Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Genre: Young-Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Publication Date: December 8, 2009
Age Range: Young-Adult
Date Scoot Read: August 2010
Scoot's Rating: 3- Didn’t like it.
Synopsis (via Goodreads): There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
The prologue of this book starts out strong, but it all goes downhill from there. I could not wait for this book to end. Is that horrible of me? Perhaps. The main character, Luce, was a constant frustration. Some of her thoughts or spoken statements made me cringe, or say ‘seriously?’ on multiple occasions. She was obsessed, basically out of nowhere, over Daniel . The characters were over-the-top dramatic and unrealistic feeling. I could never seem to connect or feel the truth of their statements. In addition, the story seemed to jump around too much, or would intentionally leave the reader with unanswered questions – and not in the way that keeps you coming back for more. The dark elements and ‘epic battle’ of the book were present, but existed with no clear description or clarification. A generally frustrating and boring read. I hung on hoping for more, but it never occurred. On the bright side the book cover is amazing! Lovely.