Where I got it: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (beautiful and shimmery I love it)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Every girl is secretly drawn to the beautiful bad boy. Why should Nora be any different? After Coach changes the seating arrangement in Biology Nora gets her own bad boy Patch to cuddle up with. Everyone seems to think that Patch is bad news, even Nora. So why can't she seems to stay away? Weird things keep happening to Nora that she can't seem to explain. She can't even bring herself to tell her best friend Vee about what's been going on. She seems to only be able to confide in Patch, even against her better judgment. When a new transfer student, Elliot, and his friend Jules befriend the girls even stranger things start to happen including them being attacked. When Nora pries into Elliot's past a little she finds out some things he definitely didn't want her to know. Is Patch the bad guy Nora and everyone thinks he is or is he the only one who can save them?
Though there were things I didn't like about this book, I was consumed by it. I loved the story and I loved pushing through the words to the end. Patch is the guy you fall in love with in books. He always looks like your perfect man, despite his actual appearance. While reading you sort of forget his rudeness and arrogance and just kind of get lost staring into his eyes (well, you know...). So it's hard not to love a character like that. However, one thing that did get me riled up is why Patch and Nora seemed to trust each other so much. I mean, a fallen angel is going to trust some mortal girl he knows next to nothing about? And Nora is going to trust this guy that gives her bad vibes, she will just go off alone with him no questions asked? That seemed weird and unrealistic, even with all those intense pheromone induced moments it seems they were still way too trustworthy. Patch was kind of rude and boyish for having been around so long, he really should have been more mature (I would assume) but boys will be boys I guess. Another thing I didn't get was how Nora stopped him from doing what he wanted to do(vague, but spoiler free), I mean what power does she have over him really? The ending was weird and out of character for the whole book. It was too froofy. I have hopes that the sequel will remedy this. The writing itself was very descriptive and enjoyable. It was like watching the movie while you read. All in all I recommend this to anyone who wants a good dark romance, even if the romance doesn't seem to really make sense. It was a really quick and exciting read. A great debut book, I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Crescendo.
"Chauncey was with a farmer's daughter on the grassy banks of 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 château."
"This whole night felt like a dark fairy tale I'd strayed into and couldn't find my way back out of. A fairy tale with fallen angels, human hybrids, and sacrificial killings."