The Fall

The Fall

by Bethany Griffin

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ISBN-13: 9780062107855
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 895,363
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Bethany Griffin is the author of Masque of the Red Death. She is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

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The Fall 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I'm not entirely sure what i just read, but I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way. The Usher family has been cursed for generations and it's all connected to the house. I at first thought that the house and the fact that it was "alive" was just some sort of metaphor or an old story to scare children into behaving, but as the novel continues I realized that this is not the case. The house is indeed alive, or some variation of alive anyway. Growing up, Madeline assumed that the house loved her and was protecting her but as she grew older, she understands that the house is evil, possessive, and jealous. Told in a narrative that jumps around in the time, but is in no way confusing, the tidbits of family history and Madeline's own experiences within the house keep the reader in suspense and urge you to keep reading because WHAT IS GOING ON?! Bethany drops info as we need it, not necessarily as we want it. I took an immediate liking to Madeline and I love seeing how her reaction to the house changed as she got older and began to understand the house's motives. She is bound and determined to get her family, especially her twin brother Roderick, away from the house and keep her distance from the doctors that have taken residence in the house to study the family's illness. Her parents end up sending Roderick away to school and although she wishes she could go to school as well, she knows the house would never allow her to leave. She is, as her father informed her, the house's favorite. While there were moments when the plot seemed to drag slightly, these moments just added to the suspense of the novel. The Fall is a creepy book. There where times when, I kid you not, I thought the house was watching me. If you're looking for that Halloween read that's wonderfully/creepily written, an interesting plot with a unique narrative that keeps you guessing at every turn, and an engaging main character attempting to escape her family curse, you'll definitely enjoy The Fall. Just maybe try not to talk negatively about the house, it never ends well for those that do.
Jocelyn ArteagaResendiz More than 1 year ago
The Fall also known as The Fall of the House of Usher is a great book of horror and tragedy. If you like or are interested in Edgar Allen Poe's works then this story might be the right book for you. The original was written by the very own Edgar Allen Poe himself and later became a book written by Bethany Griffin. The story is about a girl named Madeline who suffers from a curse along with her family. The Usher curse. It's a curse that's passed down to the family. She was born special after all. Her hair is silvery white and her eyes are lavender a unnatural color like her twin brother. Meanwhile while having the curse Madeline  see's ghosts wandering and strange events occurring in the house not to mention everything is almost like a bother to her. She feels the dangers in the house. She knows the House is alive and watching over her family. As time passes her brother is sent away to school for the first time and leaves all his childish fears of the house to not get the Usher curse unlike Madeline who nobody seems to care for. As the years go by her brother ignores all his bad memories of the house along with the superstition that it watches over them. He denies all of Madeline's experiences with the house while Madeline suffers from the house which "Madness is in the very air she breathes". What I like about the story is that it provides suspense and a bit of mystery that will make you want to keep reading it and say "just one more chapter".
Jocelyn ArteagaResendiz More than 1 year ago
The Fall also known as The Fall of the House of Usher is a great book of horror and tragedy. If you like or are interested in Edgar Allen Poe's works then this story might be the right book for you. The original was written by the very own Edgar Allen Poe himself and later became a book written by Bethany Griffin. The story is about a girl named Madeline who suffers from a curse along with her family. The Usher curse. It's a curse that's passed down to the family. She was born special after all. Her hair is silvery white and her eyes are lavender a unnatural color like her twin brother. Meanwhile while having the curse Madeline  see's ghosts wandering and strange events occurring in the house not to mention everything is almost like a bother to her. She feels the dangers in the house. She knows the House is alive and watching over her family. As time passes her brother is sent away to school for the first time and leaves all his childish fears of the house to not get the Usher curse unlike Madeline who nobody seems to care for. As the years go by her brother ignores all his bad memories of the house along with the superstition that it watches over them. He denies all of Madeline's experiences with the house while Madeline suffers from the house which "Madness is in the very air she breathes". What I like about the story is that it provides suspense and a bit of mystery that will make you want to keep reading it and say "just one more chapter".
