Source: I received a free copy of this book from ARCycling in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Considering what I'm about to say next this might be a little hard to believe, but I did actually enjoy this book. I probably shouldn't have, but I did. The problem? The first half of the book is riddled with glaring similarities to Twilight. Even though I managed to see past this, I'm not sure other people would, so I only think it's fair to point them out. I like Twilight (don't judge), which is probably why I stuck it out, but I still wasn't thrilled with all the parallels. In my defense, there were a lot of other good things going on -- I loved the main characters, the paranormal world of Under, the "evil Queen" who was oh-so-deliciously evil, the friendships, the loveable, quirky minor characters, and an intriguing plot are what really kept my attention. I just want you to know what you're getting yourself into. Replace Hayden with "Edward" and Theia with "Bella" and tell me you don't see it!
...is actually a lot older than he looks.
...finds Theia irresistible & delectable.
...craves her and thirsts for her.
...pushes Theia away because he's dangerous and no good for her.
...says he should stay away from her, but he can't.
...fears losing control around her.
...refers to Theia as his lamb.
...thinks he's a monster.
...fears for Theia's soul.
...uses his "lure" to draw human prey closer to him.
...is insecure because she doesn't know what Hayden sees in her.
...wants things to get physical, but he pushes her away.
...sees the good in him instead of the monster.
Soooo, I'll let you judge for yourself. It is what it is. If you think the similarities will bug you, you probably don't want to read this book. But if you're thinking of giving this book a chance, know that I found it worthwhile in the end. If I didn't, I wouldn't be halfway through the sequel!
This book counts toward my reading goals for:
2013 ARC Reading Challenge
Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013
2013 Series Catch-Up Challenge