This is a review on… Shadowland by Alyson Noël
Warnings: Spoiler (and I spill the ending); lots of angry thoughts/feelings about this book.
Shadowland is the third book in the Immortals series, and it picks right up where Blue Moon off: With Damen and Ever unable to touch. Despite Ever’s mistake, Damen doesn’t leave her. He thinks the curse is his karma for being greedy centuries ago and enjoying the good life; Ever says that’s ridiculous and that she’s the one at fault. There’s an antidote and Roman has it, but, being the series’s antagonist, he won’t give it to them unless he gets something in return. Damen warns Ever to steer clear from Roman, so she refuses to make any deals with him.
Damen and Ever go to Summerland where Damen reveals that Summerland has a dark side. To prove that Summerland is not all light, Damen talks about the Shadowland, which is their future if they should die. Shadowland, the home for the lost souls, is described as the exact opposite of Summerland: Cold dark confusion. And if they die, they’ll never get to be together. Damen explains that since their bodies are immortal but their souls are not, if they should die they don’t get to spend eternity in Summerland or cross the bridge. Shocked, Ever realizes Shadowland is where she sent Drina when she killed her back in Evermore.
Thanks to Ever’s mistake from Blue Moon, Romy and Rayne are stuck on Earth. They’re scared and they want to get back to Summerland, especially Rayne, the negative-thinking twin who never liked Ever to begin with. And by the end of the book, they’re still here, and in Rayne’s case, still mad at Ever. But they still help her. Why? Because it’s their destiny to help her, and they’re doing it as a favor to Damen.
Meanwhile, Ever’s aunt Sabine insists Ever gets a job. Ever is less than happy about this, particularly because she didn’t see it coming, and she wants to have a stress-free summer before her senior-year of high-school. Nevertheless, she goes job-hunting and gets hired at this store called Mystics and Moonbeams, the store where Ava worked. A teenage surfer named Jude Knight (more on him later) is the grandson of the owner, Lina, and is looking after the store while she’s on vacation.
Jude Knight is described as a green-eyed, golden-haired boy who has magical talents and a mysterious past. When she first meets him, Ever mentions that he looks vaguely familiar. Jude was in Ever’s past lives, always there for her, and he has a thing for her. Think Jacob from Twilight. (I’m not trying to compare The Immortals to Twilight, but Jude Knight really reminds me of Jacob Black).
I hated the ending of this book. Haven was dying, and Roman promised to give Ever and Damen the antidote if she let Haven die. Damen said Ever couldn’t save her, not after experiencing the Shadowland. Unfortunately, Ever doesn’t listen to Damen; she listens to Roman. Which was a bad choice, because the last time she listened to Roman the price was being unable to touch Damen back in Blue Moon. So now Haven’s immortal.
It’s hard for me to say what I like about this book, because it is my least favorite in the series. Ever’s character has gotten nowhere, though she’s almost seventeen; she hasn’t matured, grown up or learned from her mistakes in any way. She’s changed but for the worse. Jude is only going to complicate things and I don’t like him because he’s friends with Roman. It seems like the only main character with any sense in Shadowland is Damen. But what Ever do? She listens to the enemy!
And throughout her countless mistakes, Damen doesn’t leave her; he keeps telling her everything will be okay. Damen never tells Ever when she makes a mistake and what she could’ve done better. He gives her a boost of confidence that, to me, is fake. Sometimes it seems like Damen is encouraging Ever’s mistakes. Yet he won’t leave her when she screws up big-time because it’s their damn destiny to be together. Destiny is a major theme in these books and sometimes it gets so annoying.
I’m liking Ever less and less these days. She seems so far away from the likable sixteen-year-old girl I first met in Evermore. Ever’s intentions are good, but sometimes that’s not enough. What I’ve learned from Shadowland is that it’s okay to be a jerk and screw everything up big-time, as long as your intentions were good. And that’s not true. It doesn’t matter if you had good intentions; when you make a mistake, you’re supposed to own up to it, apolgize to those you hurt, fix it, learn from it, and move on.
Not once in this book does Ever own up to a mistake (and there are plenty she made), not once does she apologize to Romy and Rayne or Damen (those who deserve apologizes), and not once does she offer to help fix it or learn from a mistake. She just skips to the fifth and last step: Moving on. She simply leaves the mistakes for others to fix, particularly Damen.
If Ever can see everyone’s energies, then shouldn’t it be easy for her to tell good from evil? Shouldn’t she see if a person’s intentions are good or bad? She misjudges everyone. Either Ever never listens to anyone or she listens to the wrong person every single time.
In Shadowland, it seemed like everyone with good intentions Ever wrote off as evil and automatically didn’t trust; and everyone with bad intentions she wrote off as good and automatically trusted them. She’s always trusting the wrong people and then she blames others when things go bad. She never blames herself. She’s too naive and slightly selfish.
Because of the lack of character development for Ever, her dumb choices, and her shallowness, I won’t be continuing with this series.