Review: and Falling, Fly by Skyler White

and Falling, fly by Skyler White

and Falling, Fly by Skyler White 
Stand Alone 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Published: 03/02/2010 by Penguin Group 
ISBN: 978-0425232347
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.

My Ramblings:

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.

My Rating: Really Liked it

Places you can find Skyler: Web Site | Twitter | Facebook

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  3. Fang-tastic Books
  4. Fantasy Literature
  5. Goodreads
  6. LibraryThing
  7. Lovin’ Me Some Romance
  8. mis(h)takes 
  9. My World
  10. Sara's Urban Fantasy Blog
  11. Smexy Books
  12. Strictly Reviews
  13. The Book Lush
  14. Tynga's Urban Fantasy Reviews

9 comments:

Chris said...

Sounds like one I'd have to be in the mood for, or I'd get very frustrated.

VampFanGirl said...

Fantasatic Reivew Donna!

Your thoughts on this novel mirrored my own. While aF,F is not an easy read, it is a rewarding one and I'm glad I pushed through my initial frustrations with the writing.

What did you think of that snake? I'm still thinking about him.

Hugs, VFG

mis(h)takes said...

So so true Donna,

I found myself wanting to breeze through it but it was nearly impossible. The writing demanded attention from the reader and I admit I'm glad I gave it a chance. I enjoyed it very much by the time it was over =D

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds a bit different, and i like that. And I do love the cover

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] said...

Chris - I would definitely say this book is a mood read.

VFG - Thanks! Nope this wasn't an easy read but once I got over that, I enjoyed it. Um, the snake...will email you. :)

Mishel - I'm still re-imagining the ending and my thoughts on it!

B - It is different, and based on some of your likes, I think this is one you would enjoy.

Lily Child said...

Amazing review Donna! I really enjoy your "rambling" section of your reviews! :) I will definitely be picking this one up in the near future!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I am glad to see you enjoyed this book. I liked the growth and learning between Dominic and Olivia. I am curious of the next books by Skyler.

Alexia561 said...

Loved your review! I've seen a few people mention this one, but you make me want to pick up a copy of my own! Donna, I'm trying to reduce my TBR piles and you are NOT helping! *L*

Dottie (My Blog 2.0-Tink's Place) said...

Hi Donna!

Great review! I have and Falling, fly on my wish list, it looks and sounds damn good. Hmmm, I love that it keeps staying with you after you've closed the cover.

Dottie :)

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