YA Paranormal Romance
Rating: 3 Stars
Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.
Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.
Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.
As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other
My Thoughts: This is one of those books I have a love hate relationship with. It’s mostly because of the romance bit (I’ll get to that later). Krista is a super sensitive young girl who moves into a new town and believes the only way to hide herself is to go to a private school where everyone has a high IQ (Judging much?? I went to a public school and find that a bit insulting). While she is there she literally meets the man of her dreams. Drama ensues and things happen (Don’t you just hate spoilers?).
Krista is an okay character. I can’t sympathize with her because she isn’t really a smart person. She loves books and has a high IQ but she has no street smarts. For instance saying that only smart people go to private school. Public schools have advanced classes and no one gets picked on or singled out for being in them. In fact people are having way too much fun being teenagers to care.
Here is the romance bit. How does anyone find these kinds of relationships acceptable? If I had a guy who became way too protective of me I would tell him to get his crap straight or I will kick him to the curb. Then there is the woman getting physically sick without the guys being around? This is high school and they are teenagers, they can’t be together all the time. It doesn’t sound like love to me, it sounds like obsession. I just can’t support relationships like that. It’s Twilight all over again.
Whatever happened to building relationships? Now it’s, “Hello, I just literally met you but I am deeply and madly in love with you.” No one experiences that while they are in high school. You may have feelings toward someone at that age and possibly grow up and get married but ask any of those real people and they will say they didn’t immediately know the moment they spotted each other.
Overall, I love the story and I love the idea but I hate the characters and I hate the romance. The characters have no individual identity. They are the couples. I hate giving reviews like this but just because it’s a young adult novel does not mean it has to have immature relationships. I highly recommend someone do some research on abusive relationships and then steer clear of these types of relationships.