August 10th, 2010


Book Review: and Falling, Fly, by Skyler White

I judge books by their covers, and if the cover features a hot chick baring skin and tattoos (weapon optional, porntastic “Do me now" look on her face not), pass. I hate "paranormal romance," I hate that half the SFF section in the bookstore is now taken up by books featuring "edgy" Buffy clones flashing T&A and banging undead, hate hate hate...

Just so you know my biases.

And yet, I bought this one. It was pimped on John Scalzi’s site, and I kind of skimmed over all the “paranormal romance" blather and fixated on “fallen angels." I have a thing for angel mythology. It’s a weakness, like 80s power ballads, which Skyler White also mentioned loving, and anyway, the hot chick on the cover did at least look more bad-ass than anorexic, and someone mentioned “steampunk" so I thought, “Sure, why not?"

Eh, I was misled. (Hint: At no point in the book does the female protagonist ever pick up a blade. Second hint: No steampunk.)

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.

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Hot or Not? This book was not for me, but if you're a fan of paranormal romances... well, who am I kidding? I have no idea what you see in it, so I don't know if you'll like this one. Don’t buy this book if you’re primarily looking for fallen angels, vampires, urban fantasy, or steampunk. I liked parts of it. I’m not sorry I read it, but I doubt I’d read a sequel. All things considered, it seems like a good book to buy as a used paperback a few years from now for trashy beach reading.