Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes


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. (via Goodreads)


I loved this book! I read mixed reviews before picking it up for myself, and I’m happy I ended up in the positive camp.

I’m a huge Gothic fan. The whole squeaky door/creepy character/horror/ romance combination is crazy awesome. This book combines all those characteristics to great effect. The ominous tones in the background of the story are as major a character as the people involved in the plot.

At one point, there was a malevolent force in the room with her that was so threatening that the shadows in the room fled from it. Dude, I thought that was flippin’ awesome. What better way to illustrate fear and evil? That there is good writing. Take note.

Let me emphasize again: I love the mixture of horror and mythology. Mythology is the new vampire as far as overused plot devices go, but Gwen Hayes is able to make it all her own by combining it with the horror/gothic genre.

For once, I’m thrilled that this is a series (trilogy I think?). I’m not done with these characters or their story and am already more than ready to return to their world. Despite seeing several negative reviews, I fell in love with this story and highly recommend picking it up!

Gwen stopped by a few days ago and answered some questions for me, make sure and check out what she had to say!

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Cheree April 5, 2011, 2:40 am

    Thanks for a fantastic review. I really can't wait till I get around to reading this.

  • Kylie1403 April 5, 2011, 4:18 am

    I DESPERATELY want to read this 😀 Great review


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