Friday, August 19, 2011

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Released: December 8th, 2009
Published by: Delacourt Press
Series: Fallen, Book One
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Gift
Page Amount: 452
School Rating: B+ (77%)
Age Group: Young Adult Fiction


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.

First Line
Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape.


When I picked this book up, I was expecting a really fast and action filled read. The first half of this book was the total opposaite. I found it really boring and slow, and I almost couldn’t get past the first half of the book. The middle quarter was okay, not as slow as the first half but not what I was expecting. It was the ending that made up for everything in the book. The very last quarter it was like BAM BAM BAM BAM right after the other something happened to the characters. I couldn’t stop reading once I got to that part.

Luce was an okay character, she wasn’t amazing nor was she overly annoying. I was all team Cam the first half of the book, but then for certain reasons I realized that Daniel was obviously the better choice. Other supporting characters such as Penn and Arianne were what pushed me through the first half of the book. Arianne and her quick wit and Penn and her sneakiness.

The whole idea of Sword & Cross was genius. I don’t think Lauren Kate could have set this book in a better environment for it to really make it a good novel.

I didn’t like the fact that Kate wrote this book in third person, I think the book would have been so much better if she had written it in first person. I think it just would have shown more emotion that I think was left out of this novel.

I think Lauren Kate should have dug deeper into what really happened to Trevor, it seemed as though Kate didn’t really care about what happened to Trevor as much as the story behind Daniel and his family. I think that Kate is going to dig more into that in the second and third book, but I really can’t be sure.

It seems like I am just bashing this book, but I really did enjoy reading it. The first half of the book I thought I was going to give it three stars, but the ending just made it a four star book. I really can’t wait to pick up the second book, just to see what happens to the characters.

Cover Comments

This cover is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen in my entire life. I am not joking. It is gorgeous. I love the whole blue, navy, and black colour palette, and I really think it suit’s the book very well.



1 comment:

  1. Totally agree with you that Fallen has an amazing cover. All YA covers have started to follow the same kind of formula now haven't they? Great review. I have been unsure whether to pick this one up but you've made up my mind. Thanks!