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In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels-turned- vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must put medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what price?
Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only o...more
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Published March 2nd 2010 by Berkley Books (first published January 11th 2010)
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Tiffany Danner
I wanted to love this book. I really really did. I love the cover (tho there is no sword that I can remember in the story) and I love the idea behind it, unfortunately I found the plot to be a hot mess of confusion.

Olivia is a vampire and in the world of and FALLING, fly vampires are also fallen angels. They feed on blood, but only when a person fears or desires them. I am at a loss at how to truly describe her because I never felt like I knew who her character was, but maybe she didn’t either....more
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 06, 2013 Jacob Proffitt marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book is beautifully written, with well-realized characters and interesting world-building. Unfortunately, there are a couple of elements that added up to a DNF, for me.

First, the story is slow, slow, slow. After around the half-way point, we're still getting dribbles of setup and the two viewpoint characters have only just met. The events to that point have largely served to illuminate Olivia and Dominic's complex psychoses and include a number of otherwise irrelevant events that don't seem...more
Jan
Mar 09, 2010 Jan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are way smarter than me
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. It switches from first person present tense to 3rd person past tense, and it was strange for me. I get what the author was trying to do, but I'm not sure it worked.
It was just a strange book overall. It was pretty dark, which I don't mind at all. It was also incredibly confusing. Honestly, I'm not really sure that I understand what happened. It was just weird. Not bad, just weird.
Kelly
(4.5 stars) When I finished and Falling, Fly, the first words out of my mouth were, "Wow, what a mindf*ck." The cover art, while a beautiful example of its kind, seems to imply a fairly standard urban fantasy. and Falling, Fly is anything but.

Skyler White unfolds this story through the eyes of two main characters, Olivia and Dominic. Olivia lives in a world of sensual depravity; she believes she is a fallen angel and a vampire, doomed to spend eternity as a lonely predator unless she finds a loo...more
VampFanGirl
AND FALLING, FLY is not an easy read. Its a twisted, layered plot that has you continually questioning the sanity of its characters. Are they really fallen angels turned vampires? Does the hero truly recall dozens of lost lifetimes and lost loves? Or are they all as delusional as they claim to be? Am I delusional for believing them? Am I being tricked? All these are questions I asked myself repeatedly from page one to the very last sentence. And one question still lingers: Was any of it even rea...more
Misty
Olivia is Damned; a vampiric fallen angel of desire, she feeds off the living seeing herself only as they see her in their lust, longing to know what she really looks like and who she really is. Dominic is Cursed, a brilliant neuroscientist working to discover a way to erase memories so that he can rid himself of his deep, dark secret: memories of centuries of past lives and loves that he shouldn't have, shouldn't be able to remember.
When both find themselves drawn to Ireland, to the underground...more
Jess
WTH was this book really about??? I went in to reading this with moderate expectations and found I was wrong. It was really bad. The plot was confusing and it was made worse by the narration. Often there were no indicators when the narration would switch to a different character which made things very confusing. I felt like I was in a constant state of playing catch-up. I had to re-read paragraphs a few times because I lost track of who was telling the story.

The best part of the book was the beg...more
Robin K
I struggle with where to even start with this review. I guess the first question would be, did I like the book. That would also be a straight forward question for most books. But not this one. At times I hated this book, loved the book, could not out it down, could not wait to put it down. It is a contradictory from the start. Skyler writes beautifully with unbidden words and poetic flow. I often found myself starting sentences over to understand the context, the feel. This is most definitely no...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: A complex, intriguing and atmospheric read that will have you thinking.

Opening Sentence: The angel of desire is damned.

The Review:

Olivia is a vampire and fallen angel of desire. She goes through the motions, but in reality she’s dead inside. Olivia feeds off the fears and desires of others while she herself derives no pleasure. Trapped in hopelessness, despair, and unable to feel pleasure or pain, Olivia is on the hunt for love. She wants to get her wings back so that she can...more
Beleth
First of all i want to say that this is not the typical vampire novel. Forget everything you had read about these creatures so far and prepare to be surprised.

