Monday, May 24, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen by Lauren Kate.
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers.
Pages: 452.
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!


  1. I know how you feel, disappointed!

  2. I usually read a book very fast. With this, I read 1 or 2 chapters and forgot about it at a moment.:D But since I am OCD on my reading and want to finish everything I got it out again and read it till the end. With some curses until the end...and I have to admit...I sorta liked Cam more. Never actually fell for the bad guy since this. Daniel was swoony ok

  3. What a great review! I'm not interested in paranormal books, but I can see how many people would enjoy Fallen.

  4. I loved Fallen, and Daniel so...idk...awesome? haha.

  5. This is such a painful book. I usually like everything I read but ... wow. I have been reading this book for FOUR months! LOL. I read a book in one sitting 99% of the time... so that goes to show you. I am on a little under page 300 and it's just not good at all and everytime I see it on the shelf I pick something up instead. Who knows if I'll ever finish it... I don't know if I have that much power in me haha. I really wanted to like it and the cover is beautiful, but yuck.

  6. Great review. That's more or less what I thought of it too... but I really liked the little ending which gave you a glimpse of what is to come in Torment and that got me excited for the next one!

  7. I really liked the prologue, so that's why I kept reading. I was kinda sick of the 'I-love-him-but-he-hates-me' storyline, but it got better. But while I was sticking with the book, I got more interested and had more questions. I'm hoping Torment gets a lot better, though.

  8. I couldn't get into it at first. A few months later I decided to give it a try again, but still. So I tried and skipper the 5 first chapters. I don't think I've missed any vital information and the story definitely started to be more interesting as I turned the pages after chapter five. lovely review!

  9. I'm currently reading this book right now, I hope I won't get disappointed although ya isn't my favorite genre.