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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  11,043 ratings  ·  810 reviews
Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 17th 2009)
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Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Evie: Oh no, I have to go to this stupid boarding school since my grandmother is sick, my dad’s in the army and my mom is dead! Stupid boarding school!

Me: Well, that’s pretty sad about your family and all, but at least you get a good education for free, you know?

Evie: And the stupid cabman wouldn’t even drive me! He just used weird words like “yonder” and muttered dark, cryptic things about the boarding school!

Me: That’s pretty weird. This is a tiny village, right? I have to just assume this, be
Everyday QRay (Mama QRay)
Okay. I admit that I liked this one. If you haven't noticed I am a sucker for the story of the somewhat lonley, misunderstood female lead who falls in love with the guy who is not quite what he first seems to be. HOWEVER, I will tell you that I liked this story much much more when it was called A Great and Terrible Beauty and was written by Libba Bray.
Kat  Hooper
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Evie Johnson is a new student at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, which resides in (you’ll never guess) a gothic mansion on the moors. Surprisingly, there are some severe headmistresses there (coiffed with scraped-back buns) and a clique of mean rich girls. They tease Evie for arriving on the train and make discourteous comments when the school mistress announces that Evie is their new “scholarship student.”

You won’t believe it, but Evie has red h
Briar's Reviews
Immortal by Gillian Shields is a fantasy YA novel focused on witches.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series (aka this book, Immortal). The take it has on witches was different than what I had read about before, and I enjoyed it's uniqueness. It wasn't on my top list of YA books I read years ago, but it's still a good book.

Gillian Shields is a skilled writer, and I really want to pick up more books from her. This novel isn't an A+ book, but I can only imagine how much she has grown since
This female protagonist needs to watch a few episodes of Pretty Little Liars.

Because PLL Rule #1 of Survival is: don't go anywhere creepy at night. Which is right before that other crucial rule: don't trust strange gorgeous guys you've just met.

This girl either thinks she's been dipped in the River Styx and is invulnerable, or, is simply missing a few important pieces of her brain. Namely her Fight or Flight instinct!

Free audio book from this summer.

Since I received this as a freebie, I thought I would try an experiment and try out an audio book. I think that this book ran about 7 or 8 hours, but it sure felt longer. The reader wasn't bad, but the story was not for me.

Immortal is the story of a young girl named Evie Johnson who is sent to the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for young women. She meets the handsome Sebastian James outside of the school and manages to see him often. Of course, Sebastian i
Kaitlyn Stickley
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is one of those paranormal books that has every cliche you can think of. I really wanted to like this, but honestly, I couldn't think of anything I enjoyed. It's all just so unoriginal.

- Girl who's lost one or both of her parents?
- Girl gets shipped off to boarding school?
- The teachers are mean and have lots of strict rules?
- Girl is lonely and gets picked on by popular girls?
- Immortal boyfriend who is sad and mysterious?
- Girl falls in love with said boyfriend in a tiny span of time and
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Evie Johnson is a sensible, responsible girl not much given over to fancy, but there's no denying her world is becoming increasingly strange - and she seems to be in the thick of it. Sent to the village of Wyldcliffe in Yorkshire to attend a boarding school her military father has found for her after her grandmother suffers a stroke, Evie's determined to make the best of things. But on arriving in Wyldcliffe, Evie literally runs into a handsome, ill-looking young man on a horse who somehow manag ...more
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal romance
Immortal was a compelling and exciting story that kept me turning the pages until I had reached the end. Though I found some parts to be predictable, there were also times when I didn’t have a clue as to how certain elements were connected, which made for an engaging read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. I felt they were well developed, realistic, and interesting. However, I must admit that when I heard Sebastian tell Evie to stay from him because he was dangerous I thought, “Oh no, please
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to actually get into the book. It has a really good, new, interesting plot. It just never really caught my attention like some other books I've read have. It also kinda bugged me how quickly Evie and Sebastian 'fell in love'. To me it was all to fast. Maybe it was just because we don't get to see all the time they spend together. We just get to see some of the times they meet together. But, even through all that, as all the mysteries strengthen, the book get's a lot more excit ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm sure I've read this before... but perhaps it only feels like it. Evie is a part-orphan (no mother, father never home) raised by her grandmother; when Frankie becomes to ill to care for Evie, her father sends her to Wyldcliffe Abbey School.

