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This is one of the few books that I actually liked more for the plot and writing rather than characters. The entire plot was dark, dangerous, mysterious. Kate's writing was obviously skillful, and very beautiful. I'd heard so many great things about this one, and I had to try it. Plus, that cover just really pulled me towards it.
The beginning instantly yanked me in. Luce's shady background intrigued me and made me want to know more about her story. What bothered me about her was her obsession with Daniel Grigori. Really, even she called herself "crazy stalker girl" a couple of times. He's beautiful and perfect, but also cold, rude, and distant. What happened to not looking at the outside, but the inside? She wasn't a very relatable character. Of course, even though Luce did seem shallow this way, the prologue does actually explain a bit. I loved the prologue. It drew me in, and kept me fascinated with Luce and Daniel's tragic love story.
It took me quite a while to read this when I normally read fast because I kept stopping. I liked the book but it was slow part of the time and sometimes a little iratating. But that dosen't stop me from likeing it nor is it going to stop me from buying the next book.
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 think that this book was way better than Hush Hush because it was so much better over all. The plot went deeper and twisted different corners. I am really glad that Luce had friends, normally in these books, example; Twilight, they have absolutely no friends what so ever. Bella was so in 'love' with Edward that she had no TIME for friends. But Luce had Arianne (I think thats right...) and Penn. SHE HAD FRIENDS!!!!
Score: Hush Hush-0, Fallen-1
Near the end, it got all intense and way confusing. I don't think that the majority of (spoiler alert!!) the school should of been some sort of angel. How could they live together and not know!!!! I mean seriously!! Not possible, considering that angels are supernatural beings.
Score: Hush Hush-1, Fallen-1
Now the reform school. I thought that was such a clever idea. It supported the idea that Luce was truly messes up, because she was seeing angels, literally! And wearing all black, that must earn some credit.
Score: Hush Hush-1, Fallen-2
-Mystery, although it was easy to figure out from the prologue
-Luce had friends
Luce is sent to the Sword & Cross boarding school after she's seeing shadows everywhere and she's the suspect of a dead guy in a burnt-down house. It's your worst-nightmare boarding school, the kind where cell phones are banned, all the other children are psychos, and there are surveillance cameras watching your every move.
She sees Daniel Grigori right from the first day, and get's that weird feeling like she definitely, positively has known this guy before. Daniel obviously doesn't want anything to do with her, but of course she's GOT to find out the truth behind him.
It's good that she wasn't obsessing over Daniel so much that she didn't have time for her friends, or to check out the other cute guy in the school.
In the end, Daniel was WAY too much like "Oh my gosh, you are precious flower, go into the church where you will be safe, and leave the fighting to the big strong angels." (okay, so he didn't say those exact words, but you get the gist). And Luce went along with it! It was just one of those books where the girl was way too soft, always leaving her own fights to someone else. And she and Daniel were a bit too obsessed with each other at the end. Kind of like "I-I can't live without you, Luce. I love you." (and he DID actually say that in the book). Creepy lover alert.
And the whole stalking thing Luce did with Daniel. I mean sure he looked good, but what happened to not judging a book by its cover? He was rude, cold and distant. Until, of course, Luce broke through.
And then there was Daniel and Cam. They were a bit like sparring bulls, fighting over the female. And I didn't even GET why Cam wanted her.
*Spoiler alert* I don't think that pretty much the whole reform school should have been angels. I mean, seriously TWO mortal kids in the whole school and the angels didn't even notice.
It was a good book all in all, even though it was a bit predictable and I didn't like the obsessive love.
- Mystery, even though the whole story was basically evident from the first couple of pages
- Liked Luce's friends
- Liked how she was at a reform school
Fallen is the story of a girl named Luce, who is sent to a reform school in Savannah after a tragic incident points to her. While at this school, Sword & Cross, she meets a slew of interestingly dark characters. One of which is the elusive, and mysterious Daniel Grigori. There is something oddly familiar about him that Luce can't quite put her finger on, and his adament aversion to her only causes her curiousity to deepen. What secrets unfold in this novel will leave you surpised, I promise you.
I loved the tone to this novel. It has an eerie, gothic undertone to it, which I thought was perfect for the story. I loved the setting, a strange reform school, I have yet to read a novel set in a place like that. The de ja vu that Luce experiences when around Daniel is perfectly dropped at the perfect moments, I was definitely enraptured. This novel is definately in a league of it's own. My hat goes off to the author for such fresh imagination.
