Monday, January 11, 2010

Immortal by Gillian Shields

Sometimes I want to read a book that fits all of the clichés in a delightfully entertaining way. Immortal by Gillian Shields does just that, and I mean this as a compliment in every way. Immortal has all of the expected pieces of a teen gothic romance:
1) Set in a gothic mansion, turned all girls boarding school
2) Mansion happens to be on the Moors in northern England
3) The teachers at the school are creepy suspicious characters
4) The main character, Evie, is seeing things that aren’t really there (or are they?)
5) There is a very hot guy who falls instantly in love with our main character – but has a deadish air about him

I will admit – I was hooked. The novel follows Evie, a teenage girl who is stuck attending an exclusive boarding school as a scholarship student when her aging grandmother becomes too ill to care for her. From the moment Evie arrives she can tell something is not quite right with the school, which is pretty easy to do when the taxi driver refuses to drive onto the school grounds. From here the reader is quickly drawn into the mystery and suspense as Evie becomes quickly intertwined into the history of the area, and the witchcraft and magic that has taken place there.

I found Immortal to be a quick and entertaining read, and though it was totally predictable I was unable to put it down. I must admit that the ending did leave something to be desired . . . but I can forgive that and accept this novel as the entertaining read it is.

Look for Immortal at VBPL today. If you enjoy this genre you may also like Evermore by Alyson Noel.

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