Fallen - Laury Falter
Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.
As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.
Dammit, I loved this book. It's the first in a trilogy called the Guardian Trilogy and I'm telling you right now Laury Falter, I want to review books two and three. Matt says I'm not allowed to take money out of our daughter's snack milk account for school in order to purchase these books so I may have to mug an old woman at Walgreens for it. But I'm telling you right now, come hell, high water, or prison.... I'm going to review them.
I loved Maggie. I feel like I kind of wish I was Maggie. Even though she's got weird powers and is a messenger (she brings "messages" from people who are alive to people who have passed on, and then brings a message back. Coolest job ever.) and has a lot of crap to deal with for being her age, it's kind of bad ass. It also helps that she has a hot soul mate/body guard, Eran to help her out. Just try to wrap your mind around the concept of being able to send a last message to someone who's passed on and know that they got it... and get one in return? The peace that alone would bring so many people is kind of astounding, and it's an interesting concept I haven't read of yet in a book.
The entire story moves fast, keeps you in and you'll be trying to figure out who is who and what the hell is going on. And ultimately it comes down to a clearly meant to be couple who have, for all of time, made a bad choice somewhere along the way and it sends them right back to the beginning, so they have to figure out how to learn from past mistakes and work together. I absolutely loved it.
Oh, and I loved her crazy ass "family" at her house. I feel like Ezra, Felix and Rufus are going to have significant roles in book two and three and I'm hopeful because I really liked them. Especially Ezra- I think she knows far more than she's letting on in this book. You know what else I love? How Maggie isn't a bitch. You know how in most YA books the heroine is kind of a bratty, bitchy teenager? One that if she were real you'd be like, "Shut your sass and you're grounded forever"? Yeah, Maggie isn't that. She's got her moments but they aren't unrealistic considering what her entire life has been like to date. She's kind of an adult already going through the motions of a childhood because she has to. Plus the dynamics of high school are perfect in here and so many authors get it wrong. SO MANY. And Maggie's friend Gershom, who is on the wrong team, is kind of a good egg. I mean, he really did right by her and I appreciate that. At least there was one bright spot among the weirdo kids at school staring at her like creepers.
Just do me a favor and like her on Facebook, check out her Goodreads page, then her website, and then just buy the book. Which oh hello, I see she has another series. Laury- you're going to make me broke, my dear. (But don't you ever stop writing because I'm going to be your crazy stalker fan soon. If you see the bushes in front of your house moving don't panic.)
OR, if you're as broke as I am, GOOD NEWS! Laury is awesome, badass, and wonderful enough to give away an autographed copy of her book to one of my little lambwhores! Just leave me a comment on this post with your email address and we'll draw a winner.