Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Review : Fallen by Lauren Kate

“What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?” 
― Lauren Kate, Fallen

Synopsis : 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 (really ?). 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. (P.S This synopsis does not at all describe the book)

Like a lot of people on this weeks Top Ten Tuesday I picked up Fallen because of the cover . It's dark, mysterious and full of  melancholy. It has girl in  in a pretty dress, I mean it just screams  dark paranormal romance.

However, you would never guess the genre for the first 200 or so pages of the book (not counting the prologue). We are are introduced to Lucinda "Luce" Price who is court ordered to  be sent to  Cross & Sword, a reform school, after her involvement with the tragic death of one of her classmates. At the school she meets a group of misfits; a lovable sidekick, the mean girl and a smolderinglove interest. I mean that would make a pretty good contemporary novel, right ? Unfortuatley this book keeps going.

The plot of the book is intersting however the storytelling is where it began to lose me. Everything that happens in the first 200 pages of the novel is irrelevant in the last few pages of the book. We just have to trudge through the boring "romance" and exposition just to reach the ending.

That said, the paranormal part of  the novel is an interesting concept, but it was dragged out and told in a clunky manner. Which is pointless because as the reader if you are half paying attention, or read the tagline on the book, it is really obvious what is going on. . . and yet it drags on forever. Kind of like in New Moon where it takes Bella a bunch of chapters to realize Jake is a shapeshifter.

Between the  overly-described love interest, girl who feels she doesn't deserve super-hot guy, instantly falling in love--I just felt like I'd read it all before. Luce spends the novel falling in love with a guy she barely knows, instead of working through the issues that got her sent to reform school and I'm not sure how that made me feel about her as a character

The second half of the book is much better than the first half, but the ending did not pay off at all. It seemed like it was slapped together just to make the reader buy the other book. . . which I might do, because I hope the second book might redeem the series.

Pros : Unique plot, lovely cover art and a prologue that pulls you in

Cons : The storytelling is messy,  cut off endings and mimcs the critical aspects of Twilight.

Rating : Two Stars

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  1. great review..i love the cover too. i guess the saying is true, "don't judge a book by its cover"

  2. I read the sample for this on Amazon and thought it sounded great. I ordered it with a ton of other books, and while I was waiting for it to arrive I saw the other two books in the series on sale cheap at WalMart. Thinking I'd love it, I grabbed them up. I couldn't even reach the half way point in this book. It just totally wasn't for me. And now I'm stuck with Fallen, Torment and Passion. *sigh*

  3. I wasn't that impressed by this one either, I never went back for book 2. Apparently the film rights sold early though... so we might be seeing more of it in the future.

  4. great review..i love the cover too. i guess the saying is true, "don't judge a book by its cover" ikr

    @ kathy sell them . you could earn some money


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