Olivia is a fallen angel, that is, a vampire. These angels have a feature: each person sees them differently according to their wishes. If you want Olivia to be tall, small, fat, skinny, with blue or green eyes ... you'll see her like that. She is a fallen angel of desire, she's designed exclusively to produce pleasure, but she's destined...more
Tynga
Dominic is a Reborn. A being resurrecting life after life, with their memory of past lives crushing into them at teenage-hood. Down to earth and brilliant neuroscientist, Dominic convinced himself all these memory are hallucinations and is trying to find a cure.
Olivia, Fallen Angel, feeds on desire and fear through her victims blood. She's been trying to find a way to get back to heaven for millennia but is ready to give up.

and Falling, Fly is a dark story of Despair, Damnation and Curses and...more
Cynthia Armistead
May 26, 2011 Cynthia Armistead rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cynthia by: Sam Chupp
Sam Chupp has been after me to read this book for weeks, so as soon as I finished All Clear, I started it. This book is different from anything else I've read in years. I hesitate to say it's more literary than most fantasy, because I don't like "literary" books - they're usually stuffy, dry, and presumptuous.

After the first few chapters, there's no slowing down, because you're as caught up in what's happening as the characters are. I was transfixed by White's descriptions, which can make even u...more
Donna
and Falling, Fly is told from both Olivia and Dominic's perspective, and their story is a tragic one while at the same time inspiring feelings of hope. Olivia has searched since the fall of Eden for the loophole that would return her to the heights of heaven, out of the ranks of the damned, but she ends up returning to the Hotel of the Damn, hopeless. Hopeless in that for eternity she will be a fallen angel of desire, never experiencing emotions but through the blood of others. Dominic is a driv...more
Eunmi
What a great surprise this book was! I began the book expecting it would be the usual paranormal UF. But this is another case of do not judge the book by its cover. Anyways as I read more of the book, I soon realized that this is definitely not a your standard UF with the usual butt-kicking demon-slaying heroines.( I appreciated the joke about those slayers in the book) Then I fell in love with the book. It is written so intelligently and so poetically you cannot "get it" in one reading. It is s...more
Terra
and Falling, fly by Skyler White is quite the unusual story of what true love can be if you can determine weather or not you are living in a world of reality or ill insanity. A world of perceptions that will actually drive you as mad as the Mad Hatter if you ponder on them too long.

Olivia is a vampire or so she thinks she is. She is also a fallen angel cast out by God for what she is. She claims she is one of the damned. She is a lethal beauty who has no hope and finds her way back to Hell to at...more
Kristina Jo
Today, I shall write for you a simple review consisting entirely of bullet points. Kind of.

Good:
~A vampire dogma I haven't encountered before. I've read entirely too many vampire books, so I would know.
~A vision of Hell that isn't typical/fire and brimstone. Not my favorite version of Hell, but at least it wasn't a stereotype.
~Dominic's viewpoint. He didn't believe in the crazy stuff, but he eventually worked with it anyway to achieve the goal.
~Hell's ball-bearing energy-harvesting system. Imag...more
Lesley
This was a fun little trashy novel... can't give it more than 3 stars, though. It definitely had its moments, and there were some great little quips and turns of phrase, but overall, the characters were flat and the story ... well, I want to say it was too convenient, with its happy little ending. I think there was a lot of potential for a really dark psychological story that maintained elements of the supernatural -- I thought it was really going use vampires and self-medicating scientists to w...more
David Schwan
Parts of this book deserve 4 stars, parts maybe 1 star. The book starts out quite well, becomes miserably bogged down in the middle, and redeems itself in the last third. The first third does a great job of setting up for us who the two primary characters are; in the middle third the primary characters meet and the last third is the real story. While reading the middle section it seems to be aimless rambling, the author is really setting up the story here, it is essential to the book as a whole...more
Nancy
Ok, so the title didn't immediately make sense to me but the cover was cool when I picked up this book. The title started to make sense later. The book was cool right from the start. It is the intriguing story of Olivia, a fallen angel from hell who walks the earth as vampire and victim of desire. This twist on the vampire story makes so much sense one wonders why nobody came up with this before. If falling from heaven turns angel Lucifer into the devil what happens to the angels that fall from...more
Leila Anani
A vampire romance involving Biblical mythology and ok I'm shallow but a really gorgeous cover! Recommended to me by no less than three different people. How could I resist?

