Monday, November 9, 2009

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen (Book 1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Pages: 464
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, 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 =)

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 10/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 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!!!

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So Many Books, So Little Time November 9, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

I'm so glad you loved this as much as me! I'm so excited for Torment now!

Unknown November 9, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

OMG this sounds amazing. I have a proof on my TBR pile. I most certainly have to read this book asap. I adore angel fiction!!!

Kaylyn November 9, 2009 at 11:17 PM  

I need this book, give me this book. I'm not kidding! Okay, I am kidding. But I need to add this to my TBR pile (:

Bleuette November 9, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

This sounds great, I can't wait until it comes out.

Ellz November 9, 2009 at 11:18 PM  

I can't wait to read this. This is on my most wanted book list! Great review.

Unknown November 10, 2009 at 12:26 AM  

I really can't wait to read this.... it really sounds great and I loved hush, hush so... I think your right in saying vamps are on the outs and fallen angels on the in.

Anonymous,  November 10, 2009 at 12:47 AM  

Great review! I'm even more excited to read this one now. And I agree, Fallen Angels are awesome. ;)

Unknown November 10, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

Great review and I'm glad you liked this one - I have it in my lineup and now I'm dying to read it.

Lindsay :) November 10, 2009 at 1:15 AM  

Great review! I CANNOT WAIT for this book to come out! I'm sooo excited about this book!!!


Eleni November 10, 2009 at 2:09 AM  

Awesome review Reg, now I really wanna read this book! :)

Haley November 10, 2009 at 5:15 AM  

Any book that rivals Hush, Hush MUST be good! I can't wait to read it!

in which a girl reads November 10, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

Nice review!

I can't wait to read this :)

The Book Owl November 11, 2009 at 3:18 AM  

Great review. I'm excited to read this!

Gaby G November 11, 2009 at 7:27 AM  

wow, total score!! it seems very exciting, and i cant wait until it comes out!!!

thanks for the review :)

Jill of The O.W.L. November 11, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

I agree - angels are the new thing :) Great review.

wdebo November 14, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

Yeah!! It looks awesome and the cover is gorgeous!! :D

Bookish in a Box December 28, 2009 at 1:58 AM  

Wow. This sounds amazing. Thanks for the thorough review. I had been wondering about a few points that you covered about the flow of the relationships in the novel.

Sara December 29, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

I've read lots of mixed reviews of this one, some loved it and some hated it. I'm trusting you though, I know that you have excellent taste ;) haha

Anyway this book is on it's way to my mailbox, so hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon to form my own opinion! :)

rem December 30, 2009 at 2:10 AM  

Great review!!!!
I would like to read this book soon.

Bekah December 31, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

wow. I definately must check it out. You have done the book more justice than the back cover alone did. Thanks

Laura Flanagan January 5, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

this book look like very good. above all by the curse of the lovers, and a third persone, Cam. I already have the book and I will start soon to read it.

Violet January 6, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

Wow! That is a glowing review! I can't wait to read Fallen! Who doesn't love fallen angels & star-crossed lovers?!

sRy_ January 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

This sounds really great! For the next..

bookaholic January 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

O God!! Its awesome!! Fallen really seems to be a good rival of Hush Hush. I read Hush Hush and I loved it!! I am sure am going to 'fall over' Fallen too!! Thanks for such a great review!

Anonymous,  January 19, 2010 at 6:09 AM  

I've always been curious about "Fallen." I've been browsing some reviews about this book and up to now I've read more and more positive reviews about this book. I have it in my 'go get' list. I think I'm going to have bump it. Thanks for the review.

Maidenveil January 23, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Fallen was a nice read. After reading it, I was like, "I can't wait for Torment!"

Hazra January 24, 2010 at 10:58 PM  

Really exciting! I've read a few more good reviews of this book, and I would like to read it.

Crystal January 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM  

I'm going to have to check this book sounds awesome.

Bani January 29, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

I've heard so much about this book and my excitement to read it continues to mount reading all these glowing reviews. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous,  February 12, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

loved the book! absolutly fabulous. not so drawn to Daniel, but cam, ow yes!!!Im dying to read Torment, it's such all time till its out in stores. I want to know the history behind the fighting and Cam's reasons for wanting Luce so bad.Great review , best I'v read so far.

