It’s here, as promised!!
And I’m not just talking about the book itself but also my review of it. What an adventure this book took me on! After reading Lu’s other works I was not anticipating this complete 360 flip that she pulled. True, the story is still about good and evil, right and wrong, and of course, hidden agendas and twists. But it’s told from a different perspective that really makes you reevaluate how you view “darkness” or “evil”.
Adelina is a normal-ish girl. She lives at home with her dad and sister (in another realm) and she was unfortunate enough to be sick as a child which caused her to not only lose an eye and become a societal outcast but also unwanted in her own family. Her father is desperate to get rid of her and her sister is naively ignoring everything. Finally, Adelina can’t take it anymore and escapes.
She is found by a young man who is known as “Reaper” but there is definitely more to him than meets the eye, and the attraction is undeniable. She is saved but it might not be all that she had hoped it would. All her life, Adelina has struggled against people trying to control and manipulate her. And is the Reaper really any different? The Young Elites might have taken her in but do they really trust her? Can she really trust them?
So many questions! And only 300 pages in which to answer them! Adelina’s story is gripping, especially because it starts when she is about to die. The entire thing is one unbelievable scenario after another that paint a picture of deep pain and trouble. There are flashbacks and heart-pounding present moments. The action is enough to keep you turning the pages and make you stay up an extra an hour before bed. As I said in one of my status updates, I had to force myself to put the book down so I didn’t finish it in one day. Mostly because I also had school work that was going undone.
The cast of characters here isn’t overwhelming but some are particularly memorable and not just because of how I imagine they look. There are minor characters who play a role in Adelina’s life but only a handful of main characters that have continuous interaction that is written about. And speaking of which, there is a character death in here that I’m not sure I will EVER recover from. It was almost as bad as Hedwig dying in HP7.
I wasn’t expecting such a dark story. Adelina isn’t exactly a good person or a bad one. She is definitely troubled and not at all perfect, which she deeply acknowledges. But embracing her flaws is one of her strongest attributes. She knows that she is beautiful but also knows that people are repulsed by her. She is very straightforward and blunt, which is admirable. Although she doesn’t always tell the truth when she should which really kept pissing me off.
Overall, this is a complex book that may not appeal to everyone, including people who loved Lu’s other works. But it has flair and style and if you appreciated Day from Legend then give this one a try. If you were more of a June fan, then maybe not. Either way, Lu writes this story in her unique fashion and it’s not another dystopian (if you’re sick of those), so add it to your TBR and enjoy the ride.
Goodreads rating: 5 stars
My personal rating: 94
- Writing style – 10
- Plot – 9
- Dialogue – 9
- Personality of Main Character(s) – 9
- Love story – 9
- Invokes emotion – 9
- Synopsis accuracy – 10
- Consistent level of interest – 9
- Stays on topic – 10
- Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10