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.
One thing I had seen from some people were comparisons to Twilight and I definitely understood that. While definitely not exact, the relationship seemed kinda similar to me.
Mostly, this book just wasn't memorable. I felt very "meh" when reading it and now I only remember a couple of vague details. I just wasn't wow-ed. I was...briefly entertained and then quickly forgot about this book.
I really wasn’t expecting to love this at all. I have very low standards of paranormal romances (curse you, Twilight! *shakes fist*), so I was a bit surprised to find that I liked Falling Under. Even it was only a little bit.
I don’t think I ever connected with Theia; I wished she had been nicer to her overprotective father and tried to reason with him instead of rebelling at times. I also don’t understand why she had to be British in the first place. She didn’t seem to have any quirky British attributes (well, either that or British people don’t eat fish and chips in real life), and it only served to add to her nonexistent background.
On a positive note, though, I liked her friends. Donny was wild and entertaining, and Amelia was sweet and innocent–at least, in how boys thought. Gabe was probably my favorite character, though I thought he was quite a sneetch in the beginning too, haha. And Varnie is adorable when he’s pining after a certain someone.
Haden was quite the typical hot YA boy. No fun in that at all. But I did admit that I liked reading from his point of view at times; it showed his sweeter (and more clueless) side, which I liked infinitely more than his devilish side. I don’t think I was convinced with his and Theia’s romance because it seemed to happen too suddenly–that’s quite unrealistic.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t exactly expecting the paranormal aspect in this book; I wasn’t sure what he was, and I certainly didn’t expect the twist that resulted in changing to Haden’s POV. But I liked it. It made it less Twilight-esque.
Ah, yes, this book was quite Twilight-esque. New boy goes to school, and girl thinks that he might be something other than human. So she sticks her nose in his business and along the way they fall in love. Or they fell in love at first sight. Something like that. Seriously, it was so Twilight-esque that there was even a Twilight reference in there (pg. 59).
Falling Under admittedly wasn’t my favorite; it was an average paranormal romance, in my opinion. However, it did surprise me (slightly) at some points. If you’re bored and you’ve got nothing else to read, this might be the book to read.
Source: Paperback borrowed from library