I do not know why other reviewers compare this to Meyer or L J Smith. Both can write. I could have written this better than Lauren Burd. Firstly, half of the book is like some teen girls' diary: I ate, got dressed, got to school blah blah. Boring, dull, boring. The dialogues between Samuel and Alina suck. They exchange a couple of really tedious words "how was school-good-how was your day-good", she finds him really hot (as does every other girl at school) and then suddenly a great love develops. How, when, why? the reader never finds out.
Where is their character arch? How do they develop? They don't. They are like paper-cut mannequins, flat. The villains are even worst, we are given no motivation for their being evil, I finished the book and im still not sure who really is the villain, Lucinda or Thanos. Why do they want Alina? And what role does Duncan play? We are never told. It's like there is hardly any plot, never mind sub-plots, the suspense is flat, the characters are two-dimentional, the villain is a clown and his side-kick too, the writing is dull, the story arch non existent and there are spelling mistakes.