Title: Fallen (Fallen #1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Published: 8th December 2009
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Summary: 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.
Fallen is the first book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I’ve seen this book around for the longest time but I’ve never been interested enough to pick it up. After seeing the film trailer floating around and me being one of those people who has to read a book before seeing the film, I finally became curious enough to pick it up and give it a read.
This book follows Luce, Lucinda Price, who’s just been enrolled in a reform school after a tragic incident involving her and her boyfriend. When she meets an attractive guy who she feels herself drawn to, she’s determined to find out more about him.
The characters in this novel were, for the most part, bland, especially Luce. She’s got average looks and is a bit awkward and clumsy sometimes. But that’s ok because everyone still loves her anyway. She wasn’t fun to read about, as most of the book she spent brooding over Daniel Grigori, a guy she doesn’t even know anything about. She struggles with the strange shadows that follow her whilst trying to understand her connection to her new, mysterious crush.
“What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?”
Daniel is rude and inconsiderate towards Luce, even though he can tell she’s interested in him. He’s supposed to be a dark and mysterious character but he just comes off as a jerk. He leads Luce on to insult her and warn her about how dangerous he is. Then, he tells her she needs to trust him without explaining himself further. Yet, Luce still falls head over heels for him, to the point of stalking him. I found their relationship ridiculous to be honest.
There isn’t much plot to talk about for this book, very little happened. I felt the darkness and drama that was being built up during this story was never realised, leaving lots left unexplained. A lot of time was focused on Luce learning to live at her new school and figuring her friends out. Things sort of picked up towards the end but I felt the few events that did happen in this book weren’t wrapped up well. The story was predictable, in fact, after reading the prologue it’s clear what’s going on.
I found Lauren Kate’s writing to be lackluster. It was choppy at times and lacked any spark of individuality. There were parts of this book that I skim read to try and get through because I was so bored.
Reading this book was kind of a waste of time as so little happened and I wouldn’t recommend you guys to pick this up. Unless, you enjoy reading about frustrating romantic relationships with very little action.