Falling Under (Paperback)
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DescriptionTheia 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.
- Published: 01 March 2011
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780451232687 ISBN 10: 0451232682
- Sales rank: 29,107
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Meet Theia Alderson, a normal teenage girl who lives in Serendipity Falls. We bet you cannot say that you have seen a burning man fall out of the sky, did you? Well, our main character did. At first she didn't believe what her eyes saw, but the next morning there's a huge scorch mark on her lawn when the man landed.
Since then, everything changes. There's a shift in the air announcing the unavoidable evil lurking Serendipity Falls. It all gets even weirder when Theia dreams with a beautiful boy at a skeletons party where they are serenaded by faceless musicians. However, the most shocking part of all is when she meets her beautiful dream-boy.
It is obvious that cannot be a coincidence, but what does this boy want?
Well, we can tell for sure how the boy is. Handsome and charming with girls (although not with our Theia) and Theia cannot make herself stop thinking about him.
We can assure you that there's going to be a lot of love-hate in this relationship. A thing we love!
First, we have to introduce Under, where Theia meets with our dream-boy called Haden. It's all so dark and twisted that we were crept a little bit, but it was stunning. Everything is perfectly detailed without leaving the sinister notes of Under. I mean, Theia was serenaded by faceless musicians and went to a party where all the guests were skeletons.
We have to underline the fact that is an easy read to deal with and it will capture you, book addicts, in a blink. And we are sorry, relieved, glad to say that you won't find a love triangle here. Although we like love triangles a lot, this book wouldn't be the same with it. We think that our beloved couple has enough problems without a third party interfering.
Although we totally fell for our main couple, we were a little bit disappointed in things like Haden calling Theia lamb like in Twlight or the fact that their attraction is kind of weird.
Why the last thing? Well, Theia is attracted to him based on a couple of emotions that she feels the first time she sees Haden. And we know that he was spying on her for a while and that he's a douchebag sometimes. Although it is cute that he was trying to protect her by pushing her away (surprise!). Furthermore, Theia is constantly a twirl of emotions and acts in consequence, although she barely knows him, because, of course, our hero lover is always being mysterious and cryptic.
About the love scenes we have to remark that are excellent and there is a lot of sexual tension going on there. So, maybe, you have to read this parts of the book really slow (wink).
To bring the last piece of negativity on this book, because we really like it, the final happened really quick. A lot of decision were made without thinking and we have to almost to a list to keep track of the changes that were happening.
Beside that, the end of the story provides a radical twist that gets things going and gives the author the opportunity of having a second book.
You would get hooked in this twisted and supernatural love story if you cannot live without hate-love stories!
We liked this book, but it has some tiny stuff that didn't make the book as wonderful as it could have been, that's why we'd give it 3 Gorjuss doll and a half! But that does not mean it is not a wonderful book! by TUABFC
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/review-falling-under-by-gwen-hayes/
I really wasn't expecting to love this at all. I have very low standards of paranormal romances (curse you, Twilight! *shakes fist*), so I was a bit surprised to find that I liked Falling Under. Even it was only a little bit.
I don't think I ever connected with Theia; I wished she had been nicer to her overprotective father and tried to reason with him instead of rebelling at times. I also don't understand why she had to be British in the first place. She didn't seem to have any quirky British attributes (well, either that or British people don't eat fish and chips in real life), and it only served to add to her nonexistent background.
On a positive note, though, I liked her friends. Donny was wild and entertaining, and Amelia was sweet and innocent-at least, in how boys thought. Gabe was probably my favorite character, though I thought he was quite a sneetch in the beginning too, haha. And Varnie is adorable when he's pining after a certain someone.
Haden was quite the typical hot YA boy. No fun in that at all. But I did admit that I liked reading from his point of view at times; it showed his sweeter (and more clueless) side, which I liked infinitely more than his devilish side. I don't think I was convinced with his and Theia's romance because it seemed to happen too suddenly-that's quite unrealistic.
