One word comes to mind when I think about my latest read, Falling Under by Gwen Hayes–macabre. The events of this book are horrifying and gruesome, but there is still a truly captivating love story in the midst of all the horror. Falling Under takes the concept of forbidden love to new heights–and depths–with the story of Theia and Haden. Romeo and Juliet had nothing on these two.
Theia Alderson has led a very sheltered life. Her father restricts her every move for fear that she will end up like her mother. Theia’s only escape is in her dreams. It is there that she enters a terrifying world and meets a mysterious young man who ensnares her, body and soul. But are these just dreams? How can they be when the boy she’s been dreaming about is suddenly before her as a new student at her school? It seems that Theia’s dreams and reality are about to collide…
Haden Black is the boy Theia’s been dreaming of. She knows it, and he knows it. From their first glance, Theia and Haden are drawn to each other. Why, then, does Haden insist on pushing Theia away? She knows he wants to be with her, but she can’t help but wonder at his hot-and-cold attitude. It soon becomes clear that there is a darkness inside of Haden that he wants to protect Theia from. But Theia may be beyond Haden’s protection. Dark forces are at work that will pull Theia and Haden together while delighting in tearing them apart.
What is Haden really trying to protect Theia from? Can love ever fight against the evil surrounding them? The answers, I’m afraid, are not simple, and both Theia and Haden will have to rely on their friends and their love for each other to save them. Will they overcome all of their obstacles, or will they simply fall under them? Enter the madness and find out when you read Falling Under by Gwen Hayes.
Falling Under is at once a creepy, beautiful, horrifying, and emotional read. The worlds created in this book were nightmarish and terrifying and definitely elicited an emotional response from me. The characters grew and learned more about themselves as the story progressed, and the plot was so engrossing that I finished this book in less than 24 hours. I was hooked. I’m looking forward to the journey these characters take in the next book, Dreaming Awake, due out some time in 2012. For now, though, I think I’ll move on to a book that doesn’t make me fear my own dreams.
If you’d like more information about author Gwen Hayes and her books, visit http://www.gwenhayes.com/index.asp.