Friday, March 19, 2010


Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA fantasy
Page Count: 452
Why I read it: sounded good
Grade: D+

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. 

My review:
Lukewarm.  That about sums up my feelings on this book in one word.  That's how I felt about the writing, the characters, the romance.  I just wasn't feeling it at all.  And it also seemed like it took so long to get to the point of the story, that I was starting to lose interest.

This felt like just another story about a teenage girl who is absolutely obsessed with a guy.  Like an unhealthy obsession--the kind where you wonder if she really has any interests or things she likes to do or anything besides focus on the guy.  I really don't care for stories like this.  And I wasn't feeling the attraction between Luce and Daniel.  It was like the author kept telling me she was attracted to him, and later on that he was also attracted to her, but I just didn't see it.  It didn't feel real.

I couldn't find a character that I liked, either.  I found it really obnoxious the way her "friend" Arianne kept calling Luce her new pet.  And none of the friendships or relationships seemed authentic.  It was all so shallow.

I don't think I'd recommend this one, except maybe to fans of Twilight, because it had a similar feel, to me.  I don't think I'll continue on with the series--I was also annoyed that we were really given no answers by the end of the book.  Just cryptic hints that I guess is supposed to make me want to read the next book, but the writing wasn't good enough to tempt me. 


Michelle said...

Thanks for this review - I have this one sitting in my pile and I keep meaning to pick it up, but then every time I do, I see a meh review like this one. I don't know why mediocre books gets such lovely covers however.

Brenda said...

I know, I loved the cover. I just wish the book had lived up to it.