Hardcover, 452 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Random House Children's Books
(first published January 9th 2010)
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 rating: 2 stars of 5
Annoying. . . .
I'm going to be honest here. I thought this book was extremely boring and annoying.
I thought I was really going to enjoy this series. I guess I'm a little annoyed with the new facination of angels that everyone seems to have now. Everyone went through the witches stage and thought that everyone needed to have magical powers then the vampires came along and everyone played the human girl + vampire boy = love and blood and then werewolves and then angels. Sometimes books have all of those put together for one huge confused and screwed up story!
Now, I don't mind this new facination with angels. I think they're kind of cool. If only there were major female ass-kicking involved, it would be better but, to be honest, this book and the Hush, Hush series tangled up in my mind together way too often and I began not to like this book.
To the point? Luce is shipped off to a new school while Daniel does top secret things. Daniel asks Luce to stay on school grounds. This obviously means she's not going to. When she starts to veer off with her new friends, Cam, her "nemisis" is around and shoots and kills someone that is hunting Luce, an Outcast. Everything is trying to get to Luce because of a bargain that was made. Daniel is hiding things and Luce isn't sure why Cam is siding with Daniel when they're supposed to be enemies.
Luce finds out a little more about her past and also starts to develop feelings for a new guy, Miles.
Alrighty tighty, the no sugar added part!
I really didn't like this book. Luce and Daniel argued a lot and it seemed like they were never ever going to just sit there and be happy for once! I was glad that Lauren Kate decided to be slightly realistic and let Luce wonder about her future with Daniel. Let her question her future, that is. I didn't like the concept, I'm bored with the past lives and Daniel seems a little controlling and weird. Miles, the new character, I LOVE! Overall, I think this book had some kind of direction, I just got bored reading it, I couldn't really find it. I'm getting tired of all the books where the boyfriend is always lying to his girlfriend. I don't know if that is supposed to be suspenseful, I just find it stupid.
I don't think I'd reccomend this series, honestly. I'm almost positive that the next book is going to be all about a new love triangle. I just wish authors could write a good book/series without thinking that a love triangle is going to be the part that makes it a best seller or something.
JD Robb's In Death series is a good example. Amazing series, no love triangle, and can continue the series without the unwanted romance and the whole "picking sides" and "team" things (Thank you, Twilight) that always seems to happen in love-triangle-books-series.
Final word: This book was just OK.