Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2010)
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
Luce is a teenage girl who has hit a serious snag in her life. This snag lands her straight into reform school. But she’s not a troublemaker or crazy in any sense, unlike the majority of the students there. What happens after that is a little dull and dry. I was a little disappointed as I usually hope a book will capture my attention in the first couple of chapters, this one didn't. I clearly remember I was on page 230 or so before I finally felt this story was worth continuing. (I had picked up the book and put it back down several times unable to get into the story. The premise of the book had me hoping it would get better and eventually it did.) My biggest complaint about the first 200+ pages is that you have the feeling of walking into the middle of the conversation and no one will tell you what’s going on. This feeling lasts for almost half the book it can make hard to stick with. I will advise you that once you push past page 250+ the story really picks up. The rest of the read really flies by as the plot becomes clearer and the characters finally get some explanations. Luce, Daniel, Cam and Arriane all take their place in the story with decent reasoning on why they do what they do. There is one portion that is a tad confusing, but nothing that really interferes with the story in any way. Once you get to the end, you really want to know more. The last 200+ pages of this book make it worth the read. Stick with it, I promise it’s worth it.