Author: Lauren Kate
Publication date: 17 Dec 2009
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Paperback: 452 pages
Rating: 3- Good
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 was really exited about reading this book and I couldn’t wait to buy it. Then when I did it started off really good (a bit slow but good) but it did take me a while to get into it. I stuck with it though and for me the book was a bit like a bumpy road. It had really good parts and at other parts I was really disappointed.
It did take a while for everything to start and then when it actually did I was so bored with the book that I put it back on my shelf and left it there for three month. By that point I was determined to finish it and here we are all finished.
The days Luce spends at Sword and Cross reform school, where she has been sent after an incident with a fire, which killed her ex-boyfriend, does become a little repetitive and drawn out and all I really wanted was the story to get going. But I think the author was trying to set the scene, give us some really well developed characters and lots of suspense before revealing all.
There are many characters in Fallen, all of which I think are really well rounded. Even those that are not the main focus still have their own story and you feel they are all central to Luce's life. Although none of the characters are particularly 'dangerous', there is a darkness about Daniel and Cam that is subtle but definitely there. As each character grows and a little more is revealed about them, you realise that there is more to each of them which is not necessarily what you first thought.
Luce herself is a nice character. She is interesting and I think she will develop into quite an intriguing female protagonist. Sometimes she is quite witty and feisty, but at other times she can be a little slow on the uptake. But overall, I'm looking forward to seeing how she develops and deals with the revelations which occur at the end of Fallen.
Cam and Daniel, who are the two main love interests for Luce, are both delicious. They are very different from each other and at first I wasn't quite sure who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. As I got to know Daniel, I began to like him more and more and could completely understand why Luce is so captivated, and almost hypnotised, by him.
The story does take a while to get into, but like me stick with it becasue it is a good book. There was some things that I would change. But overall it was a good book and I can't wait for the sequel! Fallen has set the scene for what I hope will be a very exciting series.
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