Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Title: Falling Under
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.
Falling Under is impeccably written, with flowing prose and beautiful language. The characters all have such distinct personalities too. Theia starts out as this do-gooder who aims to please her father, but once she meets the enigmatic and seemingly dangerous Haden, she begins to change. Theia’s character progression is far greater than I imagined. She transforms throughout the book and comes out as a much stronger person.

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

Favorite lines:
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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Sniffly Kitty said...

I really like books with Alice in Wonderland kind of feel to it although random switching for narratives is annoying >.> I will keep this book on the maybe list for now I think.

Sniffly Kitty
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Paranormal Opinion said...

Thanks for the review, this book sounds pretty good! I just added it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Anyway, I just came across your blog and I love it - cute header! I'm now a follower and I look forward to more of your reviews :)

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I was loving this cover. Thanks for the review - I think I'll give it a try. Creepy romance and serious sexual tension are always a plus! Great first line!

Bere said...

Excellent review, Nikki. The cover for Falling Under is just beautiful. I really like it. I definitely want to give this one a try. It sounds really interesting. Thanks, Nikki =).

~The Book Pixie said...

I already own an ARC of this so I'll definitely be reading it. Not sure I'm going to like the hot-n-cold thing with Haden though. That kinda things irks me. Thanks for the review. :D


Alyssa (Redhead Heroines) said...

I had a difficult time with the POVs and disjointness of "Falling Under" as well. I also thought that the plot was a little random, sometimes fast, sometimes slow. I might still read the sequel, though! Great review :)
- Alyssa
Book Review of "Falling Under" by Gwen Hayes

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