Published March 1st, 2011 by New American Library
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Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.WELL. I'm going to start off my saying that this is probably going to be an extremely confusing review because I'm still unsure as to how I feel about this book.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
On the one hand, I can easily see why people would give this book one star. For one thing, there's the ever-present insta-love that we see too much in YA books. Haden and Theia know nothing about each other, but they're attracted to each other a ridiculous amount.
About 80% of the book is from Theia's point of view, and that's all of the beginning and then the last two chapters or so. And I felt like too many of her thoughts were centered on Haden - she was never concerned about anything else. There were a few moments when she was talking to her father or thinking about her mother, but otherwise, it was ALL Haden ALL THE TIME. It got a bit annoying, because, no, teenage girls do not constantly think about teenage boys.
And neither of them had hobbies. Sure, Theia played the cello (or maybe the violin? >_>) but that was hardly mentioned. Haden? I don't even know about him. Theia and Haden weren't very realistic in that sense - you don't really know much about them other than they reallyreally like each other. DOES NO ONE HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR ANYMORE? IS THAT NOT WORTHY OF MENTION?
Also, Theia reminded me of characters like Bella Swan and Luce . . . Price? Was her last name Price? Anyway, she reminded me of them because of her idiocy, persistence, whatever you want to call it. It didn't matter that Haden kept telling her to stay away, and even when she found out what he really was, still nothing. She barely blinked an eye, and that really bothered me. She accepted it all too easily.
And then there was the fact that parts of it were so redundant - pretty much the entire first half of the book involved Haden telling Theia how dangerous he was and Theia basically ignoring that. It was extremely irritating.
But on the other hand, once I got past the first thirty pages, I couldn't stop reading. There were times when I liked Theia - when she was being rational, anyway :P I liked that she tried to pass off her dreams of Haden as a silly little crush at first. She was telling herself that she'd tricked herself into believing they were real, that Haden returned her feelings. I LIKED THAT RATIONALITY. It was realistic.
I also liked that even though she was drawn to Haden, Theia managed to be kind of witty when she was talking to him sometimes and didn't immediately throw herself at him. (Well, you know, not at first. It was kind of a different story when they ended up in the same bedroom.) Anyway, there were parts when I appreciated how she managed to stay under control.
The side-characters were pretty cool too, specifically Gabe, the boy trying to win over one of Theia's friends, and Varnie, the odd psychic boy. You don't know much about them, but they really enhance the book. They weren't just placeholders, and I'm interested to see where they go.
And the emotions. When Haden went back to Under and Theia was alone, her emotions came across so clear that I felt them myself. I was rooting for them the whole time.
Overall: I hate insta-love. I'm sick of it. The characters weren't nearly developed enough for me, but the emotions came across so clearly that I can't help but not hate this book. (And no matter how much I was annoyed, I STILL can't hate it.) So even though I'm not sure I'm giving this a rational rating, I'm giving it a 3.5 stars. But ye be warned: Read at your own risk.