{Book Review} Fallen (Fallen #1)

Author: Lauren Kate

Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Published: 2009
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 452
Source: Paperback from Kelsey’s Book Corner Giveaway
Available at: Amazon| Barnes of Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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. 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 Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

My Rating of this Book – 3 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Honestly, though the prologue was good, the first chapter was a real turn off for me. Thirty-three pages of boredom with hardly a break in between. I nearly divorced this book at several points, but fortunately I found Fallen intriguing enough once the plot actually began to move. And I had enjoyed the many unexpected twists and turns and the shrouded mystery of Daniel and Luce’s romance.

However, I really couldn’t connect with Luce, and compared to Cam, I really did not like Daniel. Even Luce and Daniel’s bantering, which I generally enjoy in a good book, was not as enticing as in other novels I’ve read. And at times, the characters and their feelings just plain confused me.

To further distract the reader, the plot had some things and events that didn’t connect for me or were, in my opinion, somewhat pointless, especially in the case of what happened to the character Penn and the entire battle at the end. Actually, I’ll just say it, I found the end baffling. It was like trying to focus after being hit upside the head. I wanted to make out what was happening, but the words just blurred together, and I couldn’t get a clear image of what was going on.

I plan to still continue the saga, but after this first book, I not holding much hope for the series. In a word, disappointed, especially after all the hype I heard about it.