Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the amazing books I’ve read this week, or this book really was just bad. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and found them either irritating (Luce and Daniel) or dull (Cam and Penn). I thought the reform school scenario was an interesting change of setting from other YA paranormal romances, but unfortunately it didn’t add much to the story. This was less of a love story and more of a tale of a disturbed girl obsessing over a guy who was extremely rude to her straight off the bat, while leading on the boring, cute, nice guy. Oh, and she sees shadows which make bad things happen.
I found my eyes glazing over and my brain turning to mush as I read this. But again I think this may have more to do with it not holding up to the other books I’ve been reading. I didn’t want to finish it, but I’m of the mind “it might get better.” It did…a little.
One last note: A greater, cosmic, soul-mate connection does not make up for lack of chemistry! I saw nothing that drew Luce and Daniel together, but rather Daniel just tells Luce that they’re drawn together and always immediately fall in love. So if Daniel says so, it must be so. Free will be damned!
Book Review: Introducing the book
I have been waiting all year for and quite frankly I was disappointed. I
waited all year for this "ultimate love story" to be disturbed that I
did not like it. This book is great, don't get me wrong, but I am the
type of person who gets bored very easily and this story went on too
slowly for me. Daniel and Luce are hardly ever together, although it was
like a "New Moon" not together. Daniel stays away to protect Luce. It
seems like the story focuses more on her time at the school and her
friends and not her love for Daniel. It sounds like in the story that
Luce is a stupid, lovesick girl and being in love makes you stupid, but
this was too much. I would have thought will Luce seeing those shadows
she wouldn't be so dependent. Since it is a series I was thinking that
Lauren will make Luce mature more and not make her seem like a little
girl. This is just the beginning for the series, so hopefully in the
next book, Torment, out in September 2010 will be more focused on Luce
and Daniel and not Luce and her friends. It seems like the next book
will also be continuing a Daniel-Luce-Cam love triangle. Since this book
moves slowly it might be read every once in a while, but I will hold
out for the next book before I go making assumptions about the whole
series. But maybe the reaction I had was what Lauren was going for
because now I can't wait to buy the next book so I can find out whether
things will get better. Even if I didn't like this book as much as I
would have like to, as long as Lauren continues making the books so long
and make them have such pretty covers, I will be satisfied. I
desperately need something to fill my time in my boring English class.
Go out and cop this book, people because if it's one thing I know it is
that not everyone sees the glass half empty.