Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 13th October 2009
Genre: YA / Paranormal
Source: Won in a Giveaway
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I'd heard many good things about this book and was looking forward to reading it.
There were lots of things about it that I liked. I enjoyed the mythology behind the fallen angels and the new twist on the familiar theme. The pacing was pretty good and the storyline held my interest throughout, making it a hard book to put down. I liked Nora's character too and she came across well.
You're waiting for the 'but', I'm sure, and yes, there is one. Patch. I really wanted to like Patch as I do tend to prefer the 'bad boy' heroes on the whole, but I just felt something was lacking. Maybe I've been hearing so much about how fantastic he is from other readers that I was expecting too much, but I did find him a letdown. Sure he brooded, acted badly and was mysterious, and from that point of view I could understand Nora's attraction to him. But he just never seemed fully formed to me. In my mind he was more of a two dimensional shadow than a fully-fledged character. I just couldn't 'see' him. That is why this book gets four stars instead of five.
That hasn't put me off reading on though, and I am keen to get hold of the second book to see if his character improves, given the change of circumstances he finds himself in at the end of this first book. As I said, I enjoyed the mythology and am keen to see where Fitzpatrick takes that in the sequel. Oh, and I love the cover art!