For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?
Too much of everything – that’s the shortest way I can describe this book. Starting from a wafer thin plot that reveled in every cliche out of, I don’t know, every YA book before, and so much angst and melodrama, that I was rolling my eyes at every twist. Noa and Callum have this instant connection, due to dead sisters, and he becomes all I-don’t-deserve-you about it in the most melodramatic way. Sure, his touch is lethal, and he literally doesn’t deserve her, but backing out of a first date with that? Too much issues, man. Then he goes and gets a way to allow him to touch her – although we see no evidence of the loss of her Light. He is trapped here in this world, but no explanation about how he is living here. Like who pays the school tuition, dude? Oh, and Noa? For all I thought her to be the Strong Heroine when she calls him out on his shit, she goes and threatens to cut herself just to get him to confess. Like what?
Judah enters the story and it picks up, just a little. But oho, then there is that cliche brothers-love-triangle, which I am sick of since The Vampire Diaries (I left the show thanks to it) and then everything is going to hell, because there is a Hunter after Callum now. Basically the climax is a big mess, with a LOT of lies coming out. And as much as some things came out of the blue, the plot was pretty predictable. Even the true love thing – I somehow knew it was going there. The only things going for the book – the poetry (imagine me finding poetry better than prose) and the fae mythology (it is sad for the main plot when the flashback is way more interesting). The different Fae abilities were interesting, but not exactly ground-breaking. Too much romance and angst ruined this book for me.
Received a free galley from Skyscape via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.