"How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?" (Goodreads)
I have mixed feelings about the first book so I have apprehensions on reading this second book. But I guess my hope for redemption prevailed because I still found myself grabbing this one from the shelves as soon as I saw it. They say that the first book is the hardest to write so at least give the second book a chance.
At first I found myself struggling to keep up with the story. I suggest you refresh your memory with some of the details in book 1 (Fallen) because there were a lot of instances in the book where you might need it. Nonetheless, the rest I found myself enjoying. Especially when you get to the mid-part when things go out of the "romantic" aspect.
As Luce becomes frustrated over her lack of knowledge on the ongoing events, I also felt her frustration. Daniel is keeping her away in a secluded school, away from her family and her best friend, and only with the knowledge that she is being kept safe - but from whom?
I am happy that the story finally starts to veer away from the all-too romantic part of Luce and Daniel, and throws in conflicts that will finally make Luce think the other side of their celestial love affair. Daniel knows that with Luce given no time limit in this lifetime, the consequences of her realizing more about their situation will put them both in pain.
Now not only heaven and hell wants Luce, and she might want something else other than Daniel. There are a lot at stake with what happens to Luce, and to what will become of her and Daniel. They want nothing more than to be together after centuries of being tormentedly divided. If they are to be together, then they must not only move heaven and hell but face the truth of what had brought them their fate.