Goodreads Rating: 3.71 Stars
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2016
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Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She’s on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.
Quick Reasons: the insta-love is suffocating; their relationship is built on mistrust, manipulation, and lots of broken walls; I didn’t feel like the characters or their interactions were “realistic”; lots of grammatical issues, misspelled words, or missing words; sort of a 1-dimensional plot; all the men in this girl’s life are super macho jerks
Huge thanks to Christin Lee for granting me early access to this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
I’m going to be honest: I was not a fan of this book. Now, don’t go jumping to conclusions—this doesn’t mean that the read is in any way bad! I just mean that for me, personally, this book didn’t WORK. For several distinct reasons.
First, there were quite a large number of grammatical issues, misspellings, and missing words scattered throughout the text. Each of these effectively broke me out of the story and instead shoved me into “cringing editorial” mode. At times, I was so busy trying to ignore the grammar, I had trouble focusing on the story itself. It broke my enjoyment, unfortunately.
I also spent a majority of the book scoffing at the two main characters. There was a TON of cloying, suffocating insta-love happening between the both of them. Their relationship was built upon a foundation of mistrust and manipulation. I often found Lucas to be bordering on abusive—mostly emotionally, but also physically. Now, don’t get me wrong—I understand that apparently, this is how warriors in his species ALWAYS are. Emotionless. Filled with rage. Unpredictable and violent. But…it’s not something I like in my male characters. It reminds me too much of my own past. Being confronted with it in a book, and having the book continuously try to pass it off as “normal” and “romantic” just…. It puts me off. It puts me off, really quickly.
The other male characters in Kate’s life were JUST as manipulative. In fact, I was disgusted by pretty much all of them for a majority of this read—particularly Kate’s dad and supposed “best friend.” There was a lot of drama…but not the sort I like in a read. And at the end, I felt like there was SO MUCH focus on Kate and Lucas’s relationship that we didn’t really get to the actual point of the book. Yes, we’re told the pair are some sort of “special snowflake” duo, but…WHY? Kate has abilities? Okay, but I didn’t see them once during this book, save her awesome ability to remember literally everything. There were, in short, a lot of plot holes and missed opportunities.
Of course, this is all my own personal opinion. Like I said earlier, just because I didn’t enjoy this read, doesn’t mean you won’t. The action is decently paced, the world-building is there, and the characters have entertaining and endearing moments. If you are a fan of secret underground societies, “advanced” technologies, and star-crossed lovers, you should definitely give this read a shot! After all…you never know what you might miss out on.