Series: Falling Under #1
Published by New American Library (3.1.2011)
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 324 pages
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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.
He’d trapped me in his sinful gaze designed to weaken my will, to raise the stakes in the battle for my heart. Maybe my soul. He wanted me to know what I was missing even as he made it clear I couldn’t have it. And I was depraved enough to let him.
WTF man, she had just met him!! Slow down there, killer.
Another example, and probably the worst one, he smiles at her – a real, genuine smile – and this is her reaction:
My own heart was my weakest muscle, never exercised, never even flexed. Suddenly, I understood that it still miraculously worked. And it was full. So full it felt like rays of sunshine were bursting through my chest, poking out of me in radiant splendor. Haden spellbound me and life changed to Technicolor. In his smile, I felt the bindings that tethered my spirit rip away.
He wished he could show her the memory of the very first time he’d laid eyes upon her. A random moment, his window to her world, and yet it had pierced his excuse for a soul as if it were destiny. As if she were his destiny. A thousand times he’d looked through the realms, but one glimpse had forever changed their paths. And now, she reclined on the grass before him, pure and heavenly. Like a treat, a present to open, an offering, while his blood hummed with unspeakable urges.
“I know you must have dreamt what that kiss would be like – to kiss a girl who saw you as whole, not just what you showed.”He shook his head. “No. I never dreamt of kissing a girl – I only ever dreamt of kissing you.”
The whole part of Haden touching other girls to touch Theia creeped me out. He kissed some chick’s neck and Theia felt it….uhh?? Creeeeeeepyyyyyyy. Then, he’s glaring at her like he wants to burn a hole through her head, and instead of blowing him off or even getting angry back, Theia gets….horny?
My body responded to his anger in a tangle of desire, making me aware of the erogenous zones Donny often spoke of even when I begged her to shut up.
Alright, so here comes what was probably the worst part for me. Boy acts aloof and bipolar (read: like an asshole) to get the girl to stay away from him – for her own safety. He speaks like he’s from another time, he’s 17 but he’s been 17 for a while. He leaves her and she goes all emo and catatonic – no homework, no music, no longer engaged with her friends anymore. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too. Despite this book poking fun at Twilight, there were a whole lot of similarities.
The whole we-can’t-be-together-because-if-we-do-there-will-be-DOOM!!! thing is getting really, really old. Oh, and the sob story of the boy being so evil and terrible. That is repeated over and over and OVER again in this story. Okay, we get it already. And of course, despite that, Theia still wants him. And gets upset because he tries to push her away (for her own safety!!). Uh, hello, you’re upset because he doesn’t want you to die? SIGH.
There were a lot of times when she would think random stuff about him in random moments, and it was just so ridiculously misplaced I couldn’t help but laugh. Like, they’re in the middle of a conversation:
Haden held my hand to his lips, and the rhythm of our hearts slowed until the measure could be matched. In that aching moment of clarity, awareness crept across my soul like a shadow. I was in love with a demon, and it would end badly.
I suppose I have to give credit where credit is due, when read the first chapter I was intrigued. It got off to a great start – with the burning man falling through the sky, it was mystifying. Until Haden came along – then it all went downhill. For about 90% of this book there were lots of heavy sighs and eye rolling on my part. That, and I had to stop what seemed like every 3 pages to write down something else that irritated me.
Not for me.