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Flawed But Fun

  • Dec 16, 2009
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Luce can't remember a time when she didn't see the shadows--dark black moving shapes that come and follow her, usually near water or in dark areas. After years of attempting to "fix" their odd daughter, Luce's parents send her to a northeastern boarding school where the worst happens and Luce ends up involved in a mysterious death. At this point in her seventeen years, it's reform school as the only option, so her parents enroll her in Sword and Cross, which would have been bad enough if the one guy Luce feels she somehow knows hadn't flipped her off on their first meeting. But she can't let that stop her, and her obsession with the beautiful yet distant Daniel grows as the shadows become bolder and death finds her once again.

Fallen by Lauren Kate is different among the young adult paranormals out today in that it deals with creatures not often featured: angels. Specifically, angels who have fallen from heaven for one reason or another, and are cursed. In this case, as the layers are slowly revealed, Daniel's curse becomes clear: he's forced to live forever, meeting and loving Luce every seventeen years...and then watching her die. But something is different this time, and the uptake is that an epic battle between good and evil has been ignited with the change in circumstances.

Fallen has a great premise; it just also has way too slow a beginning in a book of over 400 pages. Told from Luce's point of view, we get little insight into other characters for almost half the book, and Daniel remains enigmatic through 3/4 of the proceedings. Things seem to happen to Luce rather than having Luce take control of any situation, a storyline I hope will change in the next book to come in the series. And the final dawning of Daniel's true status on a perplexed Luce? I'm still scratching my head over just how she came to the conclusion she did because it really wasn't apparent to me how she connected the dots other than thinking about a dream a little bit.

Fallen's flaws are outweighed, however, by the novelty of the situations and the tragedies Luce and her classmates find at the hands of characters they choose to trust. Lots of questions are left unanswered in this installment, so I will have to hope that things are cleared up at least somewhat in the next book. But Fallen is engaging and definitely different than most other young adult paranormals out there. I say enjoy it for what it is and try not to nitpick the main characters too much--at least at this stage. But if Luce fails to understand more and take more control as the series progresses, then the disappointment will be justified. As it is, this is a good beginning and leaves me ready for the next one.

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review by . June 25, 2010
In truth I bought this book thinking it was another one that I had wanted to buy. As I got to the quarter way point I realized this wasn't what I had thought I was getting myself into. Although I didn't fall in love with the novel at the first chapter I found that by the end I loved it! In the end I even ended up liking it more than the book I had originally intended to purchase. I am now waiting on the edge of my seat for the sequel that is due out in the fall, but I plan on re reading …
review by . August 15, 2010
  Review: Fallen is dark, mysterious, and interesting (despite it's flaws).      When Luce shows up at Sword and Cross, she makes only a few friends, and a couple instant enemies. Yet, she can't seem to stop thinking about Daniel (even if he is a complete jerk to her....repeatedly. But that's the new "sexy", right?), but then there is nice ol' Cam (maybe I'm the only one that gets the "creeper" vibe off this guy?). Needless …
review by . July 17, 2010
I don't know what is with the current obsession - comparing everything out there to Twilight, but I really don't see any themes here that make it the same thing. In its own right this story was quite captivating and well written, the characters weren't all black and white, you didn't know who to trust and it had such a great layer of mystery that it kept me turning the pages no matter how late it was at night. It has boys and girls and a bit of the supernatural (maybe? Who knows, have to read on …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Ick ick ick. A friend recommended this book to me. I couldn't put it down, but that wasn't a good thing. It was like watching a train wreck, I just couldn't look away. As the story spirals to a close, all I could think was Oh, the world hangs on these two lovers being together? Riiiiiight. Really stretched the limits of my credibility. If you want to read about angels, read Sharon Shinn's Archangel series. It's much better written.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
This book follows the current trend in teens and tweens writing. The lowest common denominator to bring sales. But instead of vampires...angels. This was a quick read for me. Just a day. The world that was created for this book is fantastic. The imagery and the description really draws the reader in and it is a page turner. This is a beach read. I'm patiently waiting for the next book despite not being in my teens anymore. I will give in to this guilty pleasure.
review by . February 11, 2010
Review courtesy of [..]    Another beautiful YA cover yields yet another beautiful read.     Some Angels are Destined to Fall    Why did the back cover have to have that statement? Talk about spoiling your own book. The fallen angel element of this book isn't revealed outright until much later in Fallen. I realize that with the success of Hush, Hush, many people were already talking about the inclusion of fallen angels in both books, but …
review by . December 25, 2009
Everything in Luce's life has been off since the accident in the cabin. She's always had to deal with the shadows and was on medication for a while because of them, but now she is being forced to attend a reform school, Sword & Cross. There, she is virtually cut off from everything she knows and cares about, her friends, her family, communication with the outside world. There are too many things in Luce's life that she doesn't know how to explain and being surrounded by other possibly crazy kids …
review by . December 10, 2009
Although Fallen starts at a slow pace - the characters and its descriptions of the derelict reform school - will give you the feeling that you are walking down the halls with Luce, or hanging out at the cemetery or taking a stroll through the school grounds.    I will confess that what originally attracted me to this book was its stunning cover art. Because yes, I'm fickle like that. But the story was captivating and I really liked its unique and clever plot twists (which I personally …
review by . December 07, 2009
Luce Price is still reeling from a terrifying night in which her boyfriend died. She can't explain what happened, and as a result, she's sent to a reform school where among her many odd classmates, she meets Daniel. She has a connection with him that she can't explain, but he seems to hate her. But the reason for his disdain is something she never could have guessed.     For many teens that yearn for more mysterious beings and the thrill of forbidden love in their stories, Fallen …
review by . November 24, 2009
I really did try to finish this book but I couldn't. I chose this book from Amazon Vine because the summary pulled me in and it sounded different from all the vampire books currently in the market.     The book has a really pretty cover but sadly it does not reflect the content of the book. FALLEN is just another book that wants to take advantage of the newfound popularity of teen paranormal fiction.     There were many things that did not work with FALLEN.   & …
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Grade 8 Up—Luce must spend her senior year at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. She suspects that the dark shadows that have tormented her all her life had something to do with it. When she meets supernaturally gorgeous Daniel, she feels a familiar longing, making her believe they have met before. Although Cam is clearly interested in her, Luce only wants Daniel, who runs both hot and cold. He tries to keep Luce at a distance, telling her that the truth would kill her as it has many times before. The first chapter is gripping and foreshadows the supernatural elements to come. The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries. Instead of vampires, though, these are fallen angels. Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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ISBN-10: 0385738935
ISBN-13: 978-0385738934
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Teens
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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