Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

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Book 4 (Book 1: Evermore, Book 2: Blue Moon, Book 3: Shadowland)

Novel Summation:

Ever is trying to help Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat-exposing their secret world to the outside. As Ever struggles to keep the Immortals hidden, it only propels Haven closer to the enemy-Roman and his evil companions. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman-and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state.and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender. Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself-and her future with Damen.

My Thoughts:

(Spoiler) This book is slightly less depressing than the previous one, it is still full of pessimism. At the end of last book Ever made the choice to save Haven’s life and made her immortal. Despite all of Ever’s warnings Haven doesn’t really listen to her. Haven spends much of the book hanging out with Roman and ignoring what Ever said. I find Haven’s character to be really annoying. She is way too hard-headed, doesn’t listen to any one, and she is very immature. Haven makes a good point about Ever though. Ever never seems to be able to enjoy her immortal life, she doesn’t take the time to do so. She is constantly worried about what is wrong and such. The other friend Miles heads off to Italy where by the end of the book he makes a startling discovery thanks to Roman about Damen. Roman doesn’t spend too much time doing anything. The book consisted of Ever trying to break her binding spell that bound her to Roman. So throughout the book Ever struggles with resisting Roman and ultimately her darker side. The rest of Roman’s rogue immortals don’t really make any  impact what so ever in this book. Damen continues to be the ever-loving boyfriend who is always eager to forgive Ever. I think he needs to establish some tough love. The sea green-eyed, dreadlocks, magick using Jude becomes more involved with the world surrounding the immortals and eventually becomes a part of it (but relax he doesn’t become an immortal). He learns of his past lives as Ever’s one time loves. Which I think is only fair. Damen hasn’t really been playing fair with all his knowledge while Jude has to fight for Ever’s love as best as he can. This everlasting love triangle seems to be heating up by the end of the book. By the end of the book Sabine learns of Ever’s psychic readings as Avalon. The book ends with Ever learning to not be so negative all the time (finally), Ever and Damen’s problem of not being able to touch is still not resolved, someone loses their life, and Haven makes a vow to hate and ruin Ever’s life. I would recommend this book to those who have enjoyed the series and want to know where it will lead.

Future Book:

The next book is called Night Star coming out in Winter 2010.

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