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❰BOOKS❯ ✯ Shadowland Author Alyson Noel –

I am NOT joking, when I tell you that, when I ended the third chapter, I was immediately selling it on e bay I simply couldn t bring myself to readEven though I just found out that in the next series there s someone named like me Jude and it s a guy, why are the Jude s always guys not even this, is going to make readBye Bye The Immortal Series, maybe when the series is finished I ll go an read the ending or something, but I m done UPDATE This series has ended, I already did the unspeakable and just read the last two pages of the final book and Nope Not missing anything Won t touch this books again BTW when I sold the book it ended somewhere in Colorado, I just hope that they didn t end up disappointed Probably the fans are already tracking me down, but, in my defense, this was just my opinion, and I really really wanted to like them especially considering that, you know, I payed for them.But yeah, this series and me well, image error I heard two different reviews about this series A vlogger said it sucked and I generally respect her reviews My best friend said this was his favorite series I m kind of paranoid when it comes to YA paranormal romance these days since I find it is full of bland or annoying female protagonists who only care about their jackass love interest But I figured that I had no right to complain about this book when I hadn t read it myself and was basing my opinion on someone elses My school library only had Shadowland Luckily I read spoilers, so I pretty much understood what was going on It was time for me to see whether the book would be as awful as the vlogger said or wonderful as my friend said I side with the vlogger This book sucks I wish I could make a funny simile stating how much this book sucks, but I can t It plain sucks There are two things that really irk me about this book But first I wanted to address a little pet peeve I hate the grammar in this book It seems fragmented and out of place Now to my main grievances 1 The plot Where the fuck is it The summary says that a curse has fallen on Damen and now he and Ever must race to find the antidote In the second book a rogue Immortal called Roman poisoned Damen and tricked Ever into mixing her blood into it She and Damen can t touch now If they do, Damen will be sent to the Shadowland, which I suppose is the Immortal version of hell For at least 200 pages the plot is nothing but Ever trying to find a cure for Damen I m sorry, but what cure are you talking about Damen s not dying or sick he just can t touch you That doesn t really warrant a need for a cure for me The world will not come to an end if your boyfriend cannot touch you But of course Ever needs Damen s touch to live, so she does stupid shit after stupid shit so she and Damen can fuck I spent two hours reading about a girl whining because she and her boyfriend can t have sex There were other parts of the story as well For instance, there s a new guy named Jude who is Ever s reincarnated lover and a last minute addition to a triangle Of course we all know Ever will not end up with Jude because these YA writers like to make the choice completely obvious and derail the healthy love interest Since Jude is a nice, friendly, non angsty boy, Ever obviously won t end up with him But Damen doesn t understand that nice guys get shit, so he leaves Ever with Jude so they can sort out their long lost business together Of course Ever is lost without Damen and shows absolutely no interest in life, because Damen was her only reason for living But wait Suddenly she s getting feelings for Jude Yeah, 3 4 into the book is not the best time for Ever to magically develop feelings for Jude But we all know these YA heroines they re useless without a love interest, and when one leaves, they latch onto the next hot guy There s some other stuff as well, mostly about Ever trying to stop her aunt Sabine from dating her teacher, and Damen trying to atone for past selfishness But the main gist is Ever trying to trick Roman into giving her the antidote and continually being a selfish dumbass 2 My second grievance The characters I m a big character reader My writing teacher said that we should care about the characters, and I don t care about Ever No, I do care about Ever I despise her Right now I m fantasizing about magically teleporting into the book, beating her with a bat, scratching her eyes out, and then jumping on her mangled body I m aware it won t work because she can do some deus machina healing bullshit, but I need this stress relief Where do I begin with Ever Bloom She s just so unlikeable I don t know where to begin Let s see if I can manage to write down just why she sucks She s a brat All she cares about is hooking up with Damen When her aunt tells her she needs to get a job, Ever whines about it because she won t have time to find the antidote for Damen so they can fuck Priorities, people Ever manages to avoid the horror of working and having a life outside of Damen by going to a metaphysical bookstore where she meets the third point of the love triangle She also doesn t want her aunt to date her teacher because it will be inconvenient for her Ever told the teacher, Munoz, about her powers, and now she s afraid that her Sabine will find out Of course there s no possibility that Sabine will be understanding because parents guardian figures never understand the protagonist They should be dropped the second the smoldering love interest comes into play Ever is shallow and selfish Damen went to the Shadowlands for a brief period of time, I think Now he s shaken up about what happened and determined to make things right He realizes he was a selfish bastard and I applaud him for it Ever, on the other hand, whines because Damen isn t dressing nicely any or driving the hot BMW She insists that she d love Damen no matter what, but