The only reason I picked this book up at my local library was out of sheer frakking curiosity. I heard & read so much debate about it that when I saw it sitting on the shelf, my fingertips were practically itching with the need to see what all the hoopla was about. As it turns out, I should have slapped myself...repeatedly and with much force. Admittedly, I only managed to get through the first 100 pages (plus some skimming), but from what I've read I can say that the negative reviews about this book are right.
The story was so damn boring. Nothing happened aside from some hormone-driven teenage flirting. I found Nora to be irritating & frustrating and the romance to be shallow & disturbing. If someone creeps you out and makes you feel uncomfortable & unsafe, you stay the hell away from them and tell them to do the same. If they don't get the message, then you go tell your parent(s) or the authorities. And while I'm on the topic, let me just say that I thought Patch was a cocky, lecherous, bad-boy-wannabe douche bag. I found nothing hot or sexy about him. Quite frankly, it both perplexes and irks me to know that his inappropriate treatment of Nora is being excused, accepted, and viewed as swoon-worthy.
This was another book I picked up to satisfy my torturous (and apparently woefully misplaced) curiosity. Also, my mom (yes, the wonderful woman who gave birth to me) is addicted to this series and told me to give it a try. I should have known better since she is also obsessed with everything Twilight, which I honestly find nauseating to say the least. Anyways, the writing in this book was painfully juvenile, insipid, and outright BAD. My brain felt insulted, and I just couldn't stomach more than a couple of chapters. Bleh.
The premise of this book seemed really fascinating as did the fantasy elements. Unfortunately, the story turned out to be a snoozefest. Nothing really exciting happened. There was a whole lot of talking and moving around from one location to the next, but very little action dispersed throughout. The romance was incredibly superficial & unbelievable as were several actions & motivations of the two protagonists. Furthermore, I never connected with the heroine and could not buy for one second that she was a badass assassin.