Immortal Beloved
by Tiernan, Cate

After seeing her best friend, a Dark Immortal called Incy, torture a human, Nastasya, a spoiled party girl, enters a home for wayward immortals and finally begins to deal with life, even as she learns that someone wants her dead.

Cate Tiernan was born and raised in New Orleans. She is also the author of Penguin Speak's vastly successful (and recently reissued)Sweep series. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and children. Her website is

Nastasya, Nasty, is a self-described wastrel partier. When you are immortal and have seen and done everything in your 450-plus years of life, it takes extremes to excite you. For Nasty, the extremes go too far when she watches her best friend, Innocencio, commit a violent crime, and it sends her reeling. Remembering River, who offered her refuge years ago, Nasty heads to West Lowing, Massachusetts, where she finds River‚??s home for wayward immortals. On this communal organic farm, Nas learns to do chores, finds peace, discovers her inherited power, and meets up with Viking god Reyn. This series-starter has a few steamy scenes, but the romance hinted at in the book‚??s title is secondary to the story of a young woman taking stock of her choices and shaping her identity. With plenty of immortal teen angst and threats of lurking evil, this makes a strong choice for paranormal bibliographies. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Despite the title, romance plays a relatively small role in this tale of compassion, rehabilitation and magick. After four centuries careening from party to party with her band of elite immortals, reckless, callous, smart-mouthed Nastasya runs away to a rural farm that serves as a sort of rehab. There she begins to confront her painful past, understand her magickal gifts and untangle her confusing knot of feelings for Reyn, another immortal staying at the farm. Despite her age, Nastasya's cynical, defiant narration is awash in contemporary slang, pop-culture references and an inventive array of curses (including a few unfortunate slurs such as "lame" and "retarded"). Clearly, historical realism is not the goal of this novel, in which eternally youthful beings gallivant from Revolutionary Paris to 1960s San Francisco with seemingly limitless wealth and freedom. What Tiernan creates instead is an easy-to-swallow story of an emotionally immature woman healing from childhood trauma. The ending is anticlimactic, but more action is sure to follow in the trilogy's next two volumes. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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