Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Falling Under by Gwen HayesFalling Under (Falling Under, #1) by Gwen Hayes
Published by New American Library on March 1st 2011
Pages: 324

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.

Falling Under has left an immense impression on me. With it’s darkly enchanting story and vivid characters, I quickly and irrevocably fell under it’s spell. I was like a buoy bobbing up and over waves of emotion, some of which were despairing and heartbreaking while others were comforting, warm, and humorous. I also can’t forget about the many emotional waves of lust. This book is full of devilish charm and sexy times thanks to the book’s heart throb and tragic character, Haden. He’s mysterious, mischievous, dark and delicious and a whole lotta other words that escape me at the moment but make me want to throw myself at him. Like the majority of the book’s female population, I’ve completely fallen under his lure. Damn that sexy boy.

Theia is a extremely multi-facted and intriguing character. My heart instantly went out to her. Although she’s originally from the U.K. British accent ta’boot, she’s lived in the U.S. for the past few years. Besides being British, something that I equate prim and properness with, she’s also been forced to live a confined life for other reasons. Her father who is constantly described as cold, has sheltered Theia her whole life. He has basically caged her in, not allowing her the simple and carefree freedoms that come with being a child, and the abilities to make one’s own decisions that come with young adulthood. We find out early on that her mother passed away the day Theia was born, which has since caused an uncomfortable and awkward rift between Theia and her father. All I can say is thank goodness for Theia’s bestfriends, Amelia and Donny. Little by little we see how they break Theia out of the stiff shell that her father has spent his life creating. Donny is tough as nails with sarcastic wit and an extreme sense of protection aimed towards her friends. Amelia is equally as charming but in another sense; she’s quieter and more reserved. However, deep down she’s just as fiercely protective of Theia as Donny is. Together the trio make one hell of a team.

Then there’s Haden, my sweet, devilish and delectable Haden. Although he comes off as a seductively charming and sometimes ass-y character, it’s easy to see that deep down he suffers. His lonelyness and despair is gut-wrenching. I applaud Theia for instantly recognizing a fellow person in pain and wanting to reach out. However at times I also wanted to give her a good shake as to say “what the heck are you thinking girl”. It’s clear from the beginning that something dark and ominous surrounds Haden’s arrival, but Theia can’t, and has also lost all will to stay away. Although part of me wishes she had stayed away in order to protect herself, another part feels as though the two were fated to meet.

It’s times like these where I feel so blessed to have had taken a Gothic Literature class a couple years back. Without that class I never would have been able to appreciate a novel as dark and wonderful as Falling Under. This story is so imaginative, somber and full of macabre; it kept me enticed yet weary the whole way through. The romantic aspects are scorching and all-consuming. And the writing – wow! The style and imagery conveyed is breathtaking.

“Part of me wants to set you on fire and hold you while the flame consumes us bother, to eat your heart so I know that only I possess it entirely.”

If you are a fan of the book Nevermore or just generally like dark, mysterious, and sexy-oozing stories with a paranormal aspect, Falling Under is most definitely the book for you! Dark and utterly compelling. This is one book you don’t want to pass up.


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