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.
I won’t sit here and tell you this is the best book of the year. I won’t tell you it’s the most original or has the best writing. But you know what, it kept me really fucking entertained. And isn’t that what a book is supposed to do?
There’s not much to be afraid of when you’ve already lost everything that matters.
This story follows Grace, a high school student who moves to Alaska after her parents die in a car accident. She goes to live with her Uncle Finn, the principal of the prestigious Katmere Academy, and her cousin Macy, her new roommate. As soon as Grace arrives to her new home, she knows something is off about the place. Different cliques seem to be at war with each other, everyone keeps starring at her, and everyone seems to be in on the secret except for her.
There are no such thing as monsters, just people who do monstrous things.
While moving into her new dorm, Grace meets Jaxon Vega, the most mysterious and broody boy on campus it seems. I actually really liked him, I’ve never been a huge fan of the broody character (Team Spike over here) but there was something about Jaxon that worked. He was cool, but he also showed just a bit of vulnerability that made me appreciate him more. Our main character Grace was fun. I will never judge teenage characters too hard. They’re teenagers! They’re allowed to be annoying and dumb. And Grace definitely had her moments, but at the end of the day, I really admired her.
Jaxon was never meant to be the hero of my story… because I was always meant to be the hero of his.
I really enjoyed all the side characters as well. Macy was adorable. I loved her. Then there’s Flint, a maybe potential love interest? Would this even be a paranormal romance without a love triangle? I love that we got more than the usual vampires and werewolves. In this world there are witches, wizards and dragons.
This book was a monster. It’s about 600 pages, I can see that being a con for some people. This wasn’t very fast-paced or action-packed, but it was never boring. It had a very steady pace, and fans of a slow-burn romance and character driven stories could enjoy this more. For me personally, the characters and small mysteries kept me very entertained.
There is a pretty big cliffhanger at the end and I’m just very thankful I can go on to book 2 right away!