Friday, February 11, 2011
Age Group: Adult
Published: March 2, 2010 by Berkley Trade (first published January 2010)
Format: Paperback, 352 pgs
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.
Olivia is the fallen angel of desire, making her a vampire . . . something I've been avoiding as of late. As a neuroscientist, Dominic doesn't believe in angels or demons, and he certainly can't accept the fact that he's a Reborn, someone who lives, loves, and dies and is forced to repeat it over and over again. L'OtelMathillide is a hotel unlike any other where those who don't belong on the world's surface hide beneath it.
Skyler White's and Falling, Fly is a lyrical tale of damnation unlike any other, and lyrical prose isn't something I usually like a whole lot. Rarely do I find an adult novel that so beautifully pairs sexy, paranormal characters with a stunning, literary style of writing that revels in subtle intricacies.
White has created a new kind of vampire, one that isn't trying to deny what she is or struggling with the choice to turn the one she loves. Olivia is tired of what she is and the things she does; she wants an out. And Dominic wants answers. The journey the two of them end up on is fascinating and achingly beautiful. I'm going to have to read this one many more times before I'll have caught on to all of the tiny details and the amazing twists.
Not only is this book a fresh take on paranormal love stories, but it's written in alternating POVs between Dominic and Olivia so that one of them is telling the story in first person while the other's is told in third. It's a great way to keep the different tones as distinct as their personalities are.
This book may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely one I'm going to recommend trying before you pass on it. Skyler White is a force to be reckoned with, and I don't doubt we'll see more stunning books from her in the future. Also, I absolutely LOVE that cover.
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