Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

"Some angels are destined to fall.

Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar...The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can't shake the feeling that she has...and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on.

Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her?"

Luce has seen the shadows all her life, but they've always just been there, hovering...until they attack a boy from her class. Or did they? Luce has no memory of the events that killed Trevor, but as the only person there at the time she's the only suspect. So she's sent to Sword & Cross, a reform school. A place she meets interesting people, and where strange things are occuring.

I could not stop reading Fallen...I stayed up reading it in bed until past 1am to finish it. I did like it...but I just don't know if I can properly articulate why...

Usually it's the characters that grab me, but Fallen had no stand outs for me. Yes, I found Arianne somewhat amusing, and both Daniel and Cam intrigued me, to a point, but Luce had no lasting effect on me. I don't love her or hate her, she just is. I feel this way about all of Kate's characters - that they're not fully developed yet; to me they're still just a little one dimensional. Which of course could just be the fact that it's book one of a series...

Much of the beginning of the book is the same...Luce questioning her sanity, Daniel's motives, Cam's motives, her wavering between the two of them, etc, and it really isn't until towards the end that some major action occurs. This is part of the problem, because it seems a little forced - same, same, same and then BAM revelation (a couple of revelations, actually) then BAM the end. Like the characters, I don't think it developed as much as it possibly could have. Parts of it, especially Daniel and Luce, also just felt a little too easy - which I find is sometimes the case with paranormal romances, that because there's that supernatural element, that's enough explanation and it can just be. Or maybe it's just that it's love! Whatever the reason, I was left wanting more. Unfortunately, the wanting isn't quite the good kind where I need the next books...it's more that I feel let down.

The one great thing Fallen has going for it is that I honestly couldn't predict what was coming, and the twists threw me. I think this is why I simply could. not. put. it. down. I was desperate to find out the answers. What are the shadows? What part do Luce's fellow Sword & Cross residents ultimately play? Who is the good guy - Daniel or Cam? Who is the bad guy?! I certainly got some answers - some of which, as I've said, I really truly did not see coming! - but there are still more that I'm waiting for. It is this that will have me reading the second book in the series when it is released, but I know that it's really going to have to have something to keep me reading the rest of the series. I guess I'll just have to wait and see!

Overall, I did like Lauren Kate's Fallen, but it left me feeling a little put out. I give it 3 out of 5, for the suspense being just enough to keep me turning the pages.

The cover, however, I give 5 out of 5. I fell in love with this cover instantly, it is stunning!


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