By: Lauren Kate
Published By: Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books,
a Division of Random House, Inc., New York.
Age level: Young Adult/Teen (Reviewer suggests upper teen – 14-18)
About the Author: Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the internationally number one bestselling author of Teardrop, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, and the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Fallen in Love, and Rapture. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles.
Fallen Back Cover Synopsis: 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 screwups, 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 a flame, Luce has to find out what Danial is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Luce Price begins her journey as the victim of a mysterious fire that took the hair from her head and the life of her crush. Blaming the dark shadows that have been following her for her entire life, Luce is deemed an issue, a mental case, when she tries to tell her parents and the investigators what happened and so, this story follows her journey at a new boarding school Sword & Cross. Cell phones are not allowed, the school uniform is basically anything black, and the two hottest boys in school instantly take notice of the new scared girl.
This book seems to promise readers a dark, gothic romance with supernatural elements and twists. Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed. I do enjoy Lauren Kate’s voice and style of writing; however, this book did not showcase those in a manner I felt was well done or deserving of her talent.
While the few pieces of male perspective show their emotions quite well, the fast pace of Luce’s emotions and obsessions feels both forced and flat. Her new friends don’t seem to help much and the immediacy of those friendships also feels a bit forced.
The description of Sword & Cross Boarding School is interesting and drew me in with the peculiarity of her chosen arena. A cemetery as a picnic date backdrop, a hidden lake for a huge fight, and an old church building as the gymnasium add to the mysterious air of the story. However, the characters themselves seem to not be as developed as they should be and, quite frankly, the story feels as though it got 3/4 of the way through and then jumped ahead of itself. I preferred the last bit to be honest with you.
To be fair, these opinions are all my own and you may love this book. In fact, i would recommend the story to people who enjoy fallen angel tales. Especially those who love slowly paced plot lines that contain forced, holey, and underdeveloped characters and story lines.
While I give the front cover a 5 of 5 dragons, and the back cover/synopsis a 4 of 5 dragons, I am giving the pages between a soft 3 out of possible 5 dragons. I did enjoy several small parts of this book. However, the overall effect left much to be desired for me. If I stumble upon a library sale of the second book, I might pick it up and give it a go. I can only hope that the further the books progress, the more in depth the characters will become. However, that is about the only way I can see myself picking up the rest of this series.