Title: Fallen (Book 1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 8, 2009
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.
Cryptic and devilishly secretive, Daniel Grigori wants nothing to do with Luce Price...if only she would listen. His dark, mysterious allure magnetizes her into an almost-obsession. Little does she know that she and Daniel are doomed lovers; destined to meet each other again and again in his immortal life. Now, something has broken the 'cycle' and their lives are in danger. Will they finally be together? Will they overcome everything that threatens to tear them apart? Will they ever, get their 'happily ever after'?
Fallen is an epic love story about two star-crossed lovers cursed for eternity. When Luce enters the dreary halls of Sword & Cross reform school, the first thing that catches her eye is the rebellious Daniel, whom she finds a strange attraction to. He does whatever it takes to avoid her, but they keep crossing paths, and Luce is wondering why it feels like she knows Daniel. Maybe from her childhood? Maybe from school? Or maybe, just maybe, she knows him from another life...
The relationship between Daniel and Luce is truly addicting and ever fluctuating. The tension when both characters interact fits the whole atmosphere of the book. Luce, stubborn and curious, is a solid protagonist fitted perfectly with Daniel. At the beginning, Daniel is an enigma, but as the novel progresses, Lauren Kate unravels more of his history through Luce's 'stalking'. Even if Daniel is infuriating, Luce can't help but find him infatuating and irresistible.
Though Luce's mindset is on being with Daniel, there's also Cam. Cam is the total opposite of Daniel. He's bright, cheery, and intent on getting Luce for himself. Luce leads him on accidentally, only wanting to stay friends but she ends up entangled and being fought over by Daniel himself and Cam. Who will win? Maybe, they're fighting for more than just her love...
Fallen is full of mystery, suspense, and dark allure. The plot and conflict of the characters, against the backdrop of the prison-like Sword & Cross makes Fallen an exiting, fast-paced read. Who says Luce is the only one that can fall for the fallen? A+ =) Beholder of the Perfect 100!!!
The Bottom Line: Move over vamps! Fallen angels are the new HOTT! Fallen is probably the best paranormal romance I've read...rivaling Hush, Hush and Gena Showalter's Teen Alien Huntress series! *sigh* Daniel, Patch, Eric...my list of paranormal crushes is becoming longer...who next? I can't wait for the next in the Fallen series; Torment, which is sold in stores September...2010! That's crazy long!!!!!!! It's a good thing I like re-reading! I think that Fallen might be read about probably 800 times! It's that good =)
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This, Going too Far, and Perfect Chemistry are the only title-holders for The Holy Grail: Beholder of the perfect 100!!!