” In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels- turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must pit 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’OtelMathillide- 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 earthbound angel, reborn and undead- encounter the mystery of love and it is both fall.. and flight ” –Book Cover
Dominic is a Reborn. A being resurrecting life after life, with their memory of past lives crushing into them at teenage-hood. Down to earth and brilliant neuroscientist, Dominic convinced himself all these memory are hallucinations and is trying to find a cure.
Olivia, Fallen Angel, feeds on desire and fear through her victims blood. She’s been trying to find a way to get back to heaven for millennia but is ready to give up.
and Falling, Fly is a dark story of Despair, Damnation and Curses and could have easily been depressing, but Skyler also made it a brilliant story of Love, Hope and Faith. In a world where none of the rules you know applies, modern science and old beliefs will collide to try discover the ultimate Truth.
You live this story through both Dominic and Olivia alternatively, which could have been confusing, but was greatly handled by White. I think this narration adds an additional depth to the story, allowing the reader to connect with both main characters.
I have to admit I had a hard time reading the book at some point because of language barrier. Being French and all, the level of English was much higher than what I am used to and I felt like I was missing information from time to time, which proved frustrating, but the story was so great I had to keep reading anyway.
I loved the characters, and I’d like to throw in a special shout-out for Alyx. Fallen rock star, cursed some-how but I don’t really know what his damnation is. He was corky and very unique, I really liked the guy!
I’d finish this review by saying this book is nothing like something else you’ve read before. It’s unique, smart and provocative.
Here’s a quote of my favorite moment:
“I take no pleasure in food, but I still eat,” I tell him. “I have no joy in life, but I live. Does that sound like an ordinary woman? I am the Undead. The Hollow. I am numb. I am the sacred, stuffed into the profane. My body, made like yours of vile mud and ash, cannot contain all of who I am, and yet I am nothing at all. I am timeless, spaceless, crammed into time and space. I am the unspeakable made into a single word. I am a true violation of Truth.” p.115
Paperback: 352 pages
Éditeur: Berkley (TRD); 1 édition (Mars 2 2010)
Book Source: Provided by Penguin for review.