It's clear from the very start that there's something Not Quite Right about the school, about Sebastian (the boy she meets as she arrives) and about who Evie really is. No spoilers, but if you don't get the main plot twists well before they're revealed, yo
Misha  Mathew
I am not sure what I feel about this book. There is a kind of mixed reaction . I bought it because -
1. I had heard about it
2. I liked the cover
3. Main Reason - Melissa Marr's review on the cover describing the book as an "enticing paranormal romance." Not only do I love Melissa Marr but also the gothic genre
So ofcourse I had to read the book despite the warning on the cover itself- the tagline - "First Love Never Dies..." Now I am not a big fan of books which have romance as the main plot. I can
Paige (Arya)
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Evie Johnson is on her own. With her grandmother in the nursing home and her father in the army, a scholarship to one of the oldest and most elite boarding school in the country comes as more than a welcomed relief to her father. But Evie isn't so sure. From the moment she starts her journey to Wyldcliffe Abbey School, she knows something isn't right. Darkness and danger hover over the entire school like a dark cloud, but the Abbey isn't the only thing shrouded in mystery. There is also Sebastia ...more
Jul 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest, this isn’t a book that I enjoyed. I think it was trying to be too many different things at the same time. Is it a love story? Is it a mystery? Is it a fantasy story riddled with mysticism and evil covens that need to be destroyed? None of the themes are explored and the plot rushes through what should be longer, more processed elements of the story. The love element has no conviction, and the fantasy seems almost like an afterthought. This really should have been two differe ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i chosse this book because it seemed like I would understand it more then the other books that i have read so far. the genre of the book is paranormal romance. it takes place in England. the main main charater Evie is a girl that dose not like to change what she is use to she trys to fit in at wyldcliffe bording school for girls butthen she relizes thatshe fits in just in a diffrent way. Evie meets a guy and she vows that she willl probley never see him again and that every thing eles at the abb ...more
Aug 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: partly-read

Hm ... where to begin?
Story started okay (for me), but got worse page after page. While I did like the environment in which it takes place: moors - which ultimately helps getting the reader in the mood the author intended, those darn letters got in the way ... and this whole thing about this so-called witchcraft which dragged down the whole story if it didn't already before.

- Spend your money on a book that's worth it!
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of A Great and Terrible Beauty
Recommended to Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd) by: The cover
The Run-Down
Evie Johnson's Grandmother is sick.
And with no other options, Evie gets to become the new scholarship girl at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies.
Turns out that she's filling in the spot for a girl that recently died, there's a mysterious boy, and she keeps seeing a girl that looks very much like her!
What is the secret at Wyldcliffe?
*dramatic music*

My Thoughts
This book reminded me much greatly of A Great and Terrible Beauty.
They both involve boarding schools.
They both involv
Jennifer Wardrip
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jaglvr for

Evie Johnson's life can't possibly get any worse. Her beloved grandmother has taken ill. She has been living with her while her father has been serving in the military. But now, she can't go with her father, her mother is dead, and her grandmother is in a home. So with a little-known scholarship, Evie finds herself sent off to the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies out in the moors. Evie grew up by the sea, and she can't imagine what it will be like s
Aug 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Dec 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
See a pattern in the current books I'm reading? That's right, immortality! Souls! So what do you suppose I did when I came across a book with the word "Immortal" blasted across the cover? I read it!

Did I mention that I really dislike books that have romance as their main plot?