Michelle Santiago February 14, 2010 at 1:46 AM  

this is the first i've seen this book given a perfect on a blog review. want to read this book so badly but i hesitate to get it because of the mixed review and was thinking of borrowing it instead in the library.

well-written review! i like your review format :)

??? March 30, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

I really am not a fan of the whole 'star-crossed lovers' thing (especially for a YA book), since it bothers me when an infatuation becomes more of an "obsession". However... I also have to admit that I'm a sucker for the mysterious "bad boy" type... I'll probably end up reading this because of your glowing review, but I think I'll wait until I can find it at the library. :)

Maria April 1, 2010 at 6:32 AM  

Fallen was an interesting read, but have you noticed all the spoilers the different synopsises contain? When I got to the end I kind of thought there would be major secrets revealed, but I already knew them :s Most of them anyway :)

skyla11377 April 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM  

I So Want To Read This Book. It Makes Me Want It All The More When Everywhere I Look Everyone Is Praising It. Thanks For This Awesome Review.

Annie April 12, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

I actually didn't like this one - at all... Have I met Luce, she would have got a punch in the face (and she'd have liked it, as sadic she is).
But I guess it's a matter of tastes...

Vicki S June 22, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

I've seen this one on the shelves for a while now, and though it looks interesting, I've assumed it's simply riding the waves that Twilight opened up with angsty vampires. Angels eh? Maybe it's worth picking up ;)

Anonymous,  June 22, 2010 at 11:40 PM  

I wasn't so sure about this, I personally don't think it deserved 100... But then again, the friend who recommended it to me absolutely loved it, and wouldn't shut up about it until I read it. Will read Torment, but I'll be in no rush to buy it. =/

Anonymous,  June 26, 2010 at 1:26 AM  

I've so wanted to read this since I saw the beautiful cover. Glad it's a fab book too! *adds to TBR pile*

EllisRR June 28, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

Oh My Goodness... I really need this book!

Unknown July 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

My copy will arrive this week! I'm so excited to read it!!

Lorenzo July 6, 2010 at 3:22 AM  

Awesome Review! I absolutely loved this book! You should read Hush Hush by: Becca Fitzpatrick, it deals with the same topic but I found it WAY better! Keep up with the great reviews!

Natasha July 6, 2010 at 3:45 AM  

Awesome review! I`ve been wanting to read this book for a while. The cover art is AMAZING. So beautiful! Thanks for the heads up!

Joycelyn July 14, 2010 at 2:12 AM  

Eek! This sounds so enticing. I can't believe I shy away from YA. Thanks for uncovering this gem :) Now I definitely need a wishlist, and start lining up those books from the library.

Anonymous,  July 15, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

I liked your review and I'm so glad you enjoyed this book as much as I did. Fallen is just a unique and beautiful book :)

Kayce July 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

Omg, I'm so getting this book!

Lady Rynn July 26, 2010 at 9:34 PM  

I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed it as much as I did! I could not put my Nook down as I read the story, it was the type that drew you in with not only its characters (whom I could not help but love and later hate), but the imagery of the locations, people and every little detail became so ingrained in my mind that I felt that I was living the story. I was no longer reading it, but participating in it. That's my kind of story. Unfortunately I came across some horrific reviews of it on goodreads, people freaking out over it being far to close to Twilight and that Angels like Vampires are so over done. The outrage that these people displayed (while they are entitled to their own opinions & feelings) was founded nothing more than on a strong hate for Twilight. I found the only similarities between the two (nothing bad either) was that two unlikely characters fall in love and the fighting & trouble that it causes. Other than that its not the same at all. But I found it to be equally enjoyable, yet for its on reasons. Its a story that stands for itself. If Twilight didn't exist, this story still would be one of my favorites! Hands down! It was beautiful in ways, I as I writer, am unable to find words strong enough to describe. Thank you for reading and reviewing it, for finding the good in it. So, that others can be inspired to read it too!

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