Only one can survive. And if you don’t mind, I prefer it to be you.” He runs the tip of his finger down the length of my cheek, tucking a stray chunk of long blond hair behind my ear, before he adds, “You can’t afford to give her any sign of what’s to come. So please, save the apology for after, okay?”

I nod and pull away, still fighting to steady my breath. Glancing over my shoulder at the pile of black leather and lace on the floor. All that remains of the Haven I manifested, before I blink it away and erase every trace.

Stretching my neck from side to side, and shaking out each of my limbs in a move that could be taken as either letting off steam or preparing for more, Damen choosing to interpret it as the latter when he smiles and says, “So, another go then?”

But I just look at him and shake my head. I’m done for the day. Done with pretending to kill off the ghostly, soulless form of a former best friend.

It’s our last day of summer, our last day of freedom, and there are much better ways for us to spend it.

Taking in the sweep of longish, wavy dark hair that spills across his forehead and falls into those amazing brown eyes, before drifting over the bridge of his nose, the angle of his cheekbones, to the swell of his lips, where I pause long enough to remember how wonderful they feel against mine.

“Let’s go to the pavilion,” I say, my eyes eagerly searching his before moving on to his simple black tee, the silk cord bearing the cluster of crystals that hides underneath, all the way down to his faded denim jeans and the brown, rubber flip-flops on his feet. “Let’s go have fun,” I reiterate, taking a moment to close my eyes and manifest a whole new costume change for myself. Swapping out the T-shirt, shorts, and sneakers I wore to train in, for a replica of one of the more beautiful, low-cut, corseted gowns I sometimes wore in my Parisian life.

And all it takes is one look at his clouded gaze to tell me it’s as good as done. The lure of the pavilion is pretty much impossible to resist.

It’s the only place where we can truly touch without the interference of the energy shield—where our skin can meet, and our DNA mingle, without any imminent danger to Damen’s soul.

The only place where we can disappear into another world that holds none of the dangers of the one that we live in.

And even though I no longer resent the limitations of our life here, no longer pay it much notice now that I know it’s a direct result of my making the right choice, the only choice, that my choosing to make Damen drink Roman’s elixir is the only reason he’s still with me today—the only thing that saved him from an eternity in the Shadowland—I’m happy to accept his touch in any form that it comes.

But still, now that I know there’s a place where it gets so much better than this, I’m determined to get there, and now would be good.

“But what about practice? School starts tomorrow and I don’t want you to get caught off guard,” he says, obviously struggling to do what’s noble and right even though it’s clear that our trip to the pavilion is as good as done. “We have no idea what she’s planned, so we have to prepare for the worst. Besides, we haven’t even gotten to the Tai Chi yet, and I think we really need to. You’ll be amazed at the way it helps to balance out your energy—recharging it in a way that—”

“You know what else is good at recharging my energy?” I smile, allowing him no time to answer before my lips meet his, willing him to just say the word so we can go to a place where I can kiss him for real.

The warmth of his gaze filling me with a glorious swarm of the tingle and heat only he can provide. Pulling away as he says, “Fine. You win. But then you always do, don’t you?” He smiles, his gaze happily dancing with mine.

Grabbing hold of my hand and closing his eyes, as the two of us step through a shimmering veil of soft golden light.

