Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Fallen by Laury Falter



Title- Fallen
Author- Laury Falter
Series- Guardian Trilogy
Genre- YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher-  Audeamus LLC
Release Date- April 1 2009
Editions/Formats Available In- eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis-
Fallen - the first book in the bestselling Guardian Trilogy...
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn't until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

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My Review-

Maggie has spent her entire life travelling from place to place with her aunt who is a photographer. But now Maggie is facing a year in New Orleans without her aunt. So Maggie takes up residence and her aunt takes off on her next shoot.

When Maggie's roommates arrive in the form of Erza, Rufus and Felix, life for Maggie changes. In that she finally lets someone (them) in, and begins to feel as though she has friends and a family of sorts. Maggie has a lot to learn about herself and about her life.

Maggie has a gift, this gift allows her to travel into the afterlife and deliver messages to people who have died. All she needs is to know certain details surrounding their death in order for her to track them down.

Whilst on her motorcycle Maggie is followed and almost run off the road by a car. But she is miraculously saved by Eran; who just appears in the road in front of her. Eran shows up a few times, but only when Maggie is in danger and he seems to always be the one to save her. Even though Maggie is convinced she doesn't need saving.

I enjoyed this book, even though for me it seemed to start a little slowly. When I reached 30% I was beginning to wonder if Fallen was going to end up on my DNF list, however I went back and continued with it and found it to be better.

The characters are good, I like Maggie; her desire to help others; by delivering messages, and her desire to protect her friends is fierce. Her stubbornness could be a little irritating at times.
Evan I thought was pretty cool, only turning up when Maggie was in danger and needed protecting. He also threatened to protect her from herself at one point.
The Fallen Ones - In the beginning they were few and far between. Once Gersham mentioned Abaddon their parts became more but I felt they were a little rushed.

The scenes were set well but I think some more back story might have helped; as there were a couple of places that mention things but there's no explanation as to why. Two of these instances that stick in my mind are there is a part that mentions Abaddon and the Fallen Ones having a fear of Maggie as she can kill them, but it doesn't say how. Also it states that Maggie and Abaddon's fight has gone back centuries; but with no reason why they are fighting. Maybe these points are cleared up in book #2.

Overall I felt Laury Falter's writing style was good and it did flow well. The beginning seemed a little slow but then I felt that it has gone to the other extreme and the ending seemed a little rushed; especially the fight scene at the end. If the pace had been more even I think it would have been a lot better. That said I had no problem picturing the story in my own head. I could feel the emotion from Maggie and Eran too. I have been left with some questions which may be answered in book #2.

I'm a little unsure of whether to rate this book 3.5* or 4*. So I guess 3.75* would be the happy medium! I'm going to give book #2 a read and see if that helps to clarify anything for me.


Excerpt-

“So you’re warning me away from you?” I was appalled. “Then why are you doing this…guarding me at all? Why the torment? Why watch over me when you know that…that we should be more?” I felt on the verge of tears, which amazed me. How could pain be so sharp in the afterlife? “Answer me, Eran. Why?”
He sighed. “Because it is my job.”
He sighed. “Because it is my job.”
I gasped, more offended than I’d ever been. “I’m a job to you?” I stared at him and waited for his head to rise but he refused to look at me.
I gasped, more offended than I’d ever been. “I’m a job to you?” I stared at him and waited for his head to rise but he refused to look at me.
“Yes,” he said weakly, defeated. His beautiful, rugged voice released as a whimper and the pain inside me grew. “You are just a job.”
“Yes,” he said weakly, defeated. His beautiful, rugged voice released as a whimper and the pain inside me grew. “You are just a job.”
I didn’t think it was possible but the emptiness I’d felt with Eran being gone those many weeks held no comparison to the magnitude of what I was experiencing right now.
I didn’t think it was possible but the emptiness I’d felt with Eran being gone those many weeks held no comparison to the magnitude of what I was experiencing right now.
I felt as if I had been gutted.
I felt as if I had been gutted.
“No…” I shook my head. “I don’t believe you because you see, Eran, I can feel your emotions run through me. Whether you want to admit them or not, I know how you feel about me.”
“No…” I shook my head. “I don’t believe you because you see, Eran, I can feel your emotions run through me. Whether you want to admit them or not, I know how you feel about me.”
Stunned, his head jerked up, his brilliant blue-green eyes drilling into mine. “You feel me too? How can that be?”
Stunned, his head jerked up, his brilliant blue-green eyes drilling into mine. “You feel me too? How can that be?”
“I don’t know. But I do know that I feel in you the same emotions I have.”
“I don’t know. But I do know that I feel in you the same emotions I have.”
He groaned and turned away. “That’s not possible…” he muttered, pausing. When he spoke again his voice was strained, determined. I drew in a breath as the intensity of these emotions ran through me. “It doesn’t matter. I won’t let this happen. This will not happen…I will not let us be together.”
He groaned and turned away. “That’s not possible…” he muttered, pausing. When he spoke again his voice was strained, determined. I drew in a breath as the intensity of these emotions ran through me. “It doesn’t matter. I won’t let this happen. This will not happen…I will not let us be together.”
“Because you are my guardian? Then let me make it easy on us…You’re fired.”
“Because you are my guardian? Then let me make it easy on us…You’re fired.”
“It doesn’t work that way, Magdalene,” he said, quieter but still resolute.
“It doesn’t work that way, Magdalene,” he said, quieter but still resolute.
“I didn’t want you to watch over me, Eran. I never asked for it.”
“I didn’t want you to watch over me, Eran. I never asked for it.”
As if he’d become an entirely new person, his reply was flat and detached. “You’re a messenger. You require a guardian. It’s as simple as that.”
As if he’d become an entirely new person, his reply was flat and detached. “You’re a messenger. You require a guardian. It’s as simple as that.”
“Then we’ve just solved the issue, didn’t we?” I said causing him to finally look up. “This will be my last message. It’s from me to you…goodbye Eran.”
“Then we’ve just solved the issue, didn’t we?” I said causing him to finally look up. “This will be my last message. It’s from me to you…goodbye Eran.” Turning swiftly, I walked away just before the tears came.
Author Information-

Laury Falter is a bestselling author of young adult romantic suspense and urban fantasy. She has three series out: the Guardian Trilogy, the Residue Series, and the Apocalypse Chronicles.

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