Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)
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Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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I can't really comprehend that I am sitting here pressing determinedly the five-star-button - in spite of the first chapters, which obviously have been patched together rather sloppily and almost caused me to switch books with one click on my Kindle, ... and in spite of the undeniable cliffy. Yet - here I am am doing precisely that and feeling completely comfortable with it.

Really, at the beginning I had the fleeting, horrible impression my paranormal "favorite" Infinite Days would manage to cat...more
So I took a Mary Sue test for this book and it included questions such as:
14. Does your character have a scar or other small "flaw" that is noticed by someone, but does not actually detract from your character's appearance from your point of view? Check.

42. Does your character always have money to spend on frivolities or whatever she really wants or needs at the time?
For no apparent reason? (EG, your character never works or gives any clue to any source of income.) Check.

52. Your character alon
Weirdly, unexpectedly, I was sort of amazed by this. I'd heard of Cate Tiernan but never read anything by her. I'd had friendsthat pushed this on me(especially one who shall remain Allison nameless). It has a grandiose, somewhat silly title that I can't help but like because it reminds me of Gary Oldman and Beethoven. But somehow I still just wasn't expecting much from it. Maybe it was the idea of an eternal club kid that just made me turn up my nose and say, Um, no. But for all of the good I'v...more
I LOVE this story. I LOVE it so much, I stopped reading it. I will control myself and wait for the other two books in the trilogy to come out so that I won't sit around bemoaning the wait. I am so into this story, so into the guy, that I just need to back off. This is the type of teen book that easily satifies an adult reader. These charactars are less immortal teenagers than immortal beings that happen to look like teens, but don't necessarily act like them. The charactar's navigation of the ti...more
I picked this up as an ARC at ALA, mostly because I saw the words "Viking god" on the back, then promptly stuck it on the bottom of my "to read" pile. MISTAKE! I should have read it immediately! What a fabulous book! I was giddy as I read it. GIDDY!

First of all in our things to love: our protag, Nastasya, a name that I didn't care for, and thought on the first page, "I'm going to hate her soon, because of her name." But it isn't her real name, it's not even close, and the reason why no one has c...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I absolutely love this book. It surprised me because I've read some of Cate Tiernan's Sweep series and, while I enjoyed those, they never in a million years would have led me to believe Teirnan was capable of the kind of writing I encountered in Immortal Beloved.

The characters are believable, beautifully flawed, and interesting. The dialog is simple and realistic. The romance alternates between sweet, confusing, terrifying, and heart-wrenching. At first glance it may appear that the protagonist...more
curious little beastie
This review is also available over at my blog.


This book is probably my most favorite book about immortals that I've read so far.

Nastasya─or Nasty, as her friends call her─is a 459-year-old immortal who's been living life and partying with her crew of other immortals. Until one night, her best friend Innocencio─Incy, for short─tortures a cabbie right in front of her, and she's suddenly filled with fear and decides to run away, seeking a house called the River's Edge. She...more
Final rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★

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This was so cool. I like it that this book is about immortal meeting immortal, and as it seems, falling in love with immortal, and making awkward situations with immortal, instead of immortal falling in love with human. I have seen that story way too many times. This is something new. And i like it :D I was getting tired of the overused paranormal-human. And there is actually very little of romance between the characters, which i also liked. Oh and it is also mature ya...more
Mandy at Blythes & Books
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Series: Immortal Beloved, book 1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Published: September 2010
Pages: 407
My rating: 2 stars UNFINISHED!

For more reviews hop on over to my blog,

It couldn’t have been just the blurb that got me to buy this book, because that still made me wonder what on earth the book was about. So, other than the beautiful cover, it must have been a review that drew me to the book instead. Because reading the summary on Goodreads didn...more
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
Jul 03, 2013 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, ya
Immortal Beloved is now one of my favourite PNR/UF series.

This trilogy reminded me of the Vampire Academy books, except much improved in basically every aspect.

