I guess this is my own fault, because I should know better than to go searching for something in the YA category of substantial depth with decent writ..Show More »ing. This was a quickie impulse and I cant bring myself to finish it. The writing is mediocre, the plot is maddeningly predictable, and the angst isn't very convincing. What angers me the most is how flimsy the characters are. The heroine is practically non-existent aside from her run-of-the-mill tortured past, and the main love interest is simply attractive and mysterious. They're paper thin characters that never made it off the page to become more than just words, and the "He's so mysterious, I wonder what he's hiding behind that cloak of mystery" thing is getting old. It doesnt help that everytime Daniel gets around Luce he's absolutley torn between loving her (because she has such a personality!) and doing the right thing (which causes the paper thin angst). The "I cant tell you anything, but look at the sadness in my eyes" bit is played out!! And where do I start with the reform school they are attending? Oh the treacherous reform school with cameras and barbed wire and students who carry pocket knives and permanent markers! Cliche much? I rolled my eyes at the fact that the students rarely go to class, but when Luce slept through an entire morning of her classes I realized I couldnt go on very much further. But I did, and when another student has a car and driver pick Luce up to bring her to a bar, where he hangs out most days, cause, you know, reform schools are cool with that, I put the brakes on this book. I was down with Twilight and knew to take it for what it was, but this is just a sad attempt to cash in on the teen saga mania of today. I actually want my credit back.
I love the idea behind this story, but just like with Fallen i find myself wondering, "Um, can we just get to the point already?" The story is full of..Show More » fluffy little moments which are cool for first books, but kinda tedious when you have been waiting a year for the next installment. Great plot, love the new characters and the explanations behind last book's villains. It gets exciting towards the last couple chapters and sets it up nicely for the next book in the series.
I am a sucker for a good love triangle and this story has it again. I recommend picking it up if you liked fallen, but if you are impatient you might want to preview it.
Luce is visiting her past lives and finally gets to understand more about her relationship to Daniel. I liked the fact that this book makes you think ..Show More »about love, and how it is not always straight and easy. There is never just black and white to any of the caracters and love is not always the sweet and easy way. The introduction of Bill's caracter was a clever move. The end leaves makes us to wonder, can "the scale" be tipped? I am waiting for the showdown..
When I first started listening to this one, I thought it might drag a bit. But I found myself getting emotionally tied in with Daniel more in this bo..Show More »ok and I think that kept it from dragging for me. Passion gives a much better sense on just how tortured Daniel has been watching Luce die in front of him for 5000 years. You get a better grip on the pain, depression, determination, devotion, and love he has surrounding her. While the story was told from Luce's perspective, this book really was about Daniel in my opinion. I felt a little confused and not quite fulfilled at the ending, but it did leave a nice setup for book 4 (Rapture, out in 2012).
You can't grasp a love story that spans this far with just a simple explanation. You simply have to live it...with Passion.