Book Review: Shadowland (The Immortals Series #3) by Alyson Noel

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives---and fought off the world's darkest enemies---so they could be together forever.  But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon that could destroy everything.  Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death---plunging Damen into the Shadowland.  Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick---and gets help from an unexpected source---a surfer named Jude.

Although 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 telnts and a mysterious past.  She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love---and she still believes it to be true.  But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger---and tests her love for Damen like never before...

This series started off strong with Evermore and has gotten weaker with each subsquent book.  It is still an enjoyable read, just not really gripping or thrilling.  This book felt like more of a transition piece in the series, with new characters being introduced and new problems occurring but nothing being resolved.  With that said, I really enjoyed reading about the twins and Sabine's love life.  They were a nice addition to this book and fleshed out some weak parts of the plot. 

Like the House of Night series, these books take place over a few weeks or days.  Shadowland takes place the same week as Blue Moon (the second book) does. 
This series is a little formulaic, with the many of the same issues we read about in so many YA series:  parental figures who don't understand the teenager, the emo friend with major issues, the all-consuming, too good to be true love interest, the friend who becomes a romantic rival, etc.

Just One Gripe:
We've read the whole "I can't touch you without hurting you" bit before.  Sorry, Alyson, Stephenie Meyer did that bit WAY better!

The Best Thing About This Book:
The twins.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  3/5
Plot:  2/5
Setting/Imagery:  2/5
Originality:  2/5
Ending:  2/5
Total Score:  11/25

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