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Falling: Girl With Broken Wings Book 1 by J Bennett

July 9, 2012

The intellectual challenge of college and the warm embrace of a serious boyfriend have given Maya the wings she needs to break away from her bookish and shy reserve. Her world comes crashing down when a stranger with glowing hands kills her boyfriend and injects her with a DNA-altering serum.

After being rescued by two young men claiming to be her brothers, Maya begins to transform.  Her senses sharpen. Her body becomes strong and agile. Most disturbingly, she develops the ability to visually see the emotions of those around her as colorful auras.

Beautiful Auras….Tempting Auras.

One brother wants to save her. The other wants to kill her before she becomes too strong.

Struggling to control the murderous appetite that fuels her new abilities, Maya must find a way to accept her altered condition and learn to trust her brothers as she joins them in their battle against those who chose the change and the evil it entails.

The ones who mockingly call themselves…Angels.

Full Disclosure: This book was not purchased. Thanks to the author, J Bennett, for sending a review copy!

Quirky, and fun with a dash of heart-wrenching family drama, Falling is the first book in the Girl With Broken Wings series and debut novel of author J Bennett.  Book one introudces Maya’s world which, for the most part, unknowingly harbors technologically advanced humans called “Angels” that suck the enegy from any energy-carrying host. Humans, naturally, are the prefered source. What with our complex emotions and concentrated bursts of energy on any given thing. Maya has remained blissfully unaware of the dangers in her world, thanks to College and boyfriends and the effects of “Living a Normal Life”.

That is, until that “Normal Life” gets shattered one horrible night when a stranger confronts her, kills her boyfriend, and proceeds to infect her with the Angel Serum. All the while claiming they’re related. Luckily for Maya, he’s not the only one that can make that claim, and she finds her true guardian angels in the form of two boys who say they’re her brothers.

Maya’s POV can be hard to adjust to as it sometimes resemble’s writing under ‘stream of conciousness’. There’s also a chapter devoted to Gabe and Tarren’s (Maya’s brothers) POVs but this happens once and never again. Which is kind of a shame because Gabe is hysterical, and seeing Tarren’s POV contradict with his brothers proved very enlightening in regards to how their dynamic works.

Once safe, Maya has to deal with the fall out of her tansformation, the life and loves she’s left behind, as well as trying to cope with life on the run with brothers she doesn’t know. Tarren doesn’t trust her as far as he can spit. Meanwhile Gabe is almost too accepting…and protective of her and the last shred of humanity clinging to her DNA for dear life.  Maya has to prove she’s tough enough to handle the Angel-hunting lifestyle while also proving she’s still human enough to ignore her Angelic urges…and not to kill them in their sleep.

This is especially appealing to me because it’s not often I come across YA novels featuring a Female POV where the conflicts between the male and female characters didn’t in some way involve romance or sexual tension.  I’m not so much criticizing romance as a plot device, it’s just refeshing to see conflicts between men and women that go beyond romantic and sexual urges. Once in awhile, it’s nice to see expamples of friendships or even (and in the case of Falling) family relationships building between men and women.

Overall, Falling is a good debut to a series filled with fun and interesting chaacters who I look foward to learning more about in future Girl With Broken Wings novels.

You can purchase Falling at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords!

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