Saturday, August 30, 2014

Immortal by Gillain Shields Review

"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.

Gillian Shields’s electrifying tale will dazzle readers with suspense, mysticism, and romance."

There is something disturbing about Sebastian. Something dangerous. Does anyone understand why the female species are naturally attracted to dangerous men? Well, I know I might not be an exception, but I do see that there is something dangerous (like deadly) about Sebastian. He could really kill someone. Just for immortality. All he needs is Evie.

Immortal alters between the POV of Evie and a dead girl named Lady Agnes. Evie, the main character, lives in the modern times (I'll explain more about her). Lady Agnes, however, is someone in the past who is a witch. Yeah, she is a witch. Her powers lie with fire and she can easily call on it. Learning magic from an old book, she learns with a 'mysterious' childhood friend only named "S" in her diary. (Let me tell you that it isn't really mysterious. It is so obvious. Foreshadowing isn't the forte of Gillian Shields, isn't it? She rather gave it away too easily).

Let's talk more about Sebastian:

Let's see. He is certainly rebellious and everything else in the synopsis. Mocking, why certainly. Dangerous, of course. Attractive, but not to me. Here are the many traits not listed in the synopsis: deadly, scary, creepy, weird, crazy, crazy, crazy, and so not romantic. Honestly, I grow tire of this trend. Boy wants to kill girl, but finds out he is in love with her. Yawn. How many books are like that? (Hush, Hush, Juliet Immortal [Though he actually kills her], Firelight, and a bunch of vampire books).

Evie sadly doesn't know the difference between dangerous and rebellious. First of all, I would had done an extensive background search on Sebastian (because he is really creepy), but Evie's electronics had been taken away so... No point taken or given. I want to say that she is an idiot, but I'm afraid I knew a bit more than her, so... No point taken or given. However, she shouldn't be sneaking out and should had been more afraid. Especially because a girl die at her school. Who was possibly murdered. 

You see, girls. When you find some strange handsome dude in your bedroom, you scream as loud as you can instead of admiring his abs. You never know how cuckoo can he be until you read his medical file. Or you'll know when you're dead. Or worse.

So in conclusion, Immortal is a bad role model (as bad as Twilight) for teenagers, but it is a good book about magic. I think you might find the magic part of the book interesting. Sebastian gunning for Evie? Maybe not so much. You won't just find that part interesting. You will find it disturbing, weird, creepy, and kind of predatory or something along those lines.

So don't give your kids this book.

Rating: Two out of Five

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