AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
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Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friend. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.
Nora is uncomfortable with the idea of discussing sex in biology but to make things worse Coach McConaughy has switched the seating arrangements. Nora and Vee, Nora's best friend, will no longer be sitting together, instead Nora is forced to be partners with Patch, a mysterious sexy guy who says little, one of her first reaction is attraction then quickly turns to annoyance as he seems to know way to much about her. He seems to take pleasure in the fact she is so easy to read. Patch is a closed book, which is not good given their assignment is to find out about each other. Patch is a cocky, direct, bad boy and Nora senses danger being in his presence.
If it wasn't bad enough having to spend an hour everyday in class with Patch, he starts popping up everywhere Nora is. Nora feels Patch is stalking her, yet she finds herself drawn to him. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Being a young adult book you have to use your imagination more, but I think that's a good thing. When trouble arises Nora doesn't know whether to run to or away from Patch. The book is full of twist and turns that keep you guessing. It also has some fantastic supporting characters you'll love and love to hate.
Patch is the typical bad boy, has the motorcycle and everything. "Patch's mouth moved into another barely-there smile. Hard to say if it was mocking or friendly. "She's with me."" Got to love that. He is so in control he makes you melt.
The ending has a great twist, it won't disappoint. And if you love this book, which I think you will, you'll be happy to know there's going to be a book two out in 2010 called "Crescendo." If you're a mom of a teenager I think this would a great book to give them and you too. Its a book all ages will enjoy.