NIGHT STAR Copyright © 2010 by Alyson Noël, L.L.C

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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I love the series. They are wonderful and keep you entertained for hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the first book and the second one was great too but i'm really getting tired of waiting for her to get on with the story i become less and less excited about each book. I really hope this one will be better and hopefully more interesting. Of course that will only happen if Ever quits making mistake after mistake. I guess we'll see.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Haven believes former best friend Ever killed her boyfriend Roman. She vows revenge anyway she can. In fact she considers the best avenue to get back at Ever is an assault on her enemy's boyfriend Damen. Her plan is simple: reveal the dark secrets to Ever that Damon hides from one of Ever's past lives. When she learns the truth, Ever is caught between a rock and a hard place. She has difficult decisions to make. She must decide whether to destroy her former BFF turned adversary with a one way eternal ticket to Shadowland and whether she feels her relationship with Damen supersedes his secrets. The fifth Immortals young adult fantasy (see Shadowland and Dark Flame) is more personal as the story line moves forward the overarching theme that had slowed down a bit due to the heroine having psychological doubts that she did not have before she erred. Although Damen's dark secret does not come close to the earth shattering end of the universe, fans of the saga will enjoy Ever's latest adventure as she struggles between her former BFF who she still loves as a sister and her beloved Immortal soul mate. Harriet Klausner
Goddess2009 More than 1 year ago
I started going throught this "reading phase" in December 2009. Since then I have read over a dozen books. Most of them being series' like this one. Out of them all this is the only one that I have been able to compare to the hit, "Twilight Saga". Ever and Damen are awesome. Alyson Noel writes and explains them so well that I can really feel their love and I can almost imagine the troubles and hardships that they face together. I can't wait for the next book to come out. If you have the chance to read them, do so. I promise you wont be able to put them down.
Brittany_17 More than 1 year ago
Dark Flame... I couln't beileve that. But I'm not so crazy about Night Star, I think it might be a big disappointment. I mean, how many books can you make about how she's so in love with Damen but not able to have a real realationship with him, you know what I mean? It's getting old and boring! But I hope she proves me wrong.
Azalea Trevino More than 1 year ago
I loved her books at the beginning of the series but now it is just dragging on in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first few books in the series. They were predictable and seem to follow the over-used romance line that has become too popular lately. It's an easy read, includes some good suspense, but not written well enough to entice me to pick up any more in the series.
Miafaye Stenzel More than 1 year ago
alison noel was good in the beginning but it got worse after the second no one gave a bad reveiw so im trying to save whoevers reading this 10 bucks
LKM72 More than 1 year ago
Oh my Lord! There is still another book to read???? This should have been a 2-book novel. It has dragged on too long and it seems like the author keeps complicating things for the characters just to write another book. It will be a challenge to get through another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book, and then I reread the first one, and I feel a little sad about how Haven became totally twisted into a different person and then killed. I can't help wondering if she will reappear in the last book. Kind of a stupid thought :) but it seems as if there could be a way to bring souls back from the shadowland, since Roman also was killed when he was the only one with the antidote.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are amazing! No doubt.. i cant quit reading! and when i finish one of the books.. i want the next one right there ready to start reading! Thats exactly what happened with this book.. it really sucked me in.. so much stuff goes on in the book, which has been the same thing for all of Alyson Noel's books in this series.. but as soon as i finished i realized that the next book was the finale.. i wanna read it so bad!!.. but i dont want it to be over :( if youve read the other ones.. its a must read! if you havent read any..you are missing out <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but certain parts lost me and confusing. Ireally hope #6 is mutter and clearer to me and everyone who thought so too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!! I thank god that heaven dies my least favorite caracter. Cant wait to read everlasting!!!!!!!!!!!! :);)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read the last book in this series yet but i believe that night star was by far the best book in this seris beside the first book.I almost ried when i was reading this book and there is a little shocking twist to it. So i would recommende to read all the books of this sereie u won't regret it!!!!
Katie Porter More than 1 year ago
Night Star is worth reading. Not the best book in the seriies but it left me wanting more. Wanting to know what will happen next.
Jessica Cuellar More than 1 year ago
She has it all. The perfect boyfriend, good friends, awesome powers and all she does is pity herself because she and Damen can't freakin' touch and it's just so the end of the world. I wanted to reach into the book and smack Ever for always finding a new reason to be all emo about. She pissed me off quite a bit. And as for the romance... way too cheesy for my liking. Almost gag-worthy. Noel is a great writer and all and knows how to put emotion in her writing, but maybe if she made Ever just a tad bit less... pitiful and maybe eased down on the mushy romance a bit more and the plot actually went somewhere instead of just handing out new problems for Ever to be all "Woe is me" about, then I could have loved the series.
haley18 More than 1 year ago
I was surprised how much i liked this new addition to the Immortal series by Alyson Noel. I was starting to get very sick of this series towards thee end, it seemed like each book was just dragging things out. Thank god that Night Star came threw, night star has less (somewhat confusing) magic involved, more problems of Ever's love triangle with Jude and Damen (which i love!) and more mystery towards the end making it hard to not want the 6th and Final book right after you finish this. If you are reading the Immortal series and feel your gettting sick of it, PLEASE continue it, Night Star was just as good as evermore and blue moon (which are the best in the series). I know I am very happy i didnt give up on this series, and cannot wait for the 6th and finale book!
Matty Bolen More than 1 year ago
