**spoiler alert** Elaine has professors for parents who are hard core Arthurians, even naming her after the Lady of Shallot. What could be more fittin...more**spoiler alert** Elaine has professors for parents who are hard core Arthurians, even naming her after the Lady of Shallot. What could be more fitting in this story than have her going to Avalon High, meeting Lance, who really is Lancelot. Jennifer, who is the reincarnation of Guinevere, and Will, who is the reincarnation of one of the greatest leaders in the legends, Arthur. And falling for him. Hard.
And then having to find out that there were evil forces that wanted to kill him.
I am officially in love with Meg Cabot's writing.
I knew it was worth it when I did a double take and went back to the bookstore and bought this book. Very much worth it.
By the time I am about to finish the book, I was reduced into a giggling, excited girl. I am smitten. Okay, the book was cheesy, but in a good way.
I love how strong Elaine's character was in this book, and that you can't really hate the other characters, especially Jennifer and Lance. At least I didn't.
I am fangirling Will though. He's charming, good looking and popular. What more can you ask for? He wasn't just a jock, there was depth into his character.
A fantastic, fantastic retelling of the legend of King Arthur! (full review in my book blog)(less)
I had loads of fun reading this book. It's a really really fresh format to read, what with all the tech...more**spoiler alert** I'd give this a 4.5 if I can.
I had loads of fun reading this book. It's a really really fresh format to read, what with all the technology we have and using that to tell a story. A story I can really understand.
Can I just say Bennett is adorable? I don't have a guy friend, but even though he's sarcastic and ridiculous at times, I'd love to have a guy friend like him. It was because of him that I extremely enjoyed reading this book.
There isn't really anything special with the story (cliche, really), but I guess the way it was written and presented made me love this book. In my opinion, Claire and Will are just like any other teen who are suffering from a bad case of misunderstanding and good intentions going terribly wrong. It's a simple and pretty much straight forward story. And very realistic. I think the way the tweets were written gave this story a bit more of a realistic feeling to it.
And actually, I loved the way Lottie and Bennett ended up more than Will and Claire. Don't get me wrong, but there's just something about the dork ending up with the Lacrosse Queen.
I'm lucky to have friends who are like Claire, and friends like her are the best. They're really the ones who will get you through stuff like love and heartaches and high school!(less)
Kayla is the Oracle of Dating and she gives love advices to people who needs it, at a certain price. But what would hap...moreFull review at Amaterasu reads:
Kayla is the Oracle of Dating and she gives love advices to people who needs it, at a certain price. But what would happen when an advice to a friend goes horribly wrong? And when the Oracle got herself a little love dilemma, how will she deal with it?
It's really a joy reading a book like this. One of the reasons why I say I enjoyed is because this hits close to home. I have a friend who reminds me of The Oracle.
I have to say, I learned a lot in this book. It's funny how Kayla seemed to know more about love than her older sister, and I agree that sometimes, you don't need to go through the same thing someone did for you to learn from it.
I'm giving this 5 stars because I love the way it was written and what is written. Even if you're grown up, or in high school, I recommend you read this. I'm 24 and let me just say that this book has a lot of stuff in it that is very entertaining and interesting to read. Give it a try. You can never learn too much or too little when it comes to dating, and of course, love.
I was happily surprised when I saw there's going to be a second book, The Oracle Rebounds! Can't wait for that!(less)
Reading Falling Under felt like I just took the biggest ride of my life and just got my feet back on solid grou...moreFull review posted at Amaterasu Reads:
Reading Falling Under felt like I just took the biggest ride of my life and just got my feet back on solid ground a few seconds ago.
No, Gwen Hayes took me for a ride and I followed after willingly, and I got so caught up in it I almost forgot to breathe.
Theia had always lived by the rules ever since she can remember. Playing the part of the perfect, docile and obedient daughter, living a sheltered life was all that she knew to do. But all of that slowly changed when she met Haden Black. Haden had been in Theia's dreams even before they had lain eyes on each other, but how is that possible? As Theia learned to outgrew her shell and let loose the free spirit she had always reigned in, Haden sends mixed signals that Theia just couldn't figure out. Should she stay away? Why? Why not? And when Haden finally convinces that being close to him could mean losing her soul, would Theia listen or run away?
The first Gwen Hayes work I have ever read was her short story, Butterface, which I utterly loved and has somewhat set the stage for me, taking a peek into her delightful writing style. So going into Falling Under, I was somewhat familiar with how things might work. Or so I thought.
I always say that too much predictability often makes a book boring, but its the last thing you should expect from reading Falling Under. You just had to guess. And guess. And guess. For the first time, I was stumped when I realized I had no idea what will happen to the story. When things started going south for Theia and her friends, I didn't know what to do.
I especially liked how both characters just loved to torment each other, dancing around each others feelings, toying with it, turning all hot and bothered one minute and stone cold the next, which was like a teasing, sensually charged dance between the two characters. I can feel the tension between Theia and Haden as if it was a tangible thing with every turn of the page.
The plot had too much twists and turns it felt like I was being led into a merry chase for some phantom ending. I had no clue where the story was going, so I didn't know what to find and what to expect. Less than forty pages before the end, I was ready to whip the book out of my hands and my brain was literally screaming "what the hell is this part for?" "why the hell is this supposed to happen?" because a lot of it wasn't agreeing with what I hoped would happen.
To be honest, I've had my reservations giving this a high rating at first. More than half the time, I was trying to figure out if I like the shift between dreams and reality and if it was helping the story develop or if it's just muddling the story further. I lose grip of the story whenever Theia dreams, because it felt like Haden, the boy, was not the same Haden in the dreams. However, reading the last 100 pages completely altered my perception of the story. What I think was a mediocre, messy ending turned into one of the most exhilarating reads I've had this year!
One aspect about Falling Under that I love was that the supporting characters, Donny, Amelia and even Varnie are not as one dimensional set of characters as I first thought they would be. Their stories progress alongside Theia's and Haden's and I love how they seem to complement Theia's overly shy, always playing it safe personality.
I stopped from quite a few times, but it was very easy to just dive back into the story and get lost inside their world as if it was the first time you are reading as Gwen was able to create two memorable characters in Theia and Haden. Haden reminds me a bit of Sin in Nina Malkin's Swoon (who aggravates me so much), a very wicked boy you just can't help but love.
The things that made me love Gwen's 17 paged short story made me fall in love with Falling Under and more. With Gwen's easy, simple writing style she was able to bring to life dynamic characters, riveting storyline and each of the characters unique, captivating voice, Falling Under is one paranormal novel you shouldn't miss! There's a reason why everyone is looking forward to reading this book, find out for yourself why everyone seems to be holding out their breaths until this book comes out!(less)