and Falling, Fly by Skyler White
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Published: 03/02/2010 by Penguin Group
Received From: Publisher
Back Cover Summary:
In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels-turned- vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must put medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what price?
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'Otel Mathillide—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.
In this fractured Hotel of the Damned, Olivia and Dominic discover the only force consistent in their opposing realities is the deep, erotic gravity between them. Bound to each other finally in a knot of interwoven freedoms, Dominic and Olivia—the vision-touched scientist and the earth-bound angel, reborn and undead-encounter the mystery of love and find it is both fall...and flight.
and Falling, Fly is told from both Olivia and Dominic's perspective, and their story is a tragic one while at the same time inspiring feelings of hope. Olivia has searched since the fall of Eden for the loophole that would return her to the heights of heaven, out of the ranks of the damned, but she ends up returning to the Hotel of the Damn, hopeless. Hopeless in that for eternity she will be a fallen angel of desire, never experiencing emotions but through the blood of others. Dominic is a driven neuroscientist, who is trying to find a treatment to his painful memories of past lives that he believes are hallucinations, unwilling to believe in anything outside of science. He reluctantly goes to the Hotel of the Damned, where he meets Olivia and believes the remedy lies in helping her.
While reading and Falling, Fly I had an ambivalent relationship with this book. It required my full attention, and it wasn't one I could blaze through, that at times left me feeling frustrated. The lyrical writing demanded that I read every line thoroughly because the words weren't straightforward in their meaning; I had to find their meaning. But the mystery behind the release to Olivia and Dominic's eternal damnation kept making me want to blaze through the story to find its conclusion. Then I would find myself stopping and thinking about what I just read, then rethinking about what I had read in the previous the pages, reforming my ideas of what might lay ahead. Throughout reading I keep thinking which is the truth, science or myth, which one should I believe is the reality in this book?
and Falling, Fly is a dark and lush, uniquely told love story that isn't to be taken lightly. A definite reading requirement for those who like a book that makes them think and remain in their thoughts long after it's put down.