she admits that she was initially attracted to him because he was rich Shallow bitch She spends a good bit of time complaining because Damen isn t manifesting material things any and dressing nicely Boo fucking hoo If your boyfriend trying to beresponsible is that much of a problem, he should dump your ass Ever also displays her selfishness in this book Two twins, Romy and Rayne, are trapped in the mortal world thanks to Ever s mistake with Roman They have no idea how to survive, since they are from the time of the Salem Witch trials Does Ever care that they are stranded because of her I think there s a brief period of remorse, but it s overshadowed by herurgent needs Damen thinks that they owe it to the twins to help them, since they helped him find Ever, but Ever is upset because Rayne one of the only characters I liked calls her out on her bullshit Of course since she dislikes Ever no one will listen to her, even if she s right Ever tries to send the twins back to Summerland so she doesn t have to handle the inconvenience of a thirteen year old disliking her and havingcommon sense than she does Ever is an idiot She s so consumed with trying to have sex with Damen that she goes against everyone s sensible advice Damen tells her that Roman is a liar and can t be trusted So what does Ever do Like any good incompetent heroine, she goes right to Roman and gets into trouble How many times does this happen I dunno, I lost count My favorite was the time she went to Roman and he blackmailed her saying he d tell Damen But her crowning moment of stupidity has to be when she casts a spell using the Book of Shadows to get Roman to give her the antidote Never mind that Jude and Damen warn her that people get over their head when they use magic or is it spelled magick in this book and that she should not try to impose her will on people because things are supposed to be a certain way Those people didn t know what they were doing Ever has a great need she has to see her boyfriend Surely that trumps all needs So she casts a spell to make Roman give her the antidote Romy and Rayne, who are farexperienced, tell Ever that she s made a huge mistake But of course Ever knows better than the twins and ignores them Turns out she fucked up royally, but the only two characters who will call her out on this will be Roman and Rayne Rayne will be ignored because she doesn t like Ever smart girl and Roman will be ignored because he is a villain Then Ever makes another stupid mistake by changing her whiny, over dramatic, bitchy best friend Haven into an Immortal.The book ends with Ever whining about how she fucked up and Damen forgiving her Herein lies my main problem No one can call Ever out on her shit and have her listen Damen just hugs her and says she had the best intentions, it wasn t her fault, and that it will be okay No Damen needs to stop coddling Ever and tell her she s fucked up How is she supposed to grow as a character if the only person she will listen to does not call her on her mistakes I don t care if she had the best intentions personally I found them to be selfish she s still wrong She s fucked up so many times, yet no one calls her on it Please, for the love of God, have someone call her on her mistakes Oh, who am I kidding Ever will never have anyone call her on her bullshit and she ll never listen if they do She ll continue fucking up and everyone will magically forgive her It s wonderful being the main character of a shitty YA novel There was a slight saving grace in this book Rayne and Roman I know that I m supposed to oppose them because they re mean to poor, delicate, useless Ever, but I liked them Rayne was the only one to call Ever out on her shit and through her I could say the things I wanted to Ever It s too bad no one listens to her Roman was just a fun character He didn t really seem villainous, up until he poisoned Haven It was fun watching him taunt and tease Ever, especially since she could never get the upper hand Their dialogue reminded me of dialogue better written couples have had when they are still in the stage of disliking each other Roman and Rayne rock, but they weren t enough to save this book I know no one will listen to Rayne, and Roman is probably going to die What bothers me most about this book is the plot and characters I can deal with an unoriginal plot if there are vivid characters, and I can deal with unlikeable characters if there s an interesting plot Sometimes I will be fortunate enough to get both, but I can settle with one I got neither an interesting plot or interesting characters in this book The plot is just stupid.In fact, I don t think there was a plot just Alyson Noel jumping around a few ideas The most consistent thing was Ever trying to find a cure for Damen, which doesn t count as a plot.I don t care if she and her boyfriend can t touch If they re supposed to have this brilliant, all consuming, superior, wonderful love, their relationship should be able to survive without physical touch I hesitate to include the love triangle because it was randomly introduced 218 pages in, and it s obvious that Ever will choose Damen I guess Ever s whining might count as a plot point as well, I m not sure I hated the characters I don t know if I ve scratched the surface with how much I HATE Ever My words seem inadequate She s selfish, lazy, shallow, stupid, stupid, a moron, an idiot, lobotomized, and STUPID If she wasn t a character in a best selling series, her ass would have been dead, dead, dead, and DEAD Sadly there is no justice in the world This book caused me pain I mean it I m not exaggerating for comedy purposes I had to restrain myself from beating myself over the head with this piece of shit book I felt like crying when I saw I had a 110 pages left I had to stop to bang my head when I read that Damen was keeping tabs on Ever since she was ten I tried to bang my head against the wall, but my chair was