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Monday, December 17, 2012

Falling From Eternity Blog Tour: review & giveaway


I'm excited to have the Falling From Eternity Blog Tour stopping by today with my review and a giveaway!


Falling From Eternity
Megan Duncan
11/28/12
For William, life was as wicked and malicious as the beast he was trying destroy. Decades spent living a life of extravagance, domination and ravenous hunger haunted him. But when you live forever, the past never stays buried. And that which wishes to control you, will never let you go. William thought he found his escape, his one and only love, but the thing he fears the most could be the only thing that saves them. Or, it could doom them all.


THREE WORDS: Darkly Sweet Romance

MY REVIEW: Falling From Eternity is quite different from Megan Duncan's previous work, as well as being different from my usual kind of read, but I've really loved Duncan's other series, so I thought I would give this one a try. And, while I didn't love it as much as her other books, I did enjoy it and found it to be a refreshing reprieve from my usual YA and MG reads.

Falling From Eternity is a paranormal romance that centers on William, a vampire of over 200 years old, as he contemplates his existence. William tries to live a life different from other blood-thirsty and deadly vampires, and he finds himself in a quiet town, working a quiet job. Then he meets the beautiful Autumn and his life suddenly has meaning. But when the unthinkable happens, William must face what he fears most to save everything he loves and wants most.

This is a quick read, feeling more like a novella than full novel, and easily devoured in one setting. With Falling From Eternity, Duncan creates a romance heavy story, but with a good dose of the paranormal. I didn't fall madly in love with the story and characters, but I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.

Narrated from William's POV, Falling From Eternity feels very introspective as he struggles with a serious existential crisis. I found much of William's inner monologues and musings to be surprisingly insightful. Duncan touches on emotional and profound questions and thoughts that many vampire books and characters don't, such as the meaning of one's eternal existence or the monotony, instead of excitement, of living forever, amongst other things. This makes for a very thoughtful read, yet, at times, it also makes for a less action-packed and less thrilling story.

This PNR may be more romance than paranormal, but the paranormal elements are great. I really like how refreshing and different these elements are compared to many other vampire books. Duncan's vampires are malicious, blood-thirsty, and deadly creatures that live for blood and power. The idea of being a vampire isn't romanticized or idealized in Falling From Eternity, instead it is explored from a honest and believable perspective. I like the palpable and raw darkness that Duncan creates in this book.

The romantic elements are sweet, but also maintain a certain dark edge. I wasn't enthralled or fully enticed by the romance between William and Autumn, but I think that's because it kind of feels like insta-love. For the most part, I enjoyed the interaction between the two, but the relationship feels rushed and, at times, forced. If fleshed out and developed more slowly, I think this is a romance that I could have felt stronger about. But, I certainly found myself rooting for these two by the end.

The individual characters themselves, William and Autumn, aren't breathtakingly memorable or original, but they both possess their own kind of endearing charm. I would have liked to have gotten to know them better and see them more fully developed, however. I did find myself quite fascinated by the “bad guy”, Ming, though, and I'd love to learn more about him and his history.

The book does conclude with an exciting and surprising ending that I didn't see coming, but definitely liked.

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Falling From Eternity is a quick, but entertaining and enjoyable paranormal romance. This isn't my favorite of Megan Duncan's work, but I would certainly read more of the series, if she were to write more about William and Autumn (and especially Ming!). I think fans of Duncan's previous work and fans of romance centric PNR will find this a great read!

MY RATING

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Megan Duncan is a lover of all things paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and anything just out of the ordinary. She is continually fighting her addiction to chocolate and living in her overactive imagination.

I have two giveaways to share with y'all today: one you can enter here and one you can enter on Megan's website.
Giveaway #1
Win 1 of 2 ebook copies of Falling From Eternity!
-2 winners will win an ebook copy
-Open to anyone who can read ebooks
-Will run from 12/17 - 12/21
-Must be 13+ and winners will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
To enter just leave a comment below with your name and email address
GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Giveaway #2
During the blog tour, Megan is giving away: 5 Kindle copies of FFE, 5 FFE Keychains, FFE Charm Necklace, and a Signed paperback!
You can enter this giveaway here

4 comments:

nurmawati djuhawan said...

cool!!
please enter me in ur giveaway..
i want to win megan duncan's ebooks
thx :)

-nurma-
chikojubilee at gmail.com

Brooke said...

I'm glad the vamps are back to their blood thirsty ways! I miss the ol' scary vamps.

And the way you described William's introspective is really helpful. I was worried it he'd be all whining and 'woes me'.

Thanks for the review and for the chance to win!

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xCynyx said...

This books sounds really good!

Thanks for the giveaway

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Filia Oktarina said...

This book looks great and i like cover book too. Enter me in giveaway, please!!

filiafantasy at gmail dot com