Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1)

Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1)

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by Lauren Kate

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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…  See more details below


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. 
A #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller
One of NPR.com’s 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
More than 3 million series copies in print!
“Sexy and fascinating and scary . . . I loved loved loved it!”
—P. C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Beautiful Lucinda (Luce) Price is banished from everything she knows after a mysterious fire leaves her friend Trevor dead and Luce shouldering the blame. She is forced to board at a decrepit reform school where students are under the constant watch of cameras and must go without cellphones or Internet access. Grief-stricken by Trevor's death and horrified by her new surroundings, Luce is also plagued by sinister, terrifying shadows that appear wherever she goes. The remote gothic setting provides the standard backdrop for the crux of the story, first in a planned series—the romantic feelings Luce develops for the elusive, unpredictable, and rather unlikable Daniel. Aside from the evil shadows, the plot can be summed up with a single word: pining. Luce longs for Daniel in various ways—dreaming of him, digging up information, trying to talk to him, experiencing rejection, then trying again. Some readers will pine right alongside Luce, but others may feel that Kate spends too much time on unrequited love and too little on forward movement in Luce's relationship with Daniel and the mystery of what, exactly, Daniel is. Ages 12–up. (Dec.)
VOYA - Paula Brehm-Heeger
On her first day at Sword and Cross boarding school, Lucinda (Luce) meets Daniel, for whom she has an immediate and overwhelming attraction. Luce has no interest in pursuing her feelings. Her last attempt at love ended in tragedy, and she is certain that the menacing shadows that have followed her for her entire life will wreak havoc if she tries to get close to anyone. When a fire breaks out in the school's library causing the death of a student, Luce knows she is right. But she and Daniel are drawn together by a force they cannot resist. Luce is also pursued by Cam, and soon Daniel and Cam are fighting over Luce. Luce realizes that she, Daniel, Cam, and many of the Sword and Cross students and teachers are players in an epic battle between the forces of heaven and hell. The premise of the Fallen series is unique, and the writing is solid. Unfortunately the first installment is overwhelmed by the need to set up the series and introduce a seemingly never-ending parade of characters. Little time is devoted to character development. Many characters come and go, and it is difficult to remember who is who and what their motivations might be for their behavior. The story drags at first and builds little believable tension or attraction between Daniel and Luce; however, the last quarter of the book finally introduces action, passion, and several surprising plot twists. If the next book continues the action-oriented trend of the final section of this book, the series has potential to be popular with younger high school students interested in supernatural fiction and stories of star-crossed lovers. Reviewer: Paula Brehm-Heeger
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Luce must spend her senior year at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. She suspects that the dark shadows that have tormented her all her life had something to do with it. When she meets supernaturally gorgeous Daniel, she feels a familiar longing, making her believe they have met before. Although Cam is clearly interested in her, Luce only wants Daniel, who runs both hot and cold. He tries to keep Luce at a distance, telling her that the truth would kill her as it has many times before. The first chapter is gripping and foreshadows the supernatural elements to come. The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries. Instead of vampires, though, these are fallen angels. Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
There's no better place to encounter your centuries-old true love than reform school, right? Luce, newly enrolled at Sword & Cross School after a fire kills her sort-of boyfriend, is instantly attracted to two majorly gorgeous bad boys, elusive Daniel and popular Cam. She can also see clouds of dark shadows, but she doesn't know why or where they come from. With the help of a friend, Luce discovers that Daniel has a storied supernatural history. The Southern Gothic atmosphere, the best part of the book, is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings. Daniel's angelic identity is one that will be obvious to any reader with knowledge of the Bible. By the time Luce figures it out, however, the evil school librarian has Luce in her clutches, threatening to end Luce and Daniel's One True Love. This would be no great loss, as Luce lacks personality, and it is never clear to readers why the two hottest guys in school would compete for her attention. This angel story fails to rise above. (Supernatural. YA)
From the Publisher
“Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers.”
The Daily Beast
“This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!”
“This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death.”
Justine magazine
“Readers will pine right alongside Luce.”
Publishers Weekly
“This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending.”
“Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga.”
The Bookseller
“Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce’s story.”
“The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings.”
Kirkus Reviews
“A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up.”
