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I am a wife and mother of two, a boy age 9 and a girl age 4. I work in the tissue banking field and approach families about donation of tissues. I'm also a full time student, and live on a couple hours sleep. I also write, download way to much music, and read every spare moment I have which aren't many.
on Dec. 19, 2011 :
I'm a huge fan of all supernatural and paranormal romance etc... books. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't stop reading until then end which left me wanting more.
Should the girl go for the moody but stable guy or the mysterious devilish all consuming guy...Samuel is the one for me even though Duncan is wild bad boy type can you evere trust him??? that was the question?!?!?
Lauren Burd description of the Immortals is new and refreshing.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2010 :
Let me start off my saying that I am not a fan of Twilight or any of the "new age" vampire stories we see all over the bookstores, TV and movie theatres these days. But...I do enjoy a good supernatural story that involves young love and mystery. I took a chance on Immortal and found it to be something entirely different and exactly what I was looking for in a good, quick read.
For me the book started off a little slow. I had a hard time getting through the first impression of this seemingly mediocre female lead character Alina. But after she starts meeting the guys who split apart her life and everything she loves, you get to dig deeper into who Alina really is and how strongly convicted her allegiances hold.
The book has a really amazing arc that you can't be prepared for. Once I got about 1/3 of the way through the book I couldn't stop reading. I don't want to give away too much more (even though some reviews have done this already).
I highly recommend this book for any young adult or parent who wants their teenagers to read "quality" young adult literature. Thank you Lauren Burd for writing something for the rest of us "non-twilighters" out there and hurry and finish the sequel. I just can't wait!
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on Oct. 04, 2010 :
The other day I was browsing though Smashwords.com and Immortal caught my eye, since finding that place, I have picked up several books that have been really wonderful – if you have not checked it out you should...
ANYWAY – all I read about it was the blurb above, it sounded interesting and I needed something, quick and not to heavy...and with this one it sounded a bit like Vampire Diaries with a side of Twilight – so, I figured why not! Twilight is a favorite of mine, and I LOVE the Vampire Diaries show, even though I did not love the books...
So when I opened it up, I was not surprised to find that Immortal does have a very Vampire Diaries/Twilight feel to it...
2 “hot” guys, one innocent girl, and an ability to heal faster than the speed of lighting...
Immortal had all that in spades – however, these two “hot” guys are not Vampires – they are something else entirely...and the “innocent” girl did not remind me of either Bella or Elena, even though her name is Alina.
The characters, were not the strongest I have ever read, don't get me wrong I liked Alina, she's quirky and sweet – I just wanted a bit more, you know...and the one guy we get to know most, was not the one I fell in love with from the start, but then that was essential for the story to make sense, I just wanted a little more of my favorite!
For me, in Immortal, what really stands out and makes this one a book all unto it's own, is the last half of the book, which I can't talk about – without giving things away! Immortal has an extremely interesting twist on the whole bad boy angle – not to mention the magic that makes this book possible – which I hope we learn more about!
Bottom Line – You might be thinking from the shortness of this review, and the way it's put together that this book is not one to pick up, but you would be wrong – Lauren Burd starts off Immortal with a feeling of books we've read 100 times before – yet, she gives it her own unique spin...I can't wait to read more! I give Immortal 4 mushrooms!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on Oct. 01, 2010 :
This book is a quick read that I easily got into. The main plot is similar to other paranormal romance books that I've read, but there is enough that is different to keep my interest to find out what is going to happen between the characters as well as to find out exactly what Duncan and Samuel are.
Of course, the scenario of having two brutally attractive men vying for one's affections is one that I never tire of reading, either. Of the two guys, I like Samuel best. I have a thing for blue eyes and guys that are sweet and dedicated, if a bit moody. Duncan is also a hottie with his flashy green eyes and devil-may-care demeanor.
While I enjoyed this read, I wished that there could have been a little more character development - that the reader could know more about these characters that seem to be briefly introduced. I think everything is an interesting concept, but I just need to know more to feel completely satisfied.
I would recommend this to those who like paranormal fiction, particularly in the young adult realm. It is interesting and clean while still maintaining romantic tension.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
L. A. Wright
on Sep. 19, 2010 :
Article first published as Book Review: Immortal by Lauren Burd on Blogcritics.
Alina's day is just getting worse. First there is getting home from her dad’s place in California. Flying is unnatural and Alina is absolutely terrified when in the air, so to keep herself distracted she tries reading but can not keep her mind on the book. As she hears a commotion at the front of the plane she spots one of the most entrancing guys she has ever seen. His eyes are a deep ocean blue and he is well built. He ends up sitting just opposite of her on the plane. She finds herself constantly looking at him, as if!. If that was not bad enough, when her mom picks her up at the airport and takes her home, she finds everything that belongs to her packed up in boxes and ready to be gone. Knowing she would be moving out for college was one thing; the coldness of the actual event is another.
On her first day of class, the guy from the plane sits next to her. He attracts attention like a flame attracts a moth. She studiously looks away but sees all the other girls watching. There is something about him... something different. It is during class introductions that she learns his name is Samuel. Just being next to him in class keeps her heart racing, making it impossible to concentrate on the assignments.
In her second class as she is waiting for the professor to show, she hears a wonderful, deep purring voice, asking if the seat next to her is free. She finds herself sinking into a pair of incredible green eyes, belonging to an exceptionally attractive guy. He too seems to have that certain charisma, which has every eye turning his way. But he appears to have eyes just for her. He introduces himself as Duncan as he takes the seat next to her. She can feel him staring at her through out the class and she is not sure how to handle the attention.
Each day is a new struggle for her, as Duncan is steady in his pursuit, while she can tell that Samuel likes her as well, he is more standoffish. For some reason she is more drawn to Samuel, although both of them are extremely handsome and charismatic. Duncan chooses to get close to her through her best friend Tabby, but in Alina’s world that makes Duncan off limits.
As Duncan sees her interest shift directly to Samuel he takes a risk and reveals his true nature to her. He then gives her the background on both himself and Samuel, thereby also revealing Samuel's secret. His goal is to direct her feeling back to him by revealing Samuel's dark past. Little do they know that this knowledge has put her in imminent danger.
As I began reading Lauren Burd’s Immortal, I was initially disappointed that it seemed to be following in the path of the Twilight series. We have these handsome guys, they have that certain something, a charisma that attracts, and Alina, our young heroine is a pale, brooding girl who somehow seems to be extremely attractive to them, more so then any other.
What sent me in a different direction, was that Alina actually has some very close female friends that will do anything for her. In return she is also very protective of them. As the narrative continues, Alina finds out that the guys are both vampires, and that they have a story from their pasts that puts them at odds with each other.
Lauren Burd has developed a group of very likeable characters. Alina really cares about her friends and puts their feelings ahead of her own. While she moves too quickly into decisions, this also makes her very much like most girls her age. She is brave and a bit foolhardy. Tabby, her best friend, makes herself available for Alina at every juncture. We should all have a friend like her. Samuel, while very aloof is also quite tender and fierce, while Duncan reminds me of the many jocks I knew growing up, he thinks he is wonderful and that everyone should fall at his feet, but at the same time he seems to really care about Alina, so it is hard not to like him.
Immortal was enjoyable for a light read with some fun and danger thrown in. The characters were good but seemed to grow as the book took a turn and developed a unique storyline of its own. Anyone who loved the Twilight saga is sure to enjoy this book.
While it begins much like that series I think you will find as you read further it changes gear and goes in a whole different direction
This book was received a a free copy from the Author. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)