Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 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 Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move. Except 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.
One look at this gorgeously illustrated cover and you’ll see why it was hard for me not to pick this book up. And then there’s the quote on the back of the book (it’s the italicized sentence at the beginning of the summary). I mean, it just screams awesomeness. Unfortunately, the front cover and back cover quote made my expectations of this book exceedingly high, so when I read it, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be (of course, right?). But, nonetheless, this was a very decent book. I’m pretty sure the focus audience Lauren Kate had for this book was teenage girls—which is great and all, cause hey, I’m one of them—but it really makes it hard for anyone else wanting to read this book to relate to the main character, Luce. She’s all teenager, and obsession over a guy can get annoying quick. She fell a little flat at times. I also didn’t like how she went back and forth between Daniel and another guy, Cam. Speaking of Daniel, the one she obsessed over, he was really an ass. Most teenage girls would have called him a douche and moved on. But honestly, I really liked this book. The supporting characters brought it to life, which was an unexpected change since most minor characters are underdeveloped. It really is an interesting read. (P.S. If you’re into the Twilight series, I guarantee that you’ll enjoy this book.)