Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Thanks To Kate (I won a copy) & Random House for Giving Me Fallen. I also have another one, a hardback version, because my mom bought it for me for Christmas :) :)
Bio: 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. Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
"Torment! Torment! Torment! Torment By Lauren Kate, where are you? Oh why does thee have to be so far away? Thy cannot bear to live without you!!!" Screams The Monster Of Books.
You know you like a book when your itching for it's sequel. Sadly, and it's understandable, that's far away. September far away!! Just so everyone's clear. While everyone is excited for it to be there senior year (next year is my senior year in high school) I'll be wrapped up in Luce's & Daniel's story. Anyways, you also know when you like a book when your still daydreaming about it 2 weeks after you read it. And I'm not saying that this book took 2 weeks to read, this took 1 day to read, but it's still in my head. Anyhow onto the review, what to say. I've heard mix reviews about this book, so I was scared at first but the prologue immediately caught my attention and spun me into a addiction that lasted from beginning to end, to even now. The book has everything a reader wants. Such as perfect imagery, realistic character with life-like dialogue and two hot guys that any girls can drool over. Lauren Kate spins a tale like never before and her writing and story telling will have you memorized from the very first few pages. She does something that I really like in YA fiction but it seems very difficult to do as I've only seen few authors who have really shown it, and that is emotion. You have heard me in previous reviews bragging about the author not showing enough emotion and you may wonder why I think it's a big deal. I think it's important because you get more feel of the story, it's more life-like, and you can relate to it a lot more *even if it's supernatural romance*. Lauren has grasped the emotion almost perfectly, there's one part that wasn't right but read on and you'll find out what that is later. She sets her setting in Savannah, Georgia in a reform boarding school. Luce feels alone and when you read it you feel the place (Sword & Cross Boarding School) is creepy and dead. What Luce is feeling in the book, you feel. What she sees, you see. It was just a amazing experience, and I consider this book one of 2009 best books.
What I didn't like in Fallen was in the beginning, the author eventually stops doing this, but she switches from first person to the author narrating her. Example of this is;
"Which is why she was enrolling in her senior year at Sword & Cross a full month after the academic year had begun. Being a new student was bad enough, and Luce had been really nervous about having to jump into classes where everyone else was already settled." (Page.11)
Do you see see she switches from first person point of view, to either the author talking about the character or talking about herself in third person. That was kind of annoying and eventually it went away, I think I agree with someone else (can't remember which book blogger) but the author was settling in and getting into Luce's mind. Another thing that bothered me was the part that lack emotion was the shadows and how Luce handled them. It just didn't seem realistic and it was hard to take her seriously at times. The third thing I didn't like was that Luce would explain something that already happen but there would never be a chapter or page on it. Like she would explain past events that had happen, but were never in the book. I would of like to see those things happen instead of being explained, I think it gives it a better affect, especially when we're talking about dreams.
The characters all had motives, and were quirky and unique in there on way. I loved Penn & Arriane. Of course the romantic interest were Cam & Daniel, who were both gorgeous and sexy :) Making one reader happy as hell, but I was sad that the guy I always want to go with the girl is never picked. I was confused at the end with Cam (Epilogue). Which means I must read Torment (the sequel) as soon as it comes out. Somethings in the book were obvious, but others were very surprising and I didn't seem coming. Daniel acted as a jerk at first, and as a reader you were really annoyed with him and wanted him to be nice, whereas Cam was sweet and just amazing. I recommend this to anyone, I loved it so much and so will you. It is fast paste and I didn't find one chapter boring which is unusual for me.
Well that's all I'm going to say for now, now it's your turn to read/read & review it and tell your opinions. I love to hear what you think, I like seeing new POV from others.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Author: Lauren Kate
Posted by Monster of Books at 10:22 AM