August 12, 2011

Fallen by Lauren