Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Daughter of the Fallen by Madeline Wynn

Most sixteen-year olds aren't worried about the fate of their immortal souls.

May Krieg should be.

Typically, honors student May's biggest problems have revolved around her super-hot arch-rival, Jack. But when a school project takes them ghost-hunting in a local cemetery, she discovers that an ominous force roams in the darkness around her. And it follows her home.

It claws its way into her life, burning messages into her wall and imprinting them onto her body.

Even worse, she can't tell if it's trying to possess her... or protect her. May's thoughts soon become actions, causing the target of her anger severe physical pain and giving her a rush the likes of which she has never experienced. She quickly realizes that she needs to find a way to reign in this power before she kills someone. May hates the pleasure it gives her, hates herself for hurting others, but she can't stop. As her entire world shatters around her, she is forced to ask what her soul is worth-- and who would she risk losing her soul to save? 
My Rating
My Review
I read Daughter of the Fallen at exactly the right time, as it satisfied a craving not only for a YA Paranormal, but a well-written YA Paranormal. This novel is fast-paced and addictive. In fact, the pages turn so quickly that if you're anything like me, you might want to save the book for an entirely free afternoon. Otherwise, you may end up forgetting about plans given the un-put-down-able nature of this book.
Although I initially classified this novel as paranormal, it also reads like an excellent thriller. The plot has plenty of action, with enough turns to prevent the reader from ever getting bored. The story is beautifully weaved and thoroughly engaging, and I was compelled to the very end. I loved the darkness and creepiness of the novel (they really are my favorite things to read about) although the contrast of that with the romance also blew me away (as a great romance is my second favorite thing to read about).
May is an excellent heroine, and very easy to relate to. Although it isn't necessary for protagonists to be, necessarily, likable, I do think it is important for them to be believable, and May was definitely that. A great example of a strong female character despite true-to-life flaws that are very human, May had a really authentic teenage voice. It was wonderful to hear from her perspective, although through the dialogue, a clear picture of the other rounded characters was easily painted.
Whether a die hard YA fan or a casual reader, I can easily recommend Daughter of the Fallen. The stunning debut should appeal to fans of paranormal, romance, thriller, or anything in between. I couldn't get enough of the authenticity and excellent pacing, and devoured the pages of this novel. Madeline Wynn is definitely one to watch. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking all the time and energy to write such a lovely review! I am so very glad that you liked it!!