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Falling Under 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

  • Title: Falling Under
  • Author: Gwen Hayes
  • ISBN: 9780451232687
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 knowsTheia 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.Book Details Format PaperbackPublication Date 3 1 2011Pages 336Reading Level Age 12 and Up

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    1. Gwen Hayes

      Gwen Hayes that s me lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero and a pack of wild beasts two of whom she gave birth to She is a reader, writer, and lover of pop culture which, other than yogurt, is the only culture she gets Gwen also edits kissing books.

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    1. Multiple Choice Quiz for Teenage Girls 1 Would you rather be A ORB 2 There s a hot new boy in school, but he seems to be something of an asshat, always blowing you off and parading other women in front of you Would you A OR B 3 You re having strange dreams where said hot boy appears and acts mysterious and tortured, telling you that you can never be togetherrrrr You think hot boy is something supernatural Would you A image error ORB image error 4 A demon wants to steal your soul Would you A imag [...]


    2. I have to admit sometimes often I pick up books just because I like the cover art This one in particular reminded me of American Beauty, so I couldn t resistERT this is going to be bitchy.I threw this book before even finishing the first chapter.Why Because I ve already cringed my teeth four times in the first three pages And that s too much.I m going to show you what I mean.The protagonist is on the bed, reading from her iPhone And she speaks about her love for books Every night I went somewher [...]


    3. Favorite quote Theia to Haden whilst alone in her bedroom Do you know I have never seen a penis ROFL XD Way to go girl, way to goIf I had to pick a serious quote as my favorite it would probably be this one, though This isn t a crush it s obsession You are never not in my thoughts Your scent carries across a room and paralyzes me with longing I don t want to hold your hand Part of me wants to set you on fire and hold you while the flame consumes us both, to eat your heart so I know that only I p [...]


    4. I have wildly mixed feelings about this book, which is loosely based on the myth of Persephone I m not sure I can write a coherent review because I m so conflicted, so here goes the pros and cons list.For the first two thirds of the book I was pretty annoyed with the main character Theia Stop falling in love with boys just because they re kinda cute, girls I really, really disliked Haden Manipulative, bad tempered, controlling, stalker ish guys who try to make girls jealous, especially while vie [...]


    5. Dear YA,1 Please don t let this be another book on star crossed lovers whose relationship is doomed from the beginning because one is in danger of being killed by the other.2 Please, please, please no love triangles 3 Please make the heroine a heroine by which, I mean a thinking, independent, strong willed and self aware young woman who could be construed as a positive role model for your target audience And let the male lead be than just her love interest Let him have a interesting role and [...]


    6. I love Greek mythology retellings, but also forgot how annoyed I ve been getting with most YA paranormal romances So prepare for a super shocking plot of An attractive brooding guy who is quite possibly not human moves to town He tells the MC girl that she s super pretty the other girls try very hard to sparkle You just glow without any effort at all I just wondered how the most beautiful girl in school manages to fly so far under the radar She begs to differ The guy is all hot cold because he s [...]


    7. I was so excited to read Falling Under after I won a copy on First Reads The concept of meeting a mysterious, devastatingly handsome guy from your dreams sounded captivating, but Falling Under was too much of the worn thin I m a jerk to you but you love me anyway romance, and the parts that were original were too dark for me I d recommend Falling Under to those that love the darker side of paranormal fiction not me.Theia, Theia, Theia The author tells us things about her, but Theia s actions sho [...]


    8. This book was totally not what I was expecting Definitely a lot dark and wickedly twisted than I ever would have expected, yet I think that is why I liked it to much Under was a complete creep fest faceless beings, skeletons stitched together people rivers of tears I had those huge eyes O_O and the expression of no f ing way it was awesome.The characters in this novel were extremely well written Everyone of them had truly unique qualities that made them very hard to forget Theia s friends Donny [...]