I'll admit that I wasn't exactly expecting the paranormal aspect in this book; I wasn't sure what he was, and I certainly didn't expect the twist that resulted in changing to Haden's POV. But I liked it. It made it less Twilight-esque.
Ah, yes, this book was quite Twilight-esque. New boy goes to school, and girl thinks that he might be something other than human. So she sticks her nose in his business and along the way they fall in love. Or they fell in love at first sight. Something like that. Seriously, it was so Twilight-esque that there was even a Twilight reference in there (pg. 59).
Falling Under admittedly wasn't my favorite; it was an average paranormal romance, in my opinion. However, it did surprise me (slightly) at some points. If you're bored and you've got nothing else to read, this might be the book to read.
Source: Paperback borrowed from library by Linda
- Top review
Vibrant, and unputdownable
Once again, I dove right into a book with contents that are unknown to me. Was it about Vampires? Werewolves? Fairies? Witches? Angels? No. It isn't. I like surprising myself and I did just that when I begun this.
British Theia Alderson has moved to the states when she was 13. Now, at 17, her father made sure she didn't do anything wild, improper, rebellious, and irrational. He made sure she couldn't harm herself with anything that isn't right. Then suddenly, Theia starts dreaming of a devastatingly handsome boy, who the next day began his first day of school. Why was she dreaming about a stranger before she even met him? Whats the strange pull she has for him? Why has she realized that this strange pull replaced her fear after Haden reveals what he truly is to her?
All these questions answer themselves as a reader gets through the book. I didn't like the beginning. I dislike how fast Theia yearns for Haden so much after they just met. It didn't seem like a "crush" like it was stated. It was more like an "obsession" from both their parts. It threw me off from the start, too many clichÃ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?â??Ã?â??Ã?Â©'s But as the story started to pick up, and the story got over the "I love you even when I just met you" stuff. It became exciting and the events kept rolling in. Haden's mother is our antagonist in this one. She wants nothing more than to have Haden marry and become heir and in not a normal sense.
The author wrote wonderful secondary characters that constantly save the main characters butt. Best part is they're rather funny. They fit perfectly in the plot.
Falling Under is a vibrant read from an excellent debut author, who managed to creep me out a bit with her direct descriptions. Despite it's flaws it still was an enjoyable read. 3.5/5 stars. by Najla Qamber
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo
When Theia Alderson encounters the bizarre sight of a burning man falling from the sky and dying in her yard, her whole life begins to change. Seriously, that`s how FALLING UNDER begins - and it never lets up!
Theia is a transplanted Brit in a California high school. Her mother died when she was born, and her father moved them back to England. But his job relocated the two back to the States, where Theia has always been the odd girl out with her accent and unruly curls.
After the burning man incident, things get even more bizarre. Theia has a dream that is so real she's not surprised to find that the new boy who arrives at school is the same boy she has just dreamed about. Haden keeps appearing to Theia. She's both repelled and confused by him. Just when she thinks they've formed a connection, he does something to push her away. Backed by two very different but just as interesting friends, Theia tries to discover the mystery of Haden Black.
FALLING UNDER has so many amazing characters that it's hard to pinpoint just a single one that I enjoyed. The most entertaining by far is Varnie, the cross-dressing, young surfing psychic who the girls visit for a reading. When the tarot cards turn over three death cards for Theia, Varnie gets concerned and does a runner from town. But don't fret; he's not gone for long.
The other character that caught my attention is Gabe, the popular boy who is smitten with Theia's friend, Donny (Donnatella.) Donny has no idea why someone like Gabe, who is a sneetch (aka popular boy, and you HAVE to love the Dr. Seuss reference!) would be interested in her. Gabe sticks around through all the paranormal stuff, and isn't quite as clueless as one would expect from a sneetch.
There is so much going on in FALLING UNDER that it's hard to pin down just one story line. They all blend together well, supporting the main story of Theia and Haden. FALLING UNDER is also hard to describe as any one single type of novel. There are paranormal aspects obviously, but there's romance and mystery, as well. Basically, it's just a well-written story that leaves the reader eager for more. by TeensReadToo