The ending of the book tugs me in different directions. You don't entirely know what's going on until the end, and when I did some scenes I was fighting the urge to sigh at how close it was to being ridiculous. The author danced a thin line when it came to the story's end conclusion, and she still pulled it off beautifully, even if I'm a bit nervous about how deep it goes in the second book.
However, the book does it's job in shocking the crap out of you, and it's delicious when it does. I would definately recommend this book to others.
Luce is enrolled at Sword & Cross, a school for delinquents. As she tries to overcome the shadows she see everywhere she can't help but think about Daniel Grigori. In place where nothing is as it seems Luce tries to make sense of the weird connection she has with Daniel.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would. I had great expectations, and I was let down. The paranormal aspect of the book came way too late. I kept reading because the story was building up to it the whole time. I liked Cam, he was an interesting character to read about. You never knew what was up with him, until the end, and even then you were doubting his motives. The ending was good, so I'll give the sequel a try.
What i really hated was the slow pace of the book . I get the author wants to create mystery but come on I was on page 350 im still trying to figure out whats going on and no one is talking about anything. I felt like there was a good 100 pages that didnt move the book forward. I felt that it wasnt going anywhere.
I didn't like how Luce was so weak. She really wasn't that likeable. There wasn't anything that made her relatable. I did like Daniel though he was very interesting. I believe my favorite thing about this book was Luce & Daniel's destined love to fail.It was heart aching in a way that you just want everything to get better. I did like some of the other characters.I was guessing whos bad or good and all that, which i feel is important because you know a book is good when you are rooting for certain charcters.
The book had an interesting twist. I hated how they really didn't explain the shadows, and what the angels are fighting for if no one can really win.I believe the only reason why I will continue to read the series is because I was left with unanswered questions. Im hoping the series gets better. I'm not too big of a fan of the author's writing but I like the storyline and Im hoping more gets revealed. I was dissapointed with the book but I will read Torment to see if things get better.
Honestly I only wanted to read this book at first so I could trash it brutally screaming, "Why cant anyone think of a original plot line that doesnt follow the junk known as TWILIGHT!!" But I was actually quite surprised. Although I wouldn't recomend it for romance junkies this book was considerably brilliant when it came to weaving in the biblical story of the angels and the mysterious world Lauren Kate wished to create. Romance did not occur until maybe the last sixty pages which I found quite shocking considering the synopsis built up to it sounding like it would be 10 pages in and they would be making out. Although quite similar to Twilight I found this story was extremely unique. I loved some of the dangerous, adreniline enhancing scenes. I was shocked at some of the disturbing, grotesque scenes. I honestly never wanted to put this book down. Almost every chapter dealt with Luce trying to figure out Daniel, and what was happening. The begining of the story gives a great deal of background to Luce's history as to how she ended up in Sword and Cross. I loved the prolouge although I found the epilouge to be quite confusing. Written in third person we learn of Luce and Daniel's eternal love that could never die. Until something changed. Something crucial. That may cause everything to end.
Book Review: Introducing the book
I have been waiting all year for and quite frankly I was disappointed. I
waited all year for this "ultimate love story" to be disturbed that I
did not like it. This book is great, don't get me wrong, but I am the
type of person who gets bored very easily and this story went on too
slowly for me. Daniel and Luce are hardly ever together, although it was
like a "New Moon" not together. Daniel stays away to protect Luce. It
seems like the story focuses more on her time at the school and her
friends and not her love for Daniel. It sounds like in the story that
Luce is a stupid, lovesick girl and being in love makes you stupid, but
this was too much. I would have thought will Luce seeing those shadows
she wouldn't be so dependent. Since it is a series I was thinking that
Lauren will make Luce mature more and not make her seem like a little
girl. This is just the beginning for the series, so hopefully in the
next book, Torment, out in September 2010 will be more focused on Luce
and Daniel and not Luce and her friends. It seems like the next book
will also be continuing a Daniel-Luce-Cam love triangle. Since this book
moves slowly it might be read every once in a while, but I will hold
out for the next book before I go making assumptions about the whole
series. But maybe the reaction I had was what Lauren was going for
because now I can't wait to buy the next book so I can find out whether
things will get better. Even if I didn't like this book as much as I
would have like to, as long as Lauren continues making the books so long
and make them have such pretty covers, I will be satisfied. I
desperately need something to fill my time in my boring English class.
Go out and cop this book, people because if it's one thing I know it is
that not everyone sees the glass half empty.