Published by HarperTeen on Dec 28, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Ellie was never particularly good at talking to boys—or anyone other than her best friend and fellow outcast, Ruth. Then she met Michael.
Michael is handsome, charming, sweet. And totally into Ellie. It’s no wonder she is instantly drawn to him. But Michael has a secret. And he knows Ellie is hiding something, too. They’ve both discovered they have powers beyond their imagining. Powers that are otherworldly.
Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way... together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.
This book felt like one big YA paranormal cliche. Ellie is a loner until she meets Michael, who is the hot new guy at school. He has a secret that Ellie shares too. Ellie’s parents know something, but they’re keeping it from Ellie “for her own good”, and now their refusal to share puts Ellie in danger with a big bad guy after her. And so on.
I almost felt like I didn’t need to read to the end to know what happens. But I did read the whole book, if only because it was short and moved quickly. By the time I considered DNFing it, I was almost done. The book that is, not the story, because this is definitely not a one book story.
Overall, I didn’t feel like there was anything original or particularly intriguing about this book. I did enjoy the explanation of vampire mythology and origins, but that’s about it. And that wasn’t even a big part of the story, more like an aside when a break was needed from the action. This book obviously wasn’t for me, but cliches are popular for a reason, so I’m sure this book would appeal to some younger YA readers.