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Immortal Beloved
Contributor(s): Tiernan, Cate
ISBN: 0316035920     ISBN-13: 9780316035927
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2010
Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Immortality; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010006884
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: Immortal Beloved
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.15 lbs) 407 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139305
Reading Level: 5.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): te 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

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Dissipated parties and wild excess lose their charm for Nastasya after four-hundred-odd years, so she takes up an offer to try a simple and disciplined life among a small group of other immortals. Forced to confront her own history, Nastasya slowly begins to acknowledge her heritage and imagine a new kind of future. Dark romance and mystery enliven this tale of supernatural self-discovery. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 August #5)

Born in 1551, Nastasya is immortal, wealthy, and at the end of her rope. After centuries of hedonism, one casually cruel moment in present-day London shatters her composure and leaves her grasping at the slimmest of chances to save her sense of humanity. That chance takes the form of River's Edge, a farm and retreat in the heart of Massachusetts, where a varied group of immortals seek to regain the immediacy and emotion of life fully lived. It's not an easy fit for Nastasya, and as she learns about her companions, the ghosts of her long and dark past rise vividly to haunt her. Tiernan (the Sweep series) gives Nastasya a strong, distinctive voice and wonderfully realized perspective on the joys and horrors of history ("I was in Paris on July 14, 1789. You never forget the sight of a human head on a pike"). First in a projected trilogy, the story necessarily leaves many questions open, but achieves a satisfying arc. As Nastasya admits, "I wanted to see how it came out." Readers will, too. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 10 Up—This is both a fantasy about immortals and a contemporary story of an adolescent seeking to know herself. Questions about identity and morality plague Nastasya, an immortal. A heavy-drinking party girl, she speaks as a 21th-century teen, though she was born in 1551. Her connections with friends who flagrantly exploit their magic powers, flippantly causing death and pain to others, have finally set her on a quest for guidance. She looks for River, a calm, intelligent, and patient mentor who heads a retreat in Massachusetts called River's Edge. It is for immortals who seek self-knowledge. Independent Nastasya has trouble following the precepts of the group, but she perseveres because she desperately needs to get beyond the pain of her childhood and the brutal destruction of her family centuries earlier. The other students at River's school are all working through their own personal difficulties, and each character is interestingly drawn. Among them is Reyn, a handsome Nordic fellow whom Nastasya tries to ignore at first because he reminds her of the raiders who murdered her family. The truth of their dark past together becomes a background for their developing connection and strong mutual attraction. Intrigue, humor, pathos, and underlying wisdom combine to make a fascinating read. The open ending naturally leaves readers wondering what will happen next. Suggest this to fans of Frewin Jones's The Immortal Realm (HarperTeen, 2009) and Alyson Noel's Blue Moon (St. Martin's Griffin, 2009).—Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ

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