Thursday, July 4, 2013

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "Falling Into Us"

Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder
Publisher: Jasinda Wilder (June 19, 2013)
Series: Falling, 2
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary)

When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.


Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.



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Musing Maddie's Review:

Accomplished author Jasinda Wilder, I am once again in awe. Falling Into Us was magnificent.

Jasinda Wilder is one of those uniquely talented authors who fills her novels with relevant, thought-provoking and heart wrenching plot; resulting in captivating reading and a completely riveting story. Every time.

One boy, Kyle Calloway, died, far too young. As is always the case, death and grief is experienced differently for each person it meets. Falling Into Us focused on the altered life path of Jason Dorsey, Kyle's best friend, and Becca de Rosa, the beautiful, intelligent and quiet counterpart to bubbly, popular Nell. One of the saddest parts to this story, was being once again confronted with the agonising, self-destructive path Nell traveled, and the impact that had on those who loved her.

Jason Dorsey, was one of those characters who grabs your heart from the first chapter and never lets go.  He should have been cocky, but he wasn't. Any hint of self-love had been beaten out of him; he wasn't a party boy, not the stereotypical football player who squandered drink and women. No, this boy was broken. This boy was talented. Driven, almost morosely so. Could it be possible that the gorgeous girl, who had somehow hidden her vivacity behind her reserved facade, could be his loudest supporter, his lifelong soulmate?


"I think I wrote poetry because its a way for me to be coherent. Eloquent. I have to work to speak clearly. Every single sentence I speak takes effort not to stutter. Poetry? It's just Effortless."


Becca had style. She was clever, passionate and raw. I loved her. Her faithful, gentle heart, was to endure difficult heartaches in Falling Into Us, and given the number of years the story thankfully encompassed, you will watch her grow, mature and thrive. She needed to break free from the oppressive parental shackles that held her captive, in more ways than one. She needed to identify what defined her, and what did not.

Showing incredible sensitivity, Wilder walked the reader through some heartbreaking years, touching on difficult topics; adding humor for levity when needed and sweet and sexy lovemaking for sensory delight.

I loved the awkwardness between sixteen year old Kyle and Jason. Just perfect. So real. The poems. MAGIC! They expressed so much. So touching, poignant and ingeniously placed. The scene in Circle Bar had me instantly crying. Reading through Kyle's death and Nell's heartache again just ripped me apart. Such is the strength of Jasinda Wilder's writing.

Written in first person, present tense with shifting POV, with a fabulous 522 pages in length, the book was so satisfying. I felt that the whole story was told. This was an excellent parallel novel to Falling Into You, and a book I will recommend to many.


Grab your tissues, close yourself off from the world, and brace yourself for this impressive and emotional journey, told with thoughtful insight, clever prose and scintillating love scenes.



Musing Maddie received an ARC copy of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

Meet Musing Maddie:

Musing Maddie is an avid reader, who mainly devours all things romance. She loves series, but only when the story warrants a few books rather than one. A strong, intelligent female with a bit of sass and wit is the preferred heroine in the books she reads, and some sizzle between the sheets is welcome too. Well, ok...more than welcome! Well, not just between the sheets is just fine too! She’s from Down Under, so her humor is on the crazy side. Captivating storylines, with well developed plot and yes, hot, hunky Heroes, is definitely a preference, but she loves it when the characters are damaged, and their story brings hope and restoration. Yes please to HEAs!

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I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed this one, MM, I've heard a lot of great things about this series! I cannot wait to read it myself.

Have you read Jasinda Wilder's books?



Until Next Time,

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Pat Egan Fordyce said...

Wow Maddie, if you say it's magnificent, this book must be read!
Great review!

KAMEBookReview said...

Wow Maddie - great review - I need to read something by this author.

Musing Maddie said...

Thanks Kame! I would recommend any of her work. All written with same intelligent and impressive language, attention to detail, and yummy sex scenes. MM xx

Musing Maddie said...

Thank you Pat!! MM xx

Anna@herding cats said...

Sounds like quite the story. Goodness!