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The Immortals by J.T. Ellison
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed, reviewed-on-blog, read-in-2010
Read in October, 2010

Behold the power of Twitter! I found J.T. Ellison because TV’s Andy Levy included her in a #FollowFriday Tweet way back when I first joined Twitter, in March of 2009. She was funny, engaging, and personable. (Like her live-Tweeting of some Nashville Predators hockey games! And her Tweets back and forth with her husband Randy? Adorable!) So when her books came up on one of those Amazon.Com 4-for-3 promotions, I just had to check them out. All The Pretty Girls is without question the single best debut novel, of any genre, period, that I have ever read; I cannot emphasize that enough. The protagonist is a strong woman without being cliché, the supporting characters are fully developed in their own right, the villain is horrifying yet believable, the writing is simply divine, and the Nashville scenery smolders in the background. I want to visit! But not stand-outside-her-house-with-a-boombox visit, because that would be creepy.

I was hooked! J.T. Ellison’s superb level of writing transcends the pure guilty pleasure thriller. Think less Daniel Patterson, more Harlan Coben. So when The Immortals came out just in time for Halloween, I was beyond excited.

On the surface, Ellison’s premise seems hardly believable. A coven of “evil” teenage goth-types perverting the beliefs of Wicca and murdering a slew of their fellow “good kid” classmates? *eyeroll* In the wake of this year’s recent suicides by both gay and straight victims of bullying, it seems like a “Law & Order” ripped-from-the-headlines type of ploy. But Ellison’s narration pushes and pulls and whispers and seduces you down their perverse rabbit hole of thought. Teenagers are kind of assholes when they want to be. Ramped up in the groupthink of a cult, revenge-murder seems…logical. Her writing gets under your skin more slowly in this novel, I think, because those under 18 are thought of as children. Kids are not archetypal villains, even when we have events like the Columbine High School shootings from 12 years ago as a part of the cultural lexicon. (I would like to stop and say SPOLIER ALERT for the rest of my review!)(view spoiler)

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