There are loads of things I can say to recommend this debut novel.
The vampire mythology is wonderful and original - vampires are fallen angels of desire, desensitised, virginal and seeking redemption. Their fangs are quills that can be sharpened by kissing each other, and like the succubus they alter their shape in accordance...more
♦Jennifer♦
May 26, 2010 ♦Jennifer♦ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any and all PNR fans
Need I stress how much I loved this book? It was everything that was promised and so much more. Fans of paranormal romance will certainly love this. If and Falling, Fly is any indication of the sort of writing that is to come from Skyler White, then I think that we can be expecting some great things from her. I know I am eagerly anticipating what she can come up with next.

See the full review over at Literary Escapism
Jim Tyler
I read this on the recommendation of Steven Brust, who co-authored The Incrementalists with Skyler. As with The Incrementalists, Skyler's narrative is fresh and innovative, switching between third and first person to clearly identify the storyteller and to give a sense of relationship to the story. First person gives a sense of primary narration and weight to the perspective i.e. fantastical vs. rational.

The story uses some of the more common themes of angels and vampires, and mortal and immorta...more
Melissa
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program. This book is a wonderful philosophical trip through the lives of the cursed and damned. This is also not your typical vampire book. In this one, vampires who must feed on the desires and fear through their victim's blood are actually angels of desire fallen from grace. If they do not feed, they suffer want that cannot be satisfied and fade from sight. Also, in this group of the damned and cursed are those taken from different mythologi...more
Kristi Hall

Olivia is damned. She’s a fallen angel of desire, never experiencing emotions but through the blood of others Olivia has searched since the fall of Eden for the loophole that would return her to the heights of heaven. All she wants is love, except what she is given is desire. She needs to find the loophole love would bring, but is beginning to think it is a lost cause. Olivia is beautifully broken and so aching in her heart and soul, ends up returning to the Hotel of the Damn.

Dominic O'Shaughnes...more
Wendy Hines
A neuroscientist who does not believe in what he cannot see or touch. A fallen angel who is looking for a way back to the Heavens. When the two of them collide, sparks fly.

Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist. Wonderfully gifted with intelligence and good looks, Dominic has been plagued with visions since he was twelve. Believed to be "Reborn", reincarnated over and over again, Dominic lives memories of the past through his uncontrollable visions. They are not memories of his own past, but...more
Chrystalla
I had read that Skyler White uses a very rich language that some people love and some hate. In general I love poetic language and so I thought this book could be the one for me.
Not sure now. The protagonist, Olivia, is a fallen angel/vampire. She speaks in the first person, present tense (not as jarring as I thought it would be), and indeed uses very poetic language. Unfortunately, it is also very repetitive. But that was not the main problem.
Olivia is not a strong character. She goes with the f...more
Sam
Won this through the GR Giveaways. It gives a new twist on the traditional vampire story, And Falling Fly follows Olivia, a fallen angel turned vampire, as she tries to find a loophole for her redemption and Dominic, a neuroscientist and a reborn who remembers the loves and losses of his many past lives, as he tries to help not only the goddaughter of his benefactor but also himself. The story of these two souls collides in L’Otel Mathilide (or Hell as it’s also known as) where Dominic tries to...more
Mishel Zabala
Olivia is a vampire and fallen angel of desire and she is one of the "Damned". She has done nothing but long for love despite being desired by almost every man she comes into contact with. But Olivia can't desire on her own, she can hardly feel anything on her own. She feeds when she finds someone who either desires or fears her which doesn't seem to be a problem be it man or woman. But Olivia is tired of the life she's living for countless years. She believes that if she can find true love she...more
Mandi Schreiner
I don’t want to say a lot about the story, because part of the fun reading this book is having no idea where Skyler White is going to take you. She gives you two characters at the end of their rope. Olivia, the immortal vampire and fallen angel is tired of being desired. Her body conforms to any mans desire, yet she has never desired herself. She can only feed when a man desires or fears her, and with her body’s betrayal, she has no problems feeding. She believes if she can find someone to love...more
Fiction State Of Mind (Kai Charles)
and Falling,Fly has the lushest, most interesting use of language I've ever encountered in a novel. This being said the narrative thread left me somewhat confused and worst bored.

The prolugue of the book is amazing, and shows Skyler's writing prowess : "I'm almost touching her, breathing the slippery smell of her fear".W e are introduce to Olivia, a fallen angel and vampire. In Skyler's universe the fallen angels are angels of desire. They shape themselves to the desires of their victims both ma...more
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