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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Fallen #1

Copyright: 2009

Pages: 452

Rating: 5/5 Crowns

Book Synopsis: 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.

Book Review: I can hardly find the words to express how much I loved this book! It was brilliant! Whilst I know there have been mixed reviews about it, I didn't see the same flaws others did and was utterly captivated by this story. I can understand if some of the ideas of the novel might be uncomfortable for readers with strong Christian views but even then I would think you'd have to wait to see how the story progresses. This was my first fallen angel fantasy novel and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed reading this new sub-genre of fantasy.

Luce is a 17 year old girl sent to reform school for something she didn't do or have any control over. There she mets Daniel and whilst he treats her badly she has this overwhelmingly strong attraction to him that she does not understand. There are often shadows around her, they frighten her and throughout the story you're waiting for them to do something awful to her. There are many unanswered questions in this book, like what happened to Trevor, but that's what a good series does, leaves you hanging!

This book is described as 'dangerously exciting and darkly romantic'. The 'dangerously exciting' I agree with, but I don't think it's 'darkly romantic'. I would describe it as a love created in the heavens, to me it was deeply romantic and it took my breath away. This book has made it to one of my all time favourite reads it was that good and believe me books don't make it to my list easily.

With all the mixed reviews, it seems as though people love this book or hate it - I think you should read it and make up your own mind. Personally, I loved it so much I think it's one of those books that everyone should read. I highly recommend this novel, it is also suitable for teens 12 and over.

For more information about Lauren Kate check out her website. The next book in this series Torment is due out this year. Purchase Fallen from Amazon as a Hardcover, Kindle or Audio book.

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Aye.Me? said...

I loved it too and I totally agree with your review!

My review is here if you're interested. :)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Aye.Me?, loved your review and agreed about reform school!

Ladybug said...

Great review, Alaine! I've been a bit unsure about this book because of all the mixed reviews I've seen but now I know I just have to read it :)

Awesome trailer, I've never seen it before.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Ladybug, you should definitely read it. You just have to understand that this is a fantasy novel that is part of a series and so therefore doesn't end with all the details wrapped up. As with all good series it leaves you hanging.

brizmus said...

Finally! This is actually somehow the first positive review I've read of this book. I've been really wanting to read it, but I keep hesitating because of all of the negative reviews.
You make it sound AWESOME, though!!

Amanda said...

I bought this book before the holidays but with all the mixed reviews I wasn't sure whether to start it or not now I know I have to ASAP!

Great review Alaine!

Great Trailer too I hadn't seen it either

Blodeuedd said...

So glad to hear you loved it cos yes I do do wanna read it

Teddyree said...

Fantastic review Alaine and I can't wait to read it :-)

Ashley said...

I'm reading this one right now, and I hate putting it down! So amazing!

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

brizmus, I really don't know why it has received negative reviews. I don't think it deserved them.

Amanda, let me know what you think of it. I loved the trailer as well and have watched it a couple of times.

Blodeuedd, I am going to give away a copy for next months give away on my blog becuase I loved it so much.

Teddyree, maybe you'll get a copy from the birthday fairy LOL.

Ashley, I couldn't put it down either. Make sure you come back and tell me what you think.

misskallie2000 said...

I have read 1 bad and 1 good review so now I don't know what to do..LOL. Maybe I can win one and this way I will find out for myself. I have 2 grandaughters who would probably like this book. Great review, thanks.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

misskallie2000, I'm sure your grandaughters will love it but I think you might as well.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

If anyone read this book and didn't like it, can you tell us why?

Jenny Girl said...

Sounds like a good one to use to jumpo back into YA. Thanks Alaine.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Hi Jenny Girl, yes definitely get you into YA. A quick read as well.

dorolerium said...

This one has been close to the top of my TBR pile for awhile. I'm really curious how it compares to "Hush, Hush", which I really liked and consider it to be in the same kind of genre...although this one sounds darker.

Glad you liked it :)

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

dorolerium, I am also curious to see how it compares to Hush Hush. I haven't read Hush Hush yet but will soon as I now have a copy from a friend.