too low I had to settle for pinching myself instead Eventually I couldn t bring myself to read any further and had to take a break I went on Goodreads and started clicking the one star a bunch of times It eased my stress slightly Why didn t I stop Because I m a masochist and I had to see just how bad this was What bothers me is that Ever has no personality outside of being madly in lust with Damen I m not sure if Alyson Noel meant for Ever to be such a shallow, stupid bitch, so I m not sure if I should count those as her personality traits She s like most of these YA heroines these days her boyfriend defines her Is it so much to ask for a heroine to have a personality that isn t whiny and doesn t focus on her love interest Is it But no This makes money I understand that people need money, but must our standards be lowered Why can t we have strong female protagonists who like their love interests for their personalities Why can t the love interests have personalities and be actual characters According to TV Tropes, this series is a follow of the leader of Twilight It should have ended with Twilight, but there was no strength left in the heart of publishers. Ever And Damen Have Gone Through Countless Lives And Fought Off The World S Darkest Enemies So They Could Be Together But Just When An Everlasting Future Is Finally Within Their Reach, Damen Is Struck Down By A Curse A Dark Spell Separating Him And Ever For Eternity Now Sharing So Much As A Single Touch Could Bring About Damen S Death And Send Him Plummeting Into The Shadowland, An Eternal Abyss For Lost Souls Desperate To Break The Curse And Save Damen, Ever Immerses Her Herself In Magick And In Her Quest, She Gets Help From An Unexpected Sourcea Surfer Named JudeAlthough 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 Soulmate 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 What a waste of time I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen and I don t feel like anything ever did I m sorry, I just cannot believe Ever and Damen s connection and neither could I believe the connection with Jude Roman doesn t even seem sinister to me any It s like everything is coalescing into one big joke Ever and Damen set off to find an antidote to the antidote but instead, discover that Damen has not always been the only one for Ever She finds herself torn between Damen and the other man , Jude Damen removes himself from the situation while she figures things out and in the meantime, she accidentally aligns herself with Roman when he poisons her best friend, Haven, and Ever must decide whether to save Haven by making her immortal or letting her die but getting the antidote that they need I ll let you guess what she decided Regardless, you probably won t like it I didn t, but I also didn t like the book Because I m a glutton for punishment, I guess I ll watch for Book 4.Find my review on the next book in this series will it ever end here Dark Flame I ve given this series three tries now That s three tries too many and twothan usual I have been disappointed for the final time I Am Done Done with the stagnant, shallow, and in Ever s case stubbornly dense characters Done with the New Age nattering on about energy fields and Wicca 101 lessons Done with the endless faux sexual tension and the strung out destined to be together soul mate crap I should probably have some wine and chocolate and calm the hell down but I need to get this review over and done so I can move on and purge it from my memory which fortunately for me in this case isn t very good anyway.If you haven t read the previous books in the series they are Ever and Blue Moon and you really haven t missed much I ll do a super quick synopsis to spare you from the unnecessarily long brain melting info dump that goes on in the first few chapters of Shadowland Ever is a pretty blonde cheerleader type who lost her entire family in an accident But don t fret because she doesn t She s too busy mooning over dreamy guys In Ever she was made an immortal by drinking immortal juice given to her by her perfect, gorgeous, immortal boyfriend and soul mate Damen They want to have sex oh so very bad but can t touch because braniac Ever trusted a villain named Roman in Blue Moon and now her body fluids are toxic to Damen They can t kiss or bump any naked naughty bits or do anything else unless fully covered and there s really no fun in that now, is there They can t even hold hands because Ever might get all clammy and sweat on him causing his ultimate fiery demise Ahhh, the tragedy So there you go In Shadowland, they attempt to find an antidote so they can finally be together euphemism courtesy of the author, I would ve used much naughtier terms , Ever doesn t listen again and gets herself into further trouble and then a new character named Jude who is gorgeous and dreadlocked and gets Ever all a flutter, shameless hussy that she is is introduced because what the world needs now is another lame love triangle.If I sound a mite sarcastic I m sorry but I m beyond irritated by these shallow and dimension less characters I had all three of these books on my Ipod and kept reading them hoping desperately that things would improve But Damen is still totally amazing and crapping out white tulips and we are continually brutalized with Ever s endless descriptions of his physical perfection At one point she even waxes poetic about his perfect rubber flip flop shod feet I Kid You Not Oh and Haven is still a royal beeyatch while Ever continues to be Ever No one grows at all in these books and it makes me crazy But the worst fault here is that Shadowland blathers on for chapters without anything much of any excitement, importance or plot advancement happening I could deal with this if I were enjoying even one of the characters but they continually disappointed and frustrated me with their perfection, self centeredness or outright stupidity And then the bit