I got this early copy while attending the North Texas Teen Book Festival in March 2020. All opinions are my own.
Holy bloop. I’m so glad this book is over. I wanted to DNF it but I pushed through because VAMPIRES but this book is just…not it for me.
Author: Tracy Wolff
Expected release date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, paranormal
Length: 592 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis (via Goodreads): “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.”
First off, it needed to be at least 100-150 pages shorter. For a book with almost 540 pages, would you believe me if I told you all the extra pages slowed the plot down? Draaaaaaged the characters around only for me to find them utterly boring? This could have done with a bit more editing (but that’s coming from a non-professional POV).
The insta-love was a no-go for me. Grace and Jaxon are immediately drawn to one another and it simply doesn’t work for me. They’re swapping spit for a good majority of the latter half of the book and I’m just screaming, “Is this necessary? Where’s the plot?” Grace kept talking about how she knows Jaxon and how he wouldn’t do this or wouldn’t do that and I’m like HOW? YOU HAVEN’T EVEN KNOWN EACH OFHER FOR A WEEK! Normally I don’t mind insta-love if it’s done well but this was just…not. And the main character, Grace, is boring af. I knew from the beginning she would be “special” but you really don’t know, especially since she’s discovering more about her extended family at her time at Katmere Academy. We get that something isn’t quite right at the school but it takes us FOREVER to get there. How can Grace even say she *knows* Jaxon when he was a jerk to her from the very beginning? I’m sorry, girl, but we need to stop being attracted to jerks immediately. I mean, Flint is right there in front of you. And I thought it was so strange that Grace’s cousin, Macy, kept talking about her boyfriend, Cam, but like… We don’t meet him?! There are cliques going on at this school like no other but we don’t really get to the heart of the plot…ever. There are just so many questions but I don’t even care!
And the whole reveal about what makes Grace special? Omg, I burst out laughing. You CANNOT be serious. 🤣 Do yourself a favor and read anything else but this. It’s like a weird mash of Twilight and Harry Potter with more mythical creatures but make it boring.
Literally the only good thing about this book is Grace and Macy’s friendship even thought they’re family. More positive family relationships, PLEASE.