December 10, 2009
Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate (ya)
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.
I really liked this book which kinda suprised me. I had been reading mixed reviews of across several blogs. When that happens I usually have to read it, so I can decide for myself. I went into it cautiously but with a strong hope it would be good. I was not disappointed. Right from the start it kept my interest. The book doesn't give you the whole story - for any of the storylines - at the start. Bits and pieces are gleamed as you read. This could've left the reader confused and frustrated, but for me it created a mood of suspense and in a weird way nervousness. I say nervousness because you just don't know what or who to trust. There were times I wasn't even sure I could trust Luce. I had to keep reading to find out!
The relationship between Luce and Daniel was very well done. I won't go into much about that because I'm worried I'll give too much away. I also enjoyed the other characters in the story - particularly Penn one of Luce's true friends. A few of the other characters were a tish annoying, but not enough to distract from the story. The one part I found kinda odd was that fact they were made to dress in black at the school. I don't know, but for me that was just an odd thing to have them do.
As for the ending - yes I was left with MANY unanswered questions, but I knew going into it there was another book in the works so not having a nice neat everythings-tied-together ending didn't bother me. I will, without a doubt, want to read the next book that is due out next September.
Final thought: Loved it. Glad I read it after reading the mixed reviews. I would've missed a great book.
Best "stick-with-you" image: Every time the shadows were described. Creepy!
Best for ages: 14+
This one is definately more YA than MG