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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ They Call Me Nasty


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved Trilogy #1) by Cate Tiernan

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something’s got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe–until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.

“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “Last night my whole world came tumbling down.” {Nastasya}
Closing Line: “I was done running.” {Nastasya}

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Immortal Beloved drew me in right off the bat. Clubbin’ immortals that take their “we can do anything” mentality to the extreme, who wouldn’t be interested in reading more? Nastasya (Nasty, as she known to her friends) can’t believe her eyes as she watches her immortal mates take things a bit too far. She’s shocked and doesn’t want to be a part of their games any longer. She’s about to hit bottom and realizes she needs to get away. But, where to go??

She packs her bag and heads off to a place she remembers someone telling her was a sanctuary for immortals called River’s Edge. From there it’s like an immortal rehab story, but one that you enjoy reading, not like “Celebrity Rehab” where you gape and shake your head at their foolishness. Well, not too much like it anyway.


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Cate Tiernan was a new2me author.

“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Only complaint was Nasty’s tendency to become Wendy Winer. But, after living for more than 400 years, I cut her a bit of slack. I enjoyed the interesting take on immortals and the older YA feel of the story.

“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

“The good thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, as frat boys can. The bad thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, so you wake up the next morning, or maybe the day after that, and you feel everything you would be spared feeling if only you’d been lucky enough to die.”
“Being good is something that you must choose over and over again, every day, throughout the day, for the rest of one’s life … A day is made of a thousand decisions, most small, some huge. With each decision, you have the chance to work toward light or sink toward darkness.”

“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for introducing me to a new author and YA series that didn’t suck. I am looking forward to the second book, Darkness Falls due out the 5th of September 2011.

Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!