These days, I’ve been killing it when it comes to letting people down. Now I’ve been kicked out of high school, arrested, and accepted into a remote, off-the-grid school owned and operated by an inscrutable billionaire tech guru.
Gray Wolf Academy is looking for a certain kind of student. Ones that no one will miss. Like me.
Then there’s Braxton. The beautiful, oddly anachronistic guy who showed up right when the trouble started. And he’s a total enigma—which means that I definitely can’t trust him, even if there’s something about him that makes me want to.
They all tell me I have a gift. A very rare gift. And Gray Wolf Academy wants me to learn it. To use it. Because if what they say is true, I have all the time in the world.
And that makes me the most dangerous high school student you’ll never know…
Title: Stealing Infinity (Stolen Beauty #1)
Author: Alyson Noel
Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (teen)
I would like to thank NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC (teen) for providing me with an early e-book of this title to read and give an honest review.
I was pretty excited to get approved for this title. I love sci-fi and I LOVE time travel. And this topic is hard. The author has to be very aware of not overlapping time shifts and things not making sense. I have to say, Noel did a pretty good job with this as no real plot holes existed for me.
This is my first Noel title. I've seen her books around but had yet to pick one up and read it. I'm glad I did.
What I enjoyed:
T he plot. Good girl gone not so good Natasha has let her great life slip away to nothing. Bad grades, getting in trouble, and a general downward spiral have put her in a precarious position. The thing is, she can be good, and knows it. But chooses this awful path because she feels she's not worthy. And let's not mention she hangs with bad girl Elodie, who you know from the very start is up to no good.
But things take a turn when Natasha is whisked away to Blackstone Academy, where she learns about her secret
"power", she can time travel! Thought the nature of why the kids do it is not great.
The setting of this book, a secluded boarding school for kids who jump back in time, was very Harry Potter (Hogwarts, is, after all, secluded and unseeable to the normal person's eye).
The characters were all in stark contrast of each other. You definitely were not getting them mixed as each personality was very different. Some I liked. Some I did not. But such should be the nature of any book. Though I will say, I didn't really connect with any one character like I thought I would.
The love interest. I love a good love interest and this one had it brewing and then, BOOM, a triangle. Those are always fun.
What I did not enjoy:
The info dump on numerology and tarot cards. In all honesty, I could not follow this part of the plot. It was just too much to think about and understand.
The overall slower pace of the story. Yes, I would have liked this to go a bit faster. I did not read it as quickly as I thought I would. That was a disappointment.
The quick pace of the love interest and the stalkerish nature of how it began. I didn't feel the characters truly got to know about each other before falling head over heels. That bothered me and I would have liked that pace a bit slower. Plus I truly felt there wasn't the chemistry I wanted to feel.
Give me more time travel fun. I get there was a certain reason the characters kept going back to the same place, but when given the chance to time travel anywhere, why stunt it?
Overall, I did enjoy the story. I loved the jumps back to Versaille. I liked the details of the way people were dressed and the description of the palace.
I will continue to see where this one goes when the next book comes out, as I'm curious if the story will get better.
With 9 NYT bestsellers and millions of copies in print, her books have been translated into 36 languages, sold in over 200 countries, and have topped the NYT, USA Today, LA Times, Publisher’s Weekly, Wall Street Journal, NCIBA, and Walmart Bestsellers lists, as well as several international bestsellers lists.
She is best known for THE IMMORTALS series, THE RILEY BLOOM series, and SAVING ZOË, which was adapted into a movie now available on Amazon.
Upcoming works include:
STEALING INFINITY- The Da Vinci Code meets Riverdale - in stores 06.28.22
FIELD GUIDE TO THE SUPERNATURAL UNIVERSE - Optioned for TV by producers Charles Matthau and Michael Zoumas with Andrew Orenstein and Matt Hastings attached as show runners
Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled in Southern California. Learn more at www.alysonnoel.com.
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