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Falling under
Gwen Hayes
Teen Fiction HAYES

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From Publishers' Weekly:

"[H]e willowed past my window, turning his grotesque head towards me, his mouth open in a silent scream." Seventeen-year-old Theia Alderson's first confrontation with the otherness that will define her future is a burning man falling from the sky and disintegrating on her lawn. After that, the dreams begin, about a beautiful young man in a nightmare realm who cannot stay away from her, nor she from him. When he appears in the real world of her California high school as a student named Haden Black, their come hither/get lost dynamic becomes cloaked in ordinary adolescent behaviors, but they both know that much more is at stake. Hayes's first YA novel seasons its Romeo and Juliet theme of separated lovers with horror and languid eroticism. The simplicity of the basic romance plot occasionally struggles to live up to the beautifully wrought images from Theia's dreams, and some details-the cross-dressing surfer psychic, for example-sit oddly with the general tone. Overall, however, this is a satisfying story that hints at more promising dreams to come. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Falling for a stranger, or anyone at all for that matter, is totally out of character for quiet Theia Alderson. Yet when stunningly handsome Haden Black shows up at her small-town high school, she recognizes him as the same seductive boy who has been haunting her surreal dreams and is irresistibly drawn to him, despite the mixed signals he sends out. But Haden is not what he seems, and when Theia discovers the truth and the part she was slated to play in Haden's life, she realizes that it might be up to her-with a little help from her friends-to change things. -VERDICT In an eerie, intriguing YA debut that is sure to have some crossover appeal for Twilight fans of all ages, Hayes has spun a magical, sometimes terrifying tale of teens caught at the intersection of the human and demon worlds and their struggle to save their souls and escape the evil that could destroy them both. Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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