Nov 8, 2011

Book Review: Blue Moon by Alyson Noël

Blue Moon by Alyson Noël
(The Immortals, #2)
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 284 pages

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...

Majority of YA book series have what I call the "second book relationship curse". Which is an event occurs that causes our beloved lead characters to separate, have a row, break up, etc. Blue Moon is certainly not excluded for this. If Ever and Damen lived happily ever after for eternity, then Evermore would be a stand alone book. This obviously was not the case. Now usually this event is spurred from either an unfortunate event that occurs in our happy lovebirds lives, or in Ever and Damon's case a new character is introduced. Enter Roman the mysterious new kid at Hillcrest High School.

Roman is a British, well liked, good looking young chap. He has a very likeable personality that immediately causes the student body to embrace him. Everyone except for Ever. She immediately is curious about Roman, and isn't buying his act. And to be honest as a reader I wasn't buying it either. Whenever someone wants all the cliques of the high school to get together for a kumbaya lunch time, something immediately seems to be suspect. But our faithful (unfaithful if you ask me) female BFF Haven just thinks that our lead heroine has a phobia of new people. She quickly reminds Ever of how she initially felt about Damen.

Ahhh Damen, the one who makes Ever's heart pound and the voices cease in her heard. I admit that I found it comical how eager Damen was to "seal the deal." My thoughts were, "Damen really wants to hit that." But then again who can blame him, since he waited over 400 years. Usually the male lead is more than willing to wait until his leading lady is ready to consummate their relationship. But not Damen, he's got plans. Big plans. Plans that involve fancy hotels.

Our beloved Ever of course is freaking out, and honestly what teenage girl wouldn't? Damen has admitted to not being a saint in his 600 plus years of life. He's experienced. And with a psycho ex wife like Drina, she wonders what kind of stuff Damen could be into?

But alas Ever loves Damen, and she's finally ready to do it. So she agrees to Damen's fancy hotel plans. He's gonna deflower her right after male BFF Miles' performance in Hairspray. Now at this point since it's very early on in the book, I knew this was not going to happen. Such a monumental event in their lives, would not occur so early on in the book without dire consequences. Now I'm not gonna say exactly what goes down, because this a book review, not a book summary. But this is the point where the plot of the book really starts to take shape. The next serious of events that go down cause a bit of a rift between Ever and Damen. And surprisingly between Ever and Miles and Haven as well. And soon Ever finds herself to be on her own.

Ever is really challenged in this book. There were times where I thought it really is everyone against Ever. Ever immediately believes that Roman is the cause of all of this. But Roman has other ideas. All he seems to want to do is get into Ever's pants. I will admit right now that Roman creeps me out. I do not know if that was the author's intention, or if it just happened. If Blue Moon were a murder book, I would immediately suspect Roman as the killer.

Ever's Aunt Sabine who is of course worried about Ever (seriously when is she not worried about Ever) because Ever has suddenly had a growth spurt, but oddly enough she never seems to see her eat anything. All she sees her consuming is that red drink. When Sabine mentions trying it, of course Ever tells her no. Which made me wonder, what would happen if a human drank the elixir? Death? Temporary super powers? Grow an extra head? I hope this is answered by the end of the series.

I missed Damen in this book. But there was one character I did not miss and that was Riley, Ever's sister who in Evermore Ever was able to talk to her even though she was dead. To be honest I totally forgot about her until Ever mentioned her towards the middle of the book. But we were not limited from our preteen characters in this book at all. Two freaky twins who seem to reside in Summerland have taken her place as the bratty characters.

Overall I think readers can relate more to Ever in this book than in the previous book. Everyone at least once in their life has had moments where they feel that everyone in the world is against them. And even though Roman really creeps me out, he makes for an interesting new addition to the series.

Lastly I still dislike Haven.

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