REVIEW: Fallen by Laury Falter – Book 1 in the Guardian Trilogy

Fallen

Guardian Trilogy, Book 1

Laury Falter

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romancefallen-cover_FINAL

Publisher: Audeamus LLC

Date of Publication: April 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9855110-3-6

ASIN: B00280MFEY

Number of pages: 274 pages

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Fallen – the first book in the 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.Fallen Banner 450 x 169

REVIEW:

Let me preface by saying I love romance novels about angels. However, that doesn’t mean I’ve liked every book with an angelic character. FALLEN is definitely one I enjoyed and recommend.

Ms. Falter has penned an interesting tale and made it believable. Maggie is a regular sort of gal yet remarkably unforgettable. Part of the allure  lies in the fact she can deliver messages from Earth to Heaven . . . and back. As an orphan raised by a travelling aunt, she has never formed lasting relationships. That is, until she meets Eran, a strong Guardian who is assigned to protect her. Their feelings for each other build into a heartfelt but forbidden love. The process is not rushed, nor is it overly sexual since this is a YA novel. Eran is pure alpha male with protective instincts which sometimes rubs Maggie the wrong way. She soon realizes he may be the only one keeping her alive as attempts on her life begin to escalate.

Anytime I read YA, I expect to “dumb” down my expectations. I didn’t have to do that with this book. The dialogue was contemporary but not slang. The characters showed youthful immaturity – not as a detriment but more of a reflection of their age.

As in any series, FALLEN lays the groundwork for the story to unfold in the next two books, which hopefully will elaborate on the hodge podge of characters who storm the pages with fun and flair. Even the villains are full bodied and colorful. While there were a few areas that could have been tightened up, all in all Ms. Falter has presented a wonderful story for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. If you are a Twilight fan, you should put the Guardian Series on your must read list.

 

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.”

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.”

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.

“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?”

“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.”

“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.

“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.”

“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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

FALTERLaury 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.

Website: http://www.lauryfalter.com

Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/LauryFalter

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laury-Falter/196033543803745

Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/lauryfalter

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About Debra S. Sanders

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