Title: Fallen Author: Laury Falter Series: The Guardian Trilogy Publisher: self published, kindle editon Published: April 1, 2009

Pages: 261

From the publisher: Maggie is unaware of the terrifying fate that awaits her. It isn’t until she lands in New Orleans for a full year at a private high school and her unknown enemies find her does she realize that her life is in danger.

As a mystifying stranger repeatedly intervenes and blocks the attempts on her life, she begins to learn that there is more to him than his need to protect her and that he may be the key to understanding why her enemies have just now arrived.

**This book was submitted to The Book Hookup but did not influence the review**

Celeste’s review: If you know me you know I love stories about angels.  And look at that cover!! So simple and beautiful! Ahhh, onto the book…it starts with Maggie moving to New Orleans while her aunt (her caretaker) is off on a photography job for the next year. She will be living with her aunt’s friend and 2 more roommates. Nearly straight away Maggie’s life is in danger: from a creepy man staring Maggie down and making every fiber of her being stand on end, to a new student giving her a death stare. The prickles of electricity on her neck are like a built in radar to danger, although it’s not clear exactly how yet. However, a very, very handsome stranger appears more than once to literally jump in and save her life. Yes, mindblowingly handsome. His name is Eran and he has blue-green eyes *swoon*. He is not a stranger for very long as Maggie starts to learn what she is up against.

From the start I liked Maggie in the sense that she was independent and mature for her age. While it’s a young adult novel, Maggie had the attitude of someone beyond her years which made me really like her. She seems comfortable with her life, as well as her gift of delivering messages to the dead. She long ago made peace with that, and now provides this service to help others out. However, when she starts her new life in New Orleans danger seems to have found her. Maggie can’t quite make sense of what is going on, but tries to just get through every day.

As far as secondary characters go, I liked both Ezra and Gershom, but could have done without Rufus and Felix. While they were entertaining, I wasn’t sold on them, as I didn’t care for 2 strange men living with a high school student…and the basic story would have been the same without them, maybe even better. However, they might also have another role which I’m not aware of yet….. On that note, Ezra, Maggie’s temporary caretaker, would have been just fine as her roommate alone. She was strong and seemed to know a good few secrets from Maggie’s past. The other secondary character I couldn’t put my finger on was Gershom. I knew he was one of “them” but was never sure which team he was on. He was excellent!

The story itself seemed to take some time to get into, but held my attention the whole time. However, I think that it set itself up so the next installment will be action packed now that I know the foundation for the series. I think it holds so much promise, that while I was given the first book I just bought the 2nd one, Eternity, and plan to start it tonight :).

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