    9. I was lucky enough to read this as a draft and was blown away I agree with another reviewer that the imagery is amazing When telling Gwen what I thought I said, This is going to be big, like Twilight big You will LOVE it


    10. This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.2.5 5A shy girl living a seemingly normal life Check.A hot and mysterious guy appearing out of nowhere Check.Instant, unexplainable, and inevitable attraction blossoming as the two gaze at each other fatefully through a pane of glass Check.Haden Mr Dangerous and Brooding Stay away from me, lamb I m dangerous.Theia Ms Radiant Sunshine But I don t want to I think I m in love with you Check.Does this sound just a teensy bit familiar yet Ugh, [...]


    11. FABULOUS Beautiful, gothic, full of wonder, angst, romance and forbidden love FALLING UNDER has the feel of retelling the Hades Demeter myth, which I just adore This debut is fresh, gorgeous, and utterly enchanting.


    12. I m a sucker for a sexy cover Gwen Hayes has such a cover for her debut, Falling Under, a supernatural YA about a young girl, who dreams of a dark world and of the boy who resides there, who in turns enters her world and tries to claim her soul I had some reservations about this book because of my recent dismay over the large amount of YA Paranormal books published that are trying to ride the Twilight train for all it s worth Time and again I m seeing a lonely female protagonist with MIA parenta [...]


    13. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I m addicted to underworlds.And it s the fantastic realm of Under that, for me, was the best part of Falling Under Gwen Hayes uses several tropes that have become overused in YA paranormal romance, but the book is better written than many of its peers, and Hayes creativity bursts out of the bounds of the formula every time she shows us a scene from Under.At first, this feels like a lot of books we ve read before Reserved, virginal Theia meets a mysterious boy, Haden, at [...]


    14. Okay where do I even begin with this book Our heroine turns out to be seriously dull She was just, the most boring main character I have ever read about and I ve read Hush Hush so that says something Ugh, and I knew it from the start too, when she is laying on her bed pensively reading her book in her nightgown thinking really deep thoughts You re 17 Go out with friends Read a magazine Do something slightly interesting I guess I m not one to talk, because I m 17 and I love reading, but she makes [...]


    15. For Gwen Hayes s first debut, this book was pretty amazing The flow of the story, the intricate characters and the writing that the author creates was just mesmorizing I can t stop thinking about it Plus, I m also a sucker for tortured heroes and Haden Black is that one I didn t think I would have shed so many tears for these two people who, even though they loved each other, could not be together Falling Under is a story about finding the love of your life and fighting for what you believe in, [...]


    16. My review can also be found on my blog Collections.It all starts when Theia sees a burning man fall from the sky After that she begins having strange and creepy dreams about a boy she s never seen before Things become even weirder when she finds out he s the newest student in school For some reason, he acts cold towards her, treating her the opposite of how he does in her dreams She can t figure him out, and although she knows there s something not quite right about him, she can t stop herself f [...]


    17. First of all thank you to I won an ARC of this book through their first reads program I loved it This is a wonderful and different paranormal that involves no Vampires or Werewolves, nor any Angels or Fairies It s about Theia, a very withdrawn and sheltered young girl who lives with her extremely overprotective and strict father.When a burning man falls from the sky, everything starts to change When the totally hot new guy, Haden Black, starts school, Theia is drawn to him and she can t figure o [...]


    18. My very own goth Mr Darcy Jane Austen would be so proud.I can t finish this It s too terrible for words My third one star rating this year.


    19. First I must say thank you to the GoodReads First Reads program for the ARC I won a copy through the giveaway Falling Under was a very unique story and not the usual YA Paranormal books No Vampires, No Werewolves, and No Fairies, oh my It was so well written and Gwen Hayes did a fantastic job at describing things that it was so easy to picture There were some parts of the book that were a little slow but definitely nothing that made me put the book down.Theia can t help feel this draw she has fo [...]


    20. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Falling Under It was a deeply sensual and provocative love story between two beings of two different worlds.Let me just say that I love Haden He was so mysterious, creepy, yet romantic and just plain amazing I could really feel the connection between the characters He s the bad guy in the mysterious world and I loved all the romance the twists Hayes is a talented writer who has blended horror and romance fantastically with this book.It was beautifully written and I m [...]


