This week I read ‘Immortal Ever After’ by Lynsay Sands. A highly amusing, modern supernatural romance, ‘Immortal Ever After’ zoomed by in a couple hours, because depictions of the day-to-day comings and goings of characters was pretty repetitive.
‘Immortal Ever After’ was built around hero Anders and heroine Valerie. Valerie is kidnapped by an evil, rogue immortal and is saved by Anders, the story’s hero and a good immortal. She stays with another immortal named Lucian and his wife Leigh, oblivious to the fact that they’re all supernatural creatures. The pack of immortals protects Valerie from the evil immortal who originally captured her. In the meantime, she falls in love with Anders and realizes he’s her soulmate.
Romances set in the modern day have the ability to make jabs at pop culture, and I appreciated ‘Immortal Ever After’ for its ability to include awkward comedy and banter. Historical romances, which I like more than romances set in the modern day, have a tendency to be humorless in order to avoid anachronisms.
The hero, Anders, had plenty of old-fashioned charm, but he wasn’t sexist or possessive about it. Plenty of supernatural romantic heroes are controlling or possessive (think Edward Cullen,) but Anders kind of let Valerie do her own thing. I appreciated Anders as a hero, but wasn’t really a fan of Anders and Valerie’s dynamic as a couple. Anders and Valerie fell in love because of some sort of supernatural magnetism, not because they got to know each other and form a substantial relationship. How can I project my own personality on the heroine and achieve catharsis when the relationship has no substance? Okay, I’m kidding. But I’ve seen supernatural couples done better in other books.
On top of the foundationless relationship, our hero and heroine ate, slept, talked and ate some more. Every meal was documented in extreme detail. I wish some of the immortal creatures had some sort of hobby to break up the eating and sleeping. Standing around and staring at each other doesn’t translate well to print. Knitting, anyone?
Despite its pitfalls, the concepts behind the immortal creatures were creative and explained entirely through dialogue about a third of the way through the book. Supposedly, ordinary humans were injected with nanos (this was never really explained) before the fall of Atlantis thousands of years ago. This made them immortal, but they had to maintain themselves by drinking blood, which made them more like vampires. They had fangs like vampires and also were sensitive to the sunlight. Every vampire romance is different, and it’s interesting to see how authors play around with the parameters of their fictional universe.
‘Immortal Ever After’ is good if you’re a supernatural romance fan. You also might like:
“Insatiable” and “Overbite” by Meg Cabot
The “House of Night” series by P.C. and Kristin Cast
“The Host” and the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer
“Kiss of Temptation” by Sandra Hill.