Book Review: The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

 

1The Fallen Star

by Jessica Sorensen

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: Fallen Star (1)
Genres: FantasyParanormalYoung AdultRomanceVampiresParanormal RomanceSupernaturalMagicUrban Fantasy
Published By: CreateSpace Independent Publishing in 2011
Format: eBook (449 pages)

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For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

Review

This book was difficult for me. There was a lot of dialogue – too much, for my tastes – and you could see the ending coming from a mile away. That’s something I don’t like in my books. I am investing significantly more time into them than I am into a movie – I want surprises! Sorensen didn’t even try to surprise you. She all but told you the twist three or four times before making it happen.

Also, the co-conspirators, the sub characters… hated them! This is odd for me because usually I find the minor characters make the book. Not this time.

On to the good – I liked Gemma. Being typically against the protagonist, this was off for me… I liked her. I wanted not to, but I failed. Maybe because when I was her age I was listening to emo bands and yes, I was even driving a Mitsubishi Mirage! So I felt like I could relate. Also, she felt real. Not too deep, not too idealized, and despite what some other people have said, I didn’t find her whiny. She does mope a bit after a supporting character, Alex (I don’t like him; did I mention?), but it’s hard to find a YA book these days without a love triangle.

Oh, and for those of you who love them, be forewarned – about halfway through, I was certain there was going to be a love triangle, and then delightfully, there was not. I was pleased. You may not be.

The plot. It was different. Not entirely original, but different, and different is refreshing. Sorensen gets points for that.

Overall, I couldn’t decide to rate it low for all its frustrating aspects (and even a few glaring errors), or high because despite my greatest efforts, I was hooked. So I’ve rated it comfortably in the middle. I got it for free off Amazon and to be honest, I don’t think that I’m going to pick up the sequel, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

TL;DR

I wanted to hate it, but didn’t.  But I didn’t like it.  I just kept reading it.


Source

This book was offered for free on Kindle in 2011.


Some of My Favorite Quotes

Outside my window, the clouds had parted. The moon smoldered against the blackness of the sky; the stars twinkled harmoniously around it. I felt that same strange pull that I always did whenever I looked up at the night sky. It made me feel like I belonged up there, shining with the stars. Sometimes it felt like it was the only place I did belong.


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Book Review: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

 

Dead Until DarkDead Until Dark

by Charlaine Harris

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: The Southern Vampire Mysteries (1)
Genres: FantasyParanormalVampiresUrban FantasyRomanceFictionMystery
Published By: Ace Books in 2001 (First Hardcover Release)
Format: Mass Market Paperback (292 pages)

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Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

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Review

Usually I am a “books before movies” kinda gal, but I watched the first three seasons of True Blood plus some before picking up the first Sookie Stackhouse book.  Fortunately, the long haul with the Harry Potter series has taught me to view books and films as separate entities, so I appreciate the television show while still loving the book.  This is not to say that there weren’t difference (boy were there differences) but I have learned not to get enraged about them.

Sometimes, reading the book after seeing the films/show allows for an added appreciation, and this was the case for me.  While I enjoy the writing style and the culture Harris breathes into the pages here, I am impressed at how well the actors have brought the characters to life.  My one critique here would be that I found the characters a little flat, especially Bill Compton, the dashing vampire who catches Sookie’s heart.  Knowing the way the story is going to end really allows for a more careful investigation of the elements that make up the story.

The detail is perfect.  Some of my cherished authors (JRR Tolkien) use so much detail that scenes can get frightfully boring.  Others use so little that one needs a remarkable imagination to bring the book to life.  Harris is right in-between.  She gives away the details that matter, but in “murder” she’s dealing with a grisly subject and she manages to give the reader the idea without sickening them.  Anyone who has watched the first season of True Blood knows that the first season in particular is overflowing with sex.  Not this book.  Well, yes.  We know that Sookie is having hot, steamy sex with her handsome vamp, but Harris does us the courtesy of not describing it in detail, which gives her an extra thumbs up from me!

The cast of characters is a little different in the book (at least from my memory) and the story even swerves a bit differently.  Even for those who have watched the series, I would recommend the books.  They are well-written, easy reads that further open up the world of vampiric Louisiana.

TL;DR

I loved it!  Beware:  dissimilarities from True Blood.  Characters are a little flat.


Source

I picked up this paperback from a library sale.


First Sentence

“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.”


Some of My Favorite Quotes

“You won’t find a vampire in a Ford Fiesta.”

“His eyes were still like caves with ghosts dwelling in their depths.”


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