Release Date: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Fallen #1
Rating from A+ to F: A
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?
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 Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move.
Except 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.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
Fallen was a very well written book by Lauren Kate. Even though I thought the beginning was a little slow, it led up to a great ending which made me want to find out what happens next. This story takes place in Savannah, Georgia and I really liked the mysterious, almost eerie setting of the South. There is definitely a dark feel to the story, but it helps it to be really great, and I had very few problems with the book.
Plot- The plot of this story was very good, but I thought that the beginning of it was a little too slow for me. There weren't many exciting events at the start of the book, but Kate was building the background of the story really well. Around the middle of the book, the plot got better and picked up a little and I had a hard time putting it down. The story is very similar to other books I've read, but I still think Kate did a great job with making this story her own.
Characters- The characters were great, there are some surprising twists at the end of the story involving a few characters that I didn't expect at all. I really liked the relationship between Luce and Daniel, especially around the end of the story! I think the characters were developed very well, and I think my favorite character would probably be Penn, one of Luce's friends. She was very kind and one of the most normal people at the Sword & Cross boarding school.
Writing- Lauren Kate did a fantastic job in writing this book. The descriptions of places like Sword & Cross and the cemetery were great and they made the story a lot more interesting. I loved the setting of the story, the South is always mysterious and mystifying and it makes a story better to read about. The setting reminded me of the setting in Beautiful Creatures, and I liked both so that was great. Great writing by Lauren Kate in this book!
Cover- I love that cover! It's so pretty, and it ties in well with the story. The girl I think represents Luce, and I really like her dress and her hair! The background of the cover also coincides with the story because some of the plot takes place in the woods. Amazing cover and it kind of shows you how dark this book is!
Overall, I really liked this book, and didn't have that many problems with it. I can't wait to read Torment, the next book in the Fallen series. Also, I really want to check out The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate, because she writes really well! I recommend this book to anyone who likes books like the Immortals series by Alyson Noel or the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.
1. Plot- 18 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 15 out of 15 points.
3. Writing- 20 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 13 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 9 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 14 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 5 out of 5 points.
Equals: 94! 94-96 is an A
Recommended for ages 13 and older.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LAUREN KATE
Visit her website: http://laurenkatebooks.net
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