Falling Under by Gwen Hayes – REVIEW

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Release Date: March 1st, 2011
New American Library, 324 Pages
Sub-genre: Mythology
Source: Bought for Kindle
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Falling Under #1

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.

I was in for a rude awakening with this book! I thought I knew exactly where this was going. But I didn’t! And now that I have read it, I understand the cover – red dress and black roses.

I liked that Theia is English because it gave room for the some cute nicknames (English) and some interesting jargon that she uses. And I think it explains for the most part why she and Haden can talk the way that they do. I’m not sure the typical American teenager would have been so keen on him using the archetypal words that he did.

For the most part though, it was just an okay read for me. Haden seemed like a genuine jerk (not “the guy who just pretends to be a jerk”) and bordered on the creepy side i.e. he flat out told her that he was obsessed with her. Not be to mean or anything, but other than her innocence..what is he attracted to? Her ability to lose herself in her violin? I found her a little lacking in the interesting department and nothing to be head-over-heels about.

You’ll like this book if you’re a super hardcore paranormal fan.

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