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Archive for October 13, 2009

What should I read next?

I haven’t really had the chance to make a ‘what to read next’ post my TBR has always been quite small. But now, I need your help. Pick which book I should read next! I’ll start on it once I’m done with Ballads of Suburbia and Darklight.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
Ash by Malinda Lo
Heavenly by Jennifer Lauren
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning. In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day…

Three words to describe Blue Moon: Oh my God. From the start, Noel did a good job doing a quick recap on the first book. I find that helpful for people like me who forgotten what Evermore is about. Whoops! In Blue Moon, things get complicated and we follow Ever’s journey to uncover what really happened to Damen. For most part of the book, Ever seemed like a strong herione who would save the day (what I was expecting). But what really happened was that Ever made a mistake at the end, leading to a whole new bigger problem. Ladies and gentleman, our protagonist became a weak helpless girl at the end. I am not afraid to say this: I hated the ending.

Do you know the feeling when it’s so plain obvious that the character is falling into a trap and she just falls right into it? I bet you do. Well, I don’t want to spoil the book but I shall just leave that as that for now. Hopefully Ever will redeem herself in Shadowland. If I ignored the ending of the book and focused on 3/4 of the story, I would say that Blue Moon was a chilling sequel to Evermore with suspenseful and romantic elements which will demand you to read this book in one sitting. Though I still prefer Evermore more than Blue Moon. Maybe I set my expectations for Blue Moon too high but I felt that it could have been so much more.

Get ready to be sucked back into Ever’s story with this sequel. I cannot wait to get my hands on Shadowland!

Silver star