Published by Simon & Schuster (10.13.2009)
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 391 pages
Source: I own it
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Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora 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 seems 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 way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she 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 Nora her life.
Nora is a solid lead. She’s not particularly impressive, but she knows right from wrong and she’s a great friend. She’s pretty average. Not badass, but not too weak.
Patch. Ohh, Patch. Infuriating, incorrigible, arrogant asshat. I loved him! Haha. Sure, he was a rather creepy at times. And a bit domineering. Ok, and maybe his motives were questionable. But there were reasons for acting the way he did, and when it came down to it, he was there for Nora when she needed him.
“If I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.”
The romance was wonderful because it moved fairly slow. Even though Patch is sexy, Nora fought his advances and gave him the cold shoulder at first. I love that there was no instalove (unlike some others where the girl is like, ‘Ohhh you’re so sexy, I love you, have my babies!!!’ in the first week. Ugh).
I also loved Vee. She’s funny and quirky, and I would love to have her as a friend in real life. Her color ‘diet’ cracked me up! She had her idiotic moments, but all in all she was a great best friend for Nora.
The plot was fabulous. There are scary things happening, and Nora can’t pinpoint where – or who – they’re coming from. You don’t know who to trust, and it’s hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys. Then there’s this lovely twist at the end that (the first time I read it, anyway) I never saw coming. It’s brilliant!
I love the ending. Nora’s choice, and Patch’s….ahhh! ♥
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5