“Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?
When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.”
I’m not sure where I should start with this one.
The cover maybe? The image is great, I love that floral dress, so the issue doesn’t lie in the cover itself….It’s the ridiculous tagline.
“Staying alive on a first date should be a given, not a challenge….”
Okaaaaay..? I read the entire book, but they actually don’t ever go on a date together. They have study group and a few other things….but no dates. Soo……
First, you have to know that taglines are a pet peeve for me. I try to not look at them. They bug me, but when I pulled this off my shelf I rolled my eyes a little.
Yeah, I was in the mood to read something like this. But come on, really? I brushed it off and started reading. I hoped for the best. I kept waiting for it to get good, and it just never came. I wasn’t attached to the main character, and as much as I wanted to like her quirks, it just annoyed me. Dillan is slightly more likeable, and I understood his unstable moods because of the situation he was in, trust me, I got it.
Selena, on the other hand? Ehhhh. Having both characters be so hot and cold was annoying and corny. She insists she’s not moody or hormonal, but then she spends the one paragraph marveling over Dillan’s physique, and then the next paragraph lamenting over some other drama.
Some writers actually pull this kind of personality off, but it didn’t work here. Usually, I LOVE love/hate relationships. I just love the misdirected passion, and all the tension that fuels the fire. In that respect, I did like this book. There aren’t enough books that represent love/hate relationships. But those kinds of relationships require an amazing, gradient transition. This book lacked that transition, which was SO vital.
This book really rode a razor edge. It was almost good, but didn’t quite make it. It isn’t horrible enough to hate. And it was SO CLOSE, it hurts to think about it.
I liked the premise, but I felt I’d read a novel very similar before. I couldn’t put my finger on it. A myriad of novels with commonalities came to mind. Including, but not limited to: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes, Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke, Fractured Soul by Rachel McClellan..and, because of the dog in the plot, I thought about Halflings by Heather Burch.) (not a fault, I really like doggies of every kind.) But the writing was awkward, and I wasn’t always sure who was speaking to whom or what, and if someone was thinking or saying something. It was SO disorienting and confusing.
And ARJLAWEKGH!!!!! The waiting?! Stuff kept happening, but I didn’t start getting answers until…(about) 80 pages from the end. It was NOT a great suspenseful feeling. It was just…blah.
The ending is kind of a cliffhanger, or at least it was supposed to be. Except it ended up coming off as a rip-off.
To be honest, it really shocked me! I love most of Entangled stuff (I don’t know why, but I suppose it could be due to really great editors, or perhaps whoever is choosing the manuscripts has the same taste I do.) I don’t know, this book just seemed so unedited. Sigh. It was completely out of character for Entangled.
I’ll end my rant now.
Long story short, I really recommend that you skip this one.
If I think of the specific title of the novel that was similar (but better) I’ll definitely let you know.
EDIT: The book I was thinking of, was Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle. It’s main character also sees the future and gets involved with a secretive boy.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.