Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

For being so long this book was almost too simple. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I liked the characters, the atmosphere and the idea of what was to come. But when it played out I realized it happened exactly how I had expected minus one shocking turn of events. I feel a little let down because I was hoped to be surprised a bit more than I was, I was hoping it would lead to some big revelation I never saw coming, but I did see it coming and because of that there was no real revelation. Also I should point out that this story is of the slower variety that some people might not have the patience for, I really liked the pace though because the atmosphere created for haunting and beautiful passages.

I loved the variety of characters from mysterious Daniel, to flirty Cam, to loyal Penn, to wacky Arriane to all the other students and faculty. While I also liked main character Luce, and felt her shame and her confusion, I also felt like she came off as bit a bit of a fool. I wanted her to understand things quicker instead of waiting around while she finally figured it out.

The back story of Fallen is interesting and I can't wait until more of it is explained in book 2, Torment. I feel like Fallen introduced us to the world of Luce and Daniel and all of their friends and enemies and hopefully book 2 will get to the really good stuff!

Fallen will be released on December 8th
Genre: Young Adult
3.5/5 Stars
ARC provided by Amazon Vine


  1. I've heard a lot of good things about Fallen. Glad you like this one.

  2. I'd probably enjoy this for the setting since I love Savannah so much.

  3. Great review. I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this and reading it!

  4. Anonymous2:11 PM

    I have this ARC sitting on my shelf, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

  5. I just finished this book this week and I enjoyed it. I was worried that it was going to bore me after having read Hush Hush (which I know many loathed but I enjoyed). They were certainly similar in many ways but Fallen was far more haunting as you put it I also felt like Luce was a bit more on her game than Nora was.

    I have a feeling that in this case book two is going to be better than the first. I sensed a battle coming on and I'll be interested to know at what level Luce will be involved directly.

  6. I love Savannah and this sounds really, really neat! I can't wait to read it.


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