Alright, I'll admit ... I judged a book by its cover - bad. Reading the blurb on the back, I didn't really think there would be anything all that intriguing in the book. Why? I thought it would just be a book where you follow a girl who drools over some really hot guy the whole time and that's about it. I have to say that I was definitely wrong. The story is pretty wonderful. As I said in my review for Evernight, the cover would fit better on that. However, not every book has a cover that fits well with the story itself. So, I'll say that, as just a cover, it's an attention-grabber and it's very beautiful. And really, what's better than being a proud owner of a good book with a gorgeous cover? The prologue to the story is actually a flashback, with unnamed characters, but you quickly understand it as the story goes along - and it does it's job as a prologue by catching your attention, making you want to read more. The plot? As mentioned, it does have some holes and you will have some questions after you read the novel. Since it is a part of a series, I am hoping the author will fix that by answering the questions later on in the series. So, I'm going to be lenient on that until I read more of the series. I loved the characters and they fit their persona well - though I do think that Arriane lost a little of her spark as the story went along. I think she faded back a little too much and didn't keep her spunkiness that she originally started out with. There IS an epilogue that goes with the story. After you read it, you'll have a "Whhhhaaaat?!" moment, but it's a good one! It really gets your blood pumping for the next book. The writing is wonderful, as well as the point of view ... which follows Luce in third person, but you do get a grip on the surroundings too. I forgot to mention that the ending is a little heart-wrenching, but it's necessary and gets your hopes up for the sequel.
There's something familiar about Daniel. What, Luce doesn't know. Everytime she's around the mysterious and aloof Daniel, she has a sense of deja vu.
Daniel has made it clear he wants nothing to do with her. But if that is really true why does he give off mixed messages? Luce is bound to find out more about Daniel even if the truth might be more than she can bear.
I enjoyed this paranormal forbidden romance set in a Southern reform school. Luce has her own terrible secret that she wants to keep hidden but it seems others at Sword and Cross have their own secrets. At first I couldn't see why Luce would keep going after Daniel. Yes, he's cute and all, but at their first meeting he flips her off! The other guy Cam, seemed a better choice. Then I read on and found not all is what it seems. The premise of fallen angels roaming the Earth forever put a unique twist on the whole paranormal genre. I ended up spending all day reading this tale wanting to know what secrets Daniel was hiding. Kate creates a world where love is both dangerous and forbidden. This romantic tale will keep readers glued to the pages.
I liked the sexual tension between both Luce and Daniel. I also liked a couple other characters such as Penn, who seemed to know everything about Sword & Cross except the one truth that really mattered and rebel Arriane who shows her true colors throughout. I can't wait to read Torment, the sequel.
Flawed but well worth a look!
I found my eyes glazing over and my brain turning to mush as I read this. But again I think this may have more to do with it not holding up to the other books I’ve been reading. I didn’t want to finish it, but I’m of the mind “it might get better.” It did…a little.
One last note: A greater, cosmic, soul-mate connection does not make up for lack of chemistry! I saw nothing that drew Luce and Daniel together, but rather Daniel just tells Luce that they’re drawn together and always immediately fall in love. So if Daniel says so, it must be so. Free will be damned!
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
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 Price has arrives at Sword & Cross, a reform school for troublesome teens, and instantly knows that this school isn't like any other school, reform or not, this is a school that she could never have imagined existing. Such a dark, unwelcoming and prison-like place, where contact with the outside world is only allowed in 5 minute weekly phone calls, their uniform is to wear all black and there are security cameras everywhere to monitor your every move. Everything seems hopeless and depressing to Luce until she sees Daniel. The moment her eyes land on Daniel, she is instantly drawn to him and wants to run to him, but why the instant connection? Why does Daniel seem so familiar and comforting to her... and when Daniel wants nothing to do with her and goes out of his way to make sure that she knows he has no interest it only increases Luce's curiosity to find out why he pushes her away and what secrets Daniel may be hiding.
The mystery surrounding Luce and Daniel's pasts is consuming. A page-turner right from the start. We meet other students, Luce's new friends, Daniel's old friends, and at first I just wanted to dismiss them and wished that the story would just concentrate on their relationship. But as time goes on, these other characters play major roles in both of their lives. Not one person can be dismissed nor forgotten. Little by little, we find out why Luce was sent to Sword & Cross, what she can see, what her story is. We also find out why Daniel is so desperate to stay away from Luce. Daniel's story is heart breaking and you cannot help fall for for Daniel and want to hug him too. In the end, we finally hear the whole story that connects Daniel and Luce together... forever! because true love cannot be denied!
I did find that the book was a bit choppy at times because it doesn't go into great details that I would have liked to have seen. But it doesn't keep the story from flowing. We are learning and experiencing everything as Luce is and I really liked that the author followed through with that.
Now, let's get back to that first chapter! It's titled, In The Beginning and takes place in England, 1854. There are no names, the characters are referred to as "He" and "She".
She is drawn to him everyday. He tries to stay away, but has a hard time doing so. He comforts himself by drawing pictures of her, it's obvious that he cares for her deeply. She doesn't know how or why, but she knows that she loves him and wants to be with him and makes it impossible for him to not cave in to her. And then he doesn't... They have their moment and we are left with a huge, oh my god! What just happened?! and of course, you need to know why. I really loved how the first chapter just draws you in by giving us a sort of tease... I have a huge soft spot for forbidden love
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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.
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.
story talks about a girl called Luce Price who starts her senior year
on a reform school, where she will meet a mysterious guy called Daniel,
who is keeping a secret&
The book is really good. Maybe we are a
little tired of these mysterious guys& but I really like it! I mean, I
didnt know what was going on until the end! And I really enjoyed the
book in this way! The places and the background are very dark and fit
perfectly with the plot and the characters. And when I finished I wanted to read more.
I recommend this book to everybody who like forbidden romance. The only problem is that the second book, Torment, is awful.