My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a tough review for me as I'm currently sitting on the fence about a few issues with this book. Firstly, here's the ...
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
So. Firstly I liked Nora. She's a well grounded, inquisitive sixteen year old. Her friend Vee is a little OTT with all the sexual innuendo. Certainly if she was my friend I'd be telling her to shut up and accept me as I am. Vee Sky acts a little bit manipulative on occassions which I didn't think a best friend would really do. She certainly didn't treat Nora's opinion with grace.
Patch, as a leading male, is who I'm on the fence about. I've read a few reviews and LOTS of reviews gush about him. But I think he's a little bit too manipulative also. For most of the book I couldn't work out (through the authors descriptive writing) whether he was a good guy or bad guy. The switching of minds and opinions really through me. Even at the end I wasn't sure what EXACTLY was going on. So it troubles me that Nora could fall for a guy who chased her around a car in the car park, and then was rough with her at the motel. That kind of roughness doesn't sit well with me, nor should it have a place in a Young Adult book unless it holds a deeper warning for teenagers.
There were lots of religious references which didn't really come to much. But the actual Prologue and development of the story didn't really materialise until the end which I think could have been utilised more during the filler part of the story.
I'm giving this book a 4 but I think it's really a 3.5. There were a few unanswered questions that have been left hanging and I'm fine with that. But what really let this book down was the ending. To gloss over the whole 'what happened' when she finds herself back in her bedroom took away the whole flow of what could have been a gripping finale. Shame.
I'm reading Crescendo now. Review will be soon!
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