Today I am one of the stops kicking off the blog tour for Hallowed Falls.
Hazel Plumeria, a descendant of one of the most prominent fairy families in history, has never known life outside of Luna Valley. Her sister, Leah was born a fairy but a couple of years ago she decided to give up her wings and take the Enchantress elixir. Hazel has always known that life in Luna Valley was never enough for Leah. Even Hazel has begun to feel that way lately, but she never thought anything of it. Until one day, Leah asked Hazel to move to Hallowed Falls with her. Their mother, Fleur had always told them stories about the historic town of Hallowed Falls where the old Plumeria estate still stands. It was a magical place where all supernatural beings had originated from and once thrived.
As soon as they arrived at Hallowed Falls, they meet the new head housekeeper, Lucinda Griffin. They soon learn that Lucinda is actually their cousin and was an agent of the Aster Elites, an elite agency dedicated to protecting all supernatural beings. One day when the body of a local fairy was discovered outside a cave near the town’s cemetery, suspicions arise that a century old vampire, Marco Alexander has returned and has a thirst for fairy blood. The sisters quickly learn that life in Hallowed Falls, which once was a safe haven for all magical beings, holds more than just an old family estate in a small town.
It was nice to dive back into to a bit of fantasy and be transported to the world of Hallowed Falls, I needed a bit of light, easy and fun reading and this certainly ticked all those boxes.
What drew me to this book was the idea of a place where supernatural beings all live together, usually, I find you are reading a book about just one type of supernatural being but in this book they are all featured and are living and working together. I liked the fact that Hallowed Falls is a place where they don’t have to hide who they are and the fact that most of the shops and restaurants had magical names.
There are a lot of characters in this book and at times I did get confused with who was related to who and what kind of magical being they were but by the end I had it all sorted out. It would have been nice to know a little more about certain characters motivations, especially the ones causing the issues in the town, but perhaps that becomes clearer in later books.
The writing is very easy to follow, perhaps a little bit too much telling for my liking but I did feel as if the setting really jumped off the page. The storyline was interesting and there always seemed to be something new happening, so I found that I flew through the pages.
A few things that I’m sure other people will not take issue with but did bug me a little bit, was the insta-love, I never deal too well with that anyway but they would go on one date and then be a happy couple. I think since this is a series that the chemistry could have been teased out a bit more and would have made it feel more authentic. The other thing is that all the characters end up with someone, again it could have happened more gradually.
If you are looking for a fun and entertaining book with a bit of romance, a bit of magic, a bit of mystery and some action too then you should check out Hallowed Falls.
Born and raised in a tenement-style apartment on the quiet lower east side of New York City, Jessica Yuen enjoyed getting lost in the written words of her favourite authors.
As she grew older, she began to discover her love for putting pen to paper, creating the different worlds inspired by those very authors. Now, in her mid-thirties, Jessica has published the first book from her very own young adult fantasy series. A magical world brought to life, to those with imagination, the Hallowed Falls series.