Monday, November 8, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Published: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Summary: 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.

My Review: I love a book with a great cover. I admit, I really do judge books that way. And Fallen has to be one of the prettiest covers I've seen in a while. I was immediately drawn in by the dark colours and the stunning girl on the front. The long dark hair and the gorgeous black dress she is wearing is enough to draw you in, but then you look closer and see the eerie forest and the black birds and you know that this should be a great read.
From The Beginning, Fallen is a page turner. The writing and the story draws you in and you don't want to put it down. This novel has suspense, and I really enjoyed that for the majority of the book we were on a huge cliffhanger without getting into the whole Fallen Angel part too early on. We got to meet the characters, quirky ones and all, and have some character development and watch relationships bloom slower than some other novels out there right now, and this was a nice change of pace.
The characters are interesting. First, we have Luce (Lucinda Price), the 'typical' protagonist who falls for the wrong type of guys - the one who flips her off before they meet, and the cocky, full of himself guy who wont give up. Then we have Daniel Grigori, the sexy, dark and mysterious guy that makes Fallen worth reading. Ther other characters, such as Arianne, Gabbe, Cam, Roland, Penn and Molly keep the readers guessing - they are in a reform school with backgrounds that no one really knows, therefore the readers don't know who to trust.
Overall, Fallen was a good read, and Lauren Kate is a great writer! I know that there have been some pretty harsh reviews out there ( but I enjoyed this book. Sure, Luce was a bit naive at points, but that's just a character flaw that makes Fallen the book it is. And I'm looking forward to reading Torment as soon as possible!

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