Title: and, Falling, Fly

Author: Skyler White
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Publication Date: March 2010
Paperback: 352 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Review copy

Guest Review by Jo


RATING: 7/10 – Very good, would definitely recommend

GOODREADS SUMMARY:

An edgy, erotic blend of fantasy and romance-from a debut author whose star is on the rise.

In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels- turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must pit medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts…but at what cost?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless…and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O’Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L’OtelMathillide- a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams-rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.

REVIEW:

Oh, what a gorgeous cover! So so pretty! OK, now I’ve finished crushing on the cover, on to the review!

Olivia is a fallen Angel. Fallen Angels are Vampiric in their ways and feed on blood but only when the person finds them desirable or they fear them. Olivia seems lost and indifferent to her existence and wants back in heaven, and she thinks the only way is to find a man who loves her for everything she is.


Dominic has memories of another life, but believes they are hallucinations or seizures. He spends a good deal of him time looking for a cure for his illness. This is where it gets interesting, because one fears paranormal retribution and the other fears a mental illness – but who is right/deluded/insane etc? They meet in ‘rehab’ and while they instantly click, Olivia believes Dominic is deluded, and Dominic thinks Olivia is insane. There is romance between the two, but while one wants a cure and one wants salvation it ultimately means their seperation should they get their wish.

I really cannot say too much here on the plot or even the characters because the brilliant-ness (is this is a word? Ah, it is now!) of this story is the way it unfolds and plays with our minds. The characters are very interesting and you are invited into their minds and the weird and wonderful way our minds work.

VERDICT:

A very good, and very insightful, interesting book. If you enjoy films such as Fight Club, and having your mind played with then you’ll really love this.

You can find out more about this author online here:
This book counts towards the following BCC reading challenges:
Book #24 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2011

Jo

Jo lives in Surrey. Reading is a huge part of her life and her taste in books is eclectic. While she enjoys any genre she tends to read more Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. [Jo no longer reviews for the site.]

5 Comments


Bibliotropic March 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I haven't read this one yet, but it's definitely near the top of my pile. Especially after reading and adoring "In Dreams Begin." Skyler White's a pretty awesome author.

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E.J. Stevens March 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

"Plays with our minds"…I'm sold! Pushing this to the top of my tbr pile. Great review. :)
xx,
E.J.
Paranormal Author E.J. Stevens
From the Shadows

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Book Chick City March 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I've read differing reviews about this book but I'm glad you liked this one Jo :)

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Fiction Vixen March 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I've read so many mixed reviews on this one, I just can't decide if I should just take the plunge and read it or forget it.

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Jo (BCC) March 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for reading, guys! This book really does have mixed reviews, but I love the whole reality/non-reality themes in books and movies!

Thanks for the comments! :)

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