My life goes completely sideways the moment I meet the mysterious Braxton. Sure, he’s ridiculously hot, but he’s also the reason I’ve been kicked out of school and recruited into Gray Wolf Academy—a remote island school completely off the grid. I never should have trusted a face so perfect.
But the reality of why Gray Wolf wanted me is what truly blows my mind. It’s a school for time travelers. Tripping, they call it. This place is filled with elaborate costumes and rare artifacts, where every move is strategic and the halls are filled with shadows and secrets.
Here, what you see isn’t always what it appears. Including Braxton. Because even though there’s an energy connecting us together, the more secrets he keeps from me, the more it feels like something is pulling us apart. Something that has to do with this place—and its darker purpose. It’s all part of a guarded, elaborate puzzle of history and time…and I might be one of the missing pieces.
Now I have all the time in the world. And yet I can’t shake the feeling that time is the one thing I’m about to run out of…fast.
Title: Stealing Infinity (Stolen Beauty, #1)
Author: Alyson Noel
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
“It’s a game of emotional archeology and I’m one trowel jab away from unearthing his truth.”
This book had me loving and hating it which is why I ended up with a 3.5/5 star rating. But lets get into the specifics.
The first third of this book was straight fire. I was intrigued, I was interested, and I was plowing right through it. There’s a bit of mystery to the plot which is part of what made it so intriguing. It was like Noel was giving me just enough answers to string me along even though a million others questions were simultaneously being created. I just loved it so much!
Then at about the halfway mark, I started to get bored. Things were happening but it didn’t really feel like the plot was advancing? Or maybe the action just wasn’t enough for me? I’m not sure, but either way, it took a lot of effort for me to keep reading. Things picked up more after this but I had already lost some interest so it was hard to get excited about it again.
Now onto the characters of the story. Natasha is our main character and, again, I liked her at the beginning and slowly grew to dislike her. At first, she was awesome! All these crazy and, sometimes, inexplicable things were happening to her and she had to look out for herself. I feel like so many times in similar books where the main character is in a similar situation, the main character has the attitude of ‘fine, I’ll go along with it but I’m not going to like it.’ However, Natasha was different! She wasn’t just going along with things because she felt like she didn’t have a choice. She was actively trying to figure things out, wasn’t trusting anyone, and was actually using her head. I loved it!
But, as I mentioned, my opinion of her started to go downhill the further into the story I got. She started to have a bit of a wishy-washy attitude toward things, especially Braxton, the love interest. I really hate that my good opinion of her soiled and never really recovered.
Overall, this was book was interesting and had a lot of unique aspects, it just didn’t keep up a consistent pace or interest level for me.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.