This story definitely has a Twilight-esque feel to it in that we have an immortal being, in this case a fallen angel, who inexplicably falls head over heels in love with a perfectly average teenage girl to such an extent that he is willing to give up the thing he desires most in the world. Apparently, not the first time said angel has been so blinded by lust, I guess we can chalk it up to a character flaw.
I liked the first half of the book a lot more than the second. I was eager to find out who everyone was and what made Nora so special, but my interest, and the writing, seemed to flag a bit in the middle of the story and I never really got back to my earlier enthusiasm.
The writing was good, with relatively few grammatical errors and great pacing that makes it easy to keep turning pages. There were a few gaps in the storytelling, sections where time seemed to skip ahead, some jarring tense shifts, and a couple areas where the writing got confusing due to seemingly mismatched dialogue tags and action beats that didn’t quite line up with previous descriptions. Speaking of descriptions, Fitzpatrick did a great job providing just the right amount of detail to ground the reader without bogging down the story.
There were a few sections that felt a bit contrived, like Nora giving up her coat in the freezing cold just so someone can be mistaken for her, or the fact that every tertiary character she meets is overly antagonistic. I’m all for conflict, but it gets exhausting when it’s forced into every single situation. Perhaps that was to add to the teen angst, as teens can often feel like the whole world is against them, but I found it over the top.
The characters are fun, and each has a unique personality that makes their interactions both authentic and dynamic. The one character I couldn’t get behind was Elliot. He started out great, overly friendly with just a touch of creepy thrown in. Then, after Nora learns one small detail about his past, he becomes a raging asshole. It’s fine if Nora’s perception of him changes, but it didn’t make sense that Elliot’s actions shifted so dramatically to conform to Nora’s new image of him. If anything, I’d think he’d work harder to act normal.
I think fans of Stephanie Meyer and Cassandra Clare would probably like this book.