Some Angels are Destined to Fall
Mysterious and aloof, Daniel captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other... read more
Seventeen-year-old Lucinda (Luce) Price has seen the shadows for as long as she can remember. No one else seems to be able to see them. Scared and concerned for their only daughter, her parents got her a therapist, who put Luce on medication. This didn't help, however, and she continued to see... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Seventeen-year-old Lucinda (Luce) Price has seen the shadows for as long as she can remember. No one else seems to be able to see them. Scared and concerned for their only daughter, her parents got her a therapist, who put Luce on medication. This didn't help, however, and she continued to see the shadows. Eventually, Luce learned to stay away from the places where she knew the shadows were most likely to appear.
One night, at a party, Luce snuck out of the party with Trevor, a boy she liked from her school. But, upon kissing him, the shadows came. Suddenly, and like magic, fire appeared and engulfed Trevor, burning him to death. Accused of his death, but pleading her innocence, Luce is sentenced to complete her senior year of high school at the Sword & Cross Reform School, where she would live with other "troubled" kids.
Upon arriving, she meets a blonde girl with a southern accent named Gabbe, a boy named Todd, and a tall, dark, and handsome green-eyed guy named Cam. The four of them are led around the school for the tour of the campus by a stocky individual named Randy, whose gender is believed to be female. The grounds are uncared for, and resemble a prison. Randy goes over the rules, emphasizing the "meds," "beds," and "reds," as the security cameras that keep surveillance on all eighty students are known. Between the surveillance, the restricted communication (only one phone call home is allowed per week), and the dress code, which demands students wear all black all the time, Luce doubts that she will ever make it out of her senior year alive. At the end of the tour, Luce meets Arriane, a hyper, semi-crazy girl who takes an interest in her and "adopts" her, showing her around the school and giving her helpful advice, such as staying away from the "hard-cases" who could be identified by the metal bracelets they wore. These bracelets serve to both track the students who wear them, and also deliver incapacitating electric shocks when a student behaves disruptively. Luce later finds out that underneath her long sleeves, Arriane wears one.
Soon she meets Daniel Grigori. From the time they first meet, Luce immediately feels a strong familiar connection with him and is inexplicably attracted to him, though she's never even spoken to him before. Luce also meets Molly, a bully who dumps her lunch all over Luce's head in front of the entire cafeteria (until Arriane punched her in the face in Luce's defense, activating the metal bracelet Arriane wore and shocking her violently to the ground), and Pennyweather (Penn for short), who attended the school as the President of Sword & Cross's adopted daughter. She's the only student with access to the school's data and record files. Her attachment to the school lay in her father's memory, as he was the school's groundkeeper before his death and was buried at the cemetery within the school grounds. Luce becomes fast friends with Penn when she follows Luce to the bathroom and brings her shampoo to wash out the meatloaf that Molly dumped in her hair, saying that seeing meat all over a vegetarian made her sad. As Luce's first few days at Sword & Cross goes by, Daniel is extremely rude and cruel to her, throwing her scowls and piercing looks. But she continues to be drawn to him despite his attitude, feeling certain that she has seen him before. At the same time, Luce is attracted by Cam, the green-eyed boy she met on her first day. Charming and flirtatious, Cam is very kind to her and she is surprised when an innocent friendship seems to take a turn and she starts to fall for Cam as well. Now she is drawn between the two boys; Daniel, whom she can't even begin to explain her strange attraction for, and Cam, whom she dubs the "good guy she should be with." Things start to take a turn when Daniel, even while evidently trying his best to avoid and ignore her, starts treating her in a familiar, kind way that Luce is sure she knows all too well. Even though it is obvious that he is trying to push her away, Luce can't help but try harder to get closer to him. She feels she needs to know more about Daniel.
