Nothing makes a new school suck worse than discovering the guy you're in love with is your prophesied nemesis.
Ari's rules are simple; stay invisible, blend in with the crowd, and don't let anyone close. Experience taught her that, if nothing else.
She is an Edren who lives a double life; when she's not her people's Prodigy killing Carules for her grandfather, she's moving from school to school, boarding at places until she finds evidence of more young Carules. Then it's time to call in the calvary and move on to a new area.
Her newest boarding school in Utah tests her rules and expectations of others. Being invisible stops working. She starts making real friends. And Mr. Popular, aka the-Carules-Prodigy-meant-to-fight-her-to-the-death-called-Shane, is getting closer to pulling down her walls. But she doesn't know that it's happening, or that he's the possible prophecy to end the war. Until she does.
Too bad she had to find out that she loved him the same time he tried to kill her.
I loved this book before it even really started! Ari is such a strong and determined character, and although she was raised to kill at an early age and become the 'monster' everyone fears, in the end, it made her the person she is. Hard. Confident. A soldier.
She's a little guarded towards people due to the fact that the girls were mean and the boys were worse, so when she goes to the boarding school in Utah, she expects it to be the same; jealous girls and jerk-ish guys. The first girl she meets is Brittany, her unfortunate roommate, and Brittany is a major brat, but it's because she uses her crocodile tears on Ari to get her to help out with decorating a dance that she meets her two future bff's: Naveah and Livi. Naveah's a black girl and possibly the greatest supporter of this series, if not a great gal in general. XD She's confident, loud and fun. Then there's Livi, the shortest girl who bounces (yes, she literally bounces) with a lot of energy and smiles. She's gotta be the cutest little thing in here.
They befriend Ari despite her attempts to keep them at bay, which makes them such great friends. Charity, Shane's cousin, is a Seer and the third Musketeer to Ari's cherished gals. Hunter, Shane's Guard and best friend, is a giant mountain who growls more than he speaks, and he doesn't like Ari at first, mostly because Charity can't see her with her gift. He warms up to her after they bond over their mutual love of football.
The story is told in Ari and Shane's POV, so it's hilarious when Shane's comes up, because we see how popular he is, especially with the ladies. He's such a player! XD But don't worry, it doesn't come off as irritating. If anything, he smiles and maintains his 'niceness and politeness' towards the female population, making him even more desirable. Dude is tall with black hair and intense blue eyes, and a little lanky compared to Hunter the Hulk, which I think makes him a little hotter because he's not "perfect".
*Well, my type of perfect, anyway.*
So this is basically what happened: Ari was on a ladder helping Brittany and her two other to-be-bff's when Brittany heard Shane coming and decided to turn off the lights because she didn't want him to see that she'd been behind on her promise to do the dance's decorations. She's in 'love' with him, and even goes as far as to warn Ari off, though Ari could care less (another reason why this got to me so quickly!) When she did, Naveah accidentally hit the ladder, and Ari fell and lost consciousness (not to mention that the stupid ladder fell on her haha. Poor thing). That is how Shane, Hunter and Charity find her, and when the boys wondered as to why Charity, their Seer, hadn't warned them about this accident, she reveals that she hadn't seen it. And there's only one reason why a Seer can't see somebody; they can't see Prodigies.
This immediately makes Hunter suspicious, but Shane is dead set on their enemy being a guy. It's kinda sexist, true, but Ari wears a robe and a shroud that kinda abstracts her appearance, making it hard to figure out her identity. Charity befriends her, and before she knows it, she's got real friends. Ari can't believe that there are actually good, genuine people in the world, and it makes her yearn even more for a life as a Normal.
Ari's family is a little dysfunctional. Her grandfather, Richard, is just UGGHH. Her mother is a powerful woman but for some reason refuses to stand up for herself. Frank (I think that's his name? Idk, I don't like him) basically abuses the mom, which kinda keeps Ari from completely abandoning the stupid war and prophecy. And then there's William, her big brother, who left the war and joined the Renegades, Edren and Carules who want to live in peace together. William is her Guard like Hunter is to Shane, and he's one of the reasons as to why she doesn't trust her family anymore. See, when he was seen as a traitor against his own people for joining the Renegades, she was a little girl, and young enough to be brainwashed by her own grandparents. They made her forget she had a brother and sent her to kill him, because he was a powerful threat. She didn't kill him after he convinced her not to, and it was because she'd hesitated that some of the scared Renegades attacked her with their magic. They healed her, so she's okay, but after she realized what her grandparents had done, she never trusted them after that.
The whole story is cute and funny, and I think it's because she isn't so whiny or low on self-esteem that it makes it that much more enjoyable. I mean, yeah she's self conscious when it comes to thinking of herself as something better than a monster and a killer, and she isn't used to being nice to anyone not her brother, but that's what makes it great to read. You see her open up and witness great things like friendship and love. There's also a lot of funny stuff throughout the book, and a lot of 'oh my god' moments.
You're probably wondering why he attacked her (as mentioned in the beginning of the synopsis), and if he even knew it was her he attacked, since they're enemies. Well what'd happened was that after everything is good and done between them and theirs, Shane decides to capture his nemesis once and for all, so he sets up a trap. The trap is ruined, but he and Hunter see the Prodigy and send spells to kill 'him'. They do it a second after Charity screams, "No!" And by then, they see Ari's face. She's devestated that her friends would try to kill her, and traps them with wards before she runs away.
This is the only thing that bugged me. She's mad that they attacked her, but they didn't know it was her. How could she be mad at them for that? She gets over it, thank God, but.... well... You see, there's something wrong with Ari now. Ari has never been able to fully heal; no matter what the best healers did, they could never rightly heal her. And so, because of this, there's a part of Shane and Hunter's Kill Spell still inside of her, eating her alive. You can tell because Charity notices it and points out Ari's still ragged breathing.
Charity and Ari are taken after a Renegade member betrays them (they're not bad, it's just that their families are held hostage, so the traitor had no choice). Ari's tortured a little, but she's rescued, along with the traitor's family. A huge battle comes up after, but the bad guy gets away with Charity. :( Oh, and Ari's mom dies trying to save her children :(((. Will's alive, though! Along with the guys and others, so that's good. Richard, her grandfather, unfortunately, is also alive, as he'd escaped Ari when she's given the choice of killing him or saving her friends and brother.
I soooo look forward to the next book. There was rarely any stupid drama! And if there were, it was coming from Brittany or some other character I could care less about haha.
I highly recommend it. Ari's 17 and they're all seniors, so this is a YA, if the boarding schools didn't give it away.
Happy Reading :)