Author: Aileen Erin
Published: December 17, 2013
Stars: 1 out of 5
Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.
But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves. Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.
When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.
Tessa has the ability to see into other people’s minds. Not only their fantasies, but also their past. This sounds great, but without being able to control this gift, Tessa is outcasted as the weird girl who doesn’t like to be touched. Moving to Texas, Tessa tries to be a normal kid but only ends up complicating her life even more.
The thing that really annoyed me about Tessa’s character was how she would say one thing and then get upset when that person would do exactly what she told him to do. She constantly referred to herself as a feminist but degraded her male counter parts by saying they needed to ‘grow a pair’ when they were showing her respect instead of ignoring her wishes. Really, it’s books like this that give a bad name to feminism. I understood what the author was trying to do but in my mind failed miserably at achieving. The adolescent and immature view points in this book were extremely frustrating.
The dynamic between Tessa and Dastien was one of those instant connections, I don’t know anything about you but I love you already, kind of plot. I prefer my books a bit more realistic and not the attraction to be based off ‘something in the core’ needed the other person.
I felt really bad for Dastien. His maturity level was significantly higher than Tessa’s. And it wasn’t like she made anything easy for him but blamed him for everything. It was obvious to everyone but Tessa that he liked her and she treated him like dirt.
The book jumped to a lot assumptions that didn’t have any backing from the story. This book was missing a lot of the meat that supports the plot. The idea behind the book was fun and I did want to know how the story ended. But a lot of details were skimmed over and the overall immaturity of the heroine ruined the story for me. This book is written more for younger adolescents, maybe high school.. Maybe younger..
Overall, this is a predictable and over the top obvious book. Even with that said, Tessa was completely clueless and in denial about a lot of what was happening. The very end was better but that was probably due to the amount of action in the book. I’m sorry, this book just wasn’t for me.