(The Immortals, Book Two)
by Alyson Noel
'Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever's powers are increasing, Damen's are fading―stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.
Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen's past―the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden―but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them―or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...'
*** MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
This book was . . . inconsistent. It was vague and all over the place. One of my problems with the first book was that same vagueness, details that were just glossed over. This time things were happening and I was left wondering what I'd missed, how we'd ended up on this or that path of events.
Ever and Damen should be living happily ever after now that she knows she and Damen are immortals and soul mates. Damen is teaching her things he knows. They're happy and in love and what could go wrong? Well there is a new guy at school who everyone just loves, but for some reason he gives Ever the creeps and just has a feeling he's bad news. And now Damen is having headaches and having trouble using his powers. It has to be related to Roman, the new guy, right? Ever is sure of it and it, and as a reader you automatically assume it, but really, there isn't anything in the story connecting the two.
Let me sidetrack for a moment. Those powers. Really? Okay, so he's immortal and has lived over six hundred years. I still don't get the magical powers thing. Well, I don't understand how he made himself immortal either just by drinking some elixir he concocted. Vague, remember? But the magical powers thing just irks me. In the first book he had the power to put the whole school to sleep so he could have an important conversation with Ever. He moves faster than normal humans. He can manifest things out of thin air. He can calm through his touch and put up shields to guard against people messing with his mind and thoughts. How? Why? And now that he's made Ever immortal too (which I still don't understand) he's teaching her how to do these things too.
And that elixir, that stupid red juice! Couldn't the author have come up with some other way for them to be immortal, some other vague thing that didn't really need to be explored? This red juice is so freakin' annoying to the story. Now that Ever is immortal she needs to drink the elixir too. And now we see this red juice does weird things to you, besides just giving you immortality. Apparently you no longer need to eat or drink. And it makes you grow at alarming rates. At one point in this book it said Ever had grown something like three inches in one day. Another day she'd grown another inch. So wouldn't Damen be a giant, and Ever would be well on her way to being one? When does this growing stop? Why does it even happen? What purpose does it serve in the story? And the not eating or drinking regular foods is just another pointless inconvenience.
At the beginning of this second book Ever was learning to manifest things like Damen does. When things start going wrong for Damen, as the headaches and wonky powers get worse, suddenly Ever is a master at manifesting things. When she needs a car, she manifests one. When she needs this or that, she manifests it no problem. Yet when she's desperately trying to get into Damen's house, she can't manifest a key? Ugh!
So anyway, Ever is pretty sure new guy Roman is behind Damen's illness. Then out of nowhere Damen dumps her and starts hanging out with all the cool kids at school, the ones who have always been mean to Ever. Her two best friends also desert her and start hanging with the cool kids. Again Ever is sure Roman is behind it all. Somehow the story then jumps to Ever knowing that Roman is poisoning Damen's elixir.
Huh? What? I mean, it kinda makes sense but nothing in the story led to that conclusion.
Ever just knows that something is wrong with Damen, and that Roman is most likely the cause of it. The story makes a more obvious case for Roman somehow controlling their minds and actions, yet Ever comes to the conclusion that he's poisoning the elixir. Well okay!
Ever than makes it her mission to learn how to 'use' Summerland, the magical land between living and dead, so she can learn everything she can about Damen and figure out how to make new elixir. Somehow in this quest for knowledge the story shifts again to Ever realizing that maybe she can go back in time to before the car accident that killed her family, and get her life back to normal. Well alrighty then. This all happens in the last quarter or so of the book and it's actually the strongest part. But once again, it seems like such a pointless inconsistency. If the whole story would have been about THAT, it would have been awesome. But then we're back to Ever battling Roman to try and save Damen.
Obviously she does save him, but at a cost. Because our girl Ever is not the brightest main character in the world of YA novels, she's easily tricked into a curse that means she and Damen can never be together.
Noooo! Not that tactic!!! I *hate* that drama tactic. But yes, that's what we'll be dealing with in the next book.
How did I feel about this book overall? It's weird. At times I think I hated it. Yet I got through it pretty quick and never got to the point where I felt I wanted to just toss it aside. I think the potential was there, it was just rough around the edges. And I keep hoping each next book in the series will be a little more refined. I guess I think there is still hope for this vague and awkward story.