Friday, 1 February 2013

Review // The Fallen Star - Jessica Sorensen

Published - 11th September 2011 
Publisher - Createspace 
Format - Kindle 
Synopsis - 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.

The Fallen Star was recommended to me by my sister-in-law and it seems like everyone is reading it right now so as it's available for FREE on Amazon for the Kindle right now, I thought why not?

It took me until around 20% to really get into the book, which may be affected by the fact I was only reading it periodically up until that point but once I got into it...wow!

My main problem with this book was the over-done romance storyline (socially awkward girl, meets cute guy who seems to hate her for no reason, forced together for school project etc etc..) which was highly reminiscent of both Twilight and Hush, Hush. However, Sorensen went one better and kicked it up a notch with literally, electricity running between Gemma and Alex.

The story itself though was truly gripping. Constant tension, excitement and adventure ran through every page with a gradual reveal of the secrets Gemma has been looking for her entire life. There is a LOT going on in this book and usually that annoys me because although it's a completely different world, it should still feel realistic and sometimes that fails (i'm looking at TVD and Sookie Stackhouse books here) but Sorensen manages to avoid that pitfall and it just works. The Fallen Star is the first book in the series and the cliffhanger we're left with is shocking and emotional. I immediately went and bought the rest of the series for my Kindle (at around 80p each - bargain!) and i'm very much looking forward to seeing what the hell happened. You should definitely pick this up.

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