Saturday, May 1, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate


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.


When I first started to read Fallen, it reminded me of Evermore by Alyson Noel. The plot line seemed to be similar, so I found many parts to be predictable. The 'big reveal' of what Daniel is was no surprise (the title pretty much gives it away). That being said, I thought I knew how this book would turn out, but I was way off. The second half of the book was filled with many twists and turns. I did not expect what happened to one of the characters to happen! (on page 409 to be exact) It was a huge OMG/ What the heck? moment for me. I still cannot believe that it happened. It was completely unexpected.

Fallen is set in Sword & Cross boarding school, and it is a school for troubled kids. Almost every student there seemed to have some sort of criminal past. I loved that it was not a normal boarding school setting for the rich and spoiled.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They were all so mysterious that they kept me guessing who was "good" and who was "bad." I really enjoyed the main character, Luce. She was strong and determined. Her friend, Penn, was an amazing character. I loved everything about her, and she was an amazing friend to Luce. Arrianne was quirky and interesting. She had me guessing the whole entire book. I pretty much liked all of the characters, even the "bad" ones.

I have to say that I absolutely love the cover! I find it to be beautiful. I love the Gothic feel it gives off with Luce in her in a gorgeous dress, pale skin, and dark hair in the middle of a forest.

The ending was a huge cliff-hanger that left me wanting more. So many things were left unanswered, and it kind of got confusing. I am looking forward to finding out more in the sequel, Torment.


Swords are for fighting,


  1. i started reading some of this but i just didn't click with it,maybe i should give it another go, thanks for the review:)

  2. Fab review :) I've had this on my shelf forever.

  3. Whew. I am so glad to see a positive review of this book. I felt really drawn to it so I went out of my way to find a copy second hand (since we are on a limited income at the moment). I am planning on taking it with me on next week's trip.

    I've not read Evermore so I hope I won't find it predictable. Thanks!

  4. I completely agree! I loved Fallen! I can't wait for Torment. I should read Evermore soon. It's sounds decent, even though it's gotten mixed reviews.
    Anyways. I have an award for you!

  5. Argh, cliffhangers. Don't you just hate them? What a pain, getting to the end and realizing you have to wait two more years to get the full story. >_<

  6. I've been on the fence about Fallen for awhile now. I always go back to it because of the cover.