Thursday, June 16, 2011

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: New American Library

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. -

This story wasn't at all what I was expecting, but let me say, that's not a bad thing.  Sometimes I like picking up a book expecting it to be one thing and then having it surprise me so much by being completely different.  Falling Under was different, but in a good way.  There were some elements about it that I still wasn't sure about, but for the most part I liked it.

Theia was interesting on a couple different levels.  Although I liked her as a character, I was really surprised by how she put up with being so sheltered by her father.  Her father took this shelter business to a whole other level that I have rarely seen or heard of in modern times.  And the fact that an angst-ridden teen wouldn't have rebelled a little gave me some pause.  I wasn't sure if that was realistic the way she sucked it up.  Although she did sneak out a time or two and rebel a little I guess.  All in all though, I really did like her because she was a gentle, quiet sort of person at first, and I don't typically see that in a lot of books.  I loved that she had supportive friends that rallied around her and believed her when she needed help.

Haden was the most difficult part of the book for me to swallow.  Although I felt the dark, mysterious guy thrill a little bit, a part of him really just kinda spooked me.  The sleeping scenes where she visits him and the "people" that were there were kind of spooky.  Which I suppose was the point.  It actually took me a little bit of work to like Haden, but I hung in there and am glad I did.  Once his story comes out and you know his origins and how he feels about them, and Theia, I took to him immediately. 

This was a darker story than ones I've read recently, but not in such a way that would turn me off too much.  It made it somewhat of an eerie read, but at the same time, I kind of liked how different the tone of this book was.  I enjoyed it very much.  And I am happy to see there will be as sequel!  A very nice and complex debut novel by a new talent.

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