I hate to say, but I didn't like this book. The first one (Evermore: The Immortals by Alyson Noel) showed a lot of promise. It was a great concept (combining immortality and reincarnation), and introduced some solid teen issues for the characters to deal with.
This one, however, was just confusing and rushed. It could have been an excellent book - I enjoy Ms. Noel's writing style and I like the characters - but sadly this one falls short.
I am going to borrow the terminology from another reviewer on this site and say that the main character, Ever, is TSL (too stupid to live)! I mean come on! I realize she is in high school, but that does not mean she should act like a child and have the common sense of a toddler. I found her to be so pathetic during the whole book, that the ending of this story topped off to the whole: "dang, this book sucked" effect. The hard part is that this was the 2nd in the series, so if you like the first, naturally you want to read on as I thought I did. I know you will still read this installment if you enjoyed the first, and if you enjoy this one, then more power to you, if not, well, you were warned.
Blue Moon continues Alyson Noel's Immortals series shortly after Evermore left off -- with new Immortal, Ever, learning about her new gifts and her new eternal life under the guidance of her soul mate, Damen. She's enjoying finally being with Damen after 400 years and multiple star-crossed lifetimes, and is ready to finally take their relationship to the next level. (Yes, that level.)
Unfortunately for Ever (and perhaps fortunately for parents of younger fans of the series), the young couple has even more hurdles standing in the way of their togetherness. A strange new guy arrives at school and quickly draws the entire student body under his magnetic spell, but his attentions are set on Ever. At the same time, Damen begins to unexplicably weaken, losing his powers, his memories and even his basic personality in the process. To heal him and restore her life back to normal, Ever begins to explore her own special abilities. With the help of old friends and new, she must travel back to the Summerlands-- and maybe even turn back time.
I enjoyed this second novel in the Immortals series. Ever is sometimes frustrating, and makes a lot of impatient-teen-girl choices, but her actions are always in line with her character and personality. Damen was a little flat and underused in this story, and readers that loved the passionate, romantic tension of the couple in the first installment may miss that element in Blue Moon. But as a trade off, readers learn much more about Noel's world, including the mysteries of the Summerlands and its residents, Damen's past and the origins of the Immortals.
I think Blue Moon builds the Immortals story well, and doesn't suffer from much "sophomore series slump." However, I have to say, I wasn't wild about the big twist at the end. I'll be interested to get my hands on The Shadowlands so I can see how Ever and Damen overcome their newest hurdle.
Contrary to the other reviews I have read on PBS, this book was awesome! I thought it was much better than the 1st book, Evermore. I could not read fast enough! After reading Evermore, I thought it was OK but was in no hurry for the next book, but after reading Blue Moon, I can't wait for Shadowland.
Four stars! Well-written sequel to Evermore--I actually liked this one as much as the first. Lots of emotion going on. Although....the end did seemed abrupt and left a lot hanging, kind of like a "to be continued". The author's page count needs to be extended past 280! Blue Moon intruduced a few new characters that I think opens the door for more fun twists in Ever and Damen's story. Looking forward to Shadowland!