Author: Gwen Hayes
Publisher: NAL (Penguin)
ARC, 324 pages
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Description (Taken from 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.
Haden is the dangerous bad boy that Theia can’t seem to stay away from, despite his warnings. His hot and cold nature makes her want him more, but made me less and less interested. For whatever reason, I really could not connect with Theia, or even Haden. Theia’s personality just did not mesh with me, and I know that I’m pretty much alone in that feeling, so I don’t want anyone to not pick up the book because of that.
The secondary characters in Falling Under are absolutely incredible though. Theia’s best friends, Ame and Donny, are fun and full of personality. Donny’s brazen nature makes her stand out and Ame’s sweet demeanor made me love her. On top of the fleshed out characters, the world that Gwen Hayes has created is what nightmares are made of. It’s beyond creepy, but I refuse to give anything else away.
I have to say that I felt like the story was a bit disjointed at times because of Theia’s frequent dreams and the random third person Haden narrative that is thrown in, but once I got to the final 100 pages, all that somehow made sense. I’m still not madly in love with the book, but those final 100 pages turns everything on its head and changed my mind about saying this is a good book to this is a really good book with such a surprising Alice in Wonderland feel.
Falling Under is a delectably creepy romance with some serious sexual tension and a bad boy that many people are going to love. It’s creepy and different and a little trippy, but in a good way. I will definitely be checking out what comes next!
Opening line: Everything changed the night I saw the burning man fall from the sky. ~ pg. 1
I shrugged. “Up is down. Down is up.”
“And that means . . . ?”
“I’m probably half in love with a boy I don’t really like.” ~ pg. 138
3.5 - Those last 100 pages are just wow*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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