“Fallen” by Julie Morgan

Fallen FrontLisa Adams wants what every other woman wants: The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect guy. When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Lisa has no idea what she’s actually signed up for. Her boss, who is tall, dark and incredibly sexy, starts making advances towards her and she’s having a hard time telling him no. Lisa begins seeing things that are scaring the Hell out of her. Nightmares are leaving her frightened. 

Then there’s this new guy that’s come into her life. He brings a new light into the darkness that threatens to claim Lisa. He’s mysterious, heartwarming and kind. Not to mention the most beautiful man she’s ever met. But something with him seems to be off. 

Faced with love, seduction, sacrifice and deceit, Lisa will find herself being pulled in two directions; one pursues her to claim her soul and the other will sacrifice everything to save her.

I was given this book by the author, Julie Morgan, for an honest review and so I shall deliver.

The Review:

This review is not the norm for me and will actually be hard for me to write for 2 reasons.

1.  I hate hurting people’s feelings
2.  I honestly did not enjoy this book.(sorry :-( )
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.” ― Stephen King, On Writing.  

The above quote sums up the main issue I had with this book.  It had WAY too much description.  Painting a picture is great, but when nothing…and I mean NOTHING is left to my imagination, it upsets me. Why? Because it’s unneeded and unwanted filler.  Part of the excitement I get from reading books is being able to paint my own picture.  An author’s job is to set a scene, yes, but don’t go into unnecessary details.  It’s distracting and borderline insulting to the reader. We ARE capable of using our own imaginations.

Turning on the ignition, the car purrs to life, the LED lights illuminating the tan leather dashboard; the GPS map coming to life, providing the location of where the car is currently sitting; and music begins to play, Lisa nodding her head along to the beat. After pulling on their seatbelts, Lisa puts the car into drive and pulls out of the garage, onto the open road for their night on the town. The buildings in downtown Manhattan are lit up, the lights glowing in the evening shade. Building after building is lined with florescent-colored lights that illuminate the area. People are walking on the sidewalks, cars attempting to drive down the busy street.

Yes this is one paragraph, yes the sentences run together. This has been copied and pasted directly from the book without any alterations.

The above paragraph is the prime example of the issue I have with the entire book.

  1. Over description – This entire paragraph could have been summed up in this one sentence: “Lisa started her car and pulled onto the busy, illuminated Manhattan street.”
  2. Repetition of same word or same meaning – Lights, illuminate, glow, etc.

Another example:

After the two enjoy their brunch, Alex pulls out his wallet and pays. Lisa thanks him as they stand up. She picks up her napkin, wipes the corners of her mouth, and sets her napkin down. Alex turns to face her and she giggles. “Come here.” She picks up his napkin and wipes the corner of his mouth.
“Ahh, Lisa, I was saving that for later.” She smiles, then sets down the napkin. He winks at her. “Thank-you.” Taking her hand, he leads her to the terrace exit.

Unfortunately both of those pet peeves of mine are grated upon throughout the entire book.  I won’t go into detail, but the over use of the characters’ names was profound as well.

Now that my little pet peeves are out of the way, I’ll get down to my other issues.

Lisa is a very intelligent, success driven woman. I really admire that about her. However she loses that intelligence when she signs away her soul, via a job offer, because she only skimmed over the contract.  From the time I could sign my name, my mother told me to ALWAYS read something before signing it, especially the fine print.  I can’t believe someone at her success level could be so stupid. But I guess it’s possible.

5 years later, Lisa begins to see red eyes in shadows, a man with red eyes in the mirror, blood running from faucets, etc.  She shakes this off as imagination or lack of sleep.  Umm….I’d be calling a damn Psychiatrist or an exorcist.  Who ignores that scary shit!? That’s right…Lisa does.

Now the male characters. Samuel(aka bad guy) he’s Lisa’s dark, mysterious and sexy boss. Let’s just say he has special gifts that Lisa has a tough time resisting.  I can’t say I really blame her. He sounds yummy.  All the way from his sexy chiseled body, down to his “brilliant red tie. The tie has black lines, in sporadic patterns, scattered throughout.” 

Alex(aka Selaphiel, aka the good guy) is sexy and sweet. The kissing scenes between the two are pretty steamy. I loved him.  UNTIL…this part:

Selaphiel, the [spoiler removed], stands over Lisa and looks down upon her body. As much as he would like to admit his feelings for her, he cannot. The love he feels for her, the love he’s always felt for her, is much like the love a father would feel for his child.

Umm….what?

The Good Points:

  • The Ending: It was sweet. Slightly predictable, but still sweet and touching.
  • Hell: The descriptions were dark, disturbing and imaginative.
  • The “Fall”: Dark, disturbing and very imaginative.

My Final Thoughts:

I’ve seen a few 4 and 5 stars for this book, so there is a good chance I’ve allowed my pet peeves to overshadow the story. I don’t know.

What I DO know is, I was asked for MY HONEST opinion by the Author…and I have given that. However, I’m just one person, nobody special, just a person who loves to read and offers an opinion on what I personally thought.  There are many factors to take in.  My personality, preferences, my pet peeves, etc. So what I may find as issues, others might find as virtues.  I always encourage anyone reading my reviews to still take a chance on the author/book.

There is a quote that goes around the internet and it’s accredited to MANY people, so I don’t know who exactly said it, but it is soooo true!

“In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice.”

~Robin

Redemption: Book 2 of the Chronicles of The Fallen Series is due for Release in March 2014. You can purchase Book 1, Fallen, from Amazon.com and other popular retailers.