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Review: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
4 stars: Recommended
Series: Immortal Beloved #2
Hardback: 392 Pages
Publication: January 2, 2012 by Poppy

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?

In Immortal Beloved, Nastasya realized that something had to change. In Darkness Falls, she is tempted back to her old ways, frightened by the darkness threatening to take over her.

Nastasya is a precious character with her sense of humor. If you want a book with a different kind of not-so-heroic protagonist, one with snark and her own style, Nastasya is the one to look out for. Seriously, a page doesn't go by where she doesn't keep me vested in her story. You know that feeling of reading something in a story and thinking about how whacked up it is? Nastasya is fully aware of it too and makes a snarky remark about it.

When her life takes a dark turn, Nastasya's life of goodness is threatened, and she finds herself contemplating her life and that of those around her. We learn more about her past, and we learn more about her relationships with certain persons. I would love to say that there is more battle of the wits between Nastasya and Reyn, but there can never be nearly enough of them. Especially when Nastasya doesn't know what to do about the two of them, which means avoiding Reyn.

If you thought someone out to kill Nastasya is bad, Cate Tiernan proves that there can be worse. And there is definitely greater evil out there. I am looking forward to seeing how Nastasya progresses and if River's Edge can't help her embrace her own heritage in the goodness of the light. And more of the Viking god, the manliest of men, the one who occupies Nastasya's thoughts almost twenty-four/seven.

A copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes

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