Monday, February 22, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Unfortunate things seem to happen to seventeen year old Luce, such as her boyfriend burning to death in front of her, and the mysterious black shadows that follow her, foreshadowing eminent doom. After a lot of therapy, denial, and medication, Luce's parents send her off to finish her senior year at a southern reform school, Sword and Cross. It doesn't take long for Luce to discover that every student at Sword and Cross has a dark history...

The one bright spot among all the darkness is that Luce is making friends...the tenacious Arriana, the shy, but lovable Penn, the dark, unyielding Cam, and the beautiful, but incomprehensible Daniel. Cam is warm and inviting, and has heavily hinted at his feelings for Luce. However, Luce is completely dumbfounded and allured by David, who is nothing but dismissive of her. While Luce sorts out her romantic feelings, she must battle with the relentless shadows and the death of yet another person. Oh, and piecing together a prophecy that seems to endlessly effectuate her past, present, and future.

Book Trailer:

I will openly admit that I have a great love of angels, just as I do for vampires. I know that it's strange. Perhaps it's my minds' attempt to balance its twisted self out...A story of forbidden love and fallen angels?! I am 100% there! :) Lauren Kate had created a darkly magical world, where fallen angels must finished their long-waited battle. Of course there is a love triangle in the middle of it all to make things interesting. You can definitely tell that this is Kate's debut, as her writing isn't as polished as I hope it will eventually be. However, she is an amazing storyteller. I think her best attribute are the characters she creates. They are vivid, interesting and really, truly, are the heart of this story. I have a feeling that Fallen is just the tip of the iceberg and wholeheartedly anticipate the next installment in the series Torment.

Cover Art Commentary:
Just gorgeous. A very fitting cover for this book. I love the elegant picture of (an older version, perhaps?) Luce surrounded by the woods, which seem to whisper shadows and secrets. Absolutely perfect.

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  1. Great Review. I loved this book. I can't wait for the second book Torment!!

  2. @Melissa
    Thanks love! I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! I can not wait for the sequel either! Kate has a solid foundation to build off of! :)

  3. Yeah so glad you liked it...I covet this book, it's breathtakingly beautiful...great review!

  4. I didn't know this book was about Angels, but I guess now the title makes more sense. ;)

    Thanks for the review, Lily! I kind of want to check this book out now. Also: I have a friend who's really into the angel trope and I think she might be interested in it..

  5. Thanks for the awesome review! I'm dying to read this one. :-)

  6. @Jenn
    Your review gave me such high hopes for this one! I am so glad I read it! :)

    W00T! You'll probably like this one and Kim Harrison's Once Dead Twice Shy! :)

    Yay! :D It's hard to say if you'll like it as much as I did...but I really enjoyed it. Kate has laid down a good foundation to build on, and I imagine the series will just get better as it goes on! I do hope you check it out! :D

    Aw, thanks hon! I hope you enjoy it! :)

  7. Thanks for the heads up. What a mistake..Yikes. Funny how you did a review of Lauren KATE's book. LOL Great review

  8. I can hardly wait to read this one! It's in my ginormous TBR Mountain!

  9. @Liz
    Oh I don't think it was a major mistake! :P Love your reviews! :)

    Yay! I look forward to your review on it! :)

  10. I have this one but I haven't read it yet. <-- This needs to be my tagline. LOL!

    Very nice review, gives me hope that I'll like it since I've see mixed reviews on this one.

  11. @Donna
    Lol!!! I know...too many books, too little time! I hope you enjoy it! :)

  12. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, I can't wait to read Torment!! I've added your link to my review :o)