Fallen – Lauren Kate

“Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape. The look in them was feline, half determined and half tentative – all trouble. Yes, they were just right, those eyes. Rising up to her fine, elegant brow, inches from the dark cascade of hair.”

Luce was so far out of her comfort range in was unreal. Her parents having just dropped her off at Sword and Cross reform school and this was unlike any other school she’d ever seen. With high security fencing, a no mobile phone policy and CCTV everywhere you look Luce knew this wasn’t just a school – it was a prison. However since her boyfriend mysteriously died in a fire that she survived, how could she argue with her parents need for her to be there? Her first impressions of the school are that it’s weird enough but then when quirky Arriane befriends her, drop-dead gorgeous Cam takes and interest and equally as stunning Daniel flips her off within hours of her being there she really thinks she’d out of her depth… but she has no idea that her story is just a short part of a tale of fallen angels.  


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I’ve put Fallen off for many many months, I won a giveaway for both Fallen and Torment at Feeling Fictional last year and they have both sat there looking at me longingly ever since. I don’t know why but I was scared that what I would find between the pages would be too cheesy, to insta-love and too, well not me. I was intrigued by the story and knew it was one I wanted to read but I still put it off… now I’ve read it, I’m glad I’ve got Torment there straight away!
The story is only just beginning in Fallen and I think this is the one thing that I didn’t really like about the book. This book definitely suffers from “first book syndrome” – as in it’s just the set up for the rest of the series – and if I didn’t know there was a series to follow I don’t think I could have gotten through it. The whole fallen angel thing isn’t even explored until the very end of the book and I was getting a bit pissed about not knowing what was going on… but also intrigued enough to realise that I wanted to know what was going on!
I’ve started this review off with a bit of a down point and I feel bad – I did like Fallen, I really did, but there are parts of me that wonder why. The book doesn’t have a beginning middle and end, its not complete and I need to read on but I don’t actually know what gripped me. The characters arent really anything special, Luce is a bit of a pain and Penn – the wonderfully funny and brilliant Penn – is the only character I felt any real connection too. However I need to read on. It might be the writing, it might be the idea of what’s to come but something grabbed me and forced me to carry on reading this book, and I’d be damned if I knew what it was!
The story includes a love triangle and it’s not one that I like, I don’t fare well with love triangles anyway but this one really got to me. Cam seemed like an overprotective arse and I really didn’t like the way he made assumptions about Luce and things, then again I didn’t like the way Luce behaved around him either so that’s her own fault a bit! Then Daniel, he was a tool, always going hot and cold, I couldn’t have been doing with him!
I think the thing I liked about this book is that the story is kinda mapped out from the start. The prologue gives you the indication that Luce and Daniel are linked and I think that’s what made me read on. I wanted Luce to figure everything out sooner but when she didn’t I needed my own questions answering anyway… I think that’s why I want to carry on with the series so badly too, but I need my questions answered!
Overall I like Fallen, this review probably feels like I don’t but I can’t really explain it all! I loved some of the characters for their quirkiness, I loved that I had questions from the very first page and I loved that the writing just seems to suck you n and make you read for hours without realising. I’m just a really inquisitive person and I need to know what’s next for this series and I think I’m frustrated at the fact that not many questions were answered and the end of Fallen brought even more about!
Fallen is the first in the ‘Fallen’ series and was published in the UK in July 2010. It was followed by Torment and Passion in March and June 2011. The fourth book in the series, Rapture is due for release in June 2012 and a companion collection of short stories, Fallen in Love, was published in February 2012. The books have been published by Random House Children’s Books imprint Doubleday. My copy was won in a giveaway from Sarah at Feeling Fictional, thank you Sarah!
  • For me Fallen was just OK too (I didn’t like Luce, I thought Daniel was an ass. Love Cam though. lol!) but the series gets better and better as it goes on. It’s one of my faves now!

  • I like this series, but I totally understand what you’re saying about being left with questions unanswered. 🙂 The covers are really puuuuuurty. 🙂

  • I must read this! I HATE it it books when you haven’t a clue what’s going on most of the time because none of it is explained until the end, and by that point you just lose interest 🙂

  • I agree with you. The story kind of blurred together in my minds. And the ending felt rushed. There are always going to be question in a series, but I felt like I didn’t get answer to any of my question, just kept asking new ones.

    Safari Poet

  • Best thing about this book is the cover, which I adore. It was just okay for me too, and I don’t think I like the characters enough to read the rest of the series. Plus I read this SO long ago now (my friend bought the US version and lent it to me) that I don’t think I can remember enough of the plot…. really hope you enjoy the sequels though.

    The Cait Files

  • I need to read this soon, I’ve had it on my shelf for ages now – interesting review, it’s always wierd when we like a book but can’t work out why we keep reading lol 🙂

    Great review 🙂