Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

Title: Dark Flame (The Immortals, #4)
Author: Alyson Noel
Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: October 22, 2010
In Alyson Noël’s most darkly seductive Immortals novel yet, Ever fights for control of her body, her soul — and the timeless true love she’s been chasing for centuries.

Ever is trying to help Haven make the 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. But Ever's struggle to keep the Immortals hidden 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: Just want to give a heads up that this review contains spoilers and might not be a good idea to read if you're a fan of this book.

This is what I think about you, Ever Bloom:

In Shadowland, Ever tried to use magick to bind the evil, immortal rouge Roman to herself so that she could have control over him. But since she's horrible at following instructions and loves to do things her way, she screwed up the magick and she ended up being bound to Roman instead. So in Dark Flame, we find out that the binding spell (and apparently her dark shadow side) has caused Ever to have forbidden thoughts and dreams about Roman. Basically, she is obsessed and wants to have sex with him.

Throughout the entire book, Ever seriously kept making STUPID decisions! Every. Single. Time! And throughout most of the book, she was either trying to break the binding spell or trying to stay away from Roman. She failed on both things, of course. When she asked for help/advice, she continuously would NOT follow the steps given to her exactly, and then she would blame the person, who gave her the advice, for it not working properly! With Roman, she couldn't stop herself from going to him, even when Damen or Jude were around ((that was actually pretty hilarious)). She almost lost her virginity to Roman. Seriously, she was this close.

The one person she never asked for help from was Damen. It wasn't only because the magick spell wouldn't allow her to say anything to him, but Ever believed that if she told him what was going on he would finally lose patience with her and blahwahhwahh. She was wrong though. I wish she wasn't. Damen let her get away with everything! He never pushed answers out of her, and when she finally did admit that she was in some shit, he was all like, 'It's okay, Ever. I still love you.' WTH. Take control, old man! (I guess that's why he was barely in the book!)

In the end, Ever got over her Roman obsession with the help of meditation stuff and maybe some other things that made no sense to me. She also managed to convince Roman to give up the antidote ((the antidote that would allow Ever/Damen to FINALLY touch each other again & to FINALLY have sex)), but only after she showed Roman where Drina was at. Not surprisingly, it did not work. Because Jude came in the room, thought Roman was taking advantage of Ever, and killed Roman, hitting the charka spot located over the same area on Roman's shirt where Roman kept the antidote, which broke the glass vial & caused the antidote to spill out. So nope, Ever and Damen still can't have hot smex. *rolls eyes*

Other things that happened:
  • Ever kept mentioning that Jude makes her calm, while Damen gives her tingle and heat. Claims she only loves Damen.
  • Haven, the attention-whore, seems to have strong immortal powers. She hates Ever. Especially after Roman was killed because Haven was in love with him. So she's most likely going to be the villian in the next book. No surprise there.
  • Ava is the reincarnation of the twins' aunt. Who cares. And who cares about the other non-immortals.
  • Ever took Jude to Summerland. Jude went to the Great Halls of Learning and found out everything about his past. Jude makes up his mind that he isn't giving up on Ever this time.

There was just too much stuff I didn't like in this book. And I can't say I can recommend it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


  1. Oh my God! Thank God I stopped reading this series after book 2. I don't even know how you finished it. Awesome review. Hide your kids, hide your wife! :D

    1. And hide your husband! Lmao

      I can't believe I finished this either... It gave me a headache. I enjoyed the first book, but it just went downhill from there. :/


  2. I skimmed your review since i haven't read this series, but I don't think I want to read it now :/ I did try the first book but honestly, it was so boring :( Thanks for the honest review!

    1. Don't worry, you're not missing out because the series does not improve. :/
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Whoa. Alexa, tell us how you REALLY feel. Lmao! This series was a clusterf*ck of wrong. I flounced on it after a book or so. I can't even remember now. Her new series isn't that great either.

    1. I think this was the first negative review I ever wrote. Lol
      Yep...this series was just bad. And I read the first book of her new series as well, and I completely agree with you.