Night Star by Alyson Noel
Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.
Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all.
Here’s the scoop:
Last year I reviewed The Immortals series, and despite all, I kind of like them. I mean, the dialogue annoys me sometimes and the character names are ridiculous (let’s see: Ever, Haven, Sabine, Jude, Roman, Drina, Honor, all possibly pulled from The Soap Opera Writers Guide to Baby Names), and the first book feels like your typical paranormal story set up (Plain Jane girl meets incredible, mysterious sexypants guy who has a dark secret). And the mystical talk. Holy, blazing auras! It’s all a little bit overwhelming and a whole lot cuckoo.
Despite all that, I’ve always liked The Immortals because the premise is pretty fantastic as paranormal stories go. If you haven’t read the first book, be warned. SPOLIER ALERT: Damen is over six-hundred years old. He’s an immortal (not a sparkly vampire. He comes from a family that practiced alchemy and he found a way to live 4-evah. Or forever. Either way, we like him). He has met and fallen in love with Ever many times over the years. Each time they’re about to finally be together, she goes and gets herself all deader than a doornail (actually, Damen’s crazed ex finds new and inventive ways to murder her in each of her past lives). Damen has searched for Ever over the centuries, hoping to find a way to finally be together. Most recently he found her when she was a young girl and waited years for her to mature. Then, when her life again hung in the balance, unbeknownst to her, he made Ever an immortal so that he’d never lose her again.
Swoony, right? I thought so. It doesn’t hurt that Damen is jaw-droppingly hot. He’s swoony and sexy and extremely romantic while still having a dark, imperfect past. Ever is pretty annoying, but she’s also likeable. While she makes predictably bad decisions, it’s always out of a selfless motive. So all in all, I enjoy these books. I always want to know what happens in the end.
Night Star is the fifth book in the series. Through her former best friend and nemesis, Haven, Ever (The name! The names!) finds out that Damen has some extremely dark secrets in his past. Haven believes this secret will tear them apart and will leave Ever vulnerable. Her plan is to kill Ever (I know. The term immortal would suggest otherwise, but in all of the books it’s possible to kill immortals by hitting them in their weakest chakra. Wha??? Don’t ask. ). The problem is, when Ever finds out the secret, it’s not really a big deal. And then when you realize why he hid it, it’s totally understandable. I mean, he should be honest, but it’s truly not anything scandalous—but it is to Ever. She, as usual, has a coronary and it’s really difficult to get behind her again while she questions Damen, wonders if she’s meant to be with Jude (the guy who is not immortal but was introduced in the third book, Shadowland, as another lover from Ever’s past—one who has continuously lost Ever to Damen. Ya still with me?), and looks for ways to defeat the current bad guy in her life without the help of anyone else.
So to recap: A secret is threatening to pull Ever and Damen apart. Ever flips out and avoids Damen. Damen yet again starts hanging out with Stacia, the girl who has always made Ever’s high school life miserable. Then she makes some really lame decisions. Then they work it out and start looking again for the antidote (the one that will make it possible for them to get on with their ahem, business, since that’s been a huge problem for the last couple of books) then there’s a big ol showdown. Then it’s hugs, hugs, schmoopy talk, kissy face.
So basically, it’s the same as all the others books (maybe slightly different from the first). I’m not saying it’s bad. I still enjoy it, but it might be time for the series to end. I like Ever(most of the time). I like Damen (swoon city!). I love me some Miles (oh gay BFF!) but I need them to move on with their crazy, immortal selves or come up with some new problems.
The sixth and final book, Everlasting, comes out June 7. Obviously I’m going to read it. Have to.
Crush Intensity: Um…2/5 maybe? As a series, I consider it a 3/5 but this one was kind of a dud (in that it’s all recycled plots).