Friday, June 18, 2010

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Summary: ( taken from book jacket). 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 Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screw ups, and security cameras watch every move. Except 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 flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
   I have kind of mixed feelings about this book. On one hand it's a paranormal romance, which I really enjoy reading. On the other hand though, it didn't seem all that exciting for some reason. The plot is kind of slow for the first part of the book. of course this is usually true of the first book in a new series. Its setting up for everything else that is to come later. Despite that fact the second half of the book was very action packed and answered a few questions about what was going and left many more unanswered. There were a few plot twists toward the end that took me by surprise and the cliffhanger ending will keep readers guessing about what will happen next.
     One thing I did love about this book was the characters. There so many quirky personalities in this book. The many people that Luce meets at Sword & Cross were all very fun. I felt like they were more relatable than Luce herself. All of the characters in the story end up playing a pretty big part towards the end. I could really see why Kate had included them in the story and that was really cool. However, some of the characters did start to seem just a little bit too simalar. There were Arrianne and Penn two upbeat troublemakers who become friends with Luce. then there was Daniel and Cam the two good looking mysterious guys. It got kind of repetitive after a while.
So all in all not one of my favorites but because of the ending that makes me want to know more and the fact that i can't easily remember a time when the first book in a series has been my favorite I am going to read the sequel Torment when it comes out this fall.

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