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Blue Moon (The Immortals, book 2)

by Alyson Noël

Rated: Moderate

Ever has been made an immortal by her boyfriend and, apparently, love of many previous lives, Damen. She has discovered that fact and started to come to terms with what it entails, including the often unwelcome psychic abilities she has. She has said goodbye to her sister, Riley, who died with their parents in the car accident that left Ever behind but who stayed as a ghost and hung around with Ever for months. In other words, she’s mainly trying to adjust to the new reality that is her life.

Ever’s main goal now? To spend as much time with possible with Damen, and to consummate their many-lifetimes love. Yeah, the main goal of both characters’ lives is just to jump in the sack with each other. My main question is: what then? Will the books conclude as soon as they have sex? In Blue Moon, Ever really wants to have sex with Damen, who is trying to teach her some talents she can use now as an immortal, but every time it comes to that possibility, she just can’t bring herself to do it because she’s worried about all of his “experience,” which is considerable through the 600-plus years he’s lived.

Luckily, just as Damen and Ever are about to do the deed, a new villain sweeps in and messes things up for them. Damen starts acting extremely strangely, and Ever is seriously confused about why and how, and what she can possibly do about it. The only thing she can do is call upon some of her psychic powers and start learning — because, as it becomes clear, she doesn’t have all the time in the world anymore.

Alyson Noël’s series about immortal teens panders to all those readers who love perfect teens who live forever and have special abilities. Unfortunately, it lacks in a number of areas, and the focus on sex is not what I would call ideal for a teen series. The teens are still pretty immature (they are teens, after all), but the character who has lived 600-plus years still doesn’t act with a great deal more maturity or responsibility, and it’s more than a tad creepy that he’s going after a 17-year-old girl. Despite its drawbacks, the series is most likely still one that will attract and satisfy a lot of readers. If you liked Twilight, it’s possible you will like this series. But don’t expect too much.

Rated: Moderate, for some mild language and teens’ plans to have sex. This book doesn’t have the strong language that is used in the first, but one character says her own made-up word “fuggin” a couple of times. The main concern of this book is that the main characters plan to have sex, and would, except that their plan is foiled by the villain. But the fact that this is kind of their raison d’etre for much of the series is a bit disturbing. Parents, take note especially if your child plans to read this.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Blue Moon (The Immortals, book 2)
  • by Alyson Noël
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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