Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes
  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback , 336pp


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.

Review:  I am not going to lie when I tell you I strictly bought this book for its cover, so I could add it to my collection of gorgeous book covers. Lucky for me not only is the cover beautiful but Falling Under turned out to be a horrifyingly beautiful YA paranormal romance.

The book started off with a burning man falling from the sky right outside Theia's house which raised my curiosity. And after that Hayes pretty much takes you on a roller coaster ride into a terrifyingly magical world.

I loved Falling Under, I think what really made me go from like to love was the fact that there is no love triangle, no werewolves,vampires,angels,faeries or zombies. Half the fun was figuring out what Haden was.

I loved how Theia's character grew throughout the story. And how her friends Amelia and Donny were also very well developed characters not just fillers like most YA books I've been reading lately. Haden was a blast, there was actually certain parts where I was creeped out by him and other times (his human side) where I just adored him and felt sorry for the guy.

There were a lot of dream sequences in the book which were very intense and hair raising and I loved every minute of it. Hayes did a wonderful job making sure everything connected and flowed together.

Gwen Hayes has created a very dark,suspenseful,edgy and amazingly captivating world in which I can not wait to immerse myself in again when book two to the series comes out next year.


  1. Wow, this book looks great! Amazing review!! :)

  2. Great review! I have this one on my shelf but haven't read it yet. I'll have to soon :)

  3. I have this book patiently waiting for me on my bookshelf. I can't say why I haven't started it exactly, maybe it's just that I'm feeling that a lot of teen books are repeating the "mysterious paranormal guy" plot that was introduced in Twilight. Your review suggests that Falling Under might just be more than that. I especially love books where the best friends are fleshed out.


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