While Immortal isn't the kind of book that surprise and blew me away, it was a pleasant, fast-paced read. Shields' writing is well-crafted and her gothic abbey boarding school setting, complete with ruins, was well-put-together and vividly imagined.
Evie is sent to boarding school when her grandmother becomes too ill to take care of her. From the beginning, Evie has a very "poor me," self-deprecating attitude. I found myself quite a bit annoyed with her at the beginning because I felt like she didn't really even attempt to make herself at home at the school. Her "whiny" nature made it difficult for me to connect with her as a reader/friend/acquaintance.
Evie's instant and immensely strong bond with Sebastian also through me for a bit of a loop. Where Evie is whiny, Sebastian is the epitome of teenage boy angst. The two of them together made sense only in so much as they could wallow together. The reader sees very little in the way of relationship development and a solid reason for the strong connection between the two. (And I say these things as a reader who generally accepts the whole "insta-love" thing pretty darn well.) I just couldn't figure out why Evie was so determined to be with Sebastian.
Overall, the redeeming quality in this book truly is the pacing. The story moves along at a quick pace and keeps the reader engaged. It was easy to read the book via HarperTeen's "Browse Inside" feature during work breaks and such. I liked the magical element to the story and the way that it wove together the past and present. Agnus' journal entries were also a welcome addition to weave together the past and present and help the reader begin to piece things together. I did like this one enough that I've checked out the second book from the library in hopes that Evie steps up a bit!
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