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From the blurb: "Some angels are destined to fall. Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar... The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can't shake the feeling that she has..." Fallen is the first in a series by Californian author Lauren Kate. Her writing is powerful, panoramic and almost certainly inspired by Stephanie Meyer. I recognise elements of Stephen King's Dark Tower series here too. However, this is different to King's work, so if you were gripped by the Twilight books (not the Kate Hardwicke films). You will love this.
I have established that there are similarities to Twilight, that angels are featured and that there is a romantic element. This novel is a pure escapism fantasy ride that will get you turning the pages, spilling your lunch as you try and read and wanting to visit California when you realise that that is where the author gets much of her inspiration from.
The book begins in Helston, Cornwall in 1854. Quickly it moves forward to present time and Luce a typical, bolshie teenager who following a mysterious death is packed off to reform school. Here she meets Daniel and many of the characters that are to feature in the novel.
There is so much I could tell you about this novel, but so much of it is key and finding out at the right time in the story is a crucial part of the telling of the tale, so, it would give too much away . Narrated in the third person our protagonist Luce is a typical teenage, feisty heroine and as the tale unfolds we discover that she is not quite what she seems. Luce was a nice, sensible girl from a nice suburban family. An accident at her school led to her landing at the Sword and Cross boarding school, with its spooky, gothic cemetery.
As well as the gorgeous Daniel Luce also meets and is attracted to the dangerous Cam and a love triangle situation unfolds. Naturally, she makes friends and enemies. The story twists and turns and you glean bits of information that you later realise was more relevant than you thought. The reader soon discovers that much of the story involves Luce's past and that is what holds the secret to unlock the key to the answers Luce seeks.
A fast paced, exciting supernatural fantasy teen/young adult novel that open minded supernatural loving adults (like me) will love. Leaves you wanting more, I will be reviewing the rest of the series! This is pure enjoyable fiction, no moralising, no agenda, at times it reads a bit like a film script and I believe that is the bigger prize the author has her eye on!
The cover alone is worth the money, how could you not be drawn to the gothic atmospheric cover.
This Book is absolutely fantastic, if you love paranormal romance but are bored of Vampires and werewolves try Fallen out for size.
The concept of this book is like nothing I have ever read before and I read a lot of books, it is a totally different twist on paranormal romance as well as on the Angels & Daemons theme.
The book is dark and romantic and it really does keep you guessing you never know what is coming next and that sucks you in further. I found my self staying up gone 3am reading this book not being able to put it down even though I had work the next morning.
The story is written well with depth and detail and even though you don't know the full story yet (as there are three more books in the series, it doesn't leave you feeling there a loads of holes in the plot which often find you get with paranormal romance books.
Although this is a romance it is not a steamy romance that you usually associate with PA but it is still fantastic and an addictive read, and writing this review has reminded me that I still have the 4th one to read so off to order that now yay :)
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*Fallen by Lauren Kate*
When looking for an English book to read in a Slovakian book shop, I came across Fallen by Lauren Kate. I chose it as I am one of the girls who fell in love with the supernatural after reading Twilight, (and went on to read lots of much better vampire fiction!). Although there are no vampires in Fallen, it does have an angel as one of the main characters.
The main character in Fallen is Lucinda Price, Luce to her friends, who is a seventeen year old girl, sent to reform school after the mysterious death of her friend Trevor.
At Sword and Cross School, in Georgia, Luce soon makes a few friends, admirers and enemies! There is a boy called Cam who takes an instant like to Luce, but can he be trusted? It is not Cam that Luce thinks about though, but Daniel, the strange (and gorgeous!) boy who avoids Luce, is rude and generally unlikable. Yet for some reason, he is never far from her thoughts.
Luce is sure she has met Daniel in the past, was it in a mall? At a party? Or.....? Soon she is dreaming about him, and when somebody saves her from another mysterious accident, who can it be?
Who can be trusted at Swords and Cross, and who should be avoided? Can anybody be trusted? Even her parents, who have left her at this place, where mobile phones are banned, and CCTV cameras watch your every move.
I loved reading this book, and will be buying the sequel 'Torment' when I have an Amazon voucher to use. At the end of Fallen, there is an extract from Torment to tempt you to purchase it. Fallen is the first in a quartet of books following the life of Luce.
