Friday, February 12, 2010

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate

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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

(Summary from

First of all, I LOVED the cover-it called to me over and over on bookstore shelves.

The story did not meet up to my cover expectations though.  Lucinda Price is inexplicably drawn to Daniel Grigori, from the very moment she sees him at Sword and Cross boarding school.  It really is inexplicable too-he smiles at her, then flicks her off-and this is the guy she’s falling in love with.  All of their encounters at school are like this, where Daniel blows hot and cold, confusing poor Luce, and making the readers wonder what she’s supposed to see in him.  From the prologue we know that Luce and Daniel somehow knew each other before, and loved each other in another life, and that is supposed to excuse any lack of groundwork for their budding relationship.  I also felt that I didn’t get to know Luce well enough.  She tells us that she’s smart-that she had a 4.0 GPA at a really tough school, yet with her obsession with Daniel she’s so consumed that all we really see about Luce is her jealousy and obsession.  It was one of those cases where love was so consuming that she couldn’t focus on anything else, and yet Daniel’s behavior didn’t seem to merit it. 

This was a book that I expected to draw me in, yet I was able to put down, and return to later.  I was intrigued to finally learn the paranormal secrets, but it wasn’t until the end of the book that we were finally let in. 

The second book, Torment, comes out in September.  I am still hoping to be more satisfied with it.

Published: December 8, 2009

Pages: 452

Stars: 3 1/2

1 comment:

  1. Good, honest review. The end of the book was def the best.