Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Series: Fallen Star
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.
This novel was the beginning of my adoration for Ms. Sorensen's world of paranormal wonders. I won't bore you with a summary, but instead will discuss why you should begin reading The Fallen Star.
I LOVE the emotionless beginning to this story. The premise that Ms. Sorensen explores is so fresh and simply a joy to read. Gemma is a real character - one that I connected with as a 24-year-old - while still maintaining a realistic teenage persona. Alex was also a character with a lot of depth, anger, and Alpha-ness - just how I like 'em! And supporting characters in this book and throughout the series are really well developed and thoughtful.
As several reviewers have stated, the beginning is a bit slow - however, this only adds to the confusion and bizarreness that is Gemma (and Alex). It makes complete sense that Gemma isn't all trusting and that Alex cannot and will not divulge every thought to her. The anticipation of figuring out what connects these proverbial dots and the frustration the reader feels with the "can't you just get to the good stuff?," makes the next four books that much more special. However, you aren't aware that there is much more for long enough that I did have remove .5 of a star. But trust me - there is SO more (insert word here) - action, love, sadness, desolation, mistakes, mystery, bad guys, CRAZY (I could go on, but I'm sure you understand) to come.
I also really appreciate the innocence of Gemma and Alex's relationship. While there were some steamy thoughts, their relationship developed rather organically and had a balance that wasn't just physical.
And the ending, as others have said, is all "ummm WHAT?!," so make sure you have the next in the series ready to read because you will indeed need it! :)