The information from Amazon is as follows:
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Corgi Childrens (1 July 2010)
Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
Price: £3.85 new, used from £0.01 plus P&P
At 450 pages, Fallen is a long book, and it is full of description, which to be honest by the last few chapters I skipped a lot, reading only the dialogue to find out what happened in the end.
I award 4 stars to Fallen, as it is a good read for those interested in the supernatural, although I feel that the end was quite drawn out. Unlike many books in this genre, it is also suitable for younger readers in my opinion, as there are no sex scenes, swearing etc. and although there are a couple of violent scenes, they are not too descriptive.
Fallen - Lauren Kate
As many of you might have already gathered from my previous reviews, and the fact that I have a blog which focuses upon books alone; I absolutely adore reading. I love stand-alone books, though I am always looking out for a series of books in the hope that I will fall in love with them and have longer in the respective worlds.
I came across this series quite a while ago now though due to the amount of books on my shelves, and more recently in my Kindle, the books sat on my shelves for quite a long time before I got around to picking them up again. I had also looked at reading them a number of times before, though something about them put me off, even though I felt drawn to them.
Fallen is the very first book in the series of the same name. It is a series which has received a very large variety of ratings and reviews from those who absolutely love it to those who find it below the one star rating. Perhaps this is what stopped me from reading these books before now, though perhaps not as I like to check out something for myself and not be completely led by other peoples views. Either way, I am now on the third book of the series at the time of writing this review and I am glad that I finally started reading them.
CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS
"We meet. We always meet, somehow we're always thrown together, no matter where I go, no matter how I try to distance myself from you. It never matters. You always find me."
After tragic circumstances thrust Luce Price into the realms of a reform school, she hits her lowest point. Accused of the unexplained murder of her former boyfriend, Luce is left confused and alone, unable to even contact her parents or best friend for help. She feels that nothing can pull her from her despair until she sets eyes on Daniel Grigori...
Immediately, Luce has a strong sense that she has met the mysterious and aloof Daniel before. He seems all too familiar to her, though she can not place where or how they would have ever met. She is drawn to him completely, though can not explain why, especially when he goes out of his way to avoid her.
With security cameras watching her every move, Luce finds it difficult to get to know exactly who Daniel is, though with the help of a friend, she begins to uncover more about the mysterious person haunting her dreams.
Luce has to find out exactly what secret Daniel is so desperate to keep...even if it kills her...
Described as 'the ultimate love story' it was obvious from the start that the main storyline would focus on these two characters, though it is far from a straight forward story. Daniel remains a mystery throughout most of this book, and even as we reach the end, we are still left with a large amount of questions about him. Due to this, the love story within this book does not overly come into play until near the end of the book, so if you are worried about lovey-dovey scenes, fear not! Of course, the constant thoughts and feelings about Daniel from the mind of Luce does become a little too overpowering at times, though this can be overlooked quite easily once you fall into the story.
Of course, this particular story would be a lot easier to fall into if it actually went somewhere! For the first half of the book I was left wondering when something substantial would happen. Although there was something pulling me into the story, I was unsure as to what it was as I felt nothing was really happening. It was an extremely slow read to begin with, though I would not say it was a painfully slow start. It is true that nothing much happens in the first half of the book, and the frustration over the inner thoughts of Luce do become a little too much to bare, though somehow (an I am not entirely sure how!) I felt a magnetic pull into the pages. I could barely put the book down. It was not as addictive as some books I have read, though there was certainly something which held my attention so fully. Before I knew it, I was over half way through the book - enjoying the read, though confused as to where the actual story was!
The final quarter of the book finally sees the story take off. It is a completely different feel to the first part of the book, with the energy spiking in ways I had not thought possible considering the slow start, and I found myself getting more and more excited about the unfurling storyline. The question is whether you can bare a slow start enough to get to this energetic point? Personally, I am glad that I did as the last part of the story really reached some great heights and opened up a lot of questions which I desperately needed to know the answers too! Of course, the mark of a good book (and series) is not to give away the answers too soon, and although loads of questions popped up, the answers were not immediate.
