Expected release date: June 28, 2011
What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.
But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
I was intrigued by the cover but the summary was what sold me on wanting this galley. I loved this book, start to finish.
I swoon for modern fairy-tales, especially ones with female protags that I adore. Emma was a character that I couldn’t get enough of and honestly, I hope Cara Lynn revisits these two in the future. Emma was fantastic with her biting wit, humor and take-no-bull attitude. I sometimes have a hard time with the way teens (girls especially) are portrayed but Schulz managed her perfectly. Her home life basically sucked until she hit the Upper West Side thanks to her kind Aunt. Instead of the woe-is-me attitude that some may have in her situation, she champions her life and doesn’t let her circumstances hold her back.
Brendan was swoon-worthy in all his charming, attractive glory. The combination of the two was perfect. He’s smooth, gorgeous, rich and hopelessly in love with her. Did I mention hot?
The lore and history was interesting and I loved how she didn’t bury the story with it all at once but let it eek out at it’s own pace. The side characters were fun and I especially liked Angelique, Ashely & Aunt Christine.
I loved the detail of the story and the history of the connection they shared. It was honestly one of my faves I’ve read this year.