A beautifully written trilogy starter, Immortal Beloved shows the true hardships and pain that come with a life lived too long. Nastasya fights so hard to keep sorrow from her life, using sarcasm to hide, but in time the readers are gliding along by her side, relishing the tale.
Nastasya didn’t know she was immortal when her family was killed, but it didn’t take long to find out. As the years pass, she forms a barrier around her heart and soul, keeping the dark memories out and filling her life instead with selfish things. When her best friend Incy goes too far with their magic, using it to hurt another, Nastasya realizes it’s time to get away. She winds up in a small town led by the wise River. Nastasya fights the battle waging between her two sides, good and evil, her past and her future, until she decides what she truly wants. Fighting inner demons is hard enough, but soon Nastasya meets someone who could destroy all her hard work. (Little, Brown, Sep., 416 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780316035927, HC, 12 & Up)