New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Luce notices Daniel right away. She sees him on her first day at Sword and Cross, a boarding school for troubled teens that she is sent to after her boyfriend dies in a strange accident. She finds him mysterious and familiar at the same time. Daniel, however, wants nothing to do with Luce. In fact, he goes out of his way to make sure Luce wants nothing to do with him. The more he pushes Luce away, the more she wants to know about him. As the year continues, she makes other friends, all of whom have their own mysteries and all who seem connected to everyone but her. When Luce starts to research Daniel's background, she uncovers something that seems impossible but is completely undeniable; she starts to see how she is in the center of everything. And the more she learns, the more the world around her turns violent and frightening. Although slow starting, once this novel gets going, it hooks readers. There are love scenes and action scenes. The supernatural elements are just believable enough to keep you reading. In a year where everything is vampire, Kate's take on the supernatural is innovative and imaginative. The stock themes are there (thwarted love, rebellion against authority, loyalty to friends), but they take on a new twist with fallen angels. However, while this book has an end, it leaves many questions unanswered, leaving readers waiting for the next in the series. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason

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Lauren Kate's Fallen Series , #1
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Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 5379 reviews.
AnastasiaBe More than 1 year ago
I was ready to abandon reading this book about one hundred pages in because NOTHING WAS HAPPENING, and I have never not finished a book before. However, after the first half of the book, the pace picked up and I found myself staying up late to finish it. I agree, the ending is rushed (preparing us for the next book, no doubt) and several things are left unexplained, which is annoying. However, Lauren Kate writes beautifully and makes you feel like Luce feels. It's also different than all the Twilight re-creations going around out there--no vampires here! I would give it a B overall. It's worth the read but you have to push yourself through the first half for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I saw the great reviews, alluringly dark book cover and promising summary of the book, it seemed like it was worth the money. Then came the reading.. there were parts throughout the story where I had to drag myself to continue reading and it seemed that the book's direction was at a constant stand-still. If anything, the plot sounded REALLY cool at first but if not for the out-of-motion sequence of events and bland characters, I would have given the book a solid 4 stars. In general, I recommend this book to anyone who has the patience to read through this one.
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...This is another one of those highly anticipated novels with an incredible cover. I have been reading mixed reviews, so I started with a bit of apprehension. There was no need, I really enjoyed reading this story. Let me start with the pros. First, I love a story with a strong heroine and Fallen delivered. Luce is a girl with a really hard history, she watched her date burn in front of her eyes, she is haunted by eerie shadows, and the court has ordered her to go to reform school for troubled kids. The story starts her first day when she is introduced to some mysterious characters, Cam and Daniel. She is drawn to Daniel, but he rejects her and Cam...Cam makes her feel safe and secure. There are so other interesting people including her new BFF and of course, school would not be school without the mean girl. I got a great sense of Luce and I could feel through her. Daniel and Cam remained mysterious, but intriguing. I enjoyed the author's writing style, it kept a nice rhythm and it kept me guessing until the end. This story was not jam packed with action scenes but there was a lot of world building and character building that left the door wide open for the next book Torment, due out in September 2010. The overall theme, which I believe to be the struggle between good and evil was not new, but the presentation and twists the story provided were very original. The big cons for me were the questions that were left unanswered. I really felt like I read half of the book because there were so many loose ends and so much yet to be told. Parts in the middle seemed like filler that moved a bit slow, where I would have rather leaned more about the characters' pasts. I could feel her attraction and her draw to the boys, but not her attachment to them. I am hoping the next book addresses my questions. I will be reading the rest of the series. If you enjoy a good love story, you will like Fallen.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! The cover is so beautiful. Love it.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Lucinda (Luce) is starting at Sword & Cross reform school in Georgia after a mysterious incident at her old school got her kicked out. She makes instant friends with Arriane and Penn, two of the friendlier girls at the school. She also catches the eyes of two different boys right away - one who genuinely seems to like her and another who makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. It is the latter, named Daniel, whom she can't deny a connection to. But the deeper she digs into these curious feelings, the darker her life becomes. I must admit: I was nervous that all the hype for FALLEN was unwarranted. That it would not live up to the exciting things I heard about it. Boy was I proven wrong! Once I had read the first few chapters, I found it very hard to put this book down. I felt the school was both romantic and gothic. I loved the secondary characters of Arriane, Penn, and Miss Sophia. I did not fall for Daniel quite as hard as Luce did, but could absolutely see what made him so alluring. The only odd piece of the story was that for a reform school of crazy/wayward kids, they don't come across any different than any other high school. FALLEN was a fantastic start from Lauren Kate. I am looking forward to TORMENT, coming out fall 2010!
