Jan 13, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate

(book 1 of a series)

by Lauren Kate

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for YA
    (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385739133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385739139
Synopsis: Luce must spend her senior year at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. She suspects that the dark shadows that have tormented her all her life had something to do with it. When she meets supernaturally gorgeous Daniel, she feels a familiar longing, making her believe they have met before. Although Cam is clearly interested in her, Luce only wants Daniel, who runs both hot and cold. He tries to keep Luce at a distance, telling her that the truth would kill her as it has many times before. The first chapter is gripping and foreshadows the supernatural elements to come. The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries. Instead of vampires, though, these are fallen angels. Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH

There is so much to this story and I love the build up, it is just how I enjoy my reads and I think that is why I love this one so much. I happen to be a series lover and really look forward to the next, and the next book. Maybe it is because I am a collector of things, maybe it is because with a really great story, one book can never be enough. Lauren Kate is a very skilled writer and although this book is suggested for high school age reading, it is a mature read. I am way past my high school years and I completely related with the characters and was able to let myself get lost into the story. If you are a fan of YA and or this genre, including angels, paranormal, and romance, I think you will enjoy this book too. 

The synopsis offered really sums it up so there is no point for me to go over the outline of the story again. I do disagree with other reviews I have read that the book falls short of anything. It is clearly written as a series and the reader must take into consideration that a third book to this one is coming out mid 2011. So, when you pick this one up, take note that it really is only a beginning.


Although the reviews and ratings at Amazon.com were not all that great, I still had a yearning to read this book. This is one of my favorite genres and I seem to be on a YA reading frenzy right now. It is not a disappointment to me. I have enjoyed reading this book and I am really looking forward to the next book "Torment". 

Lauren Kate

About the Author
Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the author of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and Fallen. She wants to work in a restaurant kitchen and learn how to surf. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

The story continues in

And, the third book of this series is coming in 2011

Recommend This Read:
Yes, absolutely! I recommend this read to YA fans!
Suggested reading audience is grades 8 - 12

A Second Read:
I enjoyed my first read and would recommend it. This is
one I could include in a swap, or gift.


My reading is a borrowed book from my Library.
This one counts toward a few of my reading challenges including
Library, Outdo Yourself, 100 Books in a Year

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