Book Review: Falling Under

Book Review: Falling UnderFalling Under by Gwen Hayes
Series: Falling Under #1
Published by Penguin on March 1st 2011
Pages: 336
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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.

Browsing through my Kindle one day, I came across Falling Under. For the life of me, I could not remember what this book was suppose to be about. Hades and Persephone? Being in one of those just read whatever you come across moods sealed the reading fate of this book.
 
Falling Under is breath of fresh air. No vampires. No werewolves. No typical paranormal character to speak of. And for that alone, I would recommend Falling Under. With the YA market so saturated with paranormal everything, Falling Under stands out for bring something new to the table.
 
After finishing the book, I did some research and discovered that Falling Under is suppose to be loosely based on the Hades and Persephone myth. But to be honest, I am not sure where the parallels are. Maybe the dream world is suppose to be the Underworld? I am not sure.
 
While Falling Under shines with its originality, its main characters are some what of another story. Theia… Theia… Theia. Let the bad boy go! Man, this is a girl that does not know when to quit. And Haden. I love to hate you. So hot and cold. Makes a girl not know if she is coming or going. As for the secondary characters, I must say Bravo! They inject much needed humor and life into the book. Making all the Theia / Haden drama so much better.
 
Final Verdict:
 
Falling Under was a completely surprising read. So dark. So haunting. I just ate it up.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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2 responses to “Book Review: Falling Under

  1. Emily a.k.a WilowRaven : )

    Awesome review Kate! I have this one sitting on my shelf but have yet to feel the need to pick it up. Good to know the paranormal elements are in check. I’m sure I’ll get to it sooner now, knowing it’s worth the read.

    Thanks!

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