Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Release Date: 11/17/09
Publishers: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 339

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world's darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into a bleak afterlife in the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source...Jude Knight.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before...

In Shadowland, Ever is in a tough spot. She can't do what she wants to do most. She can't kiss her beautiful soulmate Damen, or even touch him for that matter, in the fear of their DNA mixing. Because if that were to ever happen, he would die, despite him being immortal. And leaving Ever alone is what he wants to prevent from happening.

While I thought the book was going to be fully about Ever and Damen trying to find the cure to their problem, it wasn't, because there were so many more things occuring. Things that took too much attention away from the both of them, making it ever harder to focus on the fact that they can't touch each other without clothing or energy between them. Like the twins for instance. Due to special circumstances, they must now live with Damen for an unknown amount of time. Or Ever's new job, the one that her aunt told her she needed to have. Or her young, green-eyed boss, Jude, someone she feels connected to even though they've just met. Their biggest threat, though, is Roman, the very reason they can't be truly together.

So many twists and turns were in Shadowland, and I almost couldn't keep up! I have never been more unexpectedly surprised by an author. Noel knows exactly how to keep me enthralled in her books. I can only imagine what she has instore for Dark Flame, the next in the series.

Shadowland is purely mesmerizing. A book with a little bit of everything in it— romance, suspense, friendship, and immortality—all meshed together to create a mind-blowing combination. Only the next book in the series will satisfy my need to know what will happen next. I simply cannot wait!



Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Woah, sounds intense! Thanks for the awesome review! I was debating whether or not to read this one, since I was a bit let down by Blue moon, but you make Shadowland sound complicated in a good way. :)

Stephanie said...

This sounds intriguing! I doubt this book is for me, but I really enjoyed reading your review -- especially what you said about the labyrinth of plot twists. :-)