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I Belong


Review: Eternally Yours by Cate Tiernan

Title: Eternally Yours

Author: Cate Tiernan

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Immortal Beloved (Book 3)

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 458 Pages

ISBN-10: 0316035963 (Little, Brown Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0316035965 (Little, Brown Teen)

Reviewed by: Emmy

Synopsis:

After 450 years of living, Nastasya Crowe should have more of a handle on this whole immortal thing….

After a deadly confrontation at the end of Darkness Falls, the second Immortal Beloved novel, Nastasya Crowe is, as she would put it, so over the drama. She fights back against the dark immortals with her own brand of kick-butt magick…but can she fight against true love? In the satisfying finale to the Immortal Beloved trilogy, ex-party-girl immortal Nastasya ends a 450-year-old feud and learns what “eternally yours” really means.

Laced with historical flashbacks and laugh-out-loud dialogue, the Immortal Beloved trilogy is a fascinating and unique take on what it would mean to live forever.

Quick & Dirty: Our favorite narrator is back and snarky as ever in this tense, romantic, and war-torn conclusion to a great series.

Opening Sentence: ”Vali! Vali! Where is that girl?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For the final installment in the Immortal Beloved series, we finally get an epic immortal battle. Nas, we learned in Eternally Yours is the heir to the extinct Icelandic House of immortals, which puts her in danger from more than just Innocencio. With her evil best friend in the equivalent of an immortal asylum, new enemies are revealed. We finally learn who’s been working behind the scenes, who manipulated Incy, and why they’re so fixed on Nastasya.

Someone, or a group of someones, is attacking the immortal houses. These dark immortals are trying to steal the magick from the most powerful of their kind, but as we learned in Darkness Falls, you have to kill them to get it. When River’s overprotective brothers begin to show up to protect their sister from Nastasya, everyone realizes the haven of River’s Edge won’t be safe for long. River still trusts Nas, but her brothers begin to follow and pick at her every move, searching for some hint of a threat. Nas is at the center of this dark plot somehow, and they’re determined to find her guilty.

Even with these dark forces bent on finding her, Nas still has her own problems to come to terms with. Trusting anyone becomes almost impossible when they learn that a resident at River’s Edge is using dark magic to expose Nas. While her relationship with Reyn has finally worked through the anger and animosity of the first two books, they aren’t always sunshine and roses. I loved the moments with Reyn and his puppy, when Reyn and Nas fought about her safety, and watching them slowly circle each other until they finally—finally—grow together. It’s one of the most satisfying YA relationships I’ve read in a long time. If you’re a Reyn fan, you won’t be disappointed!

My favorite part was watching Nas work herself into the town of West Lowing. Since she no longer works at the drug store, she takes up a new project: renovating the building across the street. Watching her interact with the townspeople, pretending to be a teenager, lightened the mood and helped ground Nas’s character growth. And, of course, she’s pretty hilarious doing it. We get a lot of new characters in River’s Edge, and see a lot of our favorites from the first two books.

It’s always sad to end a good series, but I’m REALLY sad I won’t get to read more of this narrator! I miss her voice already. And swoony Reyn, my favorite Viking God. They totally deserve their happily ever after (which believe me, is hard won) but I want more! Then again, there’s nothing worse than an author writing your favorite series into the ground. Very, very happy to find that Tiernan delivered with Eternally Yours. We get all out plotlines wrapped up in a nice bow and a solid ending to a trilogy.

Notable Scene:

“Are you the girl that’s doing this, like, for a school project?”

“Kind of,” I said.

“Well, it is just so cool,” the young woman said. “And man—I swear, the day I admitted we finally had to go on food stamps—that was the day Alan came home and said he had a job.”

“Ah,” I said, sensing my first twinges of alarm.

“It was like God’s hand, reaching down to help us up.”

Oh no. “Oh, good,” I said weakly, aware of Anne’s eyes on me.

“Well, bless you,” she said, heading for the door. “I’m going to remember you in my prayers, you can be sure of that.”

“Oh, okay. Thanks.”

Then, mercifully, she was gone, and I let out a breath.

“It’s so hard,” Anne said, and I turned to her, grateful she knew how I felt. “Being Saint Nastasya.”

Immortal Beloved Series:

1. Immortal Beloved

2. Darkness Falls

3. Eternally Yours

FTC Advisory: Little, Brown/Hachette provided me with a copy of Eternally Yours. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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