Night Star by Alyson Noel

Friday, April 01, 2011

Night Star by Alyson Noel

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Pages: 302
Source: purchased
Series or Stand-Alone: Series, The Immortals #5
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After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath. Don’t miss this explosive new installment of the #1 bestselling series that’s enchanted millions across the world!

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future? --Goodreads
Noel has truly created something eternal within this series that will stay with me even after it ends. This is the fifth book in the series. Damen and Ever are back, going through the motions and dealing with their energy veil. That’s not all however, Dark Flame left off with the betrayal of Ever’s friend and the death of an enemy (I don’t want to give too much away). In Night Star, Ever is once again forced to choose between the two boys—Damen and Jude—that she both loves. Haven makes decisions that has Damen and Ever worrying about her sanity, while they wait for her to break down. While the ending left me without a close, readers will eagerly await the release to Everlasting, the last installment of the series.

Despite what other people may have said, because I have only read negative review of this book, my view on this novel was very different. I found myself enjoying this, though Night Star was not my favorite in the series (Blue Moon was just so deeply rooted in emotion; my favorite still stands as it is), I did enjoy the changes that took place.

The plot was upbeat and when I wanted to bookmark my place and stop for the night, there was no possible way. I could not stop because the plot was fantastic and left me wanting more.

The rollercoaster ride Ever and Damen keep riding are what kept me on my toes; I need to know who she will choose. Yes, it may be a love triangle cliché but Ever, a strong character, clearly weighs both options wisely (and doesn’t go on and on about choosing; that would have driven me insane).

Ever seemed to be an improved character. Not just from what happened in this book, but even in the beginning somehow, I could tell her strength and trust were different somehow. Damen and Ever’s relationship grows in every book and this one is no exception. Their understanding for each other blew me away. Their love for each other kept the plot moving.

Okay, here we go. The ending. Right now, after just finishing it, it feels like I haven’t finished anything. That was the only downfall. For me, the ending didn’t cover it and I realize there will be another book but I still wanted some closure, anything to have some form of ending.

I’m really loving the covers of this series. This may be one of the series that have not revamped their covers yet. Cover-art people, please do not revamp these. I love how each character, on the cover, picks an object to circle around, to draw light from. It just seems like a cool idea.

Noel has created a world that still blows me away every time I step into it. So no matter if the ending was good or bad, the book was fantastic and if you’ve come this far with the series than you should definitely read this one.

First Sentence:
"You'll never beat me."
Night Star by Alyson Noel, p. 1

Characters: 5
Cover: 4
Writing Style: 4
Plot: 5
Ending: 3
Overall: 4

PG-13 for some sexual references and mild violence.

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