Review: Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Children
Format: Hardback, 392 pages
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River’s Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River’s Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won’t allow herself to have. But just as she’s getting comfortable, her family’s ties to dark magick force her to leave.
She falls back into her old, hard partying ways, but will her decision lead her into the hands of a dark immortal? Or will it be her first step to embracing the darkness within her?

It seems like it has been forever since I’ve read Immortal Beloved, the predecessor of this book. I needed a refresher course – I had to think really hard and try to remember the cast and the story line of the series. I can only remember loving Immortal Beloved. Sadly, Darkness Falls wasn’t quite successful in conjuring up the same enthusiasm. 
Firstly, I don’t remember being this annoyed with Nastasya. Was she really this…well, shallow? I just can’t reconcile the personality of a person who’d been around more four hundred some odd years to this person who had the mind set of a seventeen year old. She’d had lovers – many in her lifetime and yet the way she acted around Reyn didn’t really show any maturity on her part.  I applaud the author for giving her some genuine voice characteristic of a teen but you’d think Nas would’ve shown a bit more of her immortal age. And while her innermost thoughts were entertaining at best, I also had some moments when I had to say, are you for real?!

The magick/wizardry/witchcraft in this book is still signature Cate Tiernan. Well-evolved and ingenious. This novel moved a bit slow for me. It’s hard to continue on when I couldn’t care less what happens next in the story. I wanted to give up but Reyn kept pulling me in – even if he was less than visible in this book. I think I could count in one hand how many times he was involved in the story. 
I finally got what River’s Edge was. It’s a rehab for dark magicians wanting to change their old ways by going back to basics. The therapy is of course, unconventional but it was fun to see how Nas slowly saw the errors of her ways. She’s not fully changed but she’s getting there. I’m also glad that she’s finally realizing she had to face this thing with Reyn and that she’s hopefully rid of Ince for real. *crosses fingers*
Overall, I read this book to pass the time. I liked it enough but wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it. I hope the next one will be better. 

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