“My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.” – Goodreads
Just because I DNF’ed this book, doesn’t mean you won’t like it. Everyone is different. Each DNF has good and bad things… but the bad things outweighed the good ones.
The Good Things
I enjoyed the characterization and the development of the setting. I connected with many of the characters (at first) and found them intriguing (at first). I also liked the suspense. Most chapters ended on something crazy happening, which made it easy to keep reading.
The Annoying Things
Did you read the description? Yeah, I did too. Usually, the description information is over a fourth of the way in and new stuff pops up. Not this book… We go over halfway through the book and she still doesn’t know she’s among vampires.
It’s super slow moving. We don’t get our vampire love story until about halfway through, which is what we started reading for. It needed to happen sooner. There are a bunch of small plot twists and turns to keep you entertained, but that’s not what I signed up for when I started reading.
The characters don’t grow. They don’t change at all. We see the same people going through the same types of tasks.
Why did I DNF? I just got tired of waiting for this to happen and the characters weren’t interesting enough to keep me around.
My Last Straw
My last straw was the midpoint. I’m a writer, so I’ve been keeping tabs on the book’s plotting. The midpoint (that big event in the middle of the novel) itself was a solid plot point, but the way it unfolded was awful. I stopped reading mid-chapter because I couldn’t take it. This was the moment I had been waiting for and it wasn’t good enough for me to keep reading.
Like I said, just because I couldn’t push myself through it, doesn’t mean it’s horrible. The writing is solid, the plot is okay, and the characters are decent. I can see some people enjoying this, if you don’t mind a really slow set up.