Fallen is the first in Lauren Kate's series of dark, romantic novels featuring 17 year old Lucinda and Daniel, her doomed angel lover.
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. Get ready to fall...
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.
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The first book in a YA supernatural series promising something "dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, 'Fallen' is a thrilling story about forbidden love."
My overall impression of this book was mixed with unrealised potential. I did enjoy to story, but it failed to reach my expectations.
Having been recommended by a number of friends, I finally succumbed and bought the book. The cover and blurb hinted at an angsty romance with plenty of action and drama… well it did play out between the pages, but with a rather lukewarm execution.
The story itself is interesting, although nothing new or surprising, and if it hadn't been such a lumbering read I would have rated it higher. You could predict the plot easily and I was a little disappointed how the climax (battle) of the book took place off screen. There were some unique and devices within the novel, like the use of shadows to glimpse a window into the past, I really liked how this was done. But amnesia and flashbacks are two of my pet hates in a novel - because they are cliché and overused.
With so many books being turned into movies these days (as this one will be), I'm interested to see what will come of 'Fallen,' because it may quite possibly turn out much more entertaining than the book.
Luce, the main character, was too insipid for me. She reacted to the circumstances around her, and lacked strength. I can understand what Lauren Kate was trying to convey with this story, but neglected to give her main cast any sort of edge. Similarly Daniel and Cam, fighting for Luce's affection, were equally two-dimensional. Both had strong chauvinistic attributes and I failed to connect with any of the characters or their love story. I don't mind reading this type of genre from time to time; the all or nothing stakes for an indescribable passion between two people. But 'Fallen' fell down on this aspect.
Lauren's writing is easy to read, and I enjoyed her style - she just kept losing me. I feel if you cut the book down to half its size to ensure the pace pulled you through the story, Luce would have been seen as a survivor rather than someone who simply endures. But the end of the novel I was more interested in the periphery characters: they had powers and attitude that stirred my curiosity.
Another aspect of 'Fallen' which didn't play well with me, only from personal taste, is that I'm not too fond of stories involving angels. It humanises the divine and mixed drama into religious beliefs. Sometimes it can be done really well (as was with Cassandra Clare's series The Mortal Instruments because the angels were a story telling devise, not a character trait) and sometimes not.
But if you love epic love stories, and angels, and don't mind a passive protagonist then you will love this book.
Excited over the premise, disappointed by the execution and it gets 2 out of 5 stars from me.
"This thriller is dark and romantic, an absolute blinder of a book. Every teenage girl (and her mum) is going to want to read it" The Sun
"Imaginative and very sexy" Bella
"Readers who prefer paranormal romance will adore Fallen by Lauren Kate" Irish Independent
"Bursting with emotion, this is a roller coaster story of unbridled and dangerous desires" Love Reading
"This is a gothic love story featuring fallen angels and forbidden love (a winning formula) that will thrill and delight in equal measure" Fantasy Book Review
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.4 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1