Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
book completed, 100%
While I wasn’t overly fond of this novel in my initial buddy read analyses, it has undoubtedly grown on me in recent chapters, likely due to the further development of the plot and characters. In these concluding chapters, the pacing picked up considerably as the plot reached its climax, leaving me on the edge of my seat and begging for more. The suspenseful mood set the tone for an exciting final scene, which didn’t fail to disappoint!
Having finished the book, I’m eager to continue on with the series to learn of the characters’ respective fates. Luckily, I received the second book in the series as a Christmas present (thank you, Kathy), so I’ll be able to jump right in!
I have to say, Daemon is finally swoon-worthy. I honestly never thought this day would come, but here it is! Daemon finally proves himself to be a true gentleman, officially earning himself the “swoon-worthy” status. As a matter of fact, Daemon’s made it into my Top Ten Book Boyfriends, which you can read here (and of course, it’s laden with drool-inducing quotes from attractive male characters, so what do you have to lose?).
At long last, Daemon proves that he can interact with others like a civilized human being, rather than a miserable, moody, unpredictable alien. Much to his dismay, Katy hasn’t had an opportunity to adjust to his abrupt attitude change, resulting in a bit of tension between the pair in these final chapters. The ending, however, holds the promise of even more romantic scenes to come!
- After homecoming, Simon drags Katy to the party, which is held at a nearby field. Three drinks later, Simon attempts to seduce Katy, leading her away from the party and toward a heavily wooded area.
- Daemon intervenes just in the nick of time, giving Simon a handful of bruises. He’ll be feeling those the next day.
- Daemon offers to drive Katy home. On their way home, they encounter a series of three Arum. Daemon entrusts his obsidian blade to Katy, which has the power to kill an Arum.
- Daemon engages in a vicious battle against the Arum, instructing Katy to run and never look back. Katy does, in fact, look back, and realizes that Daemon is significantly outnumbered and unable to fend off his attackers for much longer.
- Katy kills one of the Arum with the obsidian blade. Daemon kills a second Arum. The third escapes, promising to seek revenge for the death of his brothers.
- What is the outcome of the ensuing battle? You’ll have to read the book to find out…
“Do you want more pizza?” Dee offered, staring at the last slice wit such longing that I was beginning to think that she and Adam needed to re-evaluate their relationship.
-Dee, speaking to her boyfriend, Adam
“I do believe you protest too much with the whole liking me part.” A wry grin twisted his lips. “Someone sounds like they are trying to convince themselves.”
-Daemon, finally admitting his attraction to Katy
“My people believe that when we pass on, our essence is what lights the stars in the universe.”
-Daemon, revealing his view of an “afterlife”
- Katy finally sheds her role as the damsel in distress, taking the initiative and saving Daemon’s life in his moment of need. I think this is applause-worthy.
- Daemon finally directly addresses Katy with respect to his feelings of affection toward her. Katy is a bit hesitant in returning these feelings, but there’s still time for that in subsequent books.
- THE ENDING! The final ten pages were adorable, leaving readers with quite a bit of anticipation for the next book in the series.
- Dee fills Katy’s previous damsel in distress role, rendered helpless when the Arum attack, forcing her brother to protect her.
- Katy is portrayed mildly unrealistically because she remains unfazed when she learns of her next-door neighbors’ alien nature, as well as during and immediately after the concluding fight between good and evil in the novel. Any normal human would have been, in the least, mildly disturbed by the events that transpired.
12/22 – Ch. 1-2
12/23 – Ch. 3-4
12/24 – Ch. 5-6
12/25 – Ch. 7-8
12/26 – Ch. 9-10
12/27 – Ch. 11-12
12/28 – Ch. 13-14
12/29 – Ch. 15-16
12/30 – Ch. 17-18
12/31 – Ch. 19-20
1/1 – Ch. 21-22
1/2 – Ch. 23-24
1/3 – Ch. 25-26
1/4 – Ch. 27-28
1/5 – Ch. 29-30
Kathy over at The Novelty of Life.