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Review: “Fallen,” Lauren Kate

August 1, 2011
Review: “Fallen,” Lauren KateFallenby Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Published by Delacorte on December, 2009
Genres: Angels & Demons, Romance
Pages: 452

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.

Fallen is an entertaining-enough read if you’ve got a lot of time and patience to devote to it. Lauren Kate’s writing flows really well, making a sometimes uneventful plot seem to fly by.

I first got this copy of Fallen as a Christmas gift back in 2009. Like so many others, I was drawn in by the beautiful cover and immediately wanted to give it a shot. I’m not sure what happened, but after reading 75% of the book and feeling like I was getting nowhere, I flipped to the final chapters and gave up trying to work out what happened in the middle.

This time, however, I decided to give the book a fair go and read it the whole way through. Fallen is tedious at times, and even though it falls under the genre of ‘supernatural/paranormal romance’ there’s not a whole lot of that element until the later portion of the novel. Even on my second read I found myself getting impatient about when the real ‘action’ was going to start. For the most part we get a lot of digging around with Luce and her Sword & Cross classmate, Penn.

I wan’t to talk about the characters. I didn’t particularly LOVE any of them, but I didn’t HATE them, either. I’m kind of still sitting on the fence about them, so maybe the second book in the series, Torment, will make up my mind in that department. I think if the characters had been a teensy bit more likeable or more relatable, I would have enjoyed the whole book a lot more.

But I did enjoy it, for what it’s worth. I often say that as long as you have fun reading the book, it shouldn’t matter how good the writing, characters or plot are. This book is almost 500 pages long, but this time I managed to read the whole thing in one hit when I found I couldn’t get to sleep. Fallen will keep you turning the pages, just to find out WHAT happens and how everything is going to be explained.

There’s still a lot of things that I wish would have been explained, but I’m sure (well, I’m hoping) that Lauren will reveal a bit more with the next books. I know I’m incredibly behind in this series, so I’m just going to take it comes.

Recommended to: Fans of angel stories will enjoy Fallen, especially those who enjoyed Hush, Hush.

About Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.


  • Reply MJ Hearle August 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the review – I’ve been intrigued with the Fallen series ever since they were first published. The covers are what caught my eye but I’ve never actually been tempted to read them. Angels just don’t really do it for me – I’m much more a vampire guy. Still, they seem awfully popular (the third book has been sitting on top of the bestseller lists for the past couple of weeks) so I guess I should give it a go.

  • Reply Cindy August 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I have had this book sitting on my shelf for months and for some reason I can’t get myself to read it yet. I hope I get to enjoy it when I finally read it as well. Great review :)

  • Reply Book Reviews From The Basement August 2, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Read Hush, hush last month and loved it and I’ve heard Fallen is similar to it. I bought Fallen months ago and is still unread. A bit sceptical cause it doesn’t sound all that promising:(

  • Reply Sarah August 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Great review! I really need to read this. I keep putting it on the backburner for some reason. lol I loved Hush, Hush so hopefully I’d like this one too!

    ♥ Sarah @ I’m Loving Books

  • Reply Angelica August 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    That’s similar to how I felt about Fallen but I’ve heard that it gets better from Book 2 onwards ;)

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