    21. I must say that, aside from a few issues, I actually did enjoy FALLING UNDER It is unfortunate to say that while this book was enjoyable overall, I do not think its heroine will leave any lasting impressions on me But before I critique the not so good, let me list what I enjoyed about the story.First of all, FALLING UNDER is wonderfully devoid of any love triangles Yes, I m sure a lot of people can probably imagine my relief reading a story that doesn t have me wanting to strangle a girl for lea [...]


    22. Bleh Average teenage girl who doesn t realize she s really the most beautiful person alive with super controlling but oblivious, and conveniently out of town when anything interesting happens parent becomes the object of obsession of paranormal boy.While the writing wasn t anything special, the first half of this book was three stars The heroine is interesting She s British, rich, a violinist, absolutely controlled by her father, and yet has odd ball friends She keeps having bizarre like out of [...]


    23. This book is twisted In a good way It s like a gothic Alice in Wonderland.Or Coraline But with a romance novel.I m not sure if I gave this book 5 stars for the plot, the characters, or the fact that Haden reminds me of Panic at the Disco But this was insane And it deserves five stars on all three accounts.This book, that LOOKS short but actually was so complicated and intricate I felt like I d just read trilogy instead of a novel, is a combination of many, many things 1 Alice in Wonderland2 Cora [...]


    24. 2.75 starsWhat I enjoyed I loved the dark, creepy world of Under and the trippy sequences when Theia crossed over into Hayden s world Some readers have mentioned how dark this book was, but for me that was a selling point I actually would ve liked to spend time in the macabre, twisted world of Under I was both repulsed and fascinated by it the architecture, landscape, inhabitants, you name it I wanted , , Also, for a paranormal romance, Gwen Hayes definitely shocked me with a few surprises I t [...]


    25. I had expected to be entertained by dark dreams and shadows and mysteries when I picked this book up, but I ended up getting none of them I picked up this book merely because keeps suggesting me to read it after I read Kelly Creagh s Never Curiosity got the better of me so here I am, ready to share with you my discovery First, if you happened to dislike Never, you can forget about reading Falling Under, because the latter honestly fails to outshine the former Secondly, be warned that you will ha [...]


    26. Heh This is a really hard book to review There were times I wanted to give it 5 stars, and then times I wanted to give it 1 star.The GoodThe plot really wasn t bad at all Some parts of it felt like I was reading a description of a Tim Burton movie Corpse Bride, less Batman Those parts were very cool.Theia s friends, Donny and Amelia Wow I was blown away with how well they were written The last few chapters where Hayes turns everything upside down Very cool In fact, that s probably the biggest r [...]


    27. Ohmygosh I absolutely loved this fantastic book It sent shivers up my spine the whole time I was reading it And since I m a violin player myself, I especially liked the way Gwen Hayes portrayed the emotion that comes with playing the violin It can definitely transport you to a whole other world I loved the romance and it was refreshing to feel Haden s passion for Theia and the way they fit so nicely together like they ve always known each other.This is not instant love like Twilight It s a retel [...]


    28. There are four things that make a book worth my time Those four things are 1 The characters 2 The storyline atmosphere originality 3 The writing style voice 4 The addictivenessHow Gwen Hayes failed 1 Characters DISLIKE Theia what type of a name is that, anyway was a sheltered, mindless idiot who has absolutely no personality Her token character trait is that she s British She gives England a bad name Haden another weird name Misspelled, too was loathsome and inconsistant Can t really pinpoint an [...]


    29. My Thoughts I was so unbelievably excited when I won this from a GoodReads First Reads giveaway First, it was a debut author Second, OH MY, that cover Third, the premise sounded so interesting I had a heck of a time waiting until 2011 so that this would count toward the 2011 Debut Author Challenge, but I jumped in as soon as I could.I hate to say it, but I was disappointed.Theia definitely embraced the TSTL tendencies I couldn t connect with her at all In the first chapter, we find out that Thei [...]


    30. I ll admit a personal bias in terms of loving Gwen Hayes writing she has a wonderful sense of humor and attention to character detail, and I ve enjoyed a number of her self pubbed stories, especially in the realistic fiction realm So when I heard she was releasing her first full YA novel, I jumped at the chance to read it, even so knowing she d penned an urban fantasy paranormal romance, despite how common popular the genres become in recent years But reading Falling Under , an alternate, modern [...]


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