I liked almost all the characters, which is rare for me. It's set in sort a centre for troubled Immortals so everyone was flawed, yet interesting and totally relatable. Nasty was such a great heroine and I loved seeing her character develop throughout the series. What I liked most about her was her sense of humour. There was a couple time...more
TBR Reduce Challenge #28- 2011 (Arlene)

I don't really have much to say about Immortal Beloved. I didn't hate it nor did I love it. The writing is well done the concept intriguing and it's characters likable.

Nastasya is a pretty complex character who has been immortal for the last 450 years and at the start of the story we find her scared and nervous about what she had seen her friend do. What he's become. How that darkness that's very much apart of her is something she wants nothing to do with....more
Steph Su
Is it weird that I’m wavering whether to give this book 3 or 5 stars, and not something in between? (4-star books are my babies and not given out lightly. *hugs*) IMMORTAL BELOVED really did something for me. I lament the repetition in paranormal literature nowadays, but while immortality is not news, the careful way in which Cate Tiernan layered this story is something to take note of.

Tiernan incorporates flashbacks into the narrative in a way that doesn’t feel forced. At first we think we know...more
Sita Sargeant
Read the first 50 pages, but couldn't bring myself to read the rest. Not worth your time.
Let me start off by saying that I loved Cate Tiernan’s Sweep series. I must have read them more than a dozen times. Okay, I loved them all except for the last book where the main character gets old. Afraid of my mortality? Who me? No, of course not. But anyway, point is, I like Cate Tiernan’s writing. I like her characterizations and, most of all, I like her plotting. Suffice it to say that she’s mostly brilliant in my opinion. So when I found out that there was a new book coming out by her, I w...more
My review of Immortal Beloved on my blog

This is probably going to be a short review because I just loved the book without much of a reason as to why!

Immortal Beloved is about Nastasya, an over 400 year old Immortal , which is just a regular human who is immortal, but can also perform magick. After 100 years of living the same crazy life she’s been living, she decides she needs change after her best friend creates dark magic that bothers her. She leaves England and ends up in Massachusetts were s...more
Not for the first time, I am intensely annoyed at whoever named this book. Actually, this series as a whole. If you're anything like me, then you've been burned by the YA Paranormal Genre too many times to count and have solidly shut and locked that door behind you, burning the key while you're at it. Yup, that's right, I have moved onto brighter - more satisfying - pastures. Thus, you can imagine my surprise when I was recommended Immortal Beloved by a close and trusted friend. In my mind, the...more
This is not your usual YA novel. No vampires, no angels, no werewolves. The main character is a girl named Nasty that is immortal. She has let her life run off the rails as she has lived her different lives. But now she has realised she needs to straighten her life out and start really living. This includes giving up partying, drinking, etc. As she struggles to re-organise her life old lives come back to her as well as a deep power she never knew existed inside her. Meeting new friends and enemi...more
Gotta admit that I am a little perplexed at the high rating this novel has on GoodReads. Not that I think it's bad exactly--I was entertained enough to finish it), but it's fairly seriously flawed for the first book of a YA supernatural romance trilogy. Here's why I think so: Yes, there needs to be lots of exposition to start a series, but come on already & expedite the plot. MORE needs to happen, seriously. It's not until the last third of the book that magic, flashbacks, and making out get...more
It is with a heavy heart that I finished this book. Why was it heavy, you ask? Because it made me realize that I've got about a full year until the next book in the series is supposed to be released. For once I'm reading one of Tiernan's series & not had the luxury of having all of it finished by the time I started reading it.

The Immortal Beloved trilogy follows the character of Nastasya (aka "Nasty"), an immortal being who has spent much of the last century drunk or otherwise incapacitated....more
Mar 23, 2011 Darcy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
When this book first started out and we were with the party crowd I figured I would be giving this one up pretty fast. There was just no way that I could handle reading about the vapid, vain people who's goal is to see how much they could drink and who they could screw all the way through their immortality.

So I was just as shocked as Nastasya when the actions of her party buds went so wrong. I enjoyed the big wake up call that she had. I also knew that when she finally made it to her hide away...more
Inspired Kathy
I really enjoyed this book and I'm not exactly sure why... the writing, the humor, the characters, the story ... probably a little bit of all of it.