BookAddictions More than 1 year ago
Fallen by Lauren Kate grips you from the first page and absolutely refuses to let go. When Lucinda Price gets shipped to Sword & Cross boarding school for troubled teens, she meets a boy who seems to hate her, Daniel Grigori. Their love story is interesting and for the most part unique. It's edgy and thrilling and you'll keep flipping the pages looking for answers to the mysteriousness of it all. The only problem is...you don't get answers. Why can Luce see the shadows? Why did the shadows kill trevor? Why will no one answer Luce's questions? However, the writing and the plot were both so good that the fact that Lauren Kate ignores those questions is almost forgivable (assuming they will be answered in Torment) Overall, it was a book I enjoyed a lot.
nicolamattos More than 1 year ago
A war is quietly being waged in the heavens and on earth, a war that has been repeated over and over again always in stalemate. A war of the Fallen. And its balance hinges on the love between a Fallen and mortal. With its failure, hell will reign on earth and if it succeeds.well that outcome is unknown. But the unearthly battle hits perilously close to home or at least home for the time being for Lucinda. Shuffled off to a reform school, to the mysterious Swords and Cross, Lucinda finds the staff and even the students slightly unnerving. Even the school is not what it seems to be and that could very well be her undoing-because the knowledge that Luce needs might actually save her life.this time. Fate is shifting at Swords and Cross.with unknown enemies choosing sides, and insidious danger lurking in every corner. Lauren Kate paints a moody and atmospheric young adult drama that is tensely surreal. She divulges very little of the secret that holds fate in its balance, from the reader, as well as from her protagonist. It's as if you cannot quite figure out what is going on.barely grasping onto the ether of a very good dream, or a seductive nightmare. The burgeoning relationship between Lucinda and Daniel is strangely appealing, subdued, even when all the facts are obscured, and yet I couldn't find fault with Kate's technique. Her style, her choice of plot is extremely provocative. As Anne Rice has been quoted, "Angels are the new vampires." And this tempestuous drama kept me reading non-stop. I can only hope that Kate reveals more about the Fallen battle in Torment when it is released in September.
equine697 More than 1 year ago
I really expected more out of this book, and am really sad i didn't get it because the plot is fantastic. fallen angels, star-crossed lovers, a confusedly in love protagonist reborn even 17 years to fall in love with the same man. how could this not be an awesome book??? well, i'll tell you: the first 3/4 of the book is basically nothing. You get to know Luce and follow her around her first week at her new reform school. Which is nothing like a reform school should be! you know, like, attempting to REFORM it's students. students cut class and sneak off the "high security" campus with not so much as a wrist slap. it felt very unbelievable and came across as laziness on the author's part. She seemed focused on daniel and luce's ghost of a relationship (which she did a good job on!) but kind of just let the rest of the pieces pick themselves up. This weakened the story a lot. Then suddenly the last 1/4 of the book everything happens in a messy whirlwind. Nothing is explained properly, and what is explained is over-explained to an underestimated and slightly irritated reader who would just like to get on with it. She throws bible references at you that should have been slowly revealed throughout the course of the novel so that the reader could stay enticed with this ancient, biblical, fallen angel mystery. But instead you're left even more confused and frustrated when they're half-assedly thrown out there and then never explained. (Feels like improper research to me. Will it be explained in the next book? I'm not wasting money to find out. It should have been explained in this book, or not thrown at you until the second book. Weak attempt at keeping the reader.) The author also makes the mistake of making the protagonist Luce little more than a marionette, twisted this way and that by different characters and by the plot and having no real control over the events that transpire. She takes no initiative and has no real end goal except a weak attempt at figuring out why she's suddenly in love with this random guy named Daniel. None of this fallen angel stuff is actually even revealed until the end. For all the thoughts of Luce's that the reader is privy to, the book should have been written in first person. The reader stays with her from start to finish (minus the prologue which was probably the best part of the novel - and a very good part!) and hears all of her somewhat tedious and repetitive internal monologue. And because she's a marionette, her thoughts can get a little whiny and pitiable - which is not what any reader wants from their protagonist throughout the entire journey that you are stuck with her! It made me wish that Daniel was the protagonist instead because he was the character with the goal and the only character with real initiative. So, all in all, a great idea executed poorly.
KDarkling More than 1 year ago
Yeah, so I get it, Angels are the new Vampire trend. I saw this cover and probably like many of you just fell prey. I have a policy with myself to give every book a chance and so I did--Wrong! This book was just a bunch of nonsense. The characters were boring, yes even Sebastian. And I realize that the setting is supposed to create some sense of edgyness, but it just felt forced, I mean "watch out for the reds" come on! Plus Luce's constant desire to "fold herself" into Sebastians arms, there are so many other ways this could have been phrased but it seems the author lost her thesaurus when she was writing this book, because that's all she kept saying, "Luce was drawn to Sebastian" and Luce "wanted to fold herself", I mean come on, put a little more effort in your work. The dialogue was dull, the "romance" was boring, and most appauling of all--this is supposed to be a series??? Please, learn from my mistakes and don't judge a book by it's cover because in this case you will be duped!
