Sometimes you just have to take flight.
A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.
Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.
Actual 2.5 stars.
I was sucked in by the enticing cover and subject matter. The premise sounded great and to be fair had great potential however it was let down my some downright cringe-worthy dialogue and a lack of character and emotional development. At times I felt like I must have missed a few chapters as the relationship between Allie and Levi seemed to come out of thin air. A lot of their so called ‘relationship’ is skimmed over or we are ‘told’ certain things instead of being shown them. It felt very disjoined at times which was a shame because I liked the paranormal element and in the main the prose was decent.
Allie’s friend appeared in the book for like, two seconds, and then she was gone and apart from encouraging her to go out with Levi I struggled to see what purpose she filled. Most normal girls of her age would have been highly dubious of Levi and his friends but Allie showed no concerns. Similarly, when she finds out their big secret she barely bats an eyelid. Not natural or believable. She could at least have been allowed to freak out for a few days but she seemed to accept it far too quickly.
There was a good dose of angst and suspense when Levi’s enemy made an appearance and I enjoyed those scenes. This is another example to illustrate my frustration – the story was actually decent, it’s just the execution that let it down.
That ending would have been much more explosive if the emotional depth between the characters was on a more solid footing and I understood where Levi’s motivations lay, but it was just confusing.
A lot of books I’m reading lately are leaving me frustrated due to lack of wasted potential and this most definitely is one of those. With better developmental editing and stronger characterization this book could be exceptional. But for me it was a bit of a let-down. I won’t be continuing with the series.