Downfall by S. D. Wasley

I don’t usually read paranormal romances, but I was charmed by Wasley’s short story in Summer Crush, Exquisite torture, so I decided to give her new adult novel Downfall a try. It’s the first in the Incorruptibles series and this is the blurb:

downfallFrankie’s cousin wants her to do three things this year:
1. Lose her inhibitions
2. Do something spectacularly stupid
3. Fall madly in love

Travelling was Frankie’s life. As the daughter of a big-name evangelist, she’s been able to feed her hunger for new sights throughout most of her teenage years. Then a hushed-up scandal gets her thrown off the tour circuit and stuck at her uncle’s house in the town of Augur’s Well.

Forced to repeat her failed senior year, it looks like a dismal existence for Frankie—until she’s invited to the bizarre meeting place of four mismatched people … and falls hard for the fascinating, secretive Cain Aleister.

Furtive meetings in an underground chamber … Latin words carved into a stone wall … intense desire … and a secret so elusive she’ll do almost anything to bust it open. Until now, Frankie never believed in grand passions—but that’s not the only one of her beliefs about to implode right before her eyes.

Looks like Frankie’s going to score three for three.


Intriguing, no?

What I loved about this novel was the ‘utter normality’ of the protagonist. She doesn’t one day wake up with super powers, she’s no witch or vampire, just a normal girl who flunked her senior year. The paranormal element is present, of course, but the story starts more like a mystery – and those I love to read. Even once the story veers into the paranormal sphere, Wasley’s take on it is different than any I’ve read so far.

Besides the intriguing story line, it’s Wasley writing style that gets me every time. She writes so effortlessly and fluently that one can’t but dive into the story from the first page on. She doesn’t tell the story but paints it in vivid colors and nuances. A joy to read!

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