Falling Under by Gwen Hayes Reading level: Young Adult Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: NAL Trade (March 1, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0451232682 Source: Purchased Summary: Goodreads Rating: YYYYY
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.MY THOUGHTS
I think I have fallen for FALLING UNDER by Gwen Hayes. I wholeheartedly adored this book, from the very first pages until the very last words and was sad to have it end.
If you don't know me well enough, then let me tell you one thing, I am a paranormal romance junkie and I am the first to admit it. It has been a while that a book has made me so happy, but Falling Under did just that. This amazing story is centered on Theia, a girl that is sheltered by an overprotective father, different from her classmates but she is not otherworldly, if you know what I mean. An ordinary girl that one day encounters a burning man floating past her window...yes, I said burning man...and from that night on her world begins to change. The next day a new hottie named Haden enrolls in Theia's high school and she cannot resist his pull. What ensues is a relationship that totally had me hooked onto every word. At night in Theia's dreams Haden would visit her and seduce her with kind words and looks but he could not, would not touch her, this frustrated Theia to no end but she lived for these moments because during the day when at school Haden would practically ignore her. Talk about double frustration. Then when Haden's identity is revealed Theia understands his reluctance to continue thier relationship, but a plan has been set and motion and you won't believe what happens next.
One of the things I enjoyed the most is Haden and Theia's interactions because they were seductive and romantic. And because Haden could not touch Theia you would think that would be frustrating, but Gwen Hayes worked around that and I know I was left fanning myself, yeah baby, it was good stuff. Along with this story having a great main couple, it was filled with many memorable and adorable characters like Donnie and Amelia and you certainly that cannot help but get all smooshy about Varnie the cross dressing surfer clairvoyant...believe me once you see him on the page you will LOVE him. Oh and I cannot forget Gabe *sigh* As you can see there are many characters to love and Hate, yes, one of the most malicious characters around fiction town is nestled in the pages of this story and you will love it hate ....ahem....it.
With all the YA Paranormal stories that are about I found this one in particular to be unique and a bit risque. It had a slow and steady pace and it kept me wondering who and what Haden was, although I had strong suspisions I am glad that I was wrong and just adored the adventure I was taken on. Falling Under is sexy, smart and witty and I fell instantly under it's spell and cannot wait to read more about this world and it's engaging characters. If you have not read this book, and you enjoy paranormal romance then you have to get it NOW!!! You will not be dissappointed.Book Trailer Video