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Immortal Beloved (Book One): Immortal Beloved: Book One [Kindle Edition]

Cate Tiernan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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'Tiernan gives Nastasya a strong, distinctive voice and wonderfully realized perspective on the joys and horrors of history.' (Publisher's Weekly)

'This book is truly amazing and I really, really enjoyed it... There were many great things about this book but my favourite would have to be Natasya's character. So overall, a really great read and a fabulous start to what promises to be a fantastic new series. Dark and dramatic, Immortal Beloved is truly an amazing read!' (www.whisperingwords747.blogspot.co.uk)

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'Tiernan gives Nastasya a strong, distinctive voice and wonderfully realized perspective on the joys and horrors of history.' -- Publisher's Weekly

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 428 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316035920
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHN31Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cate Tiernan was born in New Orleans, LA. She loves the idea of magick, and tries to write worlds that she would prefer to live in. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, four children, and a bunch of pets.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Captivating 17 Mar 2011
By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The first paragraph of the first page reads:

" Last night my whole world came tumbling down. Now I am running scared."

Other than Metamorphosis by Kafka, I don't think I have ever heard such a brilliantly intense and captivating first start to a book. I was instantly hooked and this alone urged me to read on to see how this statement came to be.

It all centres around Nastasya or `Nasty' to her immortal friends. Nastasya is an immortal and an old one at that, she enjoys the high life and has no need to worry about money or anything else that normal people need to, after all she can do what she wants without the limitation of impending death in old age(although immortals can be killed but do not die of old age). So we are put smack bang in the middle of this life, seeing it from her side, hearing from her point of view about her getting drunk, stoned and withering her life and herself away with so called friends that are doing the same. But when supposed to be bff `Incy' one night uses his immortal magic to inflict a sadistic torture on an unsuspecting victim, it all comes crashing down on Nastasya. She begins to wonder and question what she is doing and why she is living the life she is and why all of a sudden she is scared of her best friend for centuries; `Incy'.

With nothing but her gut telling her to flee, she runs. To America, in search of someone who once told her she could be so much more, a woman called River. Finding her, Nastasya also finds a whole new life with other immortals like herself who no longer want to be dark, not appreciate life and who are running scared of themselves too.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Immortal Beloved 31 Mar 2011
By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I've picked up Immortal Beloved a few times now in the bookstore and put it back. I've had it on my Amazon wishlist a while, but always passed it over for something else. When I recently got the opportunity to read and review it I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately though I just didn't get on with this book and found it extremely frustrating.

I'll start with the positives, because there are some. Firstly the plot is intriguing and original. Nastasya is one of many Immortals who walk among us. She's spent the last 450 years partying like there'll be no tomorrow with the same set of friends, but having witnessed a new sinister side to them and feeling burnt out (and lets face it, who wouldn't after that much partying) she leaves town and checks into a kind of rehab for immortals.

There's a huge focus on magic and paganism in this book, which I absolutely loved. It's something that has always intrigued me and the author clearly knows her stuff, discussing it confidently and in depth. This aspect really appealed to me. Considering the main protagonists age there's very few flashbacks to the past, but when they happened they were fantastic. Mainly covering 16th century Iceland and Viking invasions they were vividly scripted seemed genuinely authentic in tone and brilliantly drove home the brutality of the time.

So why did I find it so frustrating? Well, unfortunately for me the negatives far outweigh the positives of this book. Firstly after an exciting opening chapter, the book is really slow going and took a lot of effort. I was expecting a faster pace entirely, but once Nastasya checks into `rehab' it was more of a slog for a good 200 pages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands out in today's market 12 Nov 2011
By Jade
Format:Paperback
Despite finding Cate Tiernan's 'Sweep' series dull and preachy I have to say that I loved Immortal Beloved, which was a shock because, had I not received this and it's sequel for review I would never have chosen to read it, simply because it sounded like the same old, same old.

Was it? No. The set up is different, the 'home for wayward immortals' may be a similar setting to certain books, but the way the plot develops and the characters develop is different and enjoyable to read. The tone of the book started pretty dark and I thought I was getting into one of those really dark, doom and gloom books that i have to be in the right frame of mind to read. Whilst the book does have a serious tone at times, it isn't all doom and gloom.

The book is narrated by Natasya, whose narration sounded pretty immature for a 400+ year old, i'll let this pass just because it was so enjoyable to read her thoughts. Nasty is a pretty mean character to start with, but throughout we see her reasons and we watch her develop and grow as a character. This isn't just a shallow YA paranormal, it also has some depth.

At first i thought that I was looking at a typical romance but complications further in the book really make this romance unique and I look forward to reading more about Nasty and Reyn. I liked Reyn as a character as well, a reformed bad boy with a dark history and a little depth, he could be compared to other YA hunks, but he also stands out for me.

The Mr. Miyagi teacher lady, River was maybe a little too shallow, a stereotypical leader/teacher, I didn't really find myself liking her character. Nell was a typical cow and many of the other side character were stereotypical and lacked development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story
Although there are lots of books about immortals, this one is original and gripping. I'm currently rereading for the second time, and although i know how the story ends, i'm still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. E. L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars a slightly different version of a common theme
very pleased with this start of a trilogy - the female lead was somewhat annoying to start with, but she grows on you. ready for books two and three
Published 2 months ago by Lucienne C
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved this book, it had me hooked from page one. Unusual story and really interesting characters. Can't wait to start the next one
Published 5 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal beloved
The immortals in the story are human but they don't die easily. They age normally until 16 but then only gain about one year per 100. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jules
4.0 out of 5 stars "Immortal Beloved" by Cate Tiernan
This book makes me go:”Hmmmm.”

At first it was really hard to find something to make me stick with this. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Couldn't put it down when I started, holds your interest, interesting characters and story lines, you feel like your there in the story.
Published 9 months ago by lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 1
Really enjoyed this book. Takes you into the fantasy world away from everyday living. Left me wanting more. And there it was book 2
Published 13 months ago by juboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly beautiful
Well I didn't really expect that to be honest! From the blurb and the start of the book I was expecting a lot of carefree wreckless teenage types doing deplorable things that I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I don't normally like books when the main character is telling you what went on, but this got me from the start fabulous
Published 15 months ago by Susie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
I read these books very quickly and really enjoyed the character development. You can see how these books could easily become a movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Geek girl.
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