Oh, how disappointing.
I really enjoyed Evermore, Alyson Noel's first book in the The Immortals series. So much so that I picked up Blue Moon, book #2. I was disappointed with Blue Moon, but wanted to give Noel's YA series one more shot with Shadowland.
A part of me was worried that I was simply too old to appreciate YA fiction, but I simply think a good book is a good book, no matter the audience.
Shadowland picks up two weeks after Blue Moon left off. Damen is still alive, but the antidote that cured him also cursed him, thanks to Roman. He may not touch Ever, or else he will die an immortal's death - spending an eternity in the Shadowland, a place of nothingness. Ever searches for a way to get the antidote to the antidote from Roman, meanwhile another hottie comes into the picture. Enter Jude. Apparently, Ever has some past-lives drama she needs to rectify.
Unfortunately, there is no progress in any of the relationships in this book. Ever doesn't seem to have learned anything yet about her own abilities, responsibilities, or limitations. Adding a potential love interest added some excitement and tension, but not nearly enough to make up for the loose ends that simply remained, well, loose.
Maybe I'm showing my age here, but have you ever watched Daytime Soap Operas? My mom used to watch Days of Our Lives. I would catch an episode with her here and there, sometimes I would watch them every day for weeks (I had Mono when I was 14); other times, there would be months in between. One day or one month, never did I feel like I had missed so much that I couldn't pick up the storyline (Bo and Hope are probably still crying about something). This is how I felt with Shadowland. The potential for a good scene was there, but then it would fade to something else before the first one could pick up steam.
Apologies to Ms. Noel, but this one fell short for me.
For more, visit Alyson Noel's website and blog here.
You can also visit The Immortals Series site here, where you can read excerpts, listen to audio excerpts, and watch video trailers of each book in The Immortals series.
About the Book:
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (November 17, 2009)