As a whole, the characters were above average. A number of characters really took on some great personalities and were written in such a realistic way that I found myself forming strong opinions of them one way or another. Unfortunately, due to the flow and style of the story, these feelings of the characters took quite a long time to actually surface. I also felt that the lesser characters were often written in a much higher stance than the main character whose point of view we were following. Yes, we learnt a lot more about Luce than any other character, though her actions and reactions were often poorly executed within the pages. By the time the book ended, I had only just started to form a slight attachment to this character which pulled my whole opinion of the book down. Luckily, it was not pulled down enough to prevent me from reading on. The other character in the spotlight is Daniel, and the same goes for him as with Luce. We do not really get to know him until nearer the end, and although in part, his character is written well, it is starved of emotion. Reminds me a little of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer mixed with Edward from Twilight. A very broody character in the main who does not hold substance until its almost too late.
As far as predictability is concerned, you will find a fair amount in this book, though there are a lot of twists and turns near the end which leave a lot of mystery still left in the air.
So what makes this book any different to other books along these lines?
In the main, this book has a lot of similarities to other books which centre around a girl starting boarding school, meeting a mysterious person, finding supernatural beings exist and finding herself in danger of some sort. Nothing overly original about the base storyline at all.
In saying this, though, it is written in a different way which sparks a small sign of originality (although whether this is good or bad I am yet to decide!), and the supernatural element also helps make it that little bit different.
One thing which I find very important in a book is the ending. A story can be written perfectly, though if the ending is wrong, then it gives me a really terrible feel to the whole book, almost as though I feel my time was wasted reading it, even if I did enjoy the rest of the story.
So how does the ending of this book compare?
As I have already touched upon above, the ending IS the book in my opinion. The book took so long to actually get up and go anywhere, and it was not until the last quarter when it actually took off. From the point when the energy grew, the ending built up brilliantly. There were still down moments, though the energy, flow and storyline grew and grew to give us a fantastic ending.
As much as certain questions were answered, there were even more left open. This drew me in even more so and made me want the second book straight away (which I had luckily). I just hoped that the second book would get into the story quicker and stronger than this one did.
This book best falls into the young adult paranormal romance genre.
"She had sand in her mouth and between her toes, the briny wind raising goose bumps on her skin, and the sweetest, spellbound feeling spilling from her heart.
She could, at that moment, have died for him."
Is this a fantastic read? Not quite. It lacks energy and strength that you would expect to see in a book such as this, though once you hit the mid-point (or just beyond), you will find a huge contrast in style and flow. It took me a while to really get into the book due to the slow start, though something kept a hold of me and kept me interested enough to plough through the slow beginning, and I am glad that I did.
If there had not been so many questions left unanswered at the end, as well as the energy and excitement the end of this book gave, then I am unsure as to whether I would have gone on to the next book, though with so much in the air, I craved more and went straight on to the next book. Will I read this book again? Probably not any time soon, though it is a possibility in the next fifty years!!
This book is just over 450 pages long and can be found on all formats of book from the Kindle for £1.99 to paperback for £3.85 (much cheaper for second hand books) to audio books which range from £1.99 second hand all the way up to nearly £16.00 which is completely unreasonable in my opinion!!
A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
As well as the four main books in the Fallen series, Lauren Kate has written a series of shorts which run in and around the main books. These shorts are exactly what they say on the tin - shorts. Pages seem to range between nine to fifteen pages so you can not even call them a short novella!
Due to the length of these shorts, they can not be made into a full review though I thought I would add the first one as a little extra to this review. You will be able to find little reviews on these shorts as and when I read them on my book blog; Elfie Books (link found below).
Daniels First Sighting
The first short in this series runs alongside the beginning of Fallen at the point where Daniel first sets eyes on Luce. In the main book, we get to see everything from the point of view of the female character which leaves questions open about other characters and their thoughts and feelings. Within this short, we find out exactly how Daniel felt and why he acted the way he did. It does not give a whole lot of information though is an interesting read to see a scene from Daniels point of view.
The short is written in the same style and flow as the main story, though due to the length, it gets going a whole lot quicker. It is an eye-opener to a degree, though do not expect to find out a lot more than you already know from the first main book.
