Author: Gwen Hayes
Read Time: Didn’t finish. Stopped at page 75.
Rating (1-5): 4
Tag Words: Paranormal romance, sheltered girl, dreams, occult, witchcraft, fortune tellers, sexy boys
Theia has lived a sheltered, bland life until the night a burning man falls from the sky.
After that night Theia escapes to a dream world of horrors, evil and a handsome boy. Theia is not made for his world, is she ready to fall under?
I didn’t finish this one, but isn’t not because it’s a poorly written book, (quite the opposite) I stopped because the book took a turn from paranormal romance into an Occult tainted, and possibly centered, plot.
I think this writing style, and the non-occult elements are really fab. The book reminds me of a Gothic-style otherworldly plot and the names are amazing. I wish that things hadn’t gone to the Witches, Warlocks and the like because I don’t mess with that stuff.
A bunch of people have been complaining about Theia and how much of a roll-over she is, but I didn’t mind. She was trapped and a kid; how much can you do to unstick yourself that young?
The book also has a lot of sexual content, heavy cursing and the like, all within the first 75 pages, so I will still be doing a PBR. I am not recommending this book because of the witchcraft, the sexual content and the cursing, but the writing is cool and I will be looking for Hayes to write a non-paranormal.
Notes on the Names:
Such amazing names! The name meanings reflect the characters and the plot, as well! *Happy Dance!*
Theia means the Divine One, while Haden is thought by some to be the word for ‘Heathen.’ Donnatella is quite a bold choice, though I think Jezebel would have worked just as well and sweet Amelia was an interesting contradiction to the look of the character.
Thoughts on the Cover: I liked the cover until I got it in front of me. When you turn it to face the model right side up you can see the image is poorly photoshopped. I am really happy with the model, though! She looks just like the Theia in the text.
Parental Book Review *spoilers*
Only up to page 75.
Donnatella gets around and uses very crude innuendo and sexual dialogue.
None in the first 75 pages.
Amelia is a ‘metaphysical’ and seeks a fortune teller who informs them that evil is in Serendipity Falls and Amelia has gifts. They read tarot cards, death calls on Theia three times, they read palms.
Underage drinking on the part of the fortune teller.
Theia sees a burning man fall from the sky, his incinerated corpse is detailed.
Theia returns in dreams to a hedge where ghosts, ghouls and the like gather. Their gruesome features are described.