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Fallen - Lauren Kate - Bogormen
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Fallen - Lauren Kate
Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Paranormal YA
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 464
Date read: March, 2010

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 the type of paranormal romance that seems to be a dime a dozen these days. However, it does stand out by being somewhat better written than many I've read recently, and for actually having a love interest that I find believable for once!

One thing that did bother me though was Luce's... I don't even know whether to call it naivety, cluelessness, recklessness or just plain stupidity. Very frustrating, and I occasionally wanted to shake her and get her to understand that That Is A Bad Idea(TM). Gah! Thankfully there were only 2-3 really bad moments, so it didn't become toe-curlingly obvious that her cluelessness was being used as a plot device.

I'm fascinated by the theory behind what makes Luce special (trying to stay away from too many spoilers here), but feel that a lot of questions were left unanswered. I'm assuming they have been left for later books in the series. For once the loose threads didn't bother me too much though, because Fallen felt complete since the plot itself was nicely concluded.

So yeah, run-of-the-mill YA, but surprisingly readable.

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aurillia From: aurillia Date: April 6th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with most of what you've said. I got to the end and wasn't sure what to do with it. I didn't get many of Luce's decisions - I'm having the same problem with Opal from Maria V Snyder's Glass books.

Run-of-the-mill, definitely. Still have the best covers out there! Book 2 is lovely as well. I think it's the same dress...
bogormen From: bogormen Date: April 6th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't read those yet, but they're on my list :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 24th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow, someone who thinks like me...disturbing....

I'm just now reading Fallen and Luce ticks me off, too. Like when she blurtted out the question about Gabe and Daniel I was like "AHH!No, stupidstupidstupid!" and flipped a couple of pages to avoid the disaster.

There is another book is coming (visit http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/fallen/home.html )

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