Fallen: Book 1 of the Fallen Series (Paperback)
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Short Description for Fallen 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross ...only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Some angels are destined to fall...
- Published: 17 December 2009
- Format: Paperback 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385618021 ISBN 10: 0385618026
- Sales rank: 9,692
Reviews for Fallen
Fallen= 5 stars
I really liked this book, i recommend it to people how love romance and fantasy books. If you liked books like twilight and vampire acdememy or even city of bones, id say most likely you would love this book! even my friend likes this book and she NEVER reads, i swear even though she was obsessed with twilight she didnt even read the books!!!! definently worth 5 stars! by Jemmaunder review
The saying goes "Never judge a book by its cover," and it definatley applies here. The cover looks very promising and alluring to those who are interested in sci fi/urban fantasy. It definatley is the first thing that intrigued me to read the book and the second being I saw it "recommended."
After a few chapters, I found myself struggling to read it. But being the trooper I am, I continued in the hopes of reaching the climax which would just make everything fall into place. Alas this did not happen.
In comparison to other books available on the market under this catergory, this book was a big disappoint, leaving you unsure and not as well as informed as a reader would like to be.
It is obvious the reader has left alot of information out of this book, in order to put in the books coming in the series. [assumption]
Unfortunatley in doing this, she has failed to captivate the reader by not supplying enough detail. The lack of depth despite the length of the book does the book no justice. (For instance, the reason behind why the leading female character Luce has ended up in a reform school is made mention too throughout the book, but it doesn't go into any great detail of what happened in that particular event.)
It takes 3/4 of the book to reach any kind of climax. And even when all the "action" starts to take place it still lacks the depth of character to pull you into the book.
Nothing is obvious in this book and even though the author has tried to make it seem that way. It leaves you questioning whether you missed something or lack understanding of the content.
The lack of character build up is the main thing that a reader may find disheartening. The secondary characters are much more interesting then the main.
Although it is a love story there doesn't seem to be much love in it. It's more based on lust and rejection until the very end.
Even the epliogue leaves you wondering "what the..."
So will I be reading any future books in the series? Definatley!
I find it so annoying having read the book and left wondering so much. So I think any future books will be necessary just to fill in the blanks! by Amanda
... Then An Angel Fell For A Mortal!
In the beginning he would search for her, when he didn't find her she would find him. In every life they would come together only to be torn apart. They were in love. They were domed. Time and time again he would lose her, and she would die. Time and time again he would remember and she would forget. It was always the same. Until now...
Ever since she can remember, Lucinda has seen things no one else can. Shadows. Luce had always feared them, but they had always kept their distance. Until the day they got too close and took a life. After the 'accident' things changed. People looked at her differently, with fear, even her parents. And Lucinda was sent away.
Stepping through the gates of Sword & Cross was like stepping into another world. On her first day at reform school Luce met a boy. He was cold and aloof, but somehow mesmerising. Was she crazy or had they met before? But no matter how many times he told her she was, she was sure she was not crazy.
Fallen is the story of an age old battle, one that has been reining since the beginning of time, one that will last to the end. The fate of all eternal souls rests in the hands of a pair of star-crossed-lovers. And Lucinda and Daniel are as domed and as much in love as Romeo and Juliet.
Natural and flowing language guides Lucinda through a new and thrilling world, where the only thing that's more important than survival is love. For all those who have had enough of vampires, now there are angels. And waiting for what happens next will be Torment. by Larissa McGrath
Fantastic Angel Fantasy
As much as I want to just gush about this book I will endeavour to keep myself in check and write a succinct review as to exactly why I enjoyed this book so much.
The story starts with a mystery, page turning suspense and intrigue. The reader is automatically drawn into the female protagonists life, thoughts and feelings from the outset. The characters are well written and their interaction was completely believable and often humorous. My heart was pounding with the passion and longing that Luce (the main character) felt.
The descriptions were detailed and brought vivid pictures to my imagination. I actually had chills at the description of the shadows (no plot spoilers here).
My love of Classic Literature references was fully satisfied with the use of Milton's Paradise Lost and Dante's Inferno both of which reinforced the main storyline and also added an extra dimension of plot. Religious references abound, the description of a snake passing while Luce bit into an apple was a stroke of genius.
Clever plot teasers are placed throughout the book, making this a book that you can read time & time again and still find new things. This for me brings it right up there with The Twilight Saga as it to has all these little plot teasers that you do not necessarily pick up on the first reading. Dramatic ending has really left me gasping for more.
I adore the thought of eternal soul mates and the great battle of good versus evil. I was able to lose myself completely in this story. A sign of good descriptive writing.
For me this book has it all romance, suspense, intrigue and surprising plot twists. I rank it alongside The Twilight Saga (Vampires), The Wicked Lovely Series (Faeries) and now Fallen (Angels).
In conclusion a terrific book for those that like supernatural romance and losing themselves in fantasy. I sincerely hope this review was not too gushing, or if it was that I had valid points to make about why I am gushing. by Emma Davies
- Top review
Fallen = 5 Stars
I started this story already knowing what the characters were... It is pretty obvious - the book is marketed in a way that tells you what they are, but I don't think that this lessened my reading enjoyment at all. Speaking of knowing what the characters are - I loved their names (and they are a great hint if you don't already know who is who and what is what).
I also love Lauren Kate's writing style. Though nothing much really happens until the last 150 pages, you don't feel like there's nothing happening. The story and characters are so engrossing that you don't even realize there hasn't really been any action yet. Kate's writing draws you in to become Luce, to feel exactly what she is feeling which is quite an achievement considering it is written in third person. Despite it being quite a sad, dark novel, there are some great humorous moments too.
Luce herself is a very intriguing and likable character. Her past and the reason she ends up in reform school are very sad and dark.
Normally I'm not a big fan of the whole "love-at-first-sight, we're-meant-to-be-together-despite-how-badly-I-treat-you" thing, but in Fallen I like it. The reason it works well is that there is an actual reason for the love at first sight, and there's a very, very, very good reason for the bad treatment.
Fallen also had some surprising twists along the way. I thought I had the story all figured out then I would reach a big twist. Afterward I could see all the clues that hinted this was going to happen and couldn't believe I hadn't known! This story doesn't have a fairytale ending either, which I think is a good thing. The ending is quite sad and leaves lots of questions which I hope will be answered in the sequel Torment which is due for release in September this year.
Overall I am giving Fallen 5 out of 5 because I simply can't think of any reason not to! I recommend it to all lovers of fantasy and romance. by Amy Mansellunder review