In an effort to learn more about Daniel, Penn sneaks Luce into the school's record files storage area. They are disappointed by Daniel's file, containing only a single sheet of paper with just the barest information. As Penn and Luce dig deeper into Daniel Grigori's history, they discover a book of fallen angels, written by Daniel Grigori, who they assume must be an ancestor of Daniel's. When they go to retrieve the book from the school library where Penn told Luce she had discovered it, they find it is no longer there. Inexplicably, the shadows come again and the library is suddenly engulfed in fire. Luce loses Penn in the smoke, but finds Todd. Together, they make their escape, guided by a mysterious violet light. But just as they are about to escape the building, the shadows swoop down on them, sending Luce flying and knocking her unconscious. Luce wakes up in the hospital to find out that Todd broke his neck fleeing the library. Again she is questioned by the police, linking yet another mysterious death by fire to Luce.
As the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, more questions are raised. Now as Luce begins to realize that she truly loves Daniel, her vague dreams about him become startlingly clear. At the same time, Cam makes more advances on her, suddenly making Luce feel uncomfortable in his presence and an intuition awakens within her telling her to stay away from the sly and cunning Cam. However, her intuition cannot overpower her emotion, stirred each time she looks into his angelic and hypnotic face. It also becomes clear to Luce how Gabbe appears to distract her each time she is with Cam, thoroughly annoying Luce as she is convinced that Gabbe and Daniel are already in a secret relationship.
Luce also begins to theorize that Daniel can see the shadows that haunt her. He seems to know everything about her. She is mystified by the occasional appearance of a violet light that engulfs him. While Luce struggles to find some answers, it seems that everyone--Daniel, Gabbe, Arriane, Cam, Molly, and even the old librarian, Miss Sophia--knows more about her life than she does. Luce is desperate to be together with Daniel, even though everyone, Daniel included, seems to be against them becoming involved with one another. Luce is determined to find out why their love is forbidden.
“It made Luce want to stand up next to him and fight. Fight to stay alive long enough to live out her life next to him. Fight for the only thing she know that was good enough, noble enough, powerful enough to be worth risking everything. Love.”
“Either Luce had been right, and her memory of Daniel had come from a forgotten trip to a Savannah mall, where they'd posed for a cheesy dress-up shots at Ye Old Photo Booth that she couldn't remember - or Daniel had been telling the truth.”Lucinda Price
“What if the one you were meant to be with, could never be yours?”
“He’s so focused on that hamburger, he wouldn’t hear the call of Satan.”Arriane Alter
“Trust is a careless pursuit at best. At worst, it's a good way to get yourself killed.”Miss Sophia
“Not so long that I've forgotten that you're worth everything. Every sacrifice. Every pain.”Daniel Grigori
“The good news is I kissed you, and you're still here.”Daniel Grigori
“" I don't get tangled up in trivial matter of the heart"”Miss Sophia Bliss
“Fight for the only thing she knew that was good enough, noble enough, powerful enough to be worth risking everything. Love.”
“I know that whenever I feel my world turning upside down, nothing grounds me like a manicure.”
““Forever,” he whispered back.”
“Luce felt Daniel’s hand wrap around her waist instantly, tightly, like he knew exactly where she began and where she ended.”
“A warm feeling came over Luce as she looked around the library. She'd always loved the faintly sweet musty way that only a roomful of books smelled.”
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He kissed her as if she belonged to him, as naturally as if she were some long-lost part of him that he could at last reclaim.Highlighted by 230 Kindle customers
“I think you’re the smartest person I know. And the kindest. And”—he swallowed, opening his eyes to look directly at her—“the most beautiful.”Highlighted by 199 Kindle customers
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The softest, featherlight touch of their lips was all that connected them, but a fire Luce had never felt before coursed through her, and she knew she needed more of—all of—Daniel. It would be too much to ask of him to need her the same way, to fold her in his arms like he’d done so many times in her dreams, to return her wishful kiss with one more powerful. But he did.Highlighted by 176 Kindle customers
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In the Beginning
1. Perfect Strangers
2. Fit to Be Tied
3. Drawing Dark
4. Graveyard Shift
5. The Inner Circle
6. No Salvation
7. Shedding Night
8. A Dive Too Deep
9. State of Innocence
10. Where There's Smoke
11. Rude Awakening
12. Into Dust
13. Touched at the Roots
14. Idle hands
15. The Lions' Den
16. Hanging in the Balance
17. An Open Book
18. The Buried War
19. Out of Sight
Epilogue: Two Great Lights
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