Title: Fallen in Love
Author: Lauren Kate
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Fallen in Love gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of Fallen characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: “Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles;” “Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland;” “Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane;” and “Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda.”
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book, especially since it comes between the last two books of the series. I thought about skipping it until after I’d finished reading Rapture, but in the end, I decided to complete the series in the order it was published. I’m glad that I did.
Fallen in Love doesn’t really fit in the flow of the rest of the series, since it’s written from the perspectives of people other than Luce, but then it also sort of does fit. It’s about love stories, but not the same way that the rest of the books are. With the exception of the last story, all of them are about other characters in the series, and it’s fun to see them in their own contexts, to learn more about how they act and feel.
In particular, I enjoyed the story told from Arianne’s perspective. She’s such a stand-out personality in the other books that I knew her story would have to be unique, and it definitely was. It’s more about heartbreak (like Roland’s) and the struggle to remain loyal than anything else, and it’s intense. It also explains a lot of things, including her scars, in a way that I definitely wasn’t expecting.
While the stories aren’t completely necessary to understanding the plot in Rapture, it does definitely give depth and detail to some of the things that are hinted at. I quite liked Fallen in Love, and it was a quick and fascinating read.