about Haven becomingwell, I won t go there and spoil things for you in case you re still wanting to read it.I realize I m rambling but this series is just not a good one, if you re asking me It s not interesting, the characters are mostly jerks who I can t work up any sympathy for and it s not one I can recommend at all I m stopping here even though I think I still have twoof these books on my Ipod I ve already wasted too much time and if someone tells me they get better I am sticking my fingers in my ears and refusing to listen Which is what I wish I had done with these audiobooks I have very mixed thoughts about this book It was hard to put down once you have started it, but once it is finished it doesn t leave you fully satisfied.I wish I could teleport myself into Shadowland and try and shake some sense into Ever Every time she tries to help she just ends up making things ten times worse She should have learned from her mistakes and left things well enugh alone Another charictor that really gets on my nerves in Haven She is incredibly self centered She broke up with her boyfriend just because he got her a cat to cheer her up She didn t deserve him in the first place I just hope this series gets better with time. First off lets start with some positives.I really enjoy this series It s fun, it s fast, it s entertaining I loved the first two books This time around didn t love it so much As I mentioned before, it took me no time at all to read The plot was intriguing, but it just wasn t enough to satisfy me this time around I loved the introduction of the shadowland but it just lacked substance in the plot overall I just find myself being frustratedthan finding actual enjoyment from the book Mostly because I didn t really feel that anything is resolved from the last book The plot advances, yes,problemscharacters, but nothing is resolved Ever and Damen s relationship hasn t progressed at all it s getting a little bit tedious I found myself evenfrustrated with Ever The girl is killing me Her impulsiveness and stubbornness can be forgiven and even overlooked the first and even the second time around, but by the third book I d like to see a little personal growth She keeps making the same mistakes over and over and over and over And it s not for a lack of guidance How many hundreds of years has Damen been alive just listen to the guy for once will you I also noticed a lack of connection with Ever s friends Miles and Haven does Ever even have friends any Everything I loved about the series was there great writing, impressive imagery, engaging story they were just overshadowed by things I didn t like.At this point, I m definitely going to continue to read the series I m hoping I getof what I loved in Ever and Blue Moon in the next installment. This series just went downhill for me I loved Ever because I found Ever to be such a great character and I really liked her, but now she s just annoying When before I thought she was smart and kind, now I think she s stupid and impulsive and self obsessed I can t take it any The decision she made to save Haven just drove me over the edge The right thing to do was so obvious and she went completely the opposite way, knowingly siding with Roman, the most evil person she knows, and ignoring Damen who she should trust most of anyone I can understood wanting to save your best friend in normal cases, such as not knowing about the afterlife and what happens to people when they die, but Ever knew everything about that She knew about Summerland and what a great place it was She knew dying was merely the beginning of a totally new and eternally happy life in another realm She also knew that by saving Haven, she was condemning her soul to the Shadowland if she was ever killed later in life Stupid Selfish And not to sound mean or anything, but I would have preferred that Ever let Haven die not just because it would have been the right thing to do but because Haven is one of the most annoying characters in this series and I would have been glad to be rid of her However, now that she is an immortal, I expect she s going to play an even bigger part in the rest of the books and according to the summary of Dark Flame, she will beannoying and selfish than usual Bah I believe that this is going to be a common occurence in this series Ever making a stupid,impulsive decision and making everything worse This only makes the storyannoying I know I ve been using this word a lot, but it really sums up how this series makes me feel as well as boring and predictable now, so I m officially done reading this series Maybe I would have continued if there was just onebook left like I originally thought and quickly end the series, but I recently found out that there s at least threebooks Nuh uh No way I m not going to waste my time.I would have given this book 1 star or even zero if it weren t for Jude and the twins I loved those three characters, but they were the only good part of this book. The first two books of the series was entirely great I am hoping that this one will be to, but i m tired of seeing things get in the way of Ever and Damon This was a YA paranormal romance which carried on from the previous book.Ever was a bit of a muppet in this book, and continued to let Roman walk all over her again I did feel sorry for her because of the way that Damen was treating her, but she didn t seem to have learned anything from her experiences unfortunately The storyline in this was about Ever and Damen not being able to touch, and Ever trying to look for a solution to the problem whilst Damen seemed to turn his back on her, which was a bit annoying We also had Damen taking over care of Romy and Rayne, and Ever getting better acquainted with a book of spells This wasn t as good a book as the previous two in the series though.The ending to this didn t really seem to solve anything, and in fact things just seemed to get worse 6.5 out of 10