Daughter of the Fallen by Madeline Wynn
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: November 1, 2014
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Most sixteen-year olds aren't worried about the fate of their immortal souls.
May Krieg should be. Typically, honor student May's biggest problems have revolved around her super-hot arch-rival, Jack. But when a school project takes them ghost-hunting in a local cemetery, she discovers that an ominous force roams in the darkness around her.
And it follows her home.
It claws its way into her life, burning messages into her wall and imprinting them onto her body. Even worse, she can't tell if it's trying to possess her... or protect her.
May's thoughts soon become actions, causing the target of her anger severe physical pain and giving her a rush the likes of which she has never experienced. She quickly realizes that she needs to find a way to reign in this power before she kills someone. May hates the pleasure it gives her, hates herself for hurting others, but she can't stop.
As her entire world shatters around her, she is forced to ask what her soul is worth-- and who would she risk losing her soul to save?
I went into reading "Daughter of the Fallen" by Madeline Wynn thinking one thing and came out of it thinking something completely different. What initially interested me in this book was the description and paranormal aspect that it held. However, while I was reading the book, the paranormal parts weren't as enjoyable to me as the other "normal" parts of the main character's life.
"Daughter of the Fallen" centers around the character May, and when we first meet her she's hunting ghosts with her friends for a school project. What could go wrong, right? Wynn starts the action and gives us the paranormal right away with this scene, because May (literally) stumbles upon something that's more than she bargained for when she went out on the hunt, and it starts to take a toll on her daily life. It's not long before she's having nightmares and seeing shadows out of the corner of her eye.
Even though the action seems to start right away, it took me awhile before I could fully get into "Daughter of the Fallen". I think a big part of that was at the beginning of the story, May is mostly with her two friends Cay and Nicole in all the scenes, and I didn't really care for those characters. Neither one seemed too concerned with May's safety and they just didn't seem to act like true friends to me. May was going through something really difficult and was scared, but neither one of her friends tried very hard to comfort her or be there for her.
Once the story shifted away from Cay and Nicole a bit, I found myself enjoying it a lot more. May has a lot of interaction with a boy named Jack, who had always been her rival in classes and May never really thought too much about him. However, things are changing on that front as the two of them grow closer over the time of the story, and I loved it. I was a huge fan of how Jack and May's relationship grew and I found myself looking forward to reading more and more of their scenes. Jack was actually there for May and was looking out for her when her two best friends weren't doing the job.
I mentioned that the paranormal aspects didn't hold center stage for me, and that's solely because of how much I enjoyed May and Jack's interactions. I'm a sucker for high school drama, so everything that went on between the two of them was right up my alley. That's not to say that the paranormal traits were lacking in the story, though. They were there and well planned out to further things along, my personal taste just steered more towards the high school relationships that were developing.
Even though it was a slow start for me, I did enjoy my reading of "Daughter of the Fallen". The high school drama was on point, and the paranormal factor was interesting and made me want more. Wynn left the story on a cliff hanger, and I for one am waiting for the next book to see what happens next.
Madeline Wynn holds a master's degree in procrastination. When she's not writing, she can be found ghost hunting, gardening and parading around her home state of Connecticut with her husband, dog and two kids.