The story begins with a 17-year-old girl: Sophie. She is moving (again) to a small town in Connecticut with her father who is a Pastor. Sophie lost her Mom and she has a feeling that her death was all wrong, that something else happened, therefore she’s immersed in a world of doubt. She is also experiencing weird feelings, visions, senses, etc. She cannot seem to get a grip and doesn’t understand what is happening around her. Hence the crazy feelings she perceives when she sees Michael for the first time. Michael is a Guardian and he is not supposed to feel drawn to a human, ever!
This book had so many layers, and so much explaining to do in order to build the world surrounding the story, that it felt slow during the first half. We had to go through different POV’s and first/third person narrative. All characters are well built and I really liked how they all acted their ages and spoke as teens. Sometimes YA books tend to have unrealistic dialogue, but Lori nailed it! The scenes between friends were funny, witty and I loved the banter between everyone.
Sophie was a strong character, I really liked her inner thoughts the good, the bad, the confusing and the hilarious remarks. Michael, well… what can I say, he was just adorable; he had this sultry broody self and this sweet soft side, which we eventually get to see. He struggles with the feelings since they are so wrong for him and his family.
Dante… I will not talk about Dante because I was also rooting for him in some parts, He was bad, but also dominated by obsession… and oh so sexy! I can’t say more because it will spoil the story.
There is one thing I have to say, and it will sound harsh, but maybe since the book is YA I totally get it, but either way I have to express it: There were many, many, clichés. I couldn’t stop scowling every time I found a heavy similarity to other books out there… you know those with bad boy angels and sparkly vamps. Let us say the… brothers that don’t date anyone, mysterious. The partnering in class to justify characters spending time together. The “stay away from me”, “your eyes are changing color” and after that the male lead storms off. Brothers telling he stay away from her, she’s bad for you, etc. I could go on… I know there has to be a way to set these things aside and find something a little more original and less clichéd.
Another thing I found both remarkable and over the top were descriptions. The writing style is superb, don’t get me wrong but, I felt there were too many descriptive comparisons throughout the book. Every time Sophie or the others were feeling something or describing things some comparison or metaphor is inserted and I don’t believe there are necessary all the time…. Just saying it all goes down to writing style. But first person POV’s are supposed to be a dive-in the characters head and the mind isn’t that lyrical.
Anyway.. Events unfold, some questions are answered with a creative twist; some things are still not revealed nonetheless, at least we don’t have a nerve racking I-want-to-stalk-the-author cliffhanger!
I strongly recommend this book if you are looking for a well-developed paranormal/romance YA read!– Can’t wait for the next one!