Published by Simon and Schuster in 2009
Challenges - Young Adult challenge
' I walked into Biology and my jaw fell open. Mysteriously adhered to the chalkboard was a Barbie doll, with Ken at her side. They'd been forced to link arms and were naked except for artificial leaves placed in a few choice locations. Scribbled above their heads in thick pink chalk was the invitation:
WELCOME TO HUMAN REPRODUCTION(SEX)
This book has really been hyped up around the book blogging world and I was expecting great things from it. Unfortunately within the first fifty pages I nearly threw it out the window. I really did not enjoy it until I got past the first hundred pages. I bet you are wondering why I didn't give up on it, well I hate to be defeated by a book and thank god it got better.
Nora Grey is the school nobody really. She tries not to appear on the social radar and has no interest in boys at all. Her life is quite normal until Patch turns up in her life, sending her all a quiver with his easy smile and soulful eyes.
From there first meeting, really terrifying events begin to happen to her and leaving her quite traumatised, yet when she goes to report them to the police, all evidence has disappeared. Nora feels that Patch may have something to do with it. He is everywhere he shouldn't be and seems to know too much about her. Nora sets out to get the truth about Patch and ends up becoming embroiled in a battle that has been going on for centuries.
From the beginning of this book, it is quite evident and easy to work out that Patch is a fallen angel, yet it takes Nora half the book to realise it. I found myself getting really frustrated. with her obvious blindness. Patch does not come across as your leading man either, which led to me really not caring whether they ended up together or not. He comes across as really arrogant and I felt like I wanted to slap him.
Luckily the book got better, a hell of a lot better, once Nora realised what was going on and who were the bad guys, the book really picked up in speed and I couldn't finish it quick enough. I was really captivated by it from that point on and the ending definitely wasn't what I expected.
The book is worth a read, if you have time to slug through the first hundred pages. If you like vampires, then you will enjoy this.
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