Is it worth reading this short?
Although you really do not have to read this short to enjoy the series, it is worth five minutes to take a quick look at this short, if nothing else, to find out why Daniel acts the way he does at the very beginning of Fallen.
I would personally give the short alone three stars though it is difficult to rate and review something so short!
This short can be found free on http://www.box.com/shared/h5j48s3ele
A slightly condensed version of my review can also be found at http://elfie-books.blogspot.co.uk
Synopsis: From Amazon
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross ...only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Some angels are destined to fall...
As much as I want to just gush about this book I will endeavour to keep myself in check and write a succinct review as to exactly why I enjoyed this book so much.
The story starts with a mystery, page turning suspense and intrigue. The reader is automatically drawn into the female protagonists life, thoughts and feelings from the outset. The characters are well written and their interaction was completely believable and often humorous. My heart was pounding with the passion and longing that Luce (the main character) felt.
The descriptions were detailed and brought vivid pictures to my imagination. I actually had chills at the description of the shadows (no plot spoilers here).
My love of Classic Literature references was fully satisfied with the use of Milton's Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno both of which reinforced the main storyline and also added an extra dimension of plot. Religious references abound, the description of a snake passing while Luce bit into an apple was a stroke of genius.
Clever plot teasers are placed throughout the book, making this a book that you can read time & time again and still find new things. This for me brings it right up there with The Twilight Saga as it to has all these little plot teasers that you do not necessarily pick up on the first reading. Dramatic ending has really left me gasping for more.
I adore the thought of eternal soul mates and the great battle of good versus evil. I was able to lose myself completely in this story. A sign of good descriptive writing.
For me this book has it all romance, suspense, intrigue and surprising plot twists. I rank it alongside The Twilight Saga (Vampires), The Wicked Lovely Series (Faeries) and now Fallen (Angels).
In conclusion a terrific book for those that like supernatural romance and losing themselves in fantasy. I sincerely hope this review was not too gushing, or if it was that I had valid points to make about why I am gushing.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put it down!! I recommend this to anyone that read twilight or just likes the films. Very similar but I personally preferd reading fallen to any of the twilight books although the story is along the same lines. Obviously this is about Angels not vampires. I'm currently reading the second and I'm loving that too. Highly recommend this to all teenagers.
I have been very keen to read this since I saw in in the bookshop. The cover is awesome.
This series has potential but you really have to stick with this book as it is very very slow to get going.
The book starts by introducing you to Luce and the situation she has suddenly found herself in, arriving at a boarding school for "troubled" teens.
The first two thirds of the book crawl along. It is vaguely interesting but not all that original or different to be anything all that special. I didn't warm to Luce all that much as I thought she was a bit dull. I did feel a little bit for what she went through as she clearly is surrounded by a load of head cases. I did love the character of Penn and thought she was really sweet.
Where the book does finally pick up is in the final third. Eveything starts to come out and loads and loads of questions are thrown up. I don't think I fully got any of it or really even know where it is going but I am very very interested to see where it is going.
A book which is worth sticking with it - a potenially exciting series - I hope it delivers
Luce's life is haunted by shadows and bad things tend to happen when they are around, but with her parents not trusting her and a past incident with a friend, Luce is stuck at the dark Sword & Cross reform school with the shadows threats ever increasing. Is she going mad?
From her first day at Sword & Cross Luce's attention is captured by Daniel. There's something familiar about him, something she can't quite make out, but Daniel seems to want nothing to do with Luce and she can't let it go. There is, however, somebody else who's after her affection... Cam... and she feels strangely drawn to him, despite her feelings for Daniel..
The setting of the book is dark, with the shadows tormenting Luce and the awful, almost haunting, depressing reform school she's been put in. The way the scenes are written makes you imagine that you could really be there. I thought the author did a great job with this.
The supporting characters are interesting too (wild-child Arriane, the quiet but friendly & investigative Penn, to name just a couple). There's more to some of them than meets the eye.
While the story starts off a bit slow, I did find that it built momentum as it went along and it held my attention well.
The back of the book describes is as "Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a thrilling story about forbidden love." and I'd certainly agree with that. I loved reading this book. By the time I was half way through it, I had already bought its sequel, Torment.
