Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review of Fallen by Lauren Kate - 5 stars!

Author: Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen
Series: The Fallen Series #1
Release date: 8th of December 2009
Published by: Random House Children’s Book
Imprint: Corgi Edition 2010
Reading level: FICTION – Young Adult: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 452 in paperback
Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My review:

Since the fourth and last book in the Fallen series is about to be published in June 2012, I thought that I would start with the series! Since this book has been on my TBR list for a while, this review will also be part of TBR Pile 2012 Challenge.

I have admired the covers of Laren Kate’s books! The cover of Fallen was also something that caught my eye first, long before I purchased the book. I have followed the reviews of the three books which are out already and I am happy that I finally read Fallen.

It is the first book of Lauren Kate’s book which I have read and I enjoyed it. The book is written with a nice pace, the story rolls out intriguingly while reading and the characters are captivating. When you add surprises in the plot and a twisted romance story, then you’d get Fallen – amazing book. It was fun and easy to read and I read it in one sitting.

Regarding the plot:

The story starts out with the scene from 1854 and that immediately caught my attention. Right after that the reader was brought to the present, to year 2099, to a closed school named Sword & Cross School.

The main character Luce is sent to Sword & Cross due to her different behavior in her childhood and the suspicion of her involvement in a murder of her friend Trevor. Everything is different in Sword & Cross, especially the students – they all have some criminal or mysterious backgrounds.

During the first day in the new school Luce sees a boy who seems so familiar, but she cannot place him. Daniel, who is good looking, has beautiful eyes and is attracting Luce towards him, turns her down. It seems that he has no interest in Luce.

Luce quickly find her some new friends who are very different from her friends back at home, but nevertheless, she creates friendships with Penn, Arriane, Cam and others in the school. Still, she is intrigued by Daniel and cannot understand why he is friendly in one minute and then minute late can be cold as ice towards her. Step by step Luce and Daniel are coming closer to each other. Luce starts finding clues about who Daniel is thanks to Penn and she finds surprisingly also a lot about her own past.

I really loved the story: it surprised me several times with its twists and turns, the characters were very enjoyable and very fresh perspective to angels, especially fallen angels. I also enjoyed the surroundings of Sword & Cross School!

Regarding the characters:

Besides the captivating narrative, the characters were really well-written and intriguing in Fallen. Both main characters and many supportive characters had spark, boldness and they all had their stories to tell.

Luce is a beautiful and smart girl who just has some abilities that causes her trouble. She sees shadows and other things which other people cannot and that makes her life complicated. She is persistent and wants to know who Daniel is.

Daniel is one of my favorite male protagonists of the YA books I have read in 2012! Daniel is good looking, smart, independent and different from others. He seems to have this bad-guy attitude around him, but he is always there when Luce needs him.

I absolutely adored two supportive characters in Fallen: Arriane and Penn. These two girls where so different, yet I really enjoyed their characters. Both of the characters had a big role to play in Fallen and their stories took an interesting and unexpected turn to me.

When reading Fallen, you cannot be untouched by Cam. Cam takes a big interest in Luce and Luce does feel attracted to Cam. Cam was a complex character who had both good and bad sides and that was enjoyable! I liked that the author made him little naughty, little good – not entirely bad.


Fallen was fascinating, scary, fresh YA book with a wonderful story to tell and captivating characters! I am really glad that I picked the book up for reading and I cannot wait reading the next books in the series! Absolutely loved it!

5 Flowers!

5 stars.

Happy reading!


  1. Enjoyed this review.
    Very well done.

  2. You actually made me want to get the book from the library the first chance I get and that was only with the first paragraph of the Regarding the plot... I've seen the books around but never got around to see what they were about. I was scared that I may like them and that's trouble because most of them aren't out in my country and buying them all online is not a option... This one is out though so I would read it after I finish my current read. Thank you for the great review!!!

    1. Hi Martina,

      You should definitely read the series! I have finished 3 books and as soon as the last book is out in June 2012, I will read that too. I will post the reviews of 2nd and 3rd book of the series soon.

      Thanks for coming by and for kind words! I am glad that you liked it and it makes me even happier that you are planning to pick up the book!