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“Fallen” by Lauren Kate

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - Book Reading
“Fallen” by Lauren Kate

Back of the Book:

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.

From Booklist:

Fallen angels sure seem poised to become the new vampires, with a similarly ideal blend of brooding mystery and sexy rebellion. After a fiery accident kills a boy she is crushing on, Luce gets sent to a reform school populated, most notably, by two gorgeous fellas, Daniel and Cam. Cam is safe and charming and eager to win Luce’s affections, while Daniel operates somewhere between aloof and downright hostile toward her. Readers will figure out Luce and Daniel’s star-crossed-lovers angle early on, making the hints dropped throughout about past lives and dangerous fates more obvious than compelling. Although there’s not enough story to justify the length of this series opener, readers who stick with it get rewarded with a climactic payoff that far exceeds the buildup. The final pages’ flurry of delicious information about what’s really going on with the cadre of angels and demons will likely leave readers more intrigued by what’s next than invested in what just happened. Perhaps the sequel will contain an explanation of what these immortal types are doing at a reform school in the first place. Grades 9-12. –Ian Chipman

"Fallen" by Lauren Kate

"Fallen" by Lauren Kate

This book continuously catches my eye.  How can it not with such a stunning cover?!  But you know the old saying:

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

Well, the cover is why I picked up originally.  The teaser on the back of the book drew me in further.  Too bad the cover and teaser were the best parts of the book…

Literary Merit:

I can’t say that this book has any literary merit.  It’s what I refer to a “trash book” or “cotton candy for the brain.”  It is an easy read, moderately enjoyable, but you won’t tax your reading skills and, like cotton candy to teeth, if you read too much of it your brain will rot.  There is nothing exceptional about this book that makes it stand out from others.  Other than the cover, of course; I do love that cover!

This book, I’m fairly positive, will not survive the tests of time.  In fact, this book made so little impression on me that I can barely member the main characters and plot, and I just read this book less than a week ago!  O_o

The writing is forgettable, as are the plotlines and characters.  The bad guys aren’t all that bad and the good guys aren’t all that good.  Sure, you can say she’s trying to be realistic because no one (not even fallen angels) are all bad or all good, but there should be something that stands out about the characters and the story, and there just isn’t.

Plot:

The plot has potential, but that’s about it.  You’ve got fallen angels that are on opposite sides (some good, some bad) and one fallen angel who has yet to pick a side.  Sounds interesting, right?  Too bad any real conflicts take place off the pages of the book.  Nope, I know what you’re thinking, but it isn’t written in first-person.  It’s third-person narrative.  If the author had really wanted, she could have included the “big battle” that took place.  True, there were other events going on that she wanted to write about, but it would have been simple to do what other authors do:

Over here, this is happening to the main character and this supporting character.

While at the same time, these secondary characters are doing this because of this.

See, simple.  Want to here my guess for this oversight in coverage?  The author lacks the ability to write what could potentially be a difficult section.  Now, that’s not to say that the writer is completely untalented, because the book did manage to hold my attention moderately well, but it was more out of stubbornness on my part than her demonstration of writing skill.

Overall, the plot is weak.  Oh, Luce is a reincarnated chick, by the way, who pops up every 17 years and is doomed to fall in love with Daniel, a fallen angel who hasn’t picked a side, over and over again.  This life, though, is supposedly their last chance because her parents this time around didn’t baptize her.  You know, I could be wrong, but I was pretty sure that Christians don’t believe in reincarnation?  I was raised Catholic and I don’t remember ever hearing about it in the Church.  You know, other than the usual “He will come again to judge the living and the dead,” from the Apostles’ Creed, but that only refers to Jesus.

Characters:

Luce Price…  This character does not deserve the term “heroine” by any stretch of the imagination.  She is weak-willed, bratty, self-centered, shallow, creepy, and worthless.  She has no redeeming quality that I can find.  Supposedly, she is smart, trilingual, and interesting enough to keep a very important fallen angel falling for her over and over and over.  I just don’t see it.  She’s at a reform school because of suspicion that she may have started a fire that killed her almost boyfriend who barely knew she existed based on some her reminiscences.  She apparently really misses him, or the idea of him, or the fact that she didn’t get him, but she doesn’t seem to be really affected by what happened and immediately falls for two other guys!  This is from the villain of this book and I agree wholeheartedly.

“When you die tonight — you die. That’s it. Kaput. In this lifetime you’re nothing more than you appear to be: a stupid, selfish, ignorant, spoiled little girl who thinks the world lives or dies on whether she gets to go out with some good-looking boy at school. Even if your death wouldn’t accomplish something so long-awaited, glorious, and grand, I’d still relish this moment, killing you.”

I won’t give away who the villain is, but I won’t lie.  I didn’t expect that person to be the villain.  There just isn’t anything really leading up to that person and that character isn’t ever developed beyond a few interactions.  Not that any of the main characters are developed, either, but it isn’t easy to figure out who does what based on characters that have no character.  :-/

Daniel Grigori is as pointless a character as Luce is.  He’s rude, obnoxious, self-centered, but supposedly it’s because he’s tortured by the past eons of having the love(s) of his life brought to him and then taken away every 17 years.  Yeah…  That explains it.  Your dream girl is reincarnated over and over and instead of trying to figure out ways to keep her alive in each lifetime, you just try to either avoid her or spend a little time with her (or both) before she dies?  Right…

Oh, I almost forgot, the reform school staff!  We’ve all heard of reform schools, right?  The place where the bad kids go after they’ve been expelled from real schools?  Yeah, I would love to have gone to a school like this if that’s what reform schools are like!  A party every week, teachers who are practically non-existent and don’t care if you skip, boys and girls bedrooms off of the same hall with no supervision.  Sounds like heaven to just about any teenager!

