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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate


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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 the pleasure of meeting Lauren Kate in person last December 08, 2009 during her book release / signing at Glendale in Americana with The Book Vixen (click on her name to see her post about our trip and here to read her review). It was fun. I am glad that most of the people who attended looks like between the 5th-8th graders. Lauren looked nervous, pretty and friendly, I wanted to hug her and tell her that we won't bite. For months I waited to get a copy of her book. Either and ARC or by chance of winning one in a contest. But to no avail so I waited and now I finally read it. Saw some mixed reviews. But I don't really dwell too much on those. that's not what got me. Shamefully, it was the cover. Chick in Goth clothing (that wonderful dress) crying in the middle of the forest, I was intrigued. What about the blurb that I got from B&N? It was full of promise right? The hype around this book as so contagious that I simply cannot wait to read it. that being said I have both my positive and negative conclusion about this book.

I ask both blogger buddies and my friends to chose which one they want to read first, the good news or the bad news?
Sorry the bad news won. Most of them said it's better to get that over with.

The negative - Read the first chapter, set it down, I was disappointed. I could not get into it. Four books later. I decided it's time. I feel really bad that it was not as good as I expect it to be. I think it has more to do with the pace than the plot. Luce and Daniel's mystery keeps on building up until I started wondering when am I going to get some answers. Luce's personality kind of annoyed me too. She is obviously smart but why is she acting like a complete dumbass especially when Daniel is concern? I get it that there is that unexplained pull towards Daniel but the reasons where vague, sometimes I get mad at her. It started when she lost that race on the pool. Then her stalker attitude. I was also bothered about the research that Penn and her got about the Daniel Grigori (historian) about Fallen Angels wasn't enough of a detail to call this book a tale about fallen angels. I was as lost as Luce while reading it.

The positive - Luce had a dark past from her former school. The accident that involves her former boyfriend Trevor was probably the most tormenting issue she had in this book. I admire her for not dwelling enough on that horrible incident when she got to Swords & Cross. She did the best she can to move on. Her battle with the shadows also impressed me. She had this control and presence of mind to not freak out even though she have every right too. Her calm composure after the death of Todd gave her an edge too. Sure she got depressed but I was glad that she did not really blame herself on that. I am also intrigue by Daniel's mysterious personality but I was more drawn to Cam's charming one, yes even until the end. There's just so much more that we need to find out about all of them that I chose not to label Cam as evil in this series. And Arianne - she is my favorite character in this book. She's fun, edgy and sarcastic. Lastly, I love the setting, the Reformed school with all its gothic glory complete with a cemetery and a gymnasium and pool built inside a former church- awesome.

Over all Fallen is a book to watch out for. Dark and deeply mysterious. A definite addition to a YA reader.

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The Book Vixen said...

This book has been getting mixed reviews. The pace of the book is one thing that is kind of hard to look past. I knew going into it that I was going to have to wait until pages 250-300 for things to start happening, so I prepared myself for the long haul. LOL. And yes, that cover is amazing! It just screams at you to pick it up.

Great honest review!

Cleverly Inked said...

I have heard all great reviews...I heard the same about it the long wait as mentioned above. Thanks for the review

Ivana said...

I'm so glad to see that someone shares my opinion on this book. It was exactly the cover that attracted me to it. Then the blurb. And all the hype somewhat later. I entered numerous contest for this and never won any.I got a copy from the publisher eventually and really, really wanted to like it. It fell just short of reaching my expectations. Yet, I'm curious about Torment.
Cool interview and very cool that you had the book signed!

cindyrella64 said...

Like you the cover of this one is what peaked my interest, I just ordered it today!....thanks for your review!

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