Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacourte
Released: December 8, 2009
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Library
Series: Book 1 of Fallen
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.
Mysterious boys and fallen angels make Fallen a pretty enticing read. Despite some mixed reviews, I flew through it (no pun intended). And while I did have a few issues with the pacing in places, the story was intriguing enough to push me through the slower parts so that I could piece everything together. At the start of the novel, I was a bit confused - but in a good way. I was unsure of who was good and who was bad, but this only made me enjoy it more. I wasn't expecting a mystery, but it was a welcomed surprise.

Luce is understandably sullen when she finds herself alone at Sword & Cross. She feels like she must hide her past even though she's unsure of what actually happened to get herself sent away. She soon learns the freak accident that landed her in Savannah isn't the only weird thing happening. Creeping shadows and Daniel's constant shift in mood make Luce wonder what else she doesn't know.

I have to say the supporting characters did a lot for me in this novel. Arianne and Penn were very likeable and added much to the story. I wish Penn played a larger role because she was probably the most interesting character in the novel. The Luce-Daniel-Cam love triangle really wasn't anything new when it comes to YA, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for them. Say what you will about this passive protagonist, I enjoyed her story and her love interests.

Was this the best book I've ever read? No. Has it won any prestigious awards? I don't think so. Was I entertained? Absolutely! I won't pretend that this was the best book I've ever read, but I did enjoy it enough to recommend it to fans of paranormal romance.

1 comment:

  1. There's nothing wrong with an easy, entertaining read! I, too, have read mixed reviews for this one but I'll probably read it sometime just to try it out for myself.


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