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time putting my thoughts about The Fall to paper. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it, but on the other hand, some minor parts of the book annoyed me. Madeline Usher is doomed. Her house, the famous House of Usher from Poe’s classic, is haunted. The house itself is sentient, a being with a mind of its own, and while Madeline at first thinks the house loves her and wants to protect her, now she’s not so sure. Her brother Roderick claims the house isn’t haunted, that it’s all in her mind, but her Mother and Father knew about the curse too, and tried to protect them from it. Her Mother managed to send Roderick away, but for Madeline, the house’s favorite, running away isn’t that easy. The book jumps from Madeline as an eight-year-old to Madeline at age ten, fourteen, eighteen, and as such, the story is a little disjointed. But then again, with an unreliable narrator like Madeline, whose own mind is equally as disjointed, this actually added to the suspense of the story. Soon enough, I was just as confused as Madeline was. And as macabre, weird things start to happen, I understood Madeline’s constant fear, and her inability to do something about it as the House of Usher controlled her. I enjoyed how the book one time blamed everything on Madeline’s growing insanity, but then again mentioned the curse and ghosts, leaving it to the reader to decide what to believe. The book was creepy, but not as creepy as I had hoped. The ending was a bit abrupt, and I didn’t really understand what had happened until I read it again. What annoyed me was Roderick. He barely protected his sister, and overall, he was lacking as a brother, refusing to believe Madeline when it mattered the most. Despite that, I really enjoyed the book, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, although not extremely creepy, horror story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Poe fan I found this take highly entertaining.
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SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
The Fall is based on the Edgar Allen Poe story The Fall Of The House Of Usher, while I've never read this story or anything by him at all, this book has left me intrigued enough to at some point seek out some of his works. This was written in a jumbled way with each chapter jumping around to the main character Madeleine's various ages throughout the story, but all mixed up, we start the book when she's eighteen then move to say her ninth, then something else etc, while it was an interesting way to write the book quite often once I'd started a new chapter I'd have to go back to read how old she was in the chapter heading, so while I did end up confused at times I still really enjoyed this book. The Usher family is cursed, especially those that inhabit The House Of Usher, the house seems to be alive and with each generation finds a favorite and does it's best to keep that person beholden in it's interiors forever, until their untimely deaths at a young age which is the fate of the Usher family legacy, that and the sickness which causes fits and the loss of any sense of time. Madeleine has been chosen over her twin brother Roderick as the chosen heir of the house, when she was younger she believed that the house protected her, it wasn't until after Roderick is sent away to school to hopefully escape the curse that she soon realises that the house is evil, and it destroys everyone and everything that resides in it. With the appearance of a young Dr Winston who will be assisting the other two doctors in residence at the house, it's not long till he too succumbs to the evilness that hides in the walls and Madeleine finds herself even more of a prisoner than she ever was, she plans to find a way to escape and leave the house forever, but will the house ever let her go or will she end up like all the rest of her ancestors that met a tragic end, never to leave. I wasn't a fan of the open-ended finale to to this book, I'd rather be told by the author what happens instead of trying to figure it out myself, that is the one thing I found most disappointing about this story. But all in all this was a creepy tale that was made even more disturbing reading it at night and hearing noises, my imagination did run wild, especially with the events that happen inside the house in this book, this would be a perfect Halloween read for those who like to scare themselves with tales like this. Quite enjoyable.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) Madeline and her twin brother Roderick live in a cursed house, and they wonder how long it will be until the house drives them to commit suicide. This was certainly a haunting tale, but I found it a little hard to follow. Madeline was a bit of a strange girl, but I did feel sorry for her. The way she was looked down upon while her brother was the golden boy wasn’t very fair, and that she should be stuck in a house and subject to a curse, while her brother was sent away to school also wasn’t very nice. The storyline in this did have a bit of a creepy feel to it, but I personally wasn’t scared as such. I found the way the story jumped around – Madeline is 18, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 15, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 15, a bit confusing, and the fact that the curse wasn’t fully explained made this even more confusing. There were also some very strange statements from Madeline – “I rest my hand against the wood – too long, because feelings seep into me that are not my own.” And her father – “The house is seductive, It reads our deepest desires.” The pace in this also felt really slow. I wanted to know what was going on, but the story felt like it went on forever. The ending to this was again hard to follow, but I think I worked out what happened! Overall; did find this story enjoyable, but I didn’t appreciate the slow pace, jumpiness and confusion. 6 out of 10.