- Page Count: 335
- Release Date: May 8, 2012
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
It’s like Twilight but a bit better?
The writing was so good that it saved this story from blending into the countless other YA books about inhuman teenage guys who look like models but are assholes to the main character in order to protect their attractive family’s identity. The plot was a bit predictable, but I don’t think anyone’s reading this for a super complex story.
It was a really easy read and I didn’t have a problem with most of the cliche scenarios that are usually in these types of stories. Katy wasn’t a pushover at all and had an actual personality, hobbies, and self-respect. Her friendship with Dee was adorable and they totally passed the Bechdel test. Her mother wasn’t entirely incompetent and had a legitimate reason for not being in most of the book. And Daemon was a complete jerk, but at least didn’t cross the line into any outright abusive behavior.
At least Katy’s attraction to Daemon wasn’t built off the fact that he’s super threatening and could easily kill her, but decides to protect her instead (like Patch in Hush, Hush). So… is it sad that I’m actually giving a book extra stars for that at this point??
But Daemon spent way too much of the story being an asshole without many redeeming scenes… like there just wasn’t enough there for me to like in the end. I know that that their “hatred” creates tension and blah blah, but eventually I just stopped caring. The main thing that saved the story for me was Katy having enough self-respect to not accept his horrible behavior.
This was a pretty funny, light read and definitely one of the better books in its genre. I mean, I wasn’t terribly into Daemon or the relationship, yet was still invested enough to finish the whole story because of the solid execution. (Also, I typically lower my expectations when I go into these YA paranormal type romances that try to romanticize dangerous guys, so maybe take that into account).
Note: I was NOT a fan of the sequel and ended up not finishing it. Daemon’s behavior is absurd. I won’t be posting a full review on my blog, but here’s my Goodreads review.