Note: This review is bursting with spoilers, so read at your own risk. I couldn’t write a review for this book without necessary spoilers, so you’ve been warned.
Lucinda Price has never met him before in her life, and she’s sure of that. However, when she first meets Daniel Griggori she feels drawn to him, but she doesn’t know why. It’s as if she’s known him for ages…but that’s can be true. Luce must find out why she’s so attracted to Daniel and why he seems so familiar, even if it kills her.
I wish it had. Killed her, that is. I wish Luce’s curiousness killed her. She’s the most annoying main character ever. But more on the negatives later; I’ll start with the positives: the book had an appealing cover.
Now, for the negatives.
The plot was as holey as the holey-est Swiss cheese ever made. It was boring and dull. Luce is sent to reform school for killing her last love interest. By setting him on fire. This reform school has got to be the least monitored reform school in the world. There’s barely any teacher supervision, which makes absolutely no sense. The whole plot was pretty lame, as well. Plus, Kate has her facts messed up. So now there are good fallen angels and bad fallen angels? Um, no, all fallen angels sided with Satan, so how in the world can some be good and some bad?
The prologue was another lowlight. Lauren, dear, giving the plot away – that Daniel is a fallen angel and that Luce is his reincarnated love – in the prologue and through the title and then having your main character realise it 400 pages into the novel, 400 pages after the reader, is stupid. It’s awful. The book was really slow paced and hideously boring. I would’ve enjoyed watching paint dry more.
Now back to our delightfully horrible main character Luce. When she first ‘met’ Daniel, he gave her the finger. Luce appears to be as thick as a brick, and she doesn’t get the hint. Daniel obviously doesn’t like her. After numerous occasions. She was slow, stupid, making the worst decisions countlessly. It was really annoying. And for at least 300 pages, all she does is stalk Daniel. Great plot. Wonderful.
Daniel was another awful character. He knows that kissing Luce kills her, only for her to be ‘killed’ and then reincarnated for the whole process to repeat again. Does he ever think to, I don’t know, end this endless process? No. He goes and kisses her. And like some fairytale she survives. Daniel and Luce are the most selfish characters I’ve ever read.
Arianne and Penn are the only remotely likeable characters, with the former evaporating from the plot entirely after the first 100 pages until the last 50 or so pages. Penn was an interesting, tell-it-like-it-is character, and it was a shame to see her killed. Speaking of the big fight, it happened offstage. We didn’t get to see ANY of it.
I could go on and on and on, but I suppose you know you don’t like the main character when you agree with one of the villains, Miss Sophia:
“You’re nothing more than you appear to be: a stupid, selfish, ignorant, spoiled little girl who thinks the world lives or dies on whether she gets to go out with some good-looking boy at school. Even if your death wouldn’t accomplish something long-awaited, glorious, and grand, I’d still relish this moment, killing you.”
At that moment, I really wished Sophia would kill Luce. I’ll read the next book in the series, only because I know it can’t get any worst.