Sunday, March 6, 2011

Review: and Falling, Fly (Harrowing #1) by Skyler White

Synopsis: An edgy, erotic blend of fantasy and romance-from a debut author whose star is on the rise.

In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels- turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must pit medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what cost?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L'OtelMathillide- a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams-rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both. Source

Plot: I do love me a good fallen angel book. This one is definitely a different take on fallen angels. I was confused with how Olivia was a fallen angel as well as a vampire. I didn't understand how both affected each other. They also never really went into deep details into the angels fell. They give just a little insight throughout the book, but nothing very deep. Along with the lack of detail or why some things were the way they were, the romance was very....gradual. And, no, not gradual as in, they kissed on the fifth date. Gradual as in they didn't even meet until around page 100. To me, that's too long for a romance to beign, let alone the two main characters meet! I had to drag myself to keep on reading. I

swear, if they didn't mention that there was any romance in here, I would have closed the book at page 50. The writing was written elegantly and I loved how White described everything, but I didn't like how things were described for two pages.

Characters: Olivia-She was a very strong and brave character. She was used to the life she had, but she wanted more. I loved how she was able to adapt to her growing love for Dominic. Olivia was definitely a character I would like to see more of.
Dominic-I loved reading Dominic's parts actually. He was so determined to believe everything wasn't true, including who he really was. He was very intelligent and I loved his growing feelings for Olivia as well.

Cover: The cover is nicely done. I'm glad they made the girl actually look like Olivia. The dark hair and they even had one of the outfits she wore in the book. However, I don't understand the sword. There wasn't really any sword or even that much fighting in the book, so I was a little confused.

Overall Rating: I will give this book a three out of four. The book was very well written and the characters developed throughout the book, but sometimes I would have to reread some passages because of the writing. I will say that if you are a fan of Anne Rice, read this book. It has much more than just romance and gives a new take on fallen angels.
Peace and Fangs,

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