Sunday, January 3, 2010

Fallen Review

Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Pages: 452
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Most Appropriate For Ages: 12+

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.
I had been waiting for Fallen ever since the beautiful cover was released. I have to say, it didn't fully meet my expectations. But it wasn't bad.

The plot was slow. You don't get answers to the millions of questions that Lauren Kate gives you until the last 150 pages or so. Once it got to that point, I enjoyed it a whole lot more. I think it probably could've been shorter, and had a faster pace. (Or one or the other.)

The characters were good. Luce was easy to relate to, but towards the beginning I would think "He's not interested!" but apparently book characters can't read my mind. Who knew? Aside from that I liked Luce. I don't know why, but I never completely fell for Daniel. Near the end I was getting close, but I'm still not swooning. I really, really loved Penn, Luce's best friend. I also really liked super-hyper Arianne, another one of Luce friends. I really liked Cam a lot first.... But, although all of the characters are at a reform school, they just seemed to be...normal high-schoolers. That definitely turned me off a little.

I really enjoyed Fallen's writing. She crafts a dark, gothic, romantic setting very well. Lauren Kate has definitely found the right genre for her. The storytelling was good too.

Like I said, the last 150 pages were my favorite, and the ending rocked. Except for the fact that Lauren Kate still leaves you with so many questions. Too many questions. So, yeah, Fallen had its flaws. But I still enjoyed it. And of course, I'll be reading Torment, the next installment in the Fallen series. I'd recommend it to fans of the paranormal genre.


  1. I've heard a lot about this book! I can't wait to read it, great review!

  2. I really liked this book, too. I think I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because the character development didn't really take shape until the end. I often found that frustrating. Great, honest review :)

  3. Nice, honest review! I gave this one 5 stars- I think the reasons you didnt care for it, I found it kind of endearing and unique haha

  4. I loved this one...I am glad you got some enjoyment out of it

  5. Great review! I'm not sure if I should read this one or not x

  6. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I guess I must just like slow books because I loved how the story took time to unravel. Interesting review.

  7. Great review. I love it. Probably one of my favorites of this book yet. *high five*

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  9. Great review. I've been reading a few so-so reviews on this one. It was high up on my TBR now it is slowly being pushed back. LOL.

  10. Nice post & nice blog. I love both.

  11. I agree completely with your review- it wasn't completely bad, but it definitely wasn't as good as what I expected. Hopefully Torment will be better!

  12. I agree with your review as well. I fell in love with this cover too and the story...for months I couldnt wait to read it. When I finally got ahold of a copy it was so slow. The ending was fantastic and Im looking forward to the sequel, but hoping its better condensed. Plus I had read Hush Hush a few days before and man- That blew Fallen out of the water.


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