Monday, December 20, 2010

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate

Book:  Fallen
Author:  Lauren Kate
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages:   452

From GoodreadsThere’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.
The first thing I want to talk about with this book is the cover, which is stunningly gorgeous.  I love that you can feel how raw the girl's emotions are.  It is almost hauntingly beautiful in a mystic, gothic sort of way.  

I believe Kate did a great job at letting the readers get to know parts of the characters, but not giving away too much.  She left some of her characters' actions a mystery that the reader had to figure out for themselves.

As for the plot itself I really like what I understood of it.  It's something completely different from any of the other Angel books I've read.  I did feel like I was missing something reading this novel though.  It was quite slow moving in the beginning and and I often wanted the author to go into more descriptions about the school, the characters, and the setting.  At the end I felt very confused about what was happening and what had just happened.  

For me this book left many questions and not many answers.  Hopefully, Torment, the next book in the series will explain some things for me.  

Overall rating:  ★★★


  1. Hm, slow and confusing doesn't sound very good. I'll be interested in whether or not reading the next book changes your opinion. I haven't read this series yet, but I'm still on the fence about it.

    I do love that cover though. Thanks for your review!

  2. I'm still on the fence about this series as well. I've been meaning to read them, just way more interested in other books. One day I'll pick it up...

  3. I agree. Slow and confusing is how I felt about it too. The plot was drab.

  4. Hmm, your complaints seem to be common from the reviews I've read. I think I'll probably pass on this one.

  5. It was a little confusing for me too, but I really enjoyed the end !! Torment is good but it's not great !! I hope you'll enjoy it more than I did !! Happy reading !!
    I totally agree ... these covers are gorgeous !

  6. l have to say l love this serious but agree it is a bit confusing. Torment is better!


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