My Rating- 3.5 stars
Synopsis- 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.
My Review- I rated this 3.5 stars as I more than liked it...but...
And its a big BUT.....
The first 50% of this is quite slow moving, a little infuriating at times and very similar to other books I had read. I think if you have never read Twilight before then this will be a little more enjoyable for the reader as many points in the first half are very Twilight-esque...not a bad thing to be compared to those books as I enjoyed them very much I just dont think it was done as well as Steph Meyer.
Now from 50% onwards I admit I found myself enjoying the story, though there are a few plot holes and some continuity errors, but these are very minor and I could ignore them for the most part. The Fallen Star is full of great ideas that I would have loved to see bloom in to something great...it just didnt quite become great for me. The whole power of a fallen star inside a human is damn cool, along with touching on some of her powers was again cool and the baddies wanting that power...again...cool. It just never quite made it because Gemma, the protagonist, is really well...whiny for most of the book, shows little confidence and trails after a very dominating, manipulative, lying love interest which to be honest, runs very hot and cold throughout the story...sometimes within the same paragraph and it was very hard to like either of them. Block out this and the story became enjoyable again.
Laylen is one of the few characters I really liked in this book, the soft hearted Vampire who hasnt been treated too well by the Keepers he once belonged to before turning...we dont learn much about how and why he got turned in to a vampire but I hope in future books we learn more about him. He was the only truthfully nice character and I enjoyed his scenes. His and Gemma's moments were very touching and revealed alot about the corruption within the Keeper's hierarchy.
Which brings us to the ending of the book. Unfortunately I had guessed very early on how it would end, who was bad, who was not, and I hope in some ways I am proven wrong in the next book and that it was just a great twist....but that cliffhanger was amazing!! and even if I wasnt too sure about this book, I will damn well read the next one, because no way can someone end a book on a cliffhanger like that and it be forgotten about!! So I look forward to reading The Underworld and hope
the writing comes to life in the second book where it didn't quite make it in Fallen Star.