28 May 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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.

The one off-side of this book is that it was predictable.  If you've read your fair share of books, you've pretty much got it mapped out in your head by the first few chapters.

The other off-side was more of a personal one.  My school is tough.  Tough attitudes, etc.  All the things that Luce let people do to her would NOT have gone well at my school whereas Luce practically shrugs it off.  It was frustrating, having being around this attitude day in and day out at school and have it bred into me and suddenly have this book where, compared to the girls at my school, Luce is a wimp.

It was enjoyable read.  There are quirky characters and Daniel's obvious "dislike" for her was entertaining.  Luce had some good comebacks but I couldn't really get into her character.  She seemed a bit of a step up from Bella from Twilight.  And Daniel's "dislike" of her wasn't completely unlike Edward's indifference to Bella.

The opening scene was what got me into it.  What was intriguing was how the author never mentioned any of the character's names.  Pure "he" and "she".

The cover design intrigued me initially, I must admit.  The girl with her head in her hands made me think, "What's up with her?" and I loved the dress and the overall "darkness" of it.  The sequel's cover is a good continuation to that darkness...and the dress. 

I do love urban fantasy angel novels.  Luckily, authors do put their own original spin on it and Cam's character was...a good spin.  *wink*

I recommend it to any of you who enjoyed Twilight and even if you don't like Twilight, the characters in "Fallen" may fit your likes better.

Book Info:

  • pages - hardcover, 452
  • published - December 2009
  • publisher - Delacorte Press
  • genre - fantasy
  • received via - library :)
  • rating - 4/5
  • series - Fallen
    • Fallen
    • Torment
    • Passion
    • Rapture