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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Kate, Lauren. Fallen. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Dec 2009. 464pp. ISBN 385738935

Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, WHERE every student seems to have an unpleasant even evil history.

It s only when she sees Daniel, a gorgeous fellow student, that Luce feels there s a reason to be here though she doesn t know what it is. And Daniel s frosty cold demeanor toward her? It s really a protective device that he s used again . . . and again. For Daniel is a fallen angel, doomed to fall in love with the same girl every 17 years . . . and watch her die. And Luce is a fellow immortal, cursed to be reincarnated again and again as a mortal girl who has no idea of who she really is.

Have you ever read a book that upon finishing it you decide you liked it, but when you stop to think about it you realize it really wasn't all that great of a book. In fact there was a lot wrong with it? The Twilight Books is one example for me. Fallen is another.

The plot and the creepy setting were both good. The book fails in both character development and character interactions. Luce stalks Daniel with really no reason beyond her instant attraction and feeling that she knew him before. Daniel was pretty much a jerk, and it was really easy to figure out what he is. Something was just off in how the characters interacted with each other. There was instant familiarity between them without any sort of believability, particularly considering the setting.

I'm willing to try the next book, Torment, to see if the issues I had with Fallen were just the result of a fledgling author. Overall, it was a good story that failed in its follow through.

Rating: 2 and 3/4 eyeglasses


Amelia Robinson said...

I totally know what you mean and I totally agree. I didn't feel any substance behind Luce's character, either. She seemed flighty. Nothing to make her distinguishable.

Great review. :)


Rummanah Aasi said...

What really annoyed me in "Fallen" is that I got the mystery before Luce did. It took her forever! I'm willing to read "Torment" to see how the second half of the book pans out. I did like it a lot more than "Hush, Hush".

Anonymous said...

This book frustrated me to no end. Mostly because of what you said, I liked it, but it was horrible at the same time lol. You can read my review/rant about Fallen on my blog. I won't be reading Torment unless it gets great reviews.

Jenn said...

Oh I got the mystery right away, which is endlessly frustrating for me.