Nov 23, 2009

Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Lucinda "Luce" Price doesn't belong at Sword & Cross, the reform school she has been forced to attend. The accident last summer with Trevor was just that, an accident, but nobody believes Luce. Maybe if she hadn't been telling her parents about the shadows all those years, they might have believed her more.

As it is, Luce find herself the new kid in a reform school like no other. Sword & Cross, built on former Confederate soldier land complete with cemetery, is home to a number of strange and interesting characters that Luce befriends and finds herself attracted to. Daniel and Cam are just mesmerizing. Daniel catches Luce's attention because there is something eerily familiar about him. Cam catches her attention because he is sweet and charming.

Soon though, Luce finds that the shadows are not gone, they are not done with her yet, and they are not alone. Something is brewing and Sword & Cross is going to be the battleground again. Only this time, the battle is between the fallen and Luce is the prize.

I have to say, this book didn't do much for me. I found it tedious, jumpy, and quite honestly anti-climactic. Which is quite sad since I really wanted to like it. The back story on Luce was almost non-existent as we don't really know what happened to Trevor, the characters were not consistent in behavior (coming in and out of the story), and I found the ending very anti-climactic. Maybe that's because I was expecting it to be a stand alone novel and didn't find out until the end that it will be a series, therefore changing how I approach a novel. Don't get me wrong, there were parts I enjoyed, like the angelic lore, the typical teen antics and ambiance, and Luce as a character. Overall, I'm glad I read it, but I just don't think this book was for me. I hope you all enjoy it and don't let me review scare you off.

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elnice said...

Bummer. I really want this book to be incredible. I am going to read it. Thanks for the honest review.


Nice honest review, I've been seeing raving reviews lately but it's nice to see one that's not all for it. I still am curious to read it though :)

The Book Owl said...

Hmm, that's too bad. I've heard a few people say the same thing. Thanks for the honest review.