• Page Count: 324
  • Release Date: March 1, 2011
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Falling Under (Falling Under, #1) 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.

My Thoughts:


I love Greek mythology retellings, but also forgot how annoyed I’ve been getting with the cliche storylines of 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” and “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 attracted to her but must keep her safe by keeping his distance. They get paired for a class project. He finally makes a move despite his better judgement, so now she’s in danger and must be protected… you know the drill.

Haden is part demon, 170 years old and just wants to experience being human. He came from the Under to pick a human bride. Theia starts out the story seeing a burning man falling from the sky into her yard and then keeps going to this thorny labyrinth every night and seeing Haden in her dreams.

BUT OH MY GOODNESS THEIR ROMANCE IS SO INCREDIBLY CHEESY. Like they redefine melodramatic teenage angst… some of the dialogue is so cringeworthy it’s hilarious. I ended up rolling my eyes through most of this book and just wanted to chuck it out a window.

The second half of this story did get a lot more original, but I’m still not interested in the sequel. I think I’m just a bit tired of this whole storyline at the moment.

But at least there isn’t a love triangle to become the focus of the story. And Haden isn’t an abusive jerk who’s supposed to be romanticized. So this book got an extra star for that!


5 comments on “Falling Under by Gwen Hayes”

    • Yeah and every other paranormal YA book that Twilight inspired. I think this would be a fun find if you’re super into those stories!

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