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Fallen (Guardian Trilogy Book 1)

Fallen - Laury Falter Laury Falter’s Fallen has an interesting, if not wholly original, premise and I enjoyed meeting Maggie, who can speak to the dead. She’s just moved to New Orleans, living with her aunt’s three friends, and starting over (again) at a new school. What she doesn’t expect is one obnoxiously self-important principal, a sassy (& cute!) boy constantly turning up where she’s at, and one very cranky one who stares and glares at her. Bummer, then, that it’s the latter who shows up in her school and classes instead of the former.Then Maggie notices that cranky isn’t the only person who seems to hate her. And she has no idea why, or what’s going on. As a matter of fact, she seemed to be pretty clueless about her life being in danger, as she constantly ignores what her instincts are telling her. And Eram — the cute guy — does know, but why doesn’t he just explain already, instead of just bopping in and out, ticking her off in the process?The story definitely has possibilities, but I thought the writing was a bit stilted. Don’t get me wrong, the story flow is there — it just felt like it was constantly bumping into corners as it went around them, instead of giving it a little more space so it could just go. The villains were very one-dimensional, except for Gershom who plays the bad-guy-who-doesn’t-want-to-be-bad role. All of the others are cut from the same sneer-and-glare cloth, the only exception being the big bad who also gloats. And Maggie’s roommates could’ve used a bit more fleshing-out. They seem to be there as background props, much like Maggie’s classmates. Why are they there? Why does Maggie’s aunt trust them enough to have Maggie live with them?Fallen is a promising story that needs more polishing and depth to make it a really good one. Don’t just take my word though – I’m giving away a copy so you can check it out for yourself.drey’s rating: Ok