3 stars · fiction · paranormal · romance · series · young adult

Shadowland by Alyson Noel


Author: Alyson Noel

Pages: [hardcover] 339

Book #3 in The Immortals series
Book 2: Blue Moon

Favorite Characters: Ever & Paul

Memorable Quote: So you’ve made a friend. How sad for them.


Enter the realm of the Immortals—the #1 New York Times bestselling series that’s been acclaimed as breathtaking, mesmerizing, flawless and extraordinary.


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 Damen…one 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 talents and a mysterious past.  She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate 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…


Oh, boy. I really don’t know what to think about this book. Because I’ve grown to love this series, wanting to desperately know what’s going to happen with Damon and Ever. I already have the next book sitting on my TBR pile. And while Shadowland doesn’t make me regret getting into the series, it’s definitely giving me doubts as to where this is going. While there were some good points to the story, I feel like nothing actually happened the entire time. Things were hinted to that might hold significance in the future, but they don’t make anything interesting now. There were long stretches of no action, just weak plot building, with some character decisions that made no sense.

I loved the introduction of Jude, who definitely made everything brighter for a while, because of his new importance. Yet his entire relationship with Ever barely registered with me, and she seemed to do some completely stupid things while claiming she wanted nothing to do with him.

On the other hand, Roman definitely fell flat. All of that ‘I don’t need to do anything, you’re already doing what I want you to do’ attitude may be creepy, but it takes away from the suspense. The action. The what-could-possibly-happen-next. He was just . . . boring. As the main villain, that’s something you never want. Fear, not indifference.

This book seemed like build up for later in the series. Nothing of real significance happened except for a smattering of incidents, and the entire novel could have been a lot shorter. If some pages were taken out, it probably would have been better. I’ll still keeping reading the Immortals series, but I need to regain my enthusiasm. Here’s hoping Dark Flame will be amazing. I give Shadowland 3/5 stars.


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