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May 07, 2012

Review: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan - Juhina

Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved, #2)
Title: Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved #1)
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publication date: May 1st, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal/Magic)
Publisher: HBG Canada (Poppy)
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished Copy
Pages: 400
Other in series: Immortal Beloved
You can run from your past, but it will always catch up.

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason it never seems to get any easier. She's left behind her days of debauchery to find peace and forgiveness at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There she's uncovered her family's epic history, reclaimed her magickal powers, and met Reyn, whom she dubs "the Viking god. " Just as she settles into her new life, Nastasya learns that her old friends might be in town....

Reuniting with her gorgeous and dangerous ex-best-friend, Innocencio, Nas wonders if she'll ever be truly free of her dark legacy. Is Incy dangerous, power-hungry, and wicked? Or is he the only one who truly understands Nas's darkness? Either way, Nas is desperate to find out who she really is-even if the answer kills her.
Darkness Falls definitely breaks the curse of sophomore books in a series. Many times a second book in a series would somehow be a disappointment or a letdown compared to the first book, however Darkness Falls was so much better!! We got more backstory on the main characters, more development plot wise and character wise and we finally get a chance to meet Incy! Nasty's best friend of over a century. I really enjoyed Darkness Falls because Nasty has finally toned down the whining and "why me" attitude, and while we do have some times when she falls in despair and becomes emotionally distraught and screwy, it is all filled with real, raw emotions that you can't help but feel sorry for her and hope that she can see that everyone CAN change for the better. Nasty has definitely been bumped up my list of favorite characters in Darkness Falls. However, we unfortunately do not get much of Reyn since this book is mostly dedicated to Nasty and Incy's relationship and the final outcome of it. I am hoping the third book will be more about Reyn and from what the author has hinted, it will be! 
There were several flashbacks in the book and you all know how flashbacks aren't really my thing but they were short and informative that the story can't do without so I didn't get the usual restless feeling when I read flashbacks. Reyn and Nasty's relationship takes two steps forward then three steps back then again five steps forward but with the promise for more. I am definitely excited to explore more of their relationship and how Reyn and Nasty will have to deal with their past and history in order to be together. One thing that i'm still not used to is the amount of characters in the book; there are several wayward immortals that have also taken refuge in River Edge and while we do get a glimpse of each the pasts they are all trying to move on from, I really hoped that we might be given more backstory to some of their pasts. However I sometimes confuse between them all because I just don't know them enough to be able to remember them all. 
All in all Darkness Falls was an excellent follow up to Immortal Beloved and ended on a good note that gives the readers a satisfactory ending while at the same time giving them hints of what is to come, and trust me, I know it is going to be amazing! 
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  1. I've never heard of this series before, but it definitely sounds very intriguing.
    Isn't it awesome when the 2nd book is as good as the first and doesn't ruin your expectations ?
    I'm glad you liked it :)
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Juhina. :D

  2. Awesome review. I'm glad this turned out to be a good read. I actually really like flashbacks so I'm interested to read this when I can. :)

  3. This series sounds promising! I just skimmed through it to avoid major spoilers, but what little I read makes me want to read it (along with a hundred others on my imaginary TBR list).