Tuesday, December 18, 2012

{Review} Falling (Girl with Broken Wings) by J Bennett

File Size: 376 KB
Page Count: 289
Copyright: January 1, 2012
Publisher: J Bennett

Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)

Maya knew something was wrong. The stranger's glowing hands were a big tipoff.

When the stranger murders Maya's boyfriend with a single touch, drags her to an abandoned storage unit, and injects her with a DNA-altering serum, Maya prays for a savior.

Instead, the college sophomore gets a double helping of knight-in-not-so-shining-armor when two young men claiming to be her half-brothers pull off a belated rescue. Now Maya is swiftly transforming into an "angel," one of the scientifically-enhanced, energy-sucking creatures her brothers have spent their whole lives trying to destroy.

Maya's senses sharpen, her body becomes strong and agile, and she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras ... beautiful auras ... tempting auras.

One brother wants to save her. The other wants to kill her before she becomes too strong. Maya just wants to go home.

Struggling to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, Maya must find a way to accept her altered condition and learn to trust her brothers as she joins them in their battle against the secret network of powerful and destructive angels.

Oh, and she'd like a few words with the one who changed her. Words, then lots of stabbing.

Kathy's Review:

This is a cool start to a series. Maya is turned against her will into an "angel" - which I wish the author had named differently. I think that is really my only complaint with this book. The term "Angel" is just too deeply associated with good, and with heavenly creatures. The angels created in this story are chemically enhanced humans with a hunger to suck the life out of living beings. Maya does not get fully turned, so she struggles in the in-between of being human and being superhuman. I don't have a better suggestion for what to call them, but I wasn't a fan of that in particular. However, I think it's a great story otherwise. I love the characters and could definitely see this continuing on. I could see this as a great guilty-pleasure type series on the CW, alongside Vampire Diaries and the like.

Told with wit and non-stop action, Falling nicely establishes this series and the concept of brothers Gabe and Tarren, the vigilantes bent on destroying all the angels in the world. Maya reluctantly accompanies them, because she's got a score to settle with the ultimate baddie - Grand, the angel who turned her, who claims to be her father. This is a series where I would definitely check out future installments.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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