For some reason, I struggled with writing this review, but I don't know why because I really enjoyed the book!
Fallen is definitely for those readers who enjoy young adult fiction, fallen angels, some action and a bit of romance thrown in!
I fell in love with the cover on Fallen, and I won't rant about that because I know that it's already been ranted about, like, a million times so I won't bore you because I am nice like that.
One minor flaw Fallen had was that it started quite slow. I tried not to let it put me off because as I started read (properly), I noticed that the words showed every motion Luce was going through and that was just something quite extraordinary. Plus the unexpected twist at the end made up for the pace. It took my breath away and that was when I knew the book would have potential. Angels are a supernatural being that have never failed to to interest me, and the Angels portrayed here didn't disappoint.
For as long as she can remember, Lucinda has seen these things she calls 'shadows'; black blobs of utter darkness that swoosh around her. They frighten Luce, and having admitted what she's been seeing at a young age, it resulted in trips to a specialized psychiatrist, drugs, and most recently she has found herself in a reform boarding school for troubled teenagers- the last straw after what seems to be an unexpected and confusing tragedy. And the analysis of her little problem was never even mentioned.
Luce has no clue as to what happened to Trevor (the boy who died in the 'tragedy'), and she can't help but feel guilty for his death. Was it her fault? Do the shadows have anything to do with it?
Anyhow, Luce is now pretending that she doesn't see the shadows any more thus fighting off the evil medication. But at the Sword and Cross, Luce's mind has been taken over by the two boys she has spotted: there's Cam with his beautiful green eyes who can't seem to keep away from her. And then there's Daniel, the boy with the (awesome) hair who she can't seem to keep away from, because somewhere deep down, Luce feels like she somehow knows Daniel from somewhere, but she can't seem to put her finger on it. Pity Daniel doesn't feel the same way.
I was completely sucked into Luce's world. Kate's writing is highly descriptive and ables you to picture everything going on in the book..*shivers* especially those 'Reds'... Her style was fresh and I hope this writing style will continue in Torment. I could feel the connection between Luce and Daniel throughout the story which was good. It was easy to imagine what Luce was going through when she started at Sword and Cross, it's something that everybody goes through - not knowing how things work and habing to make new friends - one of the hardest things a person has to do. She does make mistakes along the way, and you do feel the need to shout at her when she is doing the wrong thing but that;'s what teenagers do. I loved the way Luce sounded so real in that context, smart and independent, her characteristics just made her more easier to relate to.
Daniel was beautifully displayed, I thought. He was mysterious and I liked that because most male characters are anything but that nowadays. The writer has formed his beauty amongst the words and I really admire Daniel's character. Cam was cute, but kind of creepy, I have to admit! He just kept pushing Luce and sounded a bit desperate to me. He was always *there*. Both were fantastic though, regardless of their ways!
I think there were some parts that weren't explained as much as I'd like them to be. For example: Trevor's death. There wasn't much detail surrounding that, and each time it came up, I felt like it was put off for some reason. Do you know what I mean? Like, 'let's change the subject now' - I would've liked to have known a little bit more about it, especially as it's the main reason Luce was forced to attend Sword and Cross.
Fallen was a great paranormal romance, full of intensity and suspense, and the odd tampered-with camera or two ;) Thanks to Random House for sending me this!
I immediately fell in love with the cover of this novel - I just thought it was gorgeous. Once I opened the book and started reading, I just couldn't stop. It really gripped my attention and the mystery of Daniel and Luce's past had me speeding through the pages longing for answers.
I really liked Luce's character and felt she was well written and believable. However, I would have liked to have learnt a little bit more about Daniel as I felt there was a bit too much mystery surrounding him. I really liked the other characters too and was surprised by the twist at the end involving all the students and teachers of Sword & Cross.
I was slightly disappointed by the ending though as I felt there were just too many unanswered questions surrounding Luce and Daniel. I realise that this is in preparation for the sequel which is being released later in the year but I still think that a little bit more could have been revealed. However, this didn't really affect my enjoyment of the book and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of book two - 'Torment'.
I have to say, the book that I will now review was bought as it was thought to be a vampire book.......by my husband, so him being the sweetheart he is he got it for me immediately.
