- Page Count: 391
- Release Date: October 13, 2009
- My Rating: 1 star
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.
It seriously disturbs me how many YA books romanticize men who make you feel unsafe (and abusive & controlling relationships in general). All of these “he wants to kill me and scares me but also protects me so SWOON” books are getting out of control. Please say it with me: a guy who is tempted to kill you IS NOT ATTRACTIVE.
Like he’s not special for being able to kill you… your elderly neighbor could do the same. You can technically drown in a teaspoon of water, but you aren’t grateful every time you drink water and it helps you instead. Not killing you should be the expected norm.
This is like some bad Twilight spinoff with an even more pathetic main character who just doesn’t know what she wants. She flips back and forth between thinking Patch is a stalker who wants to kill her, but also being super drawn to him and thinking he could never hurt her… because she just looks at him and knows. (?!!!) She brushes aside all evidence that would draw the attention of any sane person and constantly writes herself off. But then she’s willing to jump to some pretty crazy conclusions and act on those, so I don’t even know what to do with this character. I would say half of her behavior is entirely out of character if I could get a grasp on what that even is.
Most of the story was just ridiculous. Like she goes to the biology teacher to request a new seating arrangement because Patch and his creepy comments/innuendo make her feel uncomfortable, so the teacher tells her to tutor him instead. And I’m sorry, but no high school biology class is going to teach kids about sex by assigning them the homework of “sleuthing”, hitting on each other & watching body language, and talking about what they look for in a potential mate.
The writing wasn’t the absolute worst thing I’ve ever read, so there’s that. But I really can’t believe I finished the book… I think I was just desperate for it to end up not being as bad as it seemed, but nope. It is.