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The Fallen Star - Jessica Sorensen
Series: Fallen Star #1
Published by: CreateSpace, on 11 April 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 449, Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Freebie
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge,2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015, Winter COYER 2014 2015
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.
Very, very slow-moving story, the characters are not very well developed, and the writing is full of repetitions. The Fallen Star could have told the same story exactly in only 150 pages, and then be the introduction to the series, rather than a full-length novel where nothing much happened in the first 70-75%. Not sure I’ll continue with this one.
The premise for The Fallen Star is so good, unfortunately, I didn’t think the story delivered. Gemma was an annoying heroine, even when taking into account the fact that she has lived most of her life without having any feelings at all. Her swooning over Alex made me roll my eyes more than once, and speaking of eyes – how many time did I have to be reminded of Alex’ green eyes and Gemma’s violet eyes? The story itself had promise as well, because this paranormal universe is unique and could have been amazing.
Written in first person point of view from Gemma’s perspective, and in past tense, I felt like The Fallen Star should have permitted me to get to know Gemma a little better than I did. The only thing I really know about her is that she’s passionate about astronomy, and that her childhood was a very cold one, no hugs and care in her household. There were also a lot of things that didn’t make sense to me, Gemma grew up close to the mountains and a forest in a small village, and she had never been in a forest before?
As I said in my introduction, The Fallen Star could have easily been the prequel to a series, cutting out all the unnecessary repetitions and keeping the plot sharp and faster paced, it might even have been a great story. However, because I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over, and because of Gemma’s inner musings that transformed into long digressions, I just wanted it to be over.
My mind was as blank as a sheet of paper – there was zero going on inside. I could still walk, talk, breathe and function; I just couldn’t feel any emotions.
But instead here I was, sitting in a bus that had taken me up to the forest. All because I let myself get distracted. If I hadn’t been so caught up with trying to get the truth out of Alex, maybe I would have thought things through better and jumped off the bus before it pulled away.
What was happening to me? Was I heading towards an emotional breakdown? Was I going to end up locked away in a padded cell somewhere, screaming at the top of my lungs that everything I said was true – that I wasn’t crazy?
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