Title: Night Star
Series: The Immortals #5
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: MacMillan Childrens Books
Publication Date: 3 Mar 2011
Synopsis: From Goodreads (as this is book 5 in the series it contains spoilers for the previous books)
Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart—and she has just the ammunition to do it.
Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen—a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.
Now it’ll take everything she’s got—and bring out powers she never knew she had—to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?
I have deliberately chosen the long synopsis from Goodreads to get you up to speed with the story but to also explain why I am only doing a mini review of this book. As you can probably tell from the synopsis a lot of the questions relating to Ever and Damon's past history are revealed throughout this book.
Plot threads are nicely tied up, even if it was in a way I was not expecting at all. Characterisation went off the charts, all the key players are spotlighted, their strengths and weaknesses are revealed. Mistakes and regrets are scrutinised, not only by themselves but they are revealed to other people, making them more 'human' I would say. The only character I really had a problem with was Ever's Aunt Sabine, her treatment of Ever in this book and her prejudice towards psychics and alternative therapies was totally beyond me. She is a very intelligent and caring woman so I could not reconcile her treatment of Ever with the character I had built in my imagination.
Interactions lead to a deeper understanding of the people involved in the plot. Haven is totally kick-ass in a psychotic way, but even at her lowest there is always a glimmer of the insecure girl underneath. Miles also went up in my estimation 100%, I completely loved the direction his character undertook.
I honestly cannot go into detail about the storyline because so much comes together and yet even more is revealed opening up a new 'can of worms' so to speak.
What I will say is, if Ever annoys the hell out of you through this series then this book will make up for it in spades. Go read it NOW.