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.
About the Author
Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She now lives in Los Angeles.
Beautiful Lucinda (Luce) Price is banished from everything she knows after a mysterious fire leaves her friend Trevor dead and Luce shouldering the blame. She is forced to board at a decrepit reform school where students are under the constant watch of cameras and must go without cellphones or Internet access. Grief-stricken by Trevor's death and horrified by her new surroundings, Luce is also plagued by sinister, terrifying shadows that appear wherever she goes. The remote gothic setting provides the standard backdrop for the crux of the story, first in a planned series—the romantic feelings Luce develops for the elusive, unpredictable, and rather unlikable Daniel. Aside from the evil shadows, the plot can be summed up with a single word: pining. Luce longs for Daniel in various ways—dreaming of him, digging up information, trying to talk to him, experiencing rejection, then trying again. Some readers will pine right alongside Luce, but others may feel that Kate spends too much time on unrequited love and too little on forward movement in Luce's relationship with Daniel and the mystery of what, exactly, Daniel is. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Luce notices Daniel right away. She sees him on her first day at Sword and Cross, a boarding school for troubled teens that she is sent to after her boyfriend dies in a strange accident. She finds him mysterious and familiar at the same time. Daniel, however, wants nothing to do with Luce. In fact, he goes out of his way to make sure Luce wants nothing to do with him. The more he pushes Luce away, the more she wants to know about him. As the year continues, she makes other friends, all of whom have their own mysteries and all who seem connected to everyone but her. When Luce starts to research Daniel's background, she uncovers something that seems impossible but is completely undeniable; she starts to see how she is in the center of everything. And the more she learns, the more the world around her turns violent and frightening. Although slow starting, once this novel gets going, it hooks readers. There are love scenes and action scenes. The supernatural elements are just believable enough to keep you reading. In a year where everything is vampire, Kate's take on the supernatural is innovative and imaginative. The stock themes are there (thwarted love, rebellion against authority, loyalty to friends), but they take on a new twist with fallen angels. However, while this book has an end, it leaves many questions unanswered, leaving readers waiting for the next in the series. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
Series: Fallen (Delacourte Quality)
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
For Grades: 7 - 12
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 28th September 2010
Dimensions (cm): 22.174 x 12.192 x 2.794
Weight (kg): 0.399