What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross ...only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep ...
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross ...only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Get ready to fall...
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I'm an adult college student who was looking for a little light reading in the middle of a difficult semester. Plus, I work full-time, so my stress level was exploding. This book caught my eye at just the right time!
The author doesn't come right out and tell the reader what's going on and I think that is off-putting to some readers. I've always been taught to not insult the reader by explaining every little detail, but I guess after Harry Potter, some readers may need to have the entire plot explained to them by someone like Dumbledore. Lauren Kate doesn't do that. I'm thinking this is where a lot of the negative reviews come from.
From a more mature standpoint, there is a certain depth to this book. The main character, Luce, is trying to deal with all sorts of things -- she has seen shadows since she was a child, was medicated for being crazy because she see's these shadows, and ended up in a tragic situation when a boy she liked was mysteriously killed in a fire where Luce was the only other person present. This lands her in reform school where she gets a whole new set of problems, including another fire. The fires actually are explained in the book, but the reader needs to pay close attention to what is being discussed, no matter how extraneous it may seem.
It also helps to have a bit of knowledge about Catholicism and John Milton's "Paradise Lost." While the book is not exactly "Christian Fiction" -- when you have the supernatural element of angels, there needs to be a bit of understanding in regards to the facts that are meshed with this imaginary world.
There are lovable characters and yes, some of them die. There is no happy ending to this book, but this book is not the end.
I found the writing to be well-done and mature, continuity was consistent, and there was very little that pulled me out of the story. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to starting "Torment."
Aug 18, 2011
Again good story and I would read this again to.
it has a good story line to follow from all books in set. Thank you
Mar 31, 2011
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I have not had a chance to read all the books I've purchased, but all the items were in great condition.
Nov 9, 2010
Not a stand alone book
I wouldn't say this book was horrible, but it is definitely not a stand alone book. I see what the author is trying to do, but it is a little frustrating when you want to get to know the male lead more.
Lucinda Price is the victim of a curse set upon a fallen angel, Daniel. Because he choose her over his devotion to God, he has been cursed with having her fall in love with him once every 17 years, and then once they solidify their love (generally through a first kiss) she dies.
The story is in third person format but is all from the side of Lucinda. She has been sent to reform school because she is believed to have had a part in a potential boyfriend burning up in flames after she tried to kiss him. When she gets to the school, she sees Daniel, and he tries to put her off so she won't fall in love with him.
Lucinda notices how she appears to know him from somewhere, feels a familiarity with him, and has this connection that she doesn't understand, even when she develops something of a relationship with another boy at the school.
The frustrating part for me is you never really get to know Daniel. I realized that this is because Lucinda doesn't really know him that well either, so I think future books will develop their relationship, and his character, more. I think it is best to wait until the author finishes the series before getting into it so you aren't left with tons of cliffhangers. It isn't a seriesI will anxiously await for the next book to come out, but it was a good enough read.
Jan 17, 2010
This book is ok. It the type of book you read when you're waiting on another book from a favorite series to come out.
The book kinda starts slow and them becomes predictable. The one thing in the book that was not expected is the death of the main character's only friend in reform school.
What i couldn't gather from the story is whether everyone in the school but the main character and her friend knows about the angels.
I hope there is another book in this series as this one leaves alot unanswered and alot to be desired.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-11-23 Beautiful Lucinda (Luce) Price is banished from everything she knows after a mysterious fire leaves her friend Trevor dead and Luce shouldering the blame. She is forced to board at a decrepit reform school where students are under the constant watch of cameras and must go without cellphones or Internet access. Grief-stricken by Trevor's death and horrified by her new surroundings, Luce is also plagued by sinister, terrifying shadows that appear wherever she goes. The remote gothic setting provides the standard backdrop for the crux of the story, first in a planned series-the romantic feelings Luce develops for the elusive, unpredictable, and rather unlikable Daniel. Aside from the evil shadows, the plot can be summed up with a single word: pining. Luce longs for Daniel in various ways-dreaming of him, digging up information, trying to talk to him, experiencing rejection, then trying again. Some readers will pine right alongside Luce, but others may feel that Kate spends too much time on unrequited love and too little on forward movement in Luce's relationship with Daniel and the mystery of what, exactly, Daniel is. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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