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Friday, July 22, 2011

Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Released: March 1, 2011
Publisher: NAL Trade
Rated: YA
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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.

What I thought:


I was hoping to like this more than I did. I had a hard time with this as soon as I hit the first scene with Haden and his 'Get her to hate me' scheme was hatched. This right here is what ruined the book for me. I'd rather have seen it be about him trying to seduce Theia instead. But it wasn't like that. I've heard references from Hades and Persephone to this story and while I did kind of see it, I thought it was a poor imitation if that was it.

I liked the idea behind it. The main story (not the character crap I kept rolling my eyes at) was what got me through to the end. I thought the premise was very promising and even had a few good twists and turns here and there. But the more I saw Haden resist his feelings for Theia, the more I was turned off of the book.

I won't be continuing this series. I do, however, plan to give this author another chance, because she's a good writer. She just happened to write a story I can't back. But this book wasn't for me. It still might be for you though. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it, whether you loved it or hated it.

My Rating:


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7 comments:

Candace said...

I saw some negative reviews on this before so I took it off my WL. I do love the cover but that's too bad that you really didn't care for it. At least now I know I didn't waste my money buying it!

Jules said...

I have been wanting to read this one for a while now but yours isn't the first negative review I've read of it. I think I'll end up probably getting this one from the library if I do decide to buy it!

Jules said...

not buy it...read it! I think it's time for me to log off :D

Lisa Mandina said...

Interesting review, it is on my TBR list, but maybe I'll read it only after checking it out, not buy. I'm a new follower! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

Precious said...

Aw, sad you didn't like it! But some books are not for us. I've experienced the same thing with other books. Great honest review.

BJ said...

The storyline isn't one that's likely to work for me, so I'll probably never read it...but I do like the cover on this one. :)

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Half way through it and while it isn't a great book, I've continued to read. Keep hoping there will be an ah ha! moment that will make me glad that I've not sat and caressed the cover (it feels soo wonderful almost like doe skin)in vain.

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