Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

GoodReads Description: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.

My Thoughts: I'm going to admit that despite the negative reviews, I bought this book based on the amazing cover. I read low-rated books with the hope that I'll discover something wonderful that everyone else missed. Such wasn't the case with Fallen.

Let me start out with the positives, because even though I gave this book two stars, there were some good things about it. The cover is absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention it's got this weird suede-like feeling that made me smile whenever I held it. I wanted so badly to believe that this book and I would be extremely happy together. All I wanted to do was walk around all day and keep running my fingers along the cover. But alas, the attraction was purely physical.

Kate also did a pretty bang-up job creating the atmosphere of Sword and Cross. I had no trouble at all imagining the gothic towers of the boarding school and the gloomy, overcast sky. And gargoyles. I don't 100% remember if there were gargoyles or not, but that makes ANYTHING more gothic.

And of course, there are the characters. That's where I was lost.

I did remotely like Arriane. Her character did was she could to redeem the plotline with her witty and borderline psychotic dialogue, but because she wasn't the forefront of the story, it wasn't enough.

I couldn't figure out Luce. I do not understand her TSTL tendencies. I cannot even PRETEND to fathom how a middle finger gets misinterpreted as a "come hither" finger curl. Daniel was boring and not even close to the intriguing character of Cam (at least towards the end.) There wasn't even enough interaction between Luce and Daniel to invoke possibilities of where Kate was taking the story within my head. If Luce and Daniel are supposed to have this epic love saga, why wasn't I emotionally attached to either of them? I couldn't find it in me to cheer for their relationship, because Daniel was kind of a douche bag to Luce. And she just took it.

The middle 250ish pages dragged and dragged and dragged. I felt like the drama reached a permanent plateau and would never fully climax. I was right, because the conclusion was lackluster as well as predictable.

That being said, I can't NOT finish a series, so I will read Torment because the end instilled some hope in me that the series will pick up and maybe I'll receive some further insight into Cam and his rivalry with Daniel (and because that cover's beautiful, too, and I judge books by their covers), but I will wait until it shows up at Half Price Books.

I do very much hope that this series can pull itself back together & the sequel details Luce's implantation of a backbone.

Rating: 2/5

Series: The second book, Torment, will be released September 28, 2010. There will be four books in the series altogether.
Source: I purchased this book.
Published: Delacorte Press, 452 pages (December 8, 2009)

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad I came across your review as I was actually going to buy this book after work today! I just won Torment so I figured I would go buy Fallen to read that first. Perhaps I should think about it...

    Great review and thanks for the honesty!