Author: Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Length: 416 pages
Source: eARC from NetGalley
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
Protagonist: As this book begins we are introduced to Francesca, our first person narrator, now so you aren't confused, Francesca is Lailah the titular character of this book. Now Lailah, for the most part makes for a great protagonist and narrator, there's a lot of mystery around who and what she is and why she is the way she is, the only times I didn't like her were when she was dealing with her own little love triangle of sorts, which was awful and I'll get to in a bit. Honestly if this book was just about Lailah, she would make for a very interesting and likable character as she sort of comes into her own.
Romance: So I know I said that this book has a love triangle but in actuality it's more like a love pentagon, see Lailah has two boys garnering her affections, but then those boys, Gabriel and Jonah, each have a different girl vying for their affections as well, though since both of those are unrequited in the end it's really just a love triangle and a bad one at that. Well, bad's not the right word, in actuality I just didn't care about the romance and love triangle at all maybe there wasn't any chemistry between any of these characters, maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind, I don't know, but I just found myself annoyed whenever the romance would be brought up, which is most of the time, and I couldn't care less.
World-Building: So honestly it took a long time for this book to get off the ground and the world-building to start making sense. I don't know if there is an inverse of info-dumping but this book kind of achieved it, the world building was so broken up and spread out the it took way too long for things to start to click and for me to realize that the book was finally going somewhere. I really could have used a chapter toward the beginning where a bulk of the lore was dumped on me and I could get a feel for what was going on because it took way too long for me to not be confused about what was happening in this book.
Predictability: So I have to say for the most part there wasn't really anything that surprised me in this book, There were definitely things that I wasn't able to predict, but that was more general information not twists or surprises, There were however a few surprises toward the end of this book that I didn't see coming I wasn't quite sure what would happen and I was genuinely surprised by a great many things as this book came to a close.
Ending: Honestly I really enjoyed the ending of this book, as we get closer to the final climax there are a few reveals and a bit of misdirection that added to some of the greatest surprises in this book. The final climax itself was pretty awesome and even a small tad bit emotional. Finally we have the very end. This book ends in an epilogue and while this is just the first book of a trilogy, I believe, I liked how the author uses the epilogue. There is a fairly large cliffhanger so if you do read this book and get really into it be warned, though the second book is coming out fairly soon, so...
I was really disappointed with this book. I don't know if I built it up too much in my head or if I just decided to read it at the wrong time, but it just felt very slow for me and it was hard to get into.