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Immortal Beloved

(Immortal Beloved #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  14,127 ratings  ·  1,435 reviews
New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And there's no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends ...when you're immortal. But now, after centuries of feeding from the lives of the innocents around her, of living with little care for others, Nastasya is ready to turn towards the light. 'After some of the events I've witnessed I felt like I was a ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (first published September 7th 2010)
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Ryan Yes and No.
No there aren't any characters referred to as witches, BUT all the main cast uses magic heavily influenced by real life witchcraft (such a…more
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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.

Jasmin There are two books that follow this one. Darkness falls (#2) and Eternally Yours (#3)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 the author 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 this time it's not very good at all, and you start to think maybe the author is a one hit wonder?<------that's a REALLY long, yet (mostly?) grammatic
2016: Isn't it utterly marvelous, when a favorite aces the re-reading experience with flying colors after almost five years?

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 undeniable cliffy. Yet - here I am am doing precisely that and feeling completely comfortable w
Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
Immortal Beloved (IB 01) by Cate Tiernan: 2 “Captain Obvious” Stars.

“I’m here because I can’t bear to be not-here anymore. I’m here because I can’t tell right from wrong, light from dark. I’m here because I can’t stand being me." ~ Nastasya


In the 1960s, her name was Hope. In the 1920s, Christiane. In the 1500s, Sunna. Before that, another name. A name she never thinks of. A name she’s running from, but can’t. And she’s tired. Tired of being cynical. Tired of being lonely. Tired of being numb.
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
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

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
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 friends  that 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 ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
shady boots
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
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

My Immortal



: Immortals who are not Vampires…I think I like this.

MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE: A slow-burning, contemplative tale...that is both historical and contemporary.

Nastasya has lived an incredibly long life and because of this, she has so many stories to tell. This story actually snuck up on me slowly, there isn't a lot of action,
Jun 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Immortal Beloved,
I had my doubts from the very beginning. You are not the sort of book I usually grab. Party girl immortal, rehab center, undeniably sexy dude - these are all warning signs for me. But I had to read you for several reasons. So I set aside my doubts and went into you with an open mind. I bet you fifty bucks to guess what my response was.

Nastasya is a 600+ years old immortal. She's experienced every horror life has to offer. Her family was murdered in front of her very eyes, s
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
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 f
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Read the first 50 pages, but couldn't bring myself to read the rest. Not worth your 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.
Steph Su
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something about this novel captivated me, as is always the case with Cate Tiernan novels. Pinning it down is often curious.

As a huge fan of Cate Tiernans Sweep and Balefire series', I was hesitant to read these, fearing they might not be as good. While I will always reserve a deep connection and love, of the Sweep series especially, it having been essential to influencing me as I grew from a teenage boy, into a young adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery set forth and subsequently revealed in
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Loved this book, mostly because of the narrator, who managed to carry the story even when the plot felt stagnant.

Opening Sentence: Last night my whole world came tumbling down.

The Review:

The novel starts out with Nastasya and her friends in a cab, in the middle of another night of club hopping. To be totally honest, books about hard partiers usually aren’t for me, but Nasty (That’s actually her nickname, by the way. Super weird.) was so funny an
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. 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 thi ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
November 2018 re-read:
This is honestly one of those books/series I have such a warm, fuzzy, delightful emotional attachment to that never gets old. I love re-reading it.

April 2015 Re-read:

February 2012:
When I picked this up from the library, I didn't have a real idea of what it involved. I just knew it was an interesting sounding paranormal romance novel, and it's been on my TBR list for a while.

Holy cow, I did not expect to be as enraptured by Immortal Beloved as I was in th
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Whoa, y'all. I got so much more out of this book than I was expecting. Of course, I'd never have picked it up if I didn't think I'd be intrigued by it, but I didn't expect it to strike me as anything above average.

Well, turns did.

Nastasya and Reyn are great characters: both with captivating personalities and backgrounds. I can't wait to see where their story goes next. I love the sparks they throw off each other: the love/hate thing they have going is very realistic and believable, the
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