Monday, March 28, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Falling Under

Author: Gwen Hayes
Release Date: Today in Australia!
Publisher: Penguin 

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.

Theia Alderson has lived a very sheltered life under the watchful eye of her overprotective father. His stifling rules have suffocated the life out of her. But the moment she see's a burning man fall from the sky, Theia's world is uprooted. She first meets the enigmatic Haden Black in her dreams where she's pulled into an eerie, fascinating realm. And then he suddenly appears in her waking life as the new student at school. She finds herself drawn to him. He's a mystery you want to unravel, the more hints he gives, the futher under his spell you fall.

Haden Black. He is a wonderful combination of seductively dangerous and charmingly sweet. He's yin and yang, black and white, light and dark - the good and the bad all rolled into one gorgeous sculptured body. He struggles to fight his dark side, if he fully gives into it then Theia's very soul is at great risk. But like a moth to a flame, she can't help but be entranced by him. And neither can the reader. He appeals to your dark, sexy fantasies but at the same time, he hits the sweet, charming, vulnerable inner core of your heart. I think Gwen Hayes wrote him brilliantly. I love this delicious mix of his human and supernatural side. I won't give away what exactly Haden is, because that's the fun part. Figuring him out. Just how dangerous is he?

Both Haden and Theia changed as a result of their growing bond. She began to break free of the cage she's been stuck in. Rather than blindly obeying every ridiculous rule set forth by her father, she begins to show a little rebelliousness which actually helped a few family truths come to light. Haden got in touch with his humanity. He's such a tragically lonely character, all his life he has been surrounded by those who are so different to him, who could never fully understand the conflict of having these two warring parts of himself.  So for him to finally be amongst those who understand his humanity,  it's good for him, despite having potentially dangerous consequences.

The secondary characters were all standouts. Theia's best friends, Donny and Ame contributed to many laughs and were interesting, rounded characters. Gabe, one of the 'sneetches' aka popular guys, was such a  nice, genuine guy.  As much as I wanted to shake some sense into Donny at times, I loved the push and pull between her and Gabe. They crackle with sexual tension but she's such a stubborn smartass. I love her. Amelia has her eyes set on the rather boring, clueless Mike who likes eating. Yes, that's probably the most interesting thing about him LOL. Everyone else can see that except for Ame. But she's been hopelessly crushing on this boy for years. I can't wait to see a tentative relationship explored between her and the cross-dressing psychic, Varnie in the sequel. Such a cool bunch of characters!

And of course, also worthy of note is the main villain in this story. Mara is deliciously evil. I do not like the woman. I wouldn't want to be in the same continent as her let alone an empty room or my dreams. But I appreciate the brilliant evilness she brings forth. You know, those characters you love to hate? Such a lovely, wicked thing she is.

The atmosphere of the Under was wonderfully creepy and fascinating. Gwen's writing is truly a work of art. Falling Under is  a dark, enthralling paranormal romance that lures you right into it's darkest shadows and refuses to relinquish it's grasp. It wants you to struggle your way back into the light. It wants you to succumb to it's darkness. And oh does Haden make you want to toe the line between light and dark. The ending was brilliant. As the story moves along, you're not entirely sure what to expect. Gwen throws in twists and shocks and has the reader wrapped around her finger until she decides to finish telling her story. And now I really need book two!

Rating: 5/5

Giveaway Time!

Thanks to the amazing gods at Penguin Australia, I have ONE copy of Falling Under to giveaway!

This is open internationally. 
Giveaway closes April 11th 2011.
No requirements except filling out this form.
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  1. Haden sounds like the kind of character I would fall in love with!

  2. Thanks so much for the giveaway. The premise sounds so good and I love the cover.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway, Brodie! *squee*

  4. Wow, I really can't wait to read this book! (:

  5. This book totally sounds like one I would love! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I think I'm going to like Mara. I have a thing for deliciously evil characters. Voldemort, President Snow, BELLATRIX! Oh man, they make me excitedddd! Brodie, your review has left me wanting more. Falling Under, COME TO ME!

  7. Damn girl, you are pulling out all of these amazing giveaways :) I want this book so badly! Thanks so much for hosting.

  8. I wasn't to sure about Falling Under, but your description of the villian totally has me wanting to read it now. ^_^

    The HAunting of Orchid Forsythia

  9. I'd love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Thanks for this giveaway. Also thanks for making this international.
    You made it reaaally simple, that's nice ;)
    I love this cover so much ! That's the main reason why I wanna read it so much (I don't mean it so, I'm sure that the story is also great :D)

  11. Thanks for another international giveaway

  12. Thank you for making it international!! I really REALLY hope I win :D


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