Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Monday, October 31, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Library
Rating: 2.4 stars

Fallen (Fallen, #1)

Girl comes to a new place, which is gray and cloudy and dull. Girl meets boy who she is inexplicably attracted to. All boy does is glare at girl. Meanwhile, girl meets Boy #2 who is a friendly goofball who she starts to fall for, too.

No, this isn't Twilight, but I wouldn't blame you if you thought it was. As I was reading, I couldn't help but think of this series, and it didn't get Fallen and I off on a good foot.

There are variations, of course. For instance, instead of her mom getting remarried, Luce (the protagonist) has just been in an accident that killed her boy friend. She isn't going to Forks, but to a reform school. And Daniel (her love interest) isn't a vampire, even if he does look pretty miraculous in the sun. Luce, also, is a lot so much more likable than Bella... but that isn't really hard to do. Sorry to all of you who like Twilight! There's nothing wrong with liking it, I just don't. At all.

I didn't mind Luce, even towards the end when she begins to be a little irritating. (She becomes a sort of damsel in distress.) And her best friend, Penn, was a really likable character. Arianne could have been,too,  if she was given more than a cameo. Plus, that cover? So gorgeous.

I didn't like the love triangle though.That plot line is so overdone, it's cliched and dull, especially in instances where you can predict who the protagonist is going to end up with. It's especially boring when a similar love triangle has already been done. Luce and Daniel's relationship was a little irritating, too. Daniel is a jerk for the first half of the book, and then his dialogue abruptly becomes nothing but sappy lines. I love a little romance, but this was tedious. Plus, the tension between Luce and Daniel for the majority of the novel is kind of useless. From the beginning, it's obvious that these two have to get together at some point (even if they don't stay together) in order for the plot to move forward. A similar issue is the build up to Daniel's identity. It says Fallen on the cover, and Luce dreams of wings, so why is there all this unnecessary build up to what he is? Lastly, Luce cracks her knuckles, a lot. I know this isn't a reason to dislike a book, but I was (and still am) trying to break my own nasty knuckle-cracking habit, and it was hard reading about someone do it! Haha (:

What did you think of Fallen? Do you think I should give the sequels a try?
Other YA Angel Books: A Need So Beautiful, Daughter of Smoke and Bone


  1. Just finished reading this book! I kind of agree with you on most points. I'm somewhere in between thinking this is an okay read or thinking its a good read. (still positive! ;) )

    1. A lot of people love these books. It just wasn't my cup of tea! :)


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