Author: Lauren Kate
Publication Year: 2009
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
I heard a lot of good things about this series over the past few years, and I finally got around to reading it for myself. I didn’t really know what to expect, just that it was a teen romance and that it included fate and angels.
To be honest, I wasn’t as impressed by Fallen as I was expecting to be. The mysterious circumstances of Luce being sent to a reform school were intriguing, but never really addressed with any finality. And while the reader can tell from the beginning a bit of what’s happening between her and Daniel, there doesn’t seem to be any real connection between them aside from their supposed fate. They don’t seem to have anything in common, or to even have conversations that are about anything of substance. Rather, they just seem to stare at each other longingly and she seems to be drawn to him for no discernible reason whatsoever.
By the end of the book, some things are answered, but there are even more issues that had arisen and were left unclear. It was definitely getting more interesting, though – far more interesting than the first half of the novel felt for me. So I’m giving the series the benefit of the doubt and rating it up a bit, in the hopes that the next book will carry on in this way and that I’ll end up feeling more favourably towards the characters and their love story.