Cam doesn’t have a last name that I can remember…  And I don’t feel like looking for it anymore, because it’s a waste of time.  However, if I had a favorite character, it would probably be Cam.  I don’t really have a reason other than the fact that he’s supposed to be a bad guy, but he isn’t all that bad.  Mostly from lack of development, I’m sure.

Personal Enjoyment:

With the all the things wrong with this book, you must think I absolutely hated it, huh?  Well, I did, but at the same time I kind of enjoyed it.  After all, I love cotton candy!  True, the writing was weak, the characters under-developed, and the plot is shaky at best, but the idea behind it, what keeps my imagination moving past what the author wrote, is very entertaining.  I won’t lie, if my imagination wasn’t as good as it is, this book would have been almost impossible for me to get through.  However, while reading it, I spent much of the time imagining that the story was just slightly different.  Just enough that Luce wasn’t a worthless stalker and Daniel wasn’t just another loser who can’t commit.  It helped more than you would think.  I would change the lines a little in my head.

Anyways, I certainly wouldn’t choose to read it again over something better, but it didn’t kill me, right?

That which doesn’t kill me, only makes me stronger.

In Conclusion:

Pages: 452

Published: 2009-12-08

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=2/5]

This is the first book in a series.  Only the first two books are out, but there will be more soon.  I will continue to read them because I’m a glutton for punishment.  And let’s face it, everyone wants a little cotton candy sometimes, even if it causes brain rot!!  I’m also stubborn and I can’t stand to not finish a book or series of books.  Even one that I don’t like.

I gave “Fallen” a 2.0 out of 5.0 because I feel that there were some redeeming qualities, even if they were put in place by my own imagination.

The very worst thing about this book is how Daniel and Luce interact with each other.  If they’re supposed to be soul mates, they don’t do a very good job of acting like it.

The very best thing about this book is the cover.  I really do love the cover, although I can’t say that I remember any part in the book where any of the female characters are dressed in a pretty black dress crying in the middle of the woods.  Also, the hair is too long for it to be Luce based on the character description we’re given in the story…

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge and the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge.

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8 thoughts on ““Fallen” by Lauren Kate

Becky

I HATE IT!
This book was amazing.
Too bad you can’t see it.

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    Alysha DeShaé

    I’m sorry that you didn’t like my review. My biggest problem with the book is the bad writing. Well, that and the wasted potential. This book could have been sooooo much better if the writing was better.

    I’m still somewhat hopeful that the next books in the series will improve, but I’m not really counting on it.

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Andreaa

I have to say, you’re wrong on the Conclusion part of the review.

It did say in the book, when Luce saw the picture of her and Daniel on the first page of the Grigori Book, that Luce was looking at herself with long, flowing black hair and a lacey black dress with completing lace gloves. I’m not sure what page it said that but I finished the book recently.

Also, the part where it shows that she’s crying in the middle of the woods:

~The woods probably represent the very same woods Daniel brought Luce to when they were going to swim in the lake.

~In the part where it looks like she’s crying, I don’t know about that part but it may not be that’s she’s actually crying. It could be that she’s hiding her face but not her whole body, it could be that Daniel has been trying to hide from her, yet he hasn’t hidden good enough for Luce not to find him.

All in all, she actually could be crying out of grief and sorrow of how many times she’s died every 17 years, leaving Daniel to wait over and over and over again.

:) It was fun writing this comment, even if it is just another one of the things you get to read.
Hope you reply!

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    Alysha DeShaé

    Sorry it took so long to approve and reply to this. I’ve sort of neglected my site lately… *shame on me*

    I’ll have to pull the book back up to look that part up, but I don’t have my nook handy so I can’t do it now. I don’t actually remember the description of the outfit, although I do remember the part with the picture in the book.

    And you’re quite right about the possibilities for the cover. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time that a book cover is a combination of abstract ideas from the book instead of a representation of a specific moment. I have to say, though, that I thoroughly expected some sort of formal dance that ended with her running off crying to hide in the woods or something. I was actually kind of disappointed that nothing of that sort happened…

    Anyways, as soon as I get a chance, I’ll definitely look up that part in the book to refresh my memory. :-) Thanks for the comment!

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emily

this review pissed the fuck out of me! ur such a little bitch the book was awesome and come on u couldn’t have written half of the stuff the author wrote :) spoiled brat

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    Alysha DeShaé

    I’m a little bitch because I think the book didn’t live up to it’s potential and the characters weren’t developed? Sounds like someone is a bit cranky.

    For starters, I never said that I could write better than the author, but if we’re using this book as an example of her best work – well, she’s lacking in a few crucial areas such as grammar, sentence structure, and word usage. Her story is interesting; the telling of her story leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t actually expect you to understand. Based on your writing, you need some remedial lessons in grammar, sentence structure, and word usage as well.

    The third “Fallen” book comes out in ten days (June 14) and I’m looking forward to reading it. As I said in my review, the story has potential and I’m looking forward to the writer maturing. Rather, I am hoping that Lauren Kate matures as a writer.

    Also, before you go accusing someone of being unable to create something along the lines of the person/piece of work you are defending, you should probably make sure that you’re correct. For all you know, I could be a published writer whose works you adore. I’m not, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be someday.

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