Review Time! Falling Under by Gwen Hayes is a 2011 YA Debut, I have been waiting forever to read this after I saw the cover last year. How pretty is it? I would like to thank Penguin for sending me a review copy, I'm most grateful!
( Goodreads) Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
The Short Story ? - A dark, engrossing love story with a fresh take on the paranormal. A wicked plot, a memorable heroine and a forbidden love. A novel that won’t leave your thoughts long after you finish the last page! Looking for a new addiction, something to ponder? Pick up a copy of Falling Under.
The Long Story? – Everyone’s keeps saying this novel is a lot like Twilight, uh tell me again, when did Demons become even remotely similar to sparkly Vampires? So they both have forbidden love stories and Haden calls Theia “Lamb” but hey, it’s not like authors can’t use the word “Lamb” in a novel just because Stephanie Meyer wrote it in Twilight. Besides, I really enjoyed this novel while, Twilight only just impressed me (all the hype ruined it). If it’s the comparison to Twilight that’s stopping you from picking up this book, you’re just being silly.
The plot well, its a little clichéd with the new bad boy in town falling for the quiet good-two shoes and then tries to push her away because of his dark secret. However, that aside it’s really well written and the plot is fantastic! The “Under” Gwen has created is an extravagant nightmarish landscape, throw in a deadly villain, some psychics, a few passionate kisses and you have the ultimate YA paranormal. Fast –paced and action-packed, Falling Under completely captivated my attention!
The characterization was good, both protagonists were well-developed. As readers, we see a lot of change in Theia, she grows more confident and brave as the book progress one. Haden on the other hand was perfect in the first place and didn’t need any development. I’m really glad that there wasn’t a love triangle, I really don’t think I can cope with another love triangle in any paranormal. Gwen writes excellent kiss scenes or even just romantic scenes in general, from personal experience and lot of talk with authors, it’s agreed upon that the kissing scenes are the hardest to write and Gwen did such a fantastic job, I just had to put this in ;) You know being a romance junkie and all.
I can’t force you to read the book but I strongly recommend you do! This is the start of a fantastic series, one that I will have my eye one! A fantastic debut ( to match a fantastic cover),dark, engrossing, addictive and romantic. Looking for a read from the darker side? Bookie approves!
Badass Bookie xx