There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch everyone.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce - he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret... even if it kills her.
This is a YA novel about two lovers who are damned to lose each other every time they get too close in love. Daniel is an angel who never dies, but Luce gets reincarnated every seventeen years and somehow always finds him, no matter how far he travels to get away from her.
In the beginning it was fascinating and a little suspenseful for me. Luce has to go to a reform school with other troubled teens because she's suspected to have set this boy on fire when they were alone at a party. And on top of that, she has a record of being 'crazy' because of the shadows that's been haunting her for as long as she can remember. She started off as an interesting and pretty cool chick in a shitty situation, but when she met Daniel- who, by the way, smiled at her and then flipped her off -she kept going back to him. No matter how many times he shot her down or hurt her pride, she just couldn't stop thinking about him.
Now, I get it. Their souls are in love and thus will always be attracted to each other- but there's a line that Luce crossed for me. Why? Cause there's a difference between getting magnetized to a guy and not respecting yourself enough to know when to just stop. She could've loved herself enough to handle the situations with Danny Boy a little better, or at least known when she was throwing herself at him. Come on, Luce, doing the same thing over and over again doesn't mean you'll get a different reaction. It just makes it slightly annoying.
And Daniel. All your ways of shooting her down were a little childish, don't you think? I get that you're keeping her from learning the truth (which usually kills her and gets her reincarnated again) but you should've just ignored her completely or told it to her straight, like, "Stay the hell away from me." Don't kick her, and then give in and try to make her all better when something happens. Because then you just look like an indecisive asshole. Handle it better, guys.
So then there's this other side of the book, the side that's all romance and heartache. Daniel and Cam both capture her attention, so it's normal to wanna scope out both options. But if you're going to pine all over Daniel and admit that you feel this thing that always pulls you over to him, stop doing shit with Cam! If you feel weird about him giving you a necklace of a creepy-ass thing you cannot stand (see snake), tell him you don't want it. If he changes plans on you and sends a car to take you out of school, follow through with your gut and get the hell out of there. Don't go in the frickin car and then proceed to let him think you're into him! Nothing bugs me more than a girl thinking one thing while doing the other. Even insane people have better sense.
Thankfully, there were other things that made it better. Like Penn, one of Luce's friends, who's got a sensible head on her shoulders. And Arriane, my favorite gal, who tells it like it is and acts crazy but is really just a fallen angel helping out Daniel. I love that there are other fallens in the school. Arriane, Gabbe, Roland, Cam- I thought they all held their own, though they weren't a part of the plot that much, but that's how side characters should be; on the side. Not on the wall like a wallflower, but just on the side- we're given enough info about their style without getting a whole life story that deters from the main thing. Once religion entered one of Luce's lessons, I got excited and started figuring out who was on what side of The Line. It's sad that Todd died, but it made things interesting when I felt that the story was slowing down...
However, after reading this, I learned what the prologue told me: that Luce and Daniel are lovers always taken away from each other and reincarnated into the world. Sure, smaller details were mentioned, but nothing big. The shadows? They're like gossipers who keep an eye on the couple. Daniel? He's an angel, but you kinda figure that out during the religious class and when Luce has that dream of him with wings. Soooo not much is learned. :/ If anything, Daniel just gets irritating with the "All in good time, grasshopper" bull.
Do I recommend this? Not really, but the world's interesting enough if you're having one of those droughts.
Happy Reading :)