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Description - Fallen by Lauren Kate

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 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...

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780385618021
ISBN-10: 0385618026
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 135mm x 33mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Doubleday Children's Books
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate - Reviewed by (18 Jul 2011)

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.

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate - Reviewed by (28 Jan 2010)

With a hauntingly beautiful cover art to lure you into the world of Sword & Cross, the inside tale lives up to it's heavenly expectations. Lauren Kate uses such wonderfully rich and descriptive writing to weave a story so captivating that you cannot close the final page without great distress at the looming months ahead in wait until the sequel.

I loved the characters - Luce is likable and you can easily relate to the confusion she feels over Daniel. Because we're all questioning the same thing - why does she feel this strange, unbreakable pull toward him when he's hardly said a nice word toward her? Daniel himself is a mystery and I was much more drawn toward the delightfully charming Cam for the majority of the novel. Events transpire toward the end which helped to shift more of my affection toward Daniel, however I am still very fascinated to learn more about Cam. The secondary characters are equally unique - I ADORED Ariane. She's crazy, fun and totally the opposite of Luce. I loved Penn too - Lauren manages to write every character in such a way that they literally breathe off the pages.

The paranormal element is a something I'm completely sold on - having already read and LOVED Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick - I'm craving for more. While we're left with more questions than answers by the end of the novel, the idea Lauren has presented is both brilliant and intense.

I don't want to say too much without giving things away, but FALLEN is a dark, romantic tale woven deliciously, building up to the epic showdown of biblical proportion - you'd be crazy if you don't jump on the wings of the newest craze to hit YA literature. Vampire are so last year!

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate - Reviewed by (14 Jan 2010)

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 stars out of 5 because I simply can't think of any reason not to! I recommend it to all lovers of fantasy and romance.

Author Biography - Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She now lives in Los Angeles.

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