IMO, there're only so many ideas you can explore in a romance. Unrequited love, puppy love, high-school crushes, love triangles, inter-species romances, etc. It's kinda limited, unoriginal. Which is why I stand by my opinio
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Plot: 4.5 Stars
My favorite part of this book was how seamlessly it jumped between the present and the journal entries detailing the past. The journal entries gave the backstory needed to completely understand Sebastian without bogging the reader down with large amounts of dialogue. I also tend to like books that focus on the paranormal in a boarding school setting, and I felt the Wyldcliffe Abbey School was mysterious and creepy in all the right ways. This novel was definitely a fresh take on im
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book fell right into my sweet spot - a story that unfolds rather than being set, a mysterious man with a troubled past, a normal world that ends up being full of magic. The story is very good and the plot kept me from putting it down for even a moment.

So why only four stars? I'm finding nearly all YA books to lack a measure of depth and this one was no different. Connections were spelled out and characters fit into neat stereotypes (the mean girl, the mean girl's groupie, the one nice girl,
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I would've rated this book a 2.5 but that option is nonexistent. The book only became interesting when you reached the middle. Evie was just a little to naive for my taste and a little bit in denial. I didn't really like Sebastian. He isn't the kind of guy that I like in these teen paranormal romance books. Probably because he wasn't necessarily a teen and he was technically really old fashioned. I kind of hoped he really did die in this book. I didn't really like his name that much mostly becau ...more
Richard Cardenas
Dec 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
boring!!! lol seriously. the plot was so generic and flat that the book was really hard to get through. the storyline sounded really good, but then you sit down to read it and it sucks. not much else to say other than I hate when books have a heroine who can't stand up for herself, it bugs me a lot.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, romance, paranormal
She is by my side, as my sister, but he is in my soul. He is my enemy, my tormentor, my demon. He is my beloved.

I saw two beloved faces, his and hers, and I vowed to protect them.

She will be the one to teach him the secrets of his heart.

"I love you, girl from the sea."
Kathy Davie
First in the Immortal paranormal fantasy series for Young Adult readers and revolving around Evie Johnson, an unexpectedly gifted student.

My Take
My biggest problem with Immortal is the setting. Shields drops in tells that the school is in England, but my mind kept going to New England as all these girls sound so American! I wish Shields had done a better job of showing that the story was set in England. Use a more British context in the sentences, British words in the language and Evie’s thought
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
I have been dedicating this year to reading books that have been on my “unread” shelf for too long. I was hesitant to pick this one up because I have been a bit disappointed by YA lately. This book made me remember why I love this genre so dearly.

Fans of adult fiction will find all the usual YA faults in this book. A young girl falls for mysterious boy at boarding school.... how very typical yet how wonderful. I love the innocence and I am about to crack open book two. A solid 5 star YA experie
For some reason, I don't read very many gothic novels, even though when I do read them I love them. Is it that there aren't many of them written? Are they just not flashy enough to compete with their dystopian brethren? Or do I just not keep them high enough on my radar? This gothic beauty has been languishing on my TBR for a long time, and I'm kicking myself for not getting to it sooner.

Immortal had everything going for it - sweeping romance, eerie moors, haunting ghosts. In the first 100 pages
Nov 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This was a good read that I sort of enjoyed, I felt that it was lacking certain things that made it disappointing; the characters were okay, the main character, Evie, was likable but a little boring. The whole idea of this book had a lot of potential, the idea of this story is great, but it turned out to be boring at times and a bit predictable. Although, I did like this book because of the cool mystery that ties in with it, and Sebastian's character, to me, made the story interesting and myster ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the premise of the plot very interesting when I picked it up and thought to myself this seems really good from the sound of it. Half way through I got abit annoyed with the decisions that Evie was constantly making I felt were very carelessly made. But I loved the mystery aspect of the book and what it brought to me entertainment wise. So I feel I was generous with the 2 star rating.

Evie Johnson is transferring to Wyldcliffe Abbey School as the newest scholarship student, her dad is fig
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Gillian Shields was born and brought up in Yorkshire, in the north of England. As she grew up, she had two passions:books and theater. Gillian’s love of books led her to read English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. After university she studied acting in London. She then taught in a drama school, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, for several years, becoming Vice Principal. She recently ...more

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“She is by my side, as my sister, but he is my soul.
He is my enemy, my tormentor, my demon.
He is my beloved.”
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