Review by Jennifer Jensen.

In the 5th installment in the Immortal series by Alyson Noel entitled Night Star, immortal is pitted against immortal as Ever’s former best friend Haven plots to take her down. Though Ever was not directly responsible for Roman’s death, Haven has heaped the blame on her and will stop at nothing to see to it that Ever and Damen do not find a way to be together.

But if Ever discovers the secret that Damen has been hiding from her the last few centuries, she may not want anything to do with him ever again. His secrecy gives Ever pause as she considers another romantic interest, Jude, someone she also knew in her past lives and had great affection for. Ever will have to decide if Haven is worth saving, or if she is willing to sacrifice her to save her relationship with Damen–if she can bring herself to trust him again.

When I first started reading this series a few years ago, I absolutely loved it! Damen was dreamy, and Ever was one lucky girl. But as it has progressed and more obstacles have been put in the way of their happily ever after, I have come to like Damen less and less. Now that even more has been revealed about his past in Night Star, I don’t think he’s as dreamy as I once thought and I wish Ever would give Jude the chance that she was never able to give him in their previous lives.

I can’t help but feel that around the 3rd book in the series, Shadowland, Alyson Noel let go of her focus and added in way too many immortal characters. When Jude was added, things really started to get out of control. He seemed to be added with no real purpose other than to shake things up. I would have been able to accept his inclusion if he had somehow been foreshadowed in the previous books, but it seems that Noel is just writing as she goes without any real planning.

There is one more book in the Immortals series due out in the summer of 2011, entitled Everlasting. While I definitely want to know how the series will conclude, I will take my time to getting around to reading it.

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