Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

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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. 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 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.

Overall Thoughts:
This book had some exciting elements and characters to it, but I found the hype surrounding this book to have surpassed my overall enjoyment of it.

Fallen begins with a 17-year-old girl named Lucinda 'Luce' Price who recently transferred to a reform school named Sword and Cross, where she's been sent due to an incidental fire that killed an innocent person. Once there, she instantly befriends an eccentrically dark girl named Arriane Alter, who has a mysterious scar that runs along her neck and face. Among the other people that she encounters was a rebel-without-a-cause type of guy named Cameron Briel. His dark wardrobe and intimidating appearance is offset by his laid-back, almost-friendly personality, which gives him a highly popular title at the boarding school. As soon as he spots Luce, he begins his romantic quest to seduce her, but his advances go unnoticed once she lays her eyes on another enigmatic boy.

While touring the grounds of the school, Luce spots an almost inhumanly attractive boy who goes by the name of Daniel Grigori. His dark, piercing eyes always seem to focus on her whenever she least expects it, and for some reason, it seems as if Lucinda has known him before. Something inside of her is yelling out that she's extremely familiar with this beautiful conundrum, and that he once had wings...

What I liked about this book:
First off, the cover page is absolutely stunning! I am a total sucker for attractive covers, so I really appreciate the effort. Now to cover what's inside of the book... the entire plot was unique and novel. I'm usually that type of person that can guess the outcome of the story line, but this story surprised and impressed me by it's originality.

What I disliked about this book:
The ending of the book was a bit too revealing and too climactic for me. A lot of information was revealed towards the end, and I became overwhelmed by how much was discovered that it was slightly unbelievable. In a nutshell, the amount of information that was unveiled at one time made the story implausible and hard to follow.

This book kind of disappointed me because I expected it to be amazing due to all of the hype surrounding it. Simply put, I didn't enjoy it as much as I imagined I would.

Torment (Fallen, #2) is the next book in this series. *Sighs dreamily* Gosh, the cover is so alluring...


Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. I've really got to give this series a try. I bought it for my niece last summer and she really liked it. Great review!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  2. I read this awhile back and remember liking it okay too. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. I loved this series all the way through, but I know what you mean about the ending of this one---it was alot to take in!
    It is hard to read a series have it's been so hyped up, so I'm glad you took a chance on it!

  4. I loved all of the covers of this series but I was never a huge fan of the story itself, I guess I was just never truly rooting for Luce/Daniel. Great review!

    Emily @ Falling For YA

  5. I never got into the series, and I did try once but I already feel to far behind to get try again. I'm glad I gave up if you consider it mediocre. Great review :)

  6. I've heard SO much up and down reviews for this one it seems like it's one that's not for everyone. I'm not big on angel books so I've hesitated on reviewing it. The ending sounds odd it's like she decided on a big info dump there. Great review!

  7. I couldn't even finish the first book... but I'm glad you found things you liked. :) lovely review!

  8. The covers sure are pretty...
    3 stars makes me put it somewhere in the middle of my pile (about 3 years down the road or so....haha)


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