Title: IMMORTAL HEARTS
by Ellen Schreiber
Publisher: Katherine Tegan
Release Date: May 15th, 2012
Athena "Stormy" Sterling is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both excited and panicked in anticipation of Alexander's little sister's visit. Alexander tells Raven that she and his sister have a lot in common, but can the mini-Raven be everything she hopes for? Alexander calls her Stormy for a reason...
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To be perfectly honest…
The Vampire Kisses novels aren’t the best of books. They don’t have the best quality of writing, especially in the department of showing vs. telling. The dialogue is cheesy—the whole book is really. BUT, despite all this—I love it to death. This is the only book I can read for pure enjoyment without caring about how cheesy it is. It reads almost like a middle grade novel even though it’s YA so it’s easy for me not to take it the cheesiness too seriously.
Why have I followed this series for years till this very last 9th installment?
Because once upon a time in middle school I picked up this book and lost myself completely in its pages. It’s a quick read and Raven and Alexander were unapologetically dark, quirky, and different. I couldn’t get enough of them. The town called Dullsville was a place where being anything other than normal was almost taboo. Raven stood out like a sore thumb with her unconventional clothing and obsession with vampires. Then Alexander Sterling moves into Dullsville and completely shakes her world. I somehow expected to fall out of love with this series as I grew older and the time spans between the novels release dates grew wider apart (way longer than usual), but I never did. Reading Immortal Hearts is like jumping back into my middle grader mind for awhile and reminiscing about a time where books turned from instruments of torture to something wonderful and exciting, and a much needed escape from the real world. That is my reason for loving this series despite its many fault, and why I continue to love it. I am so sad to see this series come to an end.
What went wrong, and what went right.
Immortal Hearts didn’t have the momentum of previous books. Conflict in Immortal Hearts only lasted for a chapter (barely) before it was resolved. At times I felt like the author just gave up and decided to make all the bad characters good and let everyone have their happy ending just to get it over with; which is pretty much how the story went. A lot of the plot are candy bar scenes with mini surprises every once in awhile that weren’t really surprises. Despite how predictable the whole thing was I’m extremely glad I finally got to see the happily-ever-after of Alexander and Raven.
New York bestselling author, Ellen Schreiber wrote her first novel after reading a young adult novel on a plane ride to Los Angeles. First published in Europe, her books were then published by HarperCollins. Schreiber has been busy writing ever since—the Vampire Kisses series, Blood Relatives manga, Teenage Mermaid, and Comedy Girl .Find Ellen on: http://www.ellenschreiber.com/