GeekyGirl104 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it in two days and I could not put it down. I recommend this book:)
pagese More than 1 year ago
I honestly haven't read many reviews for Fallen. I loved the cover and the description, so never realized that it gets quite a few negative reviews. I was glad for that, because I might have ended up disliking it a lot more than I did. I'm intrigued by were the story is going, but it took a long time to get me there. I don't think I got to know Luce very well, even though the book is from her point of view. I feel like the events that lead up to her arriving at Sword & Cross are skimmed over. I never fully understood them. Her whole background story is sort of vague. It's like her whole life story begins the moment she sees Daniel. Which is really annoying. Daniel makes it so painstakingly obvious that he wants nothing to do with her. Yet, she insists on following him around. We have enough stories like that. Plus, I don't understand what her role is in everything. I'm sure the author reveals so little to get you to the next book, but I dislike being dangled along. Oddly enough, I thought Daniel was fascinating. I liked his background story. He knows the stakes and is trying his best to play along. He's also trying hard to protect Luce from what he feels is the inevitable. I was really intrigued by the connection he has with Luce and what he does to avoid it. And I love the sidekick characters. For some reason, I found them all really amusing. I had a feeling whose side everyone was one, but I liked how it unfolds. So, I spent the first 200 pages reading about Luce chasing after a guy who ignores her. And then last 250 pages trying to figure out what is really going on. I think I would like it better from Daniel's point of view.
haleyfaithh More than 1 year ago
i have read alot of books and series such as vampire academy , house of night, night world and others like that. and this book was so amazing i will recommend this book to anyone i meet i don't care if its a rip off of another book because this book hooks you and you cant put it down i read it in one day it was so amazing ((:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually go for the historical fantasy book and I usually absolutely had books that have a modern setting. However I was hooked on the first page and spent the whole night finishing it. The cover definately makes the book seen darker than it is and the ending I didnt see coming at all!!! Definately give this book a try no matter what your in to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much, I felt like I can relate to alot of the events in the main charachters life and I will have no problem reading it again. It's thrilling, Edgy and Unforgettable, Lauren Kate is my favorite author of all times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is 100% the best book i have ever read. I of course use to be into vampires and such but this book has brought me into a new place where instead of an Edward by my side there is a Daniel. This book keeps you reading until all hours of the night. Me and my friend have discussions on this book to. This book has a strong romance line and very realistic characters. inside all that fiction is actually non-fiction inside. This book i would recommend for strong readers, but 11 year old would enjoy it too. You can read this book anytime and love it! I'm 12 and my friend 13 and we can't stop talking about the book. So if you enjoy romance, reform schools, bad kids, good kids, and most importantly angels then this is your book!
emilycutie1 More than 1 year ago
Dark, Suspenseful, and Romantic. How could you ask for anything more. This book had me on edge, frantically flipping pages to find out what would happen next. I absolutely fell in love with the characters (even the evil ones if I say so myself) and cannot wait to read Torment. The plot was mysterious and lovely at the same time. If you read this book, you'll have to bring it with you anywhere until you finish, so make sure you've got time. And after your done reading, you'll be disappointed, not of the book, but about being finished so suddenly. Any reader of any genre would fall in love with this book. So what the heck, give it a try! I promise you'll love it :D.
JennReadsAlot More than 1 year ago
Some of you are being way too generous with your stars. This book was terrible. The plot was so thin you could see right through it, but somehow someway, Kate still manages to be as vauge as possible answering none of the questions presented in the book. In fact if you read the synopsis you won't even have to read the book. The pace was painfully slow and the characters were unimaginitive and hollow. They had no substance and you never really got to know them. Honestly, tell me 3 things about Luce's personality. I gave it two stars only because I finished it and that's not saying much.
newmoon33 More than 1 year ago
The book leaves you knowing there will be another.You don't want to put the book down because you what to know whats going to happen.Why is Danial mean to Luse?Why is Cam so nice that you think he's no good?and what are the shadows that keep haunting Luse?And then when you finally get to the end and get the goods,its short and sweet untill the next book explains the rest.About the book,Danial is a fallen angel.Luce has found him time and time again when she's seventeen even thow she doesn't know him when she see's him.There brought together somehow.And from what I tell ,Luce is this special human girl,she's special to the angals anyway,I don't know why untill the next book.
