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Dark Flame by Alyson Noël

This is the fourth book in Alyson Noël’s series, The Immortals.  I’ve read the whole series so far.  I really loved the first book, Evermore. The paranormal teen romance genre is explosive right now thanks to Twilight, and I thought Evermore was a cute book.

But the last two books, I’ve really felt like… “C’mon already, they still have the same problem they had at the beginning?”

Before I go on, here’s the blurb from Alyson Noël’s website:

In this eagerly awaited continuation of the bestselling Immortals series, Ever struggles to help her best friend Haven transition into life as an immortal—trying to keep her from doing anything that puts them at risk, while attempting to gain control over her enemy Roman, so she can finally obtain the antidote that will allow her and Damen to be together. But when the spell she casts backfires, resulting in a strange, foreign pulse that binds her to Roman instead, Ever turns to Jude and dark magick, desperately attempting to break free of the curse, and ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including her beloved Damen.

Here’s the thing– Ever (the main character) can be kinda annoying.  If you thought Bella was annoying, you’ll totally hate Ever.  She doesn’t trust any of the right people, and she is determined to do everything herself (even though she has no idea what she’s doing). She doesn’t believe that her boyfriend could possibly love her as much as he says he does because she’s always screwing up and pushing him away and blah blah blah teen angst teen angst teen angst.

Now.

I normally eat all that angst up with a spoon because I love teen books so much.  But this was even too much for me to handle.  I wanted to reach right into those pages and shake Ever by the shoulders (or maybe slap her in the face) and say, “Get a grip!”

Ugh.

Now that that’s off my chest, I have to say that Ever’s boyfriend, Damen, is (of course) perfect.  (Think Edward, but less sparkly and with dark hair.)  If you luurve Edward, you will go nuts for Damen.  He’s romantic and cute, and he’s got a sweet car.

So there’s that, too.

But if you’ve had your fill of perfect boyfriends, look in another book for someone flawed (but still nice).

If you are into the whole paranormal teen romance thing that’s so huge right now, you will probably like this series.   So if that’s you, I totally recommend it.

But you will probably lose patience with Ever somewhere around page 10 of this book.

Three stars because I really do like the series, and I feel compelled to read the next book, Bright Star (due out this winter).

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  1. September 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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