This book for young adults is yet another entry into the paranormal/hot werewolves-versus-vampires-all-after-the-same-extraordinary-girl/trilogy market. I found this one entertaining though, and I guess I will have to read the sequel when it finally comes out since it ends in A TOTAL CLIFFHANGER – GAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
Faith Reynolds and her best friend Derek, both from San Diego, are freshmen at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Derek, a hot football player, has been close to Faith forever, and they even dated in high school, until Derek actually KISSED a cheerleader once, thereby cheating on Faith. She has never gotten over this betrayal of trust, but still loves Derek as a friend. Derek has never forgiven himself for this lapse, because he still loves Faith as more than a friend.
On to CSU, where Faith meets some magnetic even hotter guys, one of whom, Lucas, is a werewolf, and one of whom, Vincent, is a vampire. Both go ape (so to speak) over Faith, and there is a final shoot-out of sorts when Lucas, Vincent, and Derek all go claw to fang to gun over Faith. AND YET, THE AUTHOR HAD TOO LITTLE FAITH in us to tell us what the heck happened, so that we have to come back for book two, whenever it gets written!
Discussion: There are some interesting aspects of this story that don’t exactly make it different from all the rest, but that keep it engaging.
One is the mysterious source of Faith’s appeal. She is probably cute (we only know that the guys are all hot, but don’t learn much about what Faith looks like), but more importantly, she has a vibe of some sort that connects her with the paranormals. We don’t yet know what it is. (Here’s hoping it is different from Sookie Stackhouse’s vibe, which comes from Fairy blood….)
Secondly, the author makes no bones about the source of appeal for the paranormal hot guys. As Faith explains:
“Lucas was the night, dark and dangerous, flirting with my sense and making me feel things I shouldn’t be feeling but secretly wanted.”
Yay, it’s the Moody, Sexy, Bad Boy Trope! What would Charlotte Brontë think of her Mr. Rochester living on as a paranormal werewolf or vampire? (Actually, I suspect she’d find it a perfectly rational adaptation.)
And then there’s the whole college freshman angst thing, which is always kind of diverting, especially if those years are far behind you.
Finally, there’s that inspiring moment in the dénouement when everybody confronts everyone else, all over Faith (obvious metaphors, anyone?) and it’s outside of a BARN – can’t you just picture it? Deep in the corner, there’s a spider named Charlotte, busy weaving a web that says SOME GIRL….
Evaluation: Fun way to spend a few hours, but personally, I would advise waiting for the ending sequel to come out!
Note to Moms: In spite of the college setting, there’s not a lot going on in this book besides kissing, and one episode of drinking that everybody regrets the next day.…
Published by Running Press, an imprint of the Perseus Books Group, 2011