Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers.
There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.
While Fallen didn’t completely enrapture me, I definitely don’t think it’s deserving of the disappointing cliché reputation that it’s been stuck with by a lot of readers.
It starts off incredibly slow, I will admit. It took almost more than half of the book to actually get into the real story line, but oddly enough, I kind of enjoyed taking the time to get to know the characters first. It’s clear this is meant to be a love story before anything else, so highlighting on Luce and Daniel’s history and interactions wasn’t as horrible as reviews make it out to be.
But once the relationships and the story take off, that’s when the book came to life. Lauren Kate’s beautiful writing paired with the unfolding romance is enough to make you swoon; regardless of Daniel Grigori’s cold attitude regarding the protagonist, Luce in the beginning. (Which, is clearly explained and excused. As is Luce’s fascination towards him even through his rude gestures. She‘s not just attracted to him because he‘s a gorgeous asshole.)
I would’ve loved for at least a few of my questions to be answered, since this one didn’t really give us much, but I know that Torment, the second in the series, will be stuffed with answers on top of that intense love story.
Overall, give Fallen a chance. If you’re picky and expecting a highly mature novel with perfect characters and a perfect plot, this probably isn’t for you. But for those looking for a great paranormal romance with slow-building intensity and suspense, I definitely recommend Fallen!