Review: Falling Slowly by Gracie Ray

Falling Slowly

After the unexpected death of her parents, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth is left with several mysteries to solve. As if adjusting to her new life wasn’t bad enough, she begins to have nightmares about creatures in the woods and a boy, by the name of Tristan, who comes to her as an angel and saves her from what he calls, the Hounds of Hell. When a new student enrolls at her high school, she is left with more unanswered questions when she discovers the newly enrolled heartthrob is none other than the boy in her dreams. She fights to keep her emotions stable as she watches all the other girls swoon over him, including her best friend. But when mysterious dead bodies start turning up around her school, she is forced to question if Tristan is the boy of her dreams or if he’s the nightmare.

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Okay, so it’s common sense that writer=reader. Hence, I feel it is perfectly acceptable for me to publicly gush over books I have read. If anyone disagrees, that means they hate puppies! =)

Read from September 07 to 09, 2012

I read this book as part of the IndieReadAThon hosted by the blog My Pathway To Books and I enjoyed reading it immensely. The romantic elements were not overwhelming like in some stories, but they were there and the impending danger is never forgotten. I thought this book was a delightful mix of mythology and legend, blended together seamlessly in a lovely, whimsical yet gothic tale.

So why only 4 stars? I think this book had a few rough details that could’ve been easily smoothed out. There were some story elements that I thought should’ve been explained or made clear sooner. There were also a couple of typos and formatting issues, but those really didn’t bother me. I think the issues were minor and I still highly recommend this book.

Just a note to you guys, Falling Slowly ends in a tormenting cliffhanger, so if you don’t want that, I suggest you wait for the next book comes out to read it.

The plot:
I thought the plot was very original. The idea of a girl whose blood drives all supernatural creatures mad was something I found to be very fascinating. The plot moves smoothly and swiftly and I never felt that it was lagging or slowly down.

The characters:
I adored Lizzy. She was the right balance of vulnerable and headstrong and I really cared about her. I also found the relationship between her and her sister to be very touching. I did wonder why she kept hanging out with her “best friend” Elle, but at the same time it was good to have a “wild” character in the mix. Lizzy and her sister are considered to be the hottest girls in school by everyone in their high school, but they aren’t sluts and aren’t the stereotypical “popular girls” either.

Dorian, our prevalent baddie, appears mainly in dreams and illusions until the end. But that doesn’t make him any less frightening or downright creepy. He is an evil Nephilim, bent on securing Lizzy’s blood for his family so that they can use it to rule the other supernatural beings. I thought he was a completely sufficient antagonist and I watched for him in the pages as if he were after me! One of Dorian’s brothers, Chase, also becomes quite important to the ending, but I’ll refrain from spoilers.

Since I mentioned the romance, I should probably mention the love interest, right? Tristan is a Grigori or pureblood angel. Lizzy is his soulmate which is probably self-explanatory. If Lizzy were to die, the loss would drive Tristan mad, turn him forever to evil, and would result in him going to Hell. He was a sweet, likable character that, despite how gentle he could be, was completely capable of turning lethal in an instant. I grew quite fond of him and I am now quite concerned as to what will happen with him and Lizzy.

In closing, I enjoyed this book greatly. Even though there were a few rough points, I certainly recommend it to fans of clean paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

To Ms. Ray: I will be watching for that sequel!

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Me Interviews Me

For my very first blog post on my sparkly new blog, I have decided to interview myself to introduce myself to the world. (I do not usually talk to myself like this and, contrary to popular belief, I am not insane. This just seemed a fun format today.)


If you could pick one of your characters to take to lunch at your favorite restaurant, who would it be and where would you go?

I’d have to take Karile to Mighty Fine Burgers (I’m a Texas girl, I have a thing for beef). He’s funny, takes everything in stride, would probably love MFB, and so long as I kept my eyes on him, I think we’d have a rollicking good time.


You have five minutes with Doctor Who’s TARDIS. What do you do?

Make sure the Emperor of the Daleks isn’t around, dash off to the future, download every scrap about the next twenty years’ stock exchange, and zip back here in time to play the market. That would be so cool…


If you had to fight one of your characters in the Thunder Dome, who would you pick?

I think Bricen. I know I could take her and I wouldn’t mind bumping her off because I know how nasty she is.


Who is your favorite author?

Well, Madeleine L’Engle wrote my favorite book of all time, so I guess she gets the credit for that title. Though I have lately discovered Sarah J. Maas and several indie author such as JD Field and Intisar Khanani.


Indie or Traditional?

Even though I have a publisher, I have to say I’m hardly ever a fan of tradition. I believe that self-pubbed books can be just as good, if not better than, traditional books. So long as they have the right editing. 😉


What is your favorite TV show?

Well, Legend of the Seeker got cancelled, so did Monk, and that leaves Grimm and Doctor Who. Doctor Who is awesome, that goes without saying, but I’m kind of partial to Monroe. Hence, I’m going to say that Grimm is my favorite TV show.


How often do you write?

Six days a week on average. During the summer and holidays, I spend most of my time cooped up inside with my fingers whirring over the keyboard. Even when I’m not before my computer, I’m usually thinking about my books. (Among others, I have this sometimes annoying habit of acting out dialogue as I walk my dogs.)

So that’s me. =)