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Fallen by Claire Delacroix


Cover art: Fallen Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Fallen
Author: Claire Delacroix
Publisher: Tor
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-5949-0
Release Date: October 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal, Future set Fantasy Romance
Year/Setting: 2099, New Gotham
Overall Rating: 4.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Claire's Website: www.delacroix.net

Lilia Desjardins knows her husband’s death was no accident. Gil was too thorough and too methodical to allow himself to die from radiation poisoning. She is after the truth and will go to any lengths—even defying the Republic to do so.

Adam Montgomery wants to complete his earthly mission to return to where he came from. When he first meets Lilia, he recognizes that she might be able to help him in his mission. When his contact is murdered, he has to rely on Lilia to remain quiet about what she knows. If she squeals, he will be forced into the slave dens. Everywhere they turn, the eyes of the Republic are watching. You never can be sure who is friend or foe…or when your friends might turn to foes. Will Lilia find the truth she seeks? Will Adam ever return home? Can they move beyond their pasts into a future fraught with uncertainty?

I was absolutely surprised by this book. I shouldn’t judge books by covers or blurbs on the back, but I admit that I did on this one. Boy, was I ever wrong! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I realize Claire Delacroix has written a futuristic romance that’s more than a little bit suspense/thriller. However, in light of things that have been going on in our government over the past few years, I found the plot to be a riveting look into the ‘what ifs’ of present day politics. My mind was blown away by the feelings she was able to communicate through the characters. Claire Delacroix moved beyond the basics and touched emotions such as terror so horrifying that your mind can’t conceive it as real.

I really wasn’t sure about Adam in the beginning. I understood where he came from and the importance of his mission. But I found him to be a sulking whiner—albeit a sexy one—and I wasn’t sure I’d really like him. As he explores more of humanity and the emotions that come with being human, I found myself wanting to protect him like I would protect a cocoon. I wanted him to emerge before I could let him go. Adam grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go.

Lilia is quite a character. She’s smart and funny and knows how to get around the rules of the Republic. Had to applaud her for that! I loved her cunning and that she used deception only for the good of man. She wasn’t self-centered and not interested in personal gain—although she kept up such a front that if you asked anyone else in the book, they would say she’s money hungry and only in it to make a buck.

Despite the seemingly impossible obstacles before them, I did hope that Adam and Lilia could find some sort of romance in the time they had together. I wasn’t sure how it could ever come about, but I kept hoping.

I truly recommend this book to everyone. It will appeal to those who like futuristic books, those who like romantic suspense, those who like political intrigue and those who want romance. I eagerly await the second book in the series, which will be released in October 2009.


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