Star-crossed lovers, the ones who are never meant to be yet can never stay away from one another; Romeo and Juliet, Edward and Bella, now Luce and Daniel. This book captures young adult fantasy reader’s hearts in an instant with the tragic love story of the two main characters.
However, while the storyline of the lovers is nail biting and interesting, the book falls in certain aspects, confusing the reader mainly. The book follows a young woman named Luce who has been sent to a Reform school because of some horrific event which ended in the death of her crush from her previous school.
Luce has a dark secret which prevents her from telling the full truth about what happened on the night her crush died, and so without a convincing story, but with little evidence to prove that Luce is a killer the reform school is the answer to her parents fears and the court’s problems.
Besides the secrets Luce holds from everyone she loves Luce is a normal enough girl, until she sees the fellow reform student, Daniel. She has a distinct feeling that she has met this boy before, that she knows him. However, as she quests to find out the truth about Daniel and their possible past together the future of the world could be in jeopardy, especially if she discovers the truth.
The author, Lauren Kate is an extremely talented woman, who has created a beautiful love story and an amazing world where mortals and immortals live side by side, unknowing to the humans.
This book is beautifully written and the characters Kate has created are interesting, funny and dramatic in all the right ways. The only flaw with this book is that it is told from the point of view of Luce, who doesn’t know what’s going on in her life, or even what or who the people around her are. Because of this the reader is left as confused as Luce for the most part of this book, and with the end of the book does not come as many revelations as you would have hoped, and any which do come about are skimmed over and not explained.
As this book is the first in a series of four books it is understandable that Kate wanted to keep a few secrets and revelations for the reader, though she hints at too much and not enough is given by the end of the book. However, I will sincerely looking forward to reading the second book, as much as I had been looking forward to reading this first book (which was a lot).
The second book in the series is called ‘Torment’, again with a girl in a beautiful dress on the cover. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys the current trend of Young Adult Fantasy books.
The book is set to be released as a movie in 2014, which will send fans mad as the book has been a best seller. Check out the book trailer below, and definitely read the book!