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Immortal by Gillian Shields

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Synopsis: Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, housed in a Gothic mansion on the bleak northern moors, is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn away from her home by the sea to become the newest scholarship student, she is more isolated than she could have dreamed. Strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave Evie drowning in loneliness. 

Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a rebellious, mocking, dangerously attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian grow with each secret meeting, she starts to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie, she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. And as the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.

Review: Immortal by Gillian Shields is filled with HEAVY undertones of the Bronte sister's. When I began reading immortal I was instantly drawn into the story. I have to admit I wanted to like the book, especially because so much of it seems inspired by the classics. I found an abundance of beautiful imagery through out the text that reminded me of the moors in Wuthering Heights. Sebastian is conveniently named Sebastian James Fairfax. Does the last name sound familiar? It's from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, think Edward Fairfax Rochester! Personally, I adored Sebastian's brooding attitude and the way Shields describes him simply as a rider on a black horse in the beginning of the novel. There are so many qualities that I loved about this book but unfortunately the story starts to go downhill midway through. First, although Agnes' journal entries were interesting, it was painstakingly obvious that the S. that she refers to in her journal, is Sebastian. It was sort of aggravating waiting for Evie to realize it too. Second, I didn't like the multiple pov's. It was distracting. The ending did not do the rest of the book justice. It just seemed off balance. To be honest besides the fact that I haven't heard good news about book 2 & 3, i'm not sure if I want to keep reading the series anyway. I think Shields is a great writer and her story is definitely interesting, but I felt that the ending wasn't strong enough to keep me interested. I'm a bit disappointed because I was loving the style of a gothic romance.  
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Format: Paperback Source: Bought Status: READ
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