Goodreads: The moment she steps foot inside, Grace knows there is nothing normal about Katmere Academy, or the students in it. Her uncle’s exclusive and secretive boarding school is the last place she wants to be, but after the tragic deaths of both her parents, she is left with no choice.
Soon she realises she’s entered a world like nothing she has ever known. Shapeshifters, witches and vampires roam the halls, existing in uneasy cooperation. As the lone mortal, the only thing Grace is sure of is that she doesn’t belong.
Then she meets Jaxon Vega, a vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. Something in him calls to Grace – something that could spell her death.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And as Grace is drawn further under his spell, she begins to wonder: did she come to Katmere by accident, or was she brought here . . . as bait?
I confess I started this book with low expectations just looking for a something fun, and I wasn’t at all expecting to love it so much! It’s not without its flaws but it was pure entertainment and joy for me all the while I was reading it. (It might even make it to my favorites list just for how happy I felt reading it.)
The plot wasn’t very original and frankly, there were only a few moments when I was surprised, it was a very predictable story but I was basically just here for the romance.
The characters are the main reason I loved this. Grace and Jaxon had an amazing chemistry since the moment they met and all their interactions, the witty banter or the emotional conversations, the comforting touches, cute texts full of bad puns…… so gooooood! MY HEART!
Grace is new to the school and she’s not taking any shit from the most popular boy just because he’s this tall, dark and handsome bad boy with a painful past. One of things I love about her is that she’s not just another overpowered female main character, but just as brave, badass, and so kind! (Jaxon is a bit more typical male MC -young rhysand vibes- but I loved him anyway). (This book is full of cliché characters but I was all here for it. Reminded me of some of the first YA books I read and loved tbh.)
What I did not enjoy was the writing style. Snarky 1st person perspective (even in life and death situations made cringe so much ugh (tbh Grace was sooo annoying at first); too many pop culture references; and silly and overly long chapter titles that were very MG. The dialogues were actually (surprisingly) great compared to the narration though.
Overall, as you can see from my rating, the things I didn’t like about this book didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. This was a huge joy to read and if you’re looking for that I highly recommend it (but keep some lower expectations maybe).
Originally published this review on goodreads when I finished this book.