Review: Fallen

Laury Falter

Kindle Edition, 261 pages

Self-Published?

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From Goodreads:

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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Read: May 17-18, 2012

While I read through this book in one night, unable to put it down the moment I read the first sentence, I must admit I wasn’t completely in love with this story. Well that’s not true, I loved the story, just not the writing mechanics.

Let’s start off with what I did like…

First off, the guardian/messenger theme. I really enjoyed the overall feeling of the story. The Alterums (though I don’t think Falter calls them this until Eternity) versus the Fallen Ones. The messenger and her guardian. *sigh*

I was also seriously digging Eran. He is such a great character and I hate to admit it but I preferred him over our heroine. Maggie was a borderline character for me for this book, but from what I have seen so far in Eternity I am quickly becoming a fan.

I loved the chemistry between our two main characters. Yikes!

I loved the relationships Maggie maintained with her roommates and her friend Gershom. Her loyalty to them was a really major thing for me.

Now for what I did not like so much…

I thought Falter went a little overboard with the amount of secondary and tertiary characters in this story. Not that I didn’t love their parts in the story. But it was difficult to keep track of everyone and ultimately left the characters themselves not as thoroughly fleshed out as they could have been. I wish we learned more about her roommates and the Fallen Ones at her school. Even something about Ms. Olston and Mr. Warden, other than their extreme dislike for Maggie. What’s their story? That’s the kind of questions I heard myself asking as I read through Fallen.

Magdalene was more than a little insufferable in this book. How can one character be so naive I’ll never know. This was really more of a personal distaste I guess, rather than a con for Fallen. Okay and this irregularity was just annoying: how can someone who is so observant and who knows people so well consistently doubt what she hears people say or keep making excuses for the way people act. Maggie is an compassionate character, that’s her biggest quality her compassion for everyone around her, yet the initial description we get for Maggie disagrees with what we learn later on.

The final con for this story, and for me my biggest issue, was how the story was written. I was engaged by the plot so I pushed through it, but more than once I had a hard time focusing on the text. Some of the things the characters would say were just unnatural, regardless of which century they were from. And more than once I felt like the descriptions dragged on unnecessarily.

Overall, Fallen was a great read and I am already halfway through Eternity. I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

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