Very long time, no see. But nonetheless, HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s hope this year is better. To be honest, I am just a hopeful pessimist about it. Any ways, I have revamped my site. I really want to get back to writing reviews because I have OPINIONS and lots of them. I like to talk (or write in this case). So I need to motivate myself to keep consistent on this little space. Here is my first review of the year!
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Reading Method: Audiobook
Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me. Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me. Which could spell death for us all. Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
I saw this book floating around bookstagram for a while. I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t planning on reading this one really. But one of my best friends forced me pretty much which is the best thing about bookish friends. Am I right?!
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy vampires just like the next one but I was so afraid it would end up like Twilight. And sure enough it did.
BUT HERE ME OUT.
So we start off with Grace, our MC. She moves to Alaska, which is totally cool. Alaska is at the top of my places to travel too. I belong in the cold wilderness. Anyways, she is to attend a academy that her uncle runs because her parents died. What she doesn’t know is that the academy is full of supernatural creatures.
Honestly, I feel like she should have caught on with the whole supernatural thing sooner because too much weird crap was happening. But what really got me was the insta-love. Yes, I said it. The trope we all hate to well… hate.
The boy who garners this affection from Grace is actually pretty cool. He’s our normal broody, attractive teenage vampire. At first I thought this was going to be enemies to lovers which it sort of is but only for what seems like five seconds.
Sound familiar?! I will note Edward and Bella was a lot more cringeworthy (sorry to all those shippers but I was and will always be Team Jacob).
Now the side characters are really what kept me going. We have Macy who is the coolest cousin and friend. Then we have Flint. Oh be still my heart. He would have been the object of my affection. For multiple reasons that are way too spoilery so I’m going to leave it at that.
Now you’re probably thinking but Crystal this sounds not so pleasant!
I haven’t gotten to my BUT HERE ME OUT moment. So here we go.
The last couple of chapters completely threw me for a loop. It is what happens at the end that had me pulling a complete one eighty. It definitely was an oh crap moment.
So here I am listening to the sequel which is already immensely better.
I will recommend this book but only so you can get to the second book.