Series: Fallen #1
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Press
A Young Adult novel
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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
I'm such a sap for love stories, I really am and sometimes it really creeps me out how much I love them.
Everything about Fallen was beautiful. From the diction and descriptions to the dialogue and characters. Though the beginning was a tad slow for my tastes, by the middle of the book I was reading all the way to the climax and the end hungrily. A very engrossing read once you hit the mark. Unfortunately, it does take quite a bit of time and plenty of Luce's horrid attempts of getting around school to get to that part of the novel where everything starts to roll like a snowball.
Though I enjoyed Luce and Daniel's love story I could really guess at parts and it was a drag waiting for the explanations to finally come in. The use of the prologue destroys the anticipation and unexpected moments the novel fights to set up. I was waiting for explanations to come, but I just kept waiting and as much as the story progression was needed, the waiting game was getting tiring until FINALLY towards the middle-end of the book it's explained. I already knew exactly what was going on and EXACTLY what Daniel was so it was a tireless wait, but at least Lauren Kate made it a beautiful moment.
Pretty, but could've used better story telling . . . two targets.