Written by Marta Acosta
Published by Tor Teen July 3rd 2012
Format Read: E-book
Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true. They are. The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much? As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove and what she would risk to stay there..because even the brightest people make terrible decisions when they are offered the things they desire most.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a really interesting real like paranormal read. It was rather creepy at times and there was some great foreshadowing going on near the beginning of the novel. I loved the real creepy "what the hell is this guy up to" feel of the book. It was a cool take on vampires because they had most of those classic vampire traits but it was described as more of a sickness rather than the whole undead vampire that was passed down though genes. they are still hunted like vampires and treated like vampire but they aren't really vampires.
I liked the main charter, Jane's story about were she came from and how she got there. She was a prissy girl that got into the school by fault but worked her little "mousie" butt off to get there. The girl came from nothing and now she can have what ever she wants. Her personality was a mix of god and bad. At times she was great and did things like a normal person and other times she got really angry, I didn't really like this about her but I guess it added to her background and coming from the "hood" but still didn't enjoy it very much. Now if you really dislike annoying, rich, stuck up boys who like to use girls you will find this book hard to read because of one of the other mains, Lucky. He is literally the definition of stuck up rich boy and he drove me mental. But Jack on the other hand, who is Lucky's brother was great. I loved jack he was easily my favorite character in the books. he was sassy, funny and had a great fairy tale obsession.
The romance in this book was to die for. Its everything I look for in a YA romance. He did cute things like sleep near her cottage to make sure she was safe(now that I write that down it sounds kinda creepy, but I swear its cute) and he kept trying to tell her but she never understood untill the end. She didn't even get that the song he wrote about her was about her. so yes cuteness over load.
Over all I loved this book and just had a few issues with some of the characters. It was an interesting creepy read with some cute romance. I would recommend this to those who like the above. and I have to say that I wish It was a series rather than a stand alone.
4 out of 5 stars
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