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Author: Lauren Kate
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 452
First Line: "Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape."
Summary: 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 Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, and the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move.

Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce -- he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Source: Back of book

Review: Once again, very Twilight-esque. Not particularly well-written, Lauren Kate's book abandons characters only to pick them up again and remind the reader when it's convenient for the plot. One particularly engaging character was dropped for several chapters before appearing again. Motives were mixed and unclear and the plot was generally hard to follow. I felt like something was missing at the end and was fairly confused. Maybe this is just a way to get people to buy the second book? Because I'm not sure if it's worth it for any other reason.

Worst part: It was totally confusing, especially toward the end.

Best part: Having a regular name for a supernatural character was a breath of fresh air.

Grade: D+

Other Books by This Author: The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove.

28 / 50 books. 56% done!

Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Year of Publication: 2009
Genre: YA, fantasy
Pages: 391
First Line: "Chauncey was with a farmer's daughter on the grassy banks for the Loire River when the storm rolled in, and having let his gelding wander in the meadow, was left to his own two feet to carry him back to the chateau."
Summary: 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 who have fallen -- and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
Source: Back of book

Review: Why, Stephenie Meyer -- I didn't realize you also wrote under the pen name of Becca Fitzpatrick! Seriously, this is just Twilight with angels standing in for vampires. The two meet in a bio class, Patch tells Nora he's dangerous, he sends mixed signals. . .Nora is a moron, you get the picture. Patch is, for the most part, a jerk, but has his saccharine sweet moments, but it's still not original. The writing isn't awful but gets tedious. There will be, according to the back of the book (or the Internet?) a sequel, which I may or may not read. If I do, it's only for further comparison to Meyer. Probably not worth the time if you didn't like Twilight.

Worst part: The total lack of originality. So many things paralleled Meyer's stuff.

Best part: I liked Patch's name. And his Irish friend was pretty awesome. And I guess the whole pool thing was nice, 'cause I like pool.

Grade: D+

Other Books by This Author: None.

27 / 50 books. 54% done!
Tags: category: young adult, genre: fantasy, genre: fiction, genre: romance, review, series: twilight, xxx author last name: a-h, xxx author last name: i-q

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