Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Fallen by Laury Falter (Tour Stop)

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 1, 2009

Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.


My Rating


My Review

Fallen is an excellent paranormal read and a wonderful introduction to a series. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience and can't wait to get my hands on the second book.

The characters were well-developed and enjoyable to read about. Maggie had a great voice that translated well and allowed for a fast pacing. I loved all the little things that made her unique as a YA protagonist, like the fact that she rides a motorcycle and actually makes money off her supernatural talent. (I don't know if I've seen that before, but in all honestly, most of us would probably do the same - even if she wasn't in it for the extra cash.) I liked the mystery that initially surrounded Eran. I also liked the relationship between them, but felt that it escalated a bit quickly. I understand the reasoning behind that, but it still was a bit sudden. In the beginning of the novel, Maggie was stubborn and questioned Eran more. At some point, I felt like she started accepting everything without too much question, and it seemed out of character.

Still, I enjoyed the ideas of The Messengers and The Guardians. It is a different spin on the usual "fallen angel" stories, and therefore more interesting to read about. In addition, The Fallen Ones brought about interesting characters and layered antagonists.

The world that was created during the nights was incredible. If anything, I would have loved to see more of it! It allowed for a contrast between the more contemporary settings of a high school in New Orleans.

The pacing of Fallen is nice, as it makes a very fast read. The pages keep turning easily, and build up a good sense of urgency and danger, as well as romance with a cool historical background. However, everything seemed to wrap up a bit quickly. The action and suspense had an answer that was rushed a little too much.

Despite this, Fallen is an enjoyable book that can easily be finished in a couple of sittings. A decent paranormal novel to add to the summer reading list, it's a fairly promising start.


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