The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen (3.5 Stars)
Luke Price's life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.
Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents' unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it's hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can't stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.
Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they've never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .
When I first knew that the this book was about Luke’s story, I thought it would have a lot of angst. It did have that, but the tragic-ness of their story is more dominant. And the emotion demands it to be felt >.< Reading the book was a bit off for me. It was good at the first half, but it just shows how they are as an individual. And their personality kinda disturbs me. I got to see what their “dark” secrets, and what they do to forget it. And the people who surrounds them. But it wasn’t until I got to the last half of the book, when their actual secrets were revealed. And when I got to know it, I knew that there would be a big plot twist that would blow my mind. And guess what? There was one. The Destiny of Violet & Luke, plot wise is actually good. There were a lot of instances where it would make you wonder just what these characters would do. Pacing was a 50-50, because the first half wasn’t really that interesting, but it doesn’t have any fillers in it either. But the last half was the most interesting because I finally got to understand them as characters.
Violet and Luke have really… disturbing pasts. And they do a lot of disturbing things to forget their past. I’m more worried about Violet as a character, she seems unstable and dangerous for herself. I understand why she does it. Just to forget her problem, but its seriously affecting her health and safety. To me, Violet has more issues that Luke here. Although they have both “damaged” history, Luke seems to control it somewhat better than Violet.
But that ending. Ohmighad, A HUGE CLIFFHANGER. As in, I was so high on adrenaline after what happened and then POOF! finished. -.-“ I don’t know what I should feel about that. It kinda frustrated me when that cliffhanger happened, but at the same time it made me excited to read the sequel.
WHY DO I RECOMMEND IT?
If you want to know the secret behind Violet’s attitude and the burden that Luke hides, then I guess you’d like this more. I’m not really that amazed by the plot of the book, and the characters aren’t likeable in my terms. But I still can’t wait to read the sequel.
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