Reviewed by Hayley Hoyle
Alyson Noël’s bestselling Immortals series has been hailed as “addictive,” “beautiful,” “haunting,” and “mesmerizing.” In Blue Moon, Ever has a chance to bring her family back from the dead – but only if she’s willing to sacrifice the guy she loves more than life itself.
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 begin to fade after he is 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, where she uncovers 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….
In the second book of Noel’s Immortal series, we begin where we left off with Ever and Damen. Ever has accepted her fate as an immortal and training with Damen is getting more intense, even though being together is a distraction. When a new threat moves in, all Ever has is herself.
After reading Evermore, I really wanted to see more about this world that Damen has brought Ever into, and Blue Moon didn’t disappoint. Throughout the book, we get more insight into the world of Summerland. It really does sound like an amazing place and Noel’s descriptions just bring it to life. It’s a lot more complex than originally thought of in Evermore.
I love Ever and Damen together. They are a couple that doesn’t have too many mushy scenes where I just want to vomit. And when the new enemy makes his way between them, I was cheering them on to work things out. The other minor characters like Myles and Haven get a little more time in this book and develop along with the story. We also get to meet some new characters that help the story move along and I’m sure will pop up in future books of the series.
One thing I judge a book on is if it made me feel anything, whether good or bad, and this definitely did. I found myself mad at some parts and wanting to kill certain characters (don’t want to spoil it). Other parts I was just along for the ride. I like when a book has me so invested in a story that I am feeling alongside the characters. I just couldn’t help it because I found Ever so believable, although naïve at times.
Although I’m a fan of this series, there is one thing about Blue Moon that I wasn’t very keen on. The book is almost 300 pages and the action all begins within the first 100. I’m all for a book getting to business but I felt it was a little rushed. Here I was reading about Ever and Damen training then everything was turned upside down and I was on a roller coaster for most of the rest of the book. I would have liked to see it pan out a little more before it all went to chaos.
Overall, Blue Moon was a great read. If you liked the first book, than this one will be even better. It’s really easy to read and seems to fly by once you get into all the action The ending will catch a lot of people by surprise. I didn’t expect for things to turn out like they did and I’m hoping for some resolve in the next book, Shadowland. Like I said, if you liked Evermore, then Blue Moon is a definite must-read. If you want an easy, entertaining book, then I would suggest picking up a copy.