Fallen by Lauren Kate
Review by Patty
Angels and… well… more angels and then fallen angels and angels who are sort of in between. Lucinda Price is not an angel. In fact she is spending her junior year of high school in a reform school called Sword and Cross. She has been bothered by shadowy images for much of her life and lately these shadows have begun to alter her life. She has come to Sword and Cross because of an accident involving a friend. She is not trusted by her parents and is very unsure of how her actions caused her to be at Sword and Cross. The one thing she is sure of is that when the shadows come… she cannot control them and bad things tend to happen. She begins to make friends at school but they are questionable friends.
After all they are all attending a reform school where they are locked in and watched by cameras and sent to detention and life is very regimented. Lucinda is drawn to one person at school and that is Daniel Gregori. She is unsure why and he appears to have the opposite feeling about her. At the same time she is warned to stay away from him and is sort of charmed and wooed by another classmate… Cam… who appears to be able to provide picnics and limo rides and tons of other contraband items. Luce is drawn to him even though she does not want to be. As I read this beautiful novel alarm bells went off in my head when Cam gave her a gold necklace with a serpent on it. To me…that meant that he was quite the opposite of an angel but the story was still unfolding.
The author writes beautifully about the angels… their wings… every angel seemed to have a different kind of wing pattern and when they are tucked away and then unfolded again… it was quite magical. I totally loved this story. It was sort of oddly spiritual. I know that the author has planned two more within this series. I cannot wait to read them.
Review by Lee
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series has been phenomenally successful, the individual titles topping the bestseller lists around the world. These books, while arguably not the greatest works of literature (as Meyer herself honestly and refreshingly admits), have clearly shown what young female adults are looking for today - romantic fantasy with a supernatural edge. This is why, in June 2009, Random House Children’s Books acquired the first four titles of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, with the opening title, Fallen, being published on December 17 in the UK, December 8 in the US.
Fallen is the story of seventeen year old Lucinda (or Luce as she is known). She falls in love with the good-looking and highly intelligent Daniel at their reform school but soon discovers that he is a fallen angel, cursed, destined neither to ascend to Heaven nor descend to Hell. The two realise that they have spent their lifetimes finding and losing one another, and face the final challenge to keep evil forces at bay and seek redemption for all.
Lauren Kate’s writing is accomplished, thankfully avoiding the unnecessarily flowery and long-winded narrative that often plague pages of romantic fantasy books. The reader’s interest is engaged early and, helped by a solid and ever-evolving plot, never lets go. This is a gothic love story featuring fallen angels and forbidden love (a winning formula) that will thrill and delight in equal measure.
Luce is described by a character in the book in these terms “you’re nothing more than you appear to be: a stupid, selfish, ignorant, spoiled little girl who thinks the world lives or dies on whether she gets to go out with some good-looking boy at school”. This shows that the author is under no illusions about her lead, and although it is a very harsh description, there are elements of truth in every statement. Luce is a teenage girl and she talks and behaves like a teenager. Although she may not be to everyone’s taste, readers of the same age will connect with Luce and very quickly find themselves falling completely under the book’s spell. It is this connection that will make this book such a huge success.
The setting is delightfully gothic, the highlight being the church that has been turned into a natatorium. The excerpt below shows Luce’s first impressions when encountering this wonderful creation:
“Inside the humid natatorium she instantly understood what Penn was talking about. The pool itself was giant, Olympic-sized, one of the few state-of-the-art features she’d encountered so far on this campus. But that wasn’t what made it remarkable, Luce realized in awe. This pool had been set down right in the middle of what used to be a massive church.”
Fallen: Chapter 6 - No Salvation
As Fallen comes to an end, there are still many unanswered questions that will leave its new fans eagerly anticipating the sequel, Torment, that will be available in September 2010. There are echoes of Milton’s Paradise Lost, the classic epic poem about the struggle for ascendancy between God and Satan and the consequences of the Fall, but at its heart Fallen is a love story, a story of doomed love admittedly, and a story that will strike a chord with many.
Who will this book appeal to most? A rule of thumb that would work in this instance is to look at the lead character, their gender and age, and use that as an answer. So, the ideal person for whom this would be a perfect Christmas present would be female and seventeen years old.
About the author
Lauren Kate recently finished her M.A. in Creative Writing at UC Davis, where she also teaches. She lives in Los Angeles, CA. Her first novel, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove goes on sale one month before Fallen.
This Fallen book review was written by Patty
Elizabeth from US
This book is over the top awesome and I am on Torment now but when I finish this series I will be sad that its over!!!!! Better than Twilight and fallen angels gave me a new perspective on angels!!!!
Selena from US
Great book. I love. I am on Torment now <3
Penelope from Greece
No, I didn't think it was like Twilight... Kate's writing is considerably better than Meyer's, and the whole setting of the book is far from high-school awkward drama, which I rather liked. Yes, it was a bit slow paced, and I did get bored at some point, but the last few chapters made up for the slow burners. It left many questions unanswered, which I think is very smart because it makes the reader want to buy the next book. The idea and concept of these books is phenomenal, but I think it could have a bit more detail... I had this feeling that the first two thirds of the book were incredibly slow and the last third was too fast paced... Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but it could have been a bit better.
Janella Yecyec from Philippines
I just finished Fallen and I thought it was an ugly book, not worthy of anybody's time and money. I hated the way she wrote. I thought it's an awful book, no plots,excitement! It was lame. Go read other books people! There are so many that are much better!
Allyce from United States
I absolutely loved this book. Even though everyone has their own opinion, which doesn't matter to me. I am only reading Torment now, but I can't put it down (until now):) Yes, it is like Twilight and it does have the disappointing love triangle. I also hoped that Luce would end up with Cam, but that's only because I like Cam. I think the plot was excellent because it may be like Twilight and that's is what all my friend's said, but I wanted to read it even more. The turn of events made me anxious for more. I didn't know what would happen next. I am usually prescient about love romance novels, but this one dumbfounded me. The simple form of writing Kate uses makes the reader think more deeply into the reason for every word in every sentence. I had to reread a couple of lines just to rethink a deeper meaning. I loved it!!!!!! Thank you for those who loved the book. Reading it made me want more. And also thank you for the other comments which weren't very necessary but you gave your opinion and I'm sure your opinion helped Kate with her future novels. I've FALLEN in love with FALLEN.
Valentina from Texas
I absolutely LOVED all the books in the series! I stumbled upon this one on clearance and I am so glad I happened to pick it up. I've read the whole series three times already, and I seriously cannot get over it! Love love love this. Anyone who says this is like Twilight obviously didn't read the book...
Caecilia from UK
I didn’t like this book the first time I read it, when it was called Twilight.
Aiyanna from Twin Falls, Idaho
OMG! Best thing ever, I couldn't put it down, I felt like I was in the book. I just LOVE it.
Alana from USA
I loved this book! I loved the challenge of having to keep up, when the book would switch back and froth between points of view, and the changies of events. It was amazing.
Carolina from Wake
It was a great book! I liked that it was vague and you had to think to understand at some points. I loved it !
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