Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Random House
How I Read It: Hard cover purchased by me.
Synopsis: Hell on earth.
That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
My Review: A couple of days before I finished this book, I had this idea in my head that I was going to write a heartfelt letter to Lucinda Price as my review, because she is just crazy and…she needs some guidance! Fortunately, it’s as though I did write that letter and Luce read it before the end of the book. Unfortunately, it took until the very last chapter for her to even start coming to her senses.
Luce embodies something I hate in a lot of fiction that covers romance – everything in her world is about the guys in her life. She still feels totally drawn to Daniel, only now she knows why. From nearly the first chapter, he tells her he’s got to deposit her at Shoreline for her protection while he takes care of some things. Luce takes the opportunity to get mad and immediately starts crushing on Miles, one of the Nephilim guys at her new school.
I completely understand Luce getting mad at Daniel for being deliberately vague with her about pretty much everything, my frustration starts with her seeming obsession with these guys and not trying to learn more about her past lives. Her entire life has changed in a matter of weeks, which would freak anyone out, and I just don’t understand her complete disregard for the instructions of everyone around her. I mean, if I had a group of angels all telling me the same thing, I hope I’d do more listening to them.
This guy obsession is such a bad message for the target audience of this book. It’s not just her interest, it’s this whole “omg I’m in love with Daniel for NO REASON I CAN THINK OF”, getting mad at him, but then continuing to be drawn to him and still not trying to learn more. I was likewise super interested in guys when I was in my teens, but it didn’t dominate my existence, and it shouldn’t for characters in YA books either.
The pacing in this book is good, but I didn’t really feel compelled to pick it up either. Like, I half wanted to finish it, but mostly because I wanted to just get it over with. This isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it just wasn’t the best either. I feel disappointed and somewhat let down by this one, and can only hope the next book is a huge improvement.
Read this book if: If you read the first one, and are curious about continuing, you might as well. If you’re a parent and your kid wants to read this, you might want to read it first in case you disagree with the message like I do.
My Rating: 3/5 – Two thumbs up, fine holiday fun! (this one was almost a 2.5, I debated hard with myself)