After the first few pages though, it became more than apparent that this was going to be completely different to what was first assumed.
The book I will now review is - "Fallen by Lauren Kate".
The story starts with a scene from the mid 30's, involving a dashing and very scared seeming young man who knows he should leave before "she" finds he trying to bolt, but too late as she finds him and he can't resist her.
After trying to leave (unsuccessfully!), she touches him and he knows she must be his, goes in for the kiss.......then white light and nothingness.
Lucinda, or Luce as her former friends called her was in deep trouble, but for what she can't really remember.
She knows she went to the cabin with Trevor, she knows he was her first true kiss, but after that everything is hazy and difficult, no painful to remember, all she knows is that he is now dead, burnt alive and reduced to dust with there being no other witnesses but her.
Alongside this fact the shadows that she has been seeing since she was a child have become more than just hallucinations, they seem to want to touch and intimidate Luce at every opportunity.
After being admitted into what can only be deemed as a detention centre/school from hell for deviants, young criminals and the technically insane teenager (many are though aren't they!), Luce meets someone who she feels she knows, is instantly attracted to, but who is trying there hardest to avoid her, Daniel Grigori.
Will she ever work things out with Daniel or will the ever present Cam steal away her heart.....along with other things?!
I know the synopsis is pretty cryptic, but this is how the majority of the book progresses until the last few pages where only a small portion of the background story of many of the characters is explained, though much more should be revealed in the next book, which is out next September!
The book and characters are really well written, with the despair and loneliness at being institutionalised and then the utter and unexplainable longing for interaction with Daniel that Luce has, it all seems to veer towards the teenage genre of books, with everything written about being comparable to a teenage angst in some form, this doesn't detract from the story though.
My mum has always been a fan of thriller type books, this is certainly on par with many of those, there is little sex or even gratuitous violence mentioned, with there even being a murder towards the end of a main character, and even this doesn't feel particularly gruesome, perhaps this is due to what the characters are eventually revealed as being......though I am not going to do that for you!
All the way through the book though, you feel as if you are supposed to know what is happening to Luce, in the same way she feels lost and desperate so did I, but only in the respect of the character, not the quality of the book.
The one thing that I did feel was a bit of a swizz was the fact that due to what the characters are and what they are doing there, the explanation of why they could reveal no more to Luce due to her being a delicate mortal, meaning that to find out more you will have to buy the next book was a little disappointing to me, I will of course be buying the book for continuation, but begrudgingly!
Price wise this available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £4.99 plus P&P.
For more information visit - www.fallenbooks.com.
Thanks for reading x
I felt like I really 'fell' for this one and should have known better. I was suffering from Twilight withdrawal and saw this recommended on Amazon. It has a mixture of reviews, including quite a few 5 star reviews, so I thought it would be worth giving a go.
The story is about 17 year old Lucinda, who has been sent to Sword and Cross boarding school, which looks after 'troubled' teenagers. A friend of Lucinda's - Trevor - was killed in a fire, whilst in the company of Lucinda and she can't remember anything that happened. So consequently, her parents sent her to this school, although their feelings on the matter are never made clear in the book. There she meets mysterious Daniel (who she feels she knows from somewhere), however he appears to take an immediate dislike to her. There is a also Cam, another boy who adds to the sinister mix, as well as a couple of friends Gabbe and Arriane. Yet, you are never quite sure who the goodie and baddies are. It should also be noted that Lucinda 'sees' ominous shadows that follow her around, something her parents sought the help of psychiatrists for. Strange things start to happen and Lucinda wonders just who she can trust.
His book is clearly aimed at the young adult market, (as Twilight initially was), however both the content and the writing style of this book is an insult to young readers. Yes, I know that Stephenie Meyer is hardly a literary genius, but she is a good story teller as the sales of her books have proven. Fallen has tried to imitate this success and quite blatantly in parts, yet gets nowhere near.
The first chapter can be viewed on Amazon and seems to make a promising start - however, when you actually receive the book, you have read the best part and it is all downhill from there. The other clever touch is that the artwork for the book cover is beautiful and makes you want to pick it up. If ever there was an illustration of - 'Don't judge a book by its cover' then this is it!'.
