Sunday, September 11, 2011
Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: December 2009
Available: Amazon, B&N
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.
* This review may contain minor spoilers.
First, I have to say that I love the premise of this book. A fallen angel in love with a human. A human that just happens to burst into flames and die every time they kiss. What I really loved is that Luce is pretty much completely unaware of her past lives, even though there is something different this time around. Ms. Kate does a great job of making Luce normal, while unusual at the same time. I didn't feel like I was reading about Belle Swan with a different hair cut, even if Daniel was a bit too Edward for me.
The love triangle was interesting, even though it's apparent that she will end up with Daniel, well not for her happily ever after yet, that will come possibly in the third or fourth book in the series. Cam (the other love interest), is a much more complex character than Daniel. While it becomes pretty obviously quickly that Daniel's motivated by the need to protect Luce at all cost, Cam's motives are much more hidden and even at the end of the book it's not clear what exactly he wants and why.
What really drew me to this book was the cover. And yes, I did judge the book by the cover, simply because this was a beautiful one. It spoke of a Gothic setting and a distraught, long haired heroine. Gothic, check. Distraught, check. Long hair...wait, long hair? What? Luce's hair is under discussion a number of times, her need to cut it after she was injured in a fire (prior to the book starting), and eventually coloring it blond. So what's up with the girl with long black hair? I have no idea, but I suppose it did its job.
Overall, Fallen was a good read and I'll definitely read the next books in the series.