Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Pages: 391 (Hardcover)
Published: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
"For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life."
This was a stunning 2009 debut from Becca Fitzpatrick. Ever since the release date (which was 2 years ago!!) I have been eyeing since. I can't believe I waited so long to get to it! I kept putting it back because I wanted to be caught up with the current releases. I am so, SO glad I finally got to it, because I enjoyed it. Thoroughly.
The plot was very similar to Twilight's, which, to some non-Twilight fans, may be disappointing. However, I am a HUGE Twilight fan, so I loved this book very much. Angels are more enjoyable for me than vampires, since they are less gruesome. In the beginning, the reader is introduced to Nora Grey, a regular teenage girl living in an isolated house with her mom. She meets Patch, a mysterious boy who seems to be antagonizing her and possibly following Nora. Nora and her best friend Vee, have been noticing someone in a ski mask where ever they seem to be. Nora soon discovers that Patch is a fallen angel, and the more she's with him, the more she's drawn to him. The resolution of the book was merely shocking and very suspenseful, and a tad ambiguous.
The characters: Nora Grey, I loved very much. She is a brave girl, and she sacrifices herself many times throughout the novel. She is a bit of a rebel, however, which makes her even more kick-ass! Patch.... oh man, Patch. He is probably THE hottest and sexiest guy in any book I have read so far. Job VERY well done, Fitzpatrick. He was so mysterious and indirect, it made him all the more annoying and vague and praiseworthy! Nora and Patch together is a match made in heaven, from what I think. Just so perfect, the two of them. That's most likely why I enjoyed the book so much. Since I admired the characters so much, it was just an extra push for me.
As far as suspense and mystery goes, it was really great. I found myself frantically flipping through pages (and sometimes peeking ahead) to see what was going to happen next! The surprise and irony was also great and VERY well thought out, I myself did not see it coming at all.
In conclusion, I'd like to say that this is one of my favorite books that I read this year. I'm so excited to read Crescendo and Silence soon! This book is very recommended, IF you liked/loved Twilight. Or, even if you didn't I'd still give it a try!