Alyson Noël has done it again with Night Star. The latest and second-to-last installment of The Immortals is filled with intrigue, drama and a very dangerous Haven. And in true Noël fashion, this novel is also filled with the ‘positive thinking’ lessons that permeate the rest of The Immortals novels, something she manages to achieve without becoming preachy at all.
The previous novel, Dark Flame, left Ever with a destroyed antidote (the one which will allow her and Damen to really touch), her only hope- Roman- dead and a livid Haven pledging to ‘ruin’ her in revenge. In Night Star, Ever is fully prepared to take on her fellow immortal and ex-best friend, ready to banish her to the Shadowland if necessary, but willing to do anything to avoid it. But as Haven gets more and more out of control, the chances of saving her life grow slimmer by the second.
Haven, however, is not Ever’s only problem. Sabine, Ever’s aunt and guardian, refuses to accept that Ever is really psychic, calling her troubled and needy instead and becomes imposing and intolerant. And there’s also Damen, and his annoying penchant for keeping secrets from Ever—which, when she finds them out, makes her doubt their love yet again. Oh, and there’s still the little problem of the lost antidote.
Noël’s novel moves quickly, getting started right away and not letting up even for one second until we’ve reached the end. Through twists and turns and irritating moments that make you want to shout at the character, through nerve-wracking sequences when you can’t wait to get to the end, Noël comes through shiningly. The characters all take on amplified qualities, like Sabine becomes stricter than ever and Miles—such a great guy—being such an accepting, true friend that it’s impossible to love him, yet they remain true to the way they were first introduced to us in Evermore.
The true magic of the story, though, is not so much in the plot and the amazing characters within it. The true magic is the positive outlook, and the way these novels can just leave the reader feeling refreshed and like they learned something. Without being preachy, without sounding like a self-help book, Noël touches on the acceptance of death, the dangers of anger, and, once again, the power of positive thinking. And whether its Haven spiraling out of control, the twins finally making their way back into Summerland, or Ever finally overcoming her weakness, the message comes through loud and clear—it’s all about acceptance and facing life in a positive way.
If you haven’t bought this yet, go get it right away!