I almost stopped a chapter or two in due to content but the story kept me interested. Nastasya has been around the block.... She's immortal and has been alive for a long time so she's seen and done just about about everything. If that had remained the focus of the book I would have quit reading but the book was more about much more than that. I enjo...more
Lu (Sugar & Snark)
Let me start by saying YES YES YES. A paranormal with romance that isn’t a twilight copy still exists! I cannot remember the last time I read one where I didn’t roll my eyes at the similarities. This restores my faith in the genre! It was unique and focused on character building like you won’t believe. There wasn’t any soppy insta-love. It was great! The only reason I didn’t give this 5 stars was that I just needed a little more action, but I have no doubt that the sequel (already ordered and on...more
The BookWhisperer
Much to my regret, Cate Tiernan is such a difficult author for me. This is the second book that I have tried to read from this author, and it only took me three tries to read the first book with no success. At least I can now say I have finished a Cate Tiernan book. I don� t mean to sound like such a critic it just wears me down to struggle with a book as much as I do this author. I find her books to be extremely to words and slow paced. She is an author that enjoys depth in her story, and pleas...more
Apr 03, 2012 Debbie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Immortal Beloved in a nutshell: Nasty gets frightened and leaves her friends behind in London to live on a farm in America where she can leave any time she wants. But she doesn't. Then she complains and pouts about the chores she's being "forced" to do. complains A LOT. She obsesses over Viking God Reyn. Something predictable happens. The End.

oh boy here we go. I was kind of forcing myself to read it the entire time. I just couldn't stand the writing. often you would see stupid things like "Ha h...more
3.5 rounded to 4
More formal review of this and other books at

-The character's voice. Nastasya has a very wry humor and the first person perspective makes it feel like she's alternately talking to the reader and or we're reading her personal recollections. Is there a name for this type of narration...must check.
-the supporting characters, the world building. In particular, I really enjoyed Nastasya's flashbacks to her life in earlier times.
-Slow building...more
3.5-This story is basically about a girl (an immortal girl of course, the YA paranormal craze continues!) trying to find herself and deal with her past. I really liked that it shows immortality as something that would actually be pretty crappy, and would probably mess you up pretty badly. I think there are a lot of thoughtful and interesting insights about what it means to live a full and productive life. The story structure is also really well done.

The biggest issues I had with this book are so...more
Looksie (At Looksie Lovitz: Books and Wits Blog)
the beginning of this book had me interested but then it got really slow. a lot of over describing or restating the same point in different ways so i felt it could have been toned down a bit. it could have been cut in half. AND i didnt feel like i had an ending. i kept waiting for the action that never came and then it just ended sort of abruptly. not sure if i would read a sequel. im iffy on it.

you can read my full review here:
UGHHHH! OMG the only bad thing I have to say about this book is, I have to wait until Sept to read the next.

I will give nothing away but it was very descriptive, emotional, exciting, sad, funny and very witty. I could honestly say that I would read this again. Its not like most things I have read lately, its differant and fresh. Just reminds me all over again why I love Cate Tiernan.
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh why did this book had to end??? And why did I have to like it so much? Definitely going to have a book hangover after this because it was that DAMN GOOD!

Immortal Beloved was so much more than just a paranormal story about people who lived forever through the centuries. The main character, Nastasya, has been through some tough times and after realizing that she didn't like the "party girl" style anymore, she visits her old friend who runs sort of a farm-style rehab for anyone who wan...more
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“Yes. Reyn is our resident horse master. He has an excellent seat."
I grinned. "I've noticed."
Reyn's face tightened and Nell flushed, looking embarrassed. "It's an equestrian term."
"Really? I thought you were talking about his ass.”
“I-just want you. I want you so bad, all the time. I know I shouldn't, I know I can't, I know it's wrong... but even when you're pissing me off, when you're reminding me of pain and despair and torture-it's there, the wanting. I'm tired of fighting it. I fight so many things, all the time, every day. I don't want to fight this. Not anymore.” 107 likes
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