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Review: “Immortal Beloved,” Cate Tiernan

February 22, 2011
Review: “Immortal Beloved,” Cate TiernanImmortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1)
Written by Cate Tiernan
Published September, 2010 by Little Brown
407 pages
Genres: Immortality, Urban Fantasy
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five-stars

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something’s got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe–until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

I’ve been a fan of Cate Tiernan for quite some time and Immortal Beloved didn’t disappoint in the slightest. A great start to a new trilogy and I personally can’t wait for the next installment in September! After reading a few ‘so-so’ books, this one was a breath of fresh air and I found myself enjoying it from start to finish.

I have to praise the wit and dialogue in this book! I found myself laughing out loud a few times at Nasty’s inner-thoughts and fantasies; especially regarding Reyn. Rather than trying to be hilarious and failing, Cate Tiernan makes you extremely able to relate to her protagonist – and even love her!

Everything is done so differently in this book, so much so that things that could be ‘cliche’ in other books aren’t in this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between Nasty and her friends (old and new) as well as the depths to her relationships. We go back into her past at times and while sometimes flashbacks prove to be boring, they’re intriguing here and in just the right amount.

The magical/immortal lore itself is very interesting. I especially loved the connections between an immortal and their chosen stone. I also really liked River’s Edge, the immortal ‘retreat’ for waywards. It reminded me of the place in India in Eat Pray Love, haha. Although it’s full of chores and work, somehow I think it would be very fulfilling to live/stay there. I think it was a very well-thought idea on Cate Tiernan’s part and made the story all the more interesting. It was a great backdrop.

I also really liked the relationship between Nasty and the humans she met in the small town. I thought it was great she was able to re-establish social relationships, something she had shied away from for a number of years. You can definitely sense the change between the Nasty in the start of the novel and the Nasty in the end of the novel.

I’m delighted to see that this is a trilogy. This is definitely a series I want to continue on with – with no questions asked. I’m very glad I finally picked up this one – I only don’t know why I put it off for so long!

Recommended to: Anyone, really. I think it could appeal to a wide audience.

About Cate Tiernan

Cate Tiernan was born in New Orleans. She studied writing, Russian language and literature at New York University but graduated from Loyola University, in New Orleans, with a degree in Russian. These days Cate lives in North Carolina with her daughters, husband and stepsons.

6 Comments

  • Reply Shannon February 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    You have a better memory than I do! I know every time someone asks me for book suggestions I recommend the Sweep series, but I honestly don’t remember that. XD; She really does! She really connects me to her characters. I’m sure I’ll read it soon. Got to finish up the Morganville Vampires series (finally) and then I’m re-reading Hush, Hush.

    • Reply Brittany February 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      Hahah I remember it very well! It was at the time I was living with my dad – so 2007! I remember I was asking for book reviews and you suggested them for me ;) I bought them and loved them!

      Yes, I’m so glad Cate Tiernan is back writing again! I’m betting you will LOVE this one!

      I still haven’t finished Morganville *SIGH* I think that might be another series you recced me. I have read the first three and LOVED them… but since my country sucks with books, they’ve only just started releasing the rest of the series here after how many years… lol

  • Reply Natalie February 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Ah, see I didn’t really like the book all that much! I found it a little lackluster. It was enjoyable, but not something I was overly fond of. I do plan to read the rest of the series though.

    • Reply Brittany February 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      Yes, I was surprised we differed on this one! I went back and read your review after I finished mine!

  • Reply Shannon February 22, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed this one. Of course, Cate Tiernan wrote the Sweep series, so I wouldn’t expect anything less than five-star reviews. ;D I have it on my shelf to read (hopefully) soon.

    • Reply Brittany February 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

      Yes! You were the one that got me to read the Sweep series, I remember ;) She just has a great writing voice! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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