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May 08 2011

Falling under by Gwen Hayes

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Penguin, 2011. ISBN: 9780143565260.
Falling under follows seventeen year old Theia Alderson, as she discovers secrets about herself, friends and her family.
The plot of this novel is great. Theia is just a normal seventeen year old high school girl until she meets a devastatingly handsome boy named Haden Black. Haden is hiding a very dangerous secret. He is a demon. If Theia finds this out she will put a lot of people in incredible danger from Haden's mother Mara who is also a demon. It becomes even more dangerous when Theia realises that she has feelings for Haden and he has feelings for her. If Theia finds out Haden's secret the cost of her knowing this is her soul, and lots of people will get hurt. If Theia finds out his secret how is he going to protect her?
The novel is mainly told from Theia's point of view but in some places it is told from Haden's point of view. There are some great themes in this novel including: friendship, mystery, love and family. These themes are present all the way through the book.
This is set in two different places: London and a place named Under. Under is located in Hell and is also where the demons can be found.
Throughout the novel we meet many new characters including: Mara who is Haden's mother. We also meet Donny (short for Donnatella) and Ame (short for Amelia). These are Theia's closest friends.
Overall this is a spellbinding book and I would recommend it to teenage girls who like reading love/horror novels.
Emily Madden (Student)

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