monsterofbooks More than 1 year ago
"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 talk
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of people say this book has no character and that its lifeless but that didn't stop me from never putting it down. In my opinion this boom is awesome and I looove it's characters. This is the first book that got me into teen supernatural romance books and I never regretted guying it or the rest of the series so now three almost four years later my copy if this book is still in great shape and I still enjoy reading it. It will always remain special and amazing to me.
keystomykarma More than 1 year ago
Alright, I'll be honest. The jacket cover drew me in long before I read the plot. Took me maybe half or three-fourths of this book to really get into the story, perhaps because my mind was on other things, but once I did I really liked it. Girl falls in love with a fallen angel, only she doesn't know he's an angel OR a fallen one at first, all she knows is the strange connection she feels towards him. More, she doesn't realize someone or something else has his sights on her at the same time. Once the secrets finally started to unravel, I just wanted there to be more and more. It's not overly religious or preachy, which I appreciated greatly.
Mosstralia More than 1 year ago
This book is about fallen angels and humans being in love which if you've read any other fallen angel book you know is a forbidden love. Since I have read so many fallen angel books... i really think this is one I could have skipped, but i heard the sequel is really good, I may give this series a chance. This book is great for younger teens like 13-15 but would probably be too predictable and immature for someone older. I was pulled in by the story line however there wasn't much to it, and the main character is so boring. She never does anything...ever. The people around her have to move the plot along while we never get to know the main character at all, so when bad things happened to her... I really didn't care. I prefer books with really strong main characters who fight to control their own destiny not lay back and watch everyone else.
Braken More than 1 year ago
From the moment I started this book I couldn't put it down. Upon completing the book you can see that this is just the jump start for a series, leaving the reader with so many questions and hopes what is to come. Not all of the characters are fleshed out but you get just enough from them to get a small sense of who they are and how they will become somewhat vital in the future of the story. It left me wanting more and in steep anticipation for further installments.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
I don't know what is with the current obsession - comparing everything out there to Twilight, but I really don't see any themes here that make it the same thing. In its own right this story was quite captivating and well written, the characters weren't all black and white, you didn't know who to trust and it had such a great layer of mystery that it kept me turning the pages no matter how late it was at night. It has boys and girls and a bit of the supernatural (maybe? Who knows, have to read on to find out) to keep it going full steam ahead. Luce is a young girl who was in an accident that killed a boy she knew and left her with slight amnesia ( or so she says) so her schooling has been revised to a very secure and austere place, an academy that doesn't tolerate any nonsense and a place where secrets seem impossible to keep. All that doesn't stop the Sword & Cross reform school from having a slew of dangerous mysterious happening that Luce simply cannot escape, her life is somehow connected to the strange things that are occurring, and when she makes some new friends as well as enemies, boys who fight for her heart and who act like total jerks that break it, she realizes that her life has just gotten harder and a lot more dangerous. Instead of being strict, her life turns into a crazy tornado of events that make her question what is in her heart and where her loyalties belong. When she meets Daniel she feel smitten but he rejects her over and over, when Cam, a nice boy who seems to like her takes interest in her the scale shifts and something strange starts to unfold. Luce realizes that she has to solve the enigmatic problem that keeps haunting her dreams and memories whenever she is near Daniel, no matter how much he tries to keep her away from him, she knows that her future depends on finding the answer at the school. This was a fun read that lost some of its steam towards the end but proved to be quite entertaining, I loved the build up and would definitely read the next book in the series. I thought this was fun, it's always surprising seeing people hate a good book so much, I've read some really mediocre YA fiction in the past few months ( Beautiful Creatures to name one) and this was so much better, I can't even think that not reading it is an option. - Kasia S.
littlemonkey18 More than 1 year ago
Every time i went on this website i would see the book fallen and i loved the cover of the book and i thought the synopsis was pretty cool, and i waited for a while until i finally got this book. it took me a long time to read. simply because some parts where way too slow, and others just didn;t make any sense. it had it's parts where i would gasp, but most of the parts i didn;t enjoy. i expected this book to be enjoyable simply becuase i am a paranormal romance lover!! but this book fell a bit short for me. I think Lauren Kate tried to make it like it was a movie, but to be over descriptive and add some parts that where random kind of get boring after a while. i liked the end, but i think Lauren Kate should add more action, and try to make the romance visual and cut out those stupid random party scenes that she at times placed in between the good parts. i recommend this book only because the parts i did enjoy where excellent, but keep in mind some parts are a bit slow.