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352 pages, Hardcover
First published August 21, 2012
“You’re not human, Eleanore Jones. I think that somewhere inside you, you must know that. You must always have known. You’re not made of ordinary bone or blood but of something else completely.”― Shana Abe
As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free.
16 year old orphan, Lora Jones is accepted into an elite boarding school called Iverson. Here she meets Jesse, and the attraction is almost immediate. She soon learns that he is so much more than just a boy. She finds that not only does he have some powers of his own, but he knows and teaches her to use her own powers as well. There is also Armand. He is a rich and handsome boy that for some reason takes a liking to Lora. Emotions are all around. This is a great read.
I loved this book. I originally only choose it because it fit the requirements for a challenge that I joined from my group, but it turned out to be a surprisingly great read. It had me from the first chapter. The time period, the fantasy, the romance. Best of all was the writing. It was so beautiful. There is no other word for it. Just a beautiful way to write. Even though I felt that nothing huge happened in the first 100 pages. I still loved ever single one of those pages because of the writing. The rest of the series is certainly a priority on my to read list. It is such an interesting take on dragons. It is one of my newest favorites.
“Those nights, in the sweetest dark, we shared our dreams.”
"Stop, beloved," he said more gently, and took up my clenched fist with both hands. "I've upset you, and I shouldn't have. I don't want you to dread yourself. I don't want you to dread what is to come. Like I said, you're exceptional, so there may be nothing to worry about at all."
"I am both less than you and more," he said. "An alchemist, an amalgamation of two opposite realms. I'm the fabric of the stars."
If Armand was darkened ruby, then Jesse was pure, vibrant gold. His hair was gold, and his skin was gold, and his touch lit gold inside me, a torch that burned still in places I'd never considered.