This may be a book about angels, but the similarities are remarkable. For example we have:
1)An angel (male) looking down on beautiful girl as she sleeps unaware
2) The heroine being carried about all over the place - what is that all about? - (do girls loose all use of their legs when they meet a hot guy?)
3) Main protagonist moving to a school where she is new.
4) An exchange between the two main love interest characters of - tell me what you suspect I am - tell me...
This is just a few I am sure there are more.
Oh dear, I was dying to just leave the book, but I had to get to the end to see where all the 5 star reviews had come from. I felt the writing style was poor and lazy and if Meyer was criticized for her use of flowery descriptive language, then I can only say this author must have wanted to win the crown for that accolade. Her characters were shallow and if there was supposed to be a hint of menace surrounding the plot, then I certainly wasn't feeling it.
By the time I got to the end, not only did I not care what happened to the main characters, but I kind of felt overwhelmed by the suspension of disbelief that was demanded of the reader. Yes, this is a fantasy novel but please, let's believe that this could really happen in a parallel world...
There were also so many loose ends left obviously for a sequel - but will I be buying it - CERTAINLY NOT!!!
This is available from Amazon for £4.98 - don't waste your money or more importantly, your time!
PS On Amazon it currently had 26 five star reviews - I just don't know who these people are...
Fallen is a fantasy novel that was released at the end of 2009 by Lauren Kate.
After a terrible accident, Luce is sent to the Sword and Cross, a corrective school in an attempt to make her better. No one really knows what happened that day including Luce but she does know she wasn't responsible. Since she was younger, Luce has been followed by shadows and she has no idea why or if she is even sane. On her first day at Sword and Cross, she realises that the school is more like a prison than a school and the other students are either extremely strange or have been dangerous before. Arriane takes her under her wing and shows her the ropes but there is one girl, Molly, that takes instantly takes a dislike to her. Another thing that Molly notices is that most of the boys are extremely good looking, especially Daniel and Cam.
All Luce wants to do is keep to herself and get on with her time at the school but Molly doesn't make things easier for her. Luce is fascinated by Daniel and cant keep her eyes off him, having the feeling that she's met him somewhere before. While she is strongly attracted to Daniel, it is Cam that gives her attention and she cannot help but feel something for him as well. When Luce starts spending more time with Cam, Daniel always seems to be around to take her away and the two boys begin to fight over Luce and it turns into a war bigger than she ever could have imagined. Daniel has a huge secret and Cam isn't very pleased about it.
I'm going through a bit of a fantasy phase at the moment when it comes to books and this one I chose from recommendations on Amazon. I loved the idea of a fallen angel being in love with someone over and over again no matter what happens. While the idea for the story seems original, there is also a Romeo and Juliet feel to it once you know what is going on.
The first chapter of the book is a prologue about Daniel and Luce. I really enjoyed this part of the book as it made it clear what Daniel goes through each time and how he does everything in his power to try to save Luce. Daniel is the sexy and mysterious hero of the story and everything about him and his actions makes you want to know more. The hero and the villain are very obvious but the reasons why aren't and I was quite shocked by the end of the book when everything was made clear.
I'm still not sure whether I liked Luce or not. Although right at the start we learn that she was part of some terrible accident which resulted in a boys death that is pretty much all we know about her. I didn't feel like there was enough character development and because of this I didn't feel the connection with her like I would other main characters. There are also flaws with her character. At one point it is stated that Luce had a 4.0 GPA (good grades in America) at her old school but she really doesn't show a lot of intelligence throughout the book and there isn't enough substantial evidence to back this up. Luce has a secret of her own but she doesn't realise how connected everything is. Although her characters isn't explained enough, all of the basics characteristics were there. She has her own problems and flaws which is what made her more interesting.
The build up towards the end of the story is extremely slow and drawn out but now that I know there is going to be a sequel, I can understand why. We don't get to learn much about anyone's past or what the outcome is for Daniel and Luce but I'm hoping that both of these will be explained in more detail in the next book. I did like the book but it wasn't the best I have ever read. I think I will grow to like it more after the sequel comes out and I read it again. My advice is to wait until September and buy them both together when everything should make more sense.