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Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  11,566 Ratings  ·  1,291 Reviews
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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No there aren't any characters referred to as witches, BUT all the main cast uses magic heavily influenced by real life witchcraft (such as use of futhark runes, candles, crystals, herbs ect) and it is one of the main overarching themes of the book series.


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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Have you ever discovered a new book, by a new author, and absolutely LOVED it, so you go out and immediately buy the next book theauthor writes, and it's not quite as good as the first one, but it's still pretty good, so the next time a new book is released by that same author, again, you go out and buy it immediately, only thistime it's not very good at all, and you start to think maybe theauthor isa one hit wonder?<------that's a REALLY long, yet (mostly?) grammatica
***On re-reading in 2016: Isn't it utterly marvelous, when a favorite aces the re-reading experience with flying colors after almost five years?***
*** Read and reviewed first from August 17th to August 19th 2011 *** 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 undeniabl
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

This was a fun book that got me through a really rough weekend when nothing else was working-So I guess that means it was worth every moment spent reading it. And while it wasn't an instant favorite nor a must read type of rec, I do think there was a lot that kept me addicted enough to want to immediately read book two. I hear book three is the best one, so I guess I'll see.

There were a couple things that bothered me, but I am hoping they are ironed out as we move along in the series. For now, t
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
Final rating: 4.75/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 4.75/5 stars

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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,
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
Jul 15, 2011 WillowBe rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2016 Nafiza rated it it was amazing
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Nov 19, 2010 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Nastasyaor Nasty, as her friends call heris a 459-year-old immortal who's been living life and partying with her crew of other immortals. Until one night, her best friend InnocencioIncy, for shorttortures 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 soo
Nov 16, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
When you're out of audiobook options and you stumble upon a book at the library that you didn't even know you needed to read. That's this book. I'd seen a few friends enjoy this series over the years, but I paid it little mind as I was rocking' and rollin' through my own TBR. I should know better…it's the quiet books, the ones that get less attention that usually end up being well worth my time. And this book was, especially with that narrator. She had Nasty's snark and attitude down pat. Such a ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
“It’s hard,” Reyn said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It’s a constant battle. It’s life or death.”
“And why do you try?”
“Because to not try is to admit the other side has won. To not try is to embrace death and eternal darkness. And in that way lies madness and despair and unending pain.”

My casting:

(Just a little bit younger, considering Reyn supposed to look 20 years old and Nastasya 17 years old.)
I have a... hate-love relationship with this book. I love the story, the finding y
Jul 28, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2013 Cynthia rated it really liked it
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
Aug 03, 2011 Sita rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
Read the first 50 pages, but couldn't bring myself to read the rest. Not worth your time.
Jun 17, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it liked it
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.
A slow burning, contemplative tale...that is both historical and contemporary.

Book Title: Immortal Beloved
Author: Cate Tiernan
Narration: Kelly Lintz
Series: Immortal Beloved Trilogy #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Magic
Source: Audiobook (Library)

My Pick for Book Theme Song: My Immortal by Evanescence (Between the title and the tone of song, I think it fits perfectly.)

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
The Feels: 4.2/5
Theme: 4/5
Flow: 5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Steph Su
Aug 12, 2010 Steph Su rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Nov 18, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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
Aug 22, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
Absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad I reread this book. I can't wait to get into the second one. I need to order the third one right away. I neeeeeed it!!!
Dec 22, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
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
Dec 08, 2010 Jacinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 11, 2014 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, uf, ya
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
Inspired Kathy
Sep 07, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Nov 23, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(audio)- More adult than a teen read. This YA book really was a joy to read. It was filled with historical fiction, paranormal romance, mysteries, tortures and even humorous moments. A young immortal that has gone through terrible and haunting experiences in her long life, is ready for a change. She travels away from the friends she has known for centuries to a ranch, kind of a 12 step program to learn new magic ways. She is faced with her darkest nightmare. the ranch is filled with other immort ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This book reminded me of the time when I first started to read YA novels, when everything was new and exciting. There aren't many books like this around nowadays.
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May 03, 2014 Bèbè ✦ RANT ✦ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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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.” 109 likes
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