Please, don't waste your time on these books if you know what good literature is like. Especially after the fourth book. Nothing ever gets solved and its just exhausting to read. Everything I liked about it in the first book has changed, for worse. Now I'm committed, and I was all too happy to finish this book. Then I see that the final book is coming this summer and I wanted to shoot myself. All the characters are so mixed up now, it's ridiculous. Just, ugh.
michelle-29_ More than 1 year ago
I love series books. however, i found this series boring and frustrating at the end of the second book. to see that there are actually 6 of them??? no way would i recommend this series to anyone. it drags out and is very boring with no apparent conclusion for the two main characters in site. the story line itself maybe warranted three books at most. I think the author just simply lacks ideas for another story entirely & just wants to keep Ever & Damen going on & on & on.
haleyeliseread on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I was surprised how much i liked this new addition to the Immortal series by Alyson Noel. I was starting to get very sick of this series towards thee end, it seemed like each book was just dragging things out. Thank god that Night Star came threw, night star has less (somewhat confusing) magic involved, more problems of Ever's love triangle with Jude and Damen (which i love!) and more mystery towards the end making it hard to not want the 6th and Final book right after you finish this. If you are reading the Immortal series and feel your gettting sick of it, PLEASE continue it, Night Star was just as good as evermore and blue moon (which are the best in the series). I know I am very happy i didnt give up on this series, and cannot wait for the 6th and finale book!
Annesanse on LibraryThing 4 days ago
I'm really impressed with how many new and unexpected turns this series is taking! For someone who doesn't believe in psychics or reincarnation or karma in the least, I find myself really enjoying this story. I really like Ever and Damen as a couple. I can't help but root for them and to be a little heartbroken every time their efforts in obtaining the antidote fail. I LOVE the idea of Summerland. It reminds me of my daydreams when I was young.
talksupe.blogspot on LibraryThing 4 days ago
full review and casting couch on talksupe.blogspot.comI've been surprisingly taken by this series. It has it's hits and misses but overall it's entertaining enough. If one reads beyond the talk about Karma, reincarnation, and other cosmic stuff, you'll actually see that Ever's life is an example, though a well-contrived fictional one, of a moral story. It shows us the "ripple effect" and even if some scenes and conversations in the book are very teen therefore irritating for a non-teen like me, it has its merits and in a way Alyson Noel is sharing with us her values and her take on losing people you love, trust and friendship
Hailey.Parker1234 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This book is about how Ever wants to be with Damen, and she can. There is just one problem, Ever's best firend, Haven, thinks that Ever purposely killed he boyfriend Roman. Ever has explained that Roman's death was an accident, but Haven doesnt believe her. So in retaliation, Haven decides that she is going to create a plan to destroy Ever and Damen. That is what this book is about. I think this book is really good. I really love the whole Immortals series. This book is full of twisting turns that will make u want to never put the book down. This book is for young adults, like all the rest of the Immortal books. I think that if u like surprises, fantasies, and romance put together in one book, then this is the book for you. I rate this book with 5 stars.
KaelebsMomma on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Will their love stand the test of time? Our favorite couple, Damon and Ever faces down some pretty serious demons in the latest book, Night Star. Will an age old secret be the end of their lasting love or will Haven succeed in ripping them apart? I think Alyson Noel is a genius. Night Star was everything I wanted it to be and MORE. Her creative writing keeps me on the edge of my seat, anticipating the next turn of the page. This book is written for young adults and follows a similar route to popular vampire stories. However; I¿m in my thirties and am captivated by The Immortals series. Personally, I must admit that I¿m addicted to this series. It¿s by far, my favorite! My favorite part of Night Star was obviously when Haven was taken down. I¿ve been waiting for that to happen for a while now. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys vampire lore or YA romance. This book has everything you¿re looking for. Alyson, thank you for an awesome book! You deserve to be rating up there with the top authors. The Immortals series is a twist that YA fiction needed. It¿s a breath of fresh air! I¿m looking forward to the next book! Keep writing!
halo776 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This book is exactly why I wish authors would not attempt to write a series comprised of more than 3 books. They become little more than redundant fillers. Such is the case with "Night Star." I've enjoyed the series so far. It isn't the absolute best series I've ever read, but it's very entertaining and began with a very good idea. The execution of it has become monotonous, however. In this book, Ever and Haven are still fighting. Haven becomes increasingly more greedy and her ego more and more inflated until she's despicable. You can't wait to get rid of her. In fact, for most of the book, I was simply hoping Ever would kill her and be done with it. The fact that Ever still tries to reason with her and offer her "a way out" makes it hard to take Ever seriously. How could anyone be so stupid? I realize you and Haven had a good friendship, but obviously, since Roman entered the picture, that's over. Get over it. Move on. Quit putting your own life (not to mention Jude's and Damen's as well) in jeopardy trying to save her. Speaking of Jude, he was quite good in this book. At one point, he even grows a backbone and refuses to allow Ever to run to him every time she's upset with Damen. In this book, she must face her true feelings for Jude and Dame and make a choice between them. (Not that this particular story line hasn't already happened before...yawn.) You know who she chooses; there's no point in even mentioning it. Twilight was a story about Bella & Edward, and this is a story about Ever & Damen. Jude offers a fun diversion, however. Miles is also more likable in this book. He's become more confident and is more "in the loop" now. The main problem (between Haven & Ever) is resolved and it seems that Ever will never again doubt her true love. Sounds good, right? Not exactly, because you see, the antidote is still missing. Why? One would imagine that if they actually resolved this issue, the series would end, and Ms. Noel would then be forced to actually think of a new story to tell. It's much easier to simply drag out this one as long as possible. No need to worry about writer's block. Just throw in a little conflict that won't interfere with the major one I thought about 4 books ago, and voila! Another hefty royalty payment. It's a bit insulting that authors such as Alyson Noel continue to write "fluff" that does not contain enough real material to stand alone as its own book. My only consolation is that I didn't spend my own money on this book.