Celeste Holloway had a lot of interesting ideas for the plot and the world building of her debut novel, “Sebastian Falls”: a river that defies gravity in a way that would make Elphaba weep from envy, Eden as a school for angels in training and evil makeovers from hell - oh, my!
After her parents’ death, Meadow has been fighting for her life every night, in her sleep. The only thing she knows for sure is that the mysterious river near her town is somehow involved.
After she finds out the truth, it’s the last thing she’s ever expected: the fate of the world rests on her shoulders, and she’ll need to have faith in God to make it out alive.
The plot was full of twist and turns, and, while I did see a few of them coming from miles away, most were unexpected.
I liked Meadow: she was tough, stubborn and wouldn’t let a guy walk all over her or keep her from vital information to make her own decisions. After so many spineless heroines, it was refreshing to see one intent on thinking for herself, but capable of being reasonable.
She was a bit Mary Suish, but it didn’t get too annoying, because she did have faults, and they did land her in trouble.
The development she went trough regarding her attitude to God and Religion was well-done and touching, especially the parts where she reads the Bible.
My only problem with this book was that it should have been longer: the pace was so fast and there was always something happening to advance the plot, and that’s a good thing, but you can have too much of a good thing, and that was the case here. I would have liked the book better if there had been scenes dedicated solely to fleshing out the side characters and developing the relationships: I would have liked more insight on Kaler, Lily and Tanner, and the romance between Banter and Meadow felt a bit forced, especially seeing the traumatic events she had just gone through. It would have felt more believable if the book had covered a few months instead of a few days.
That being said, I enjoyed this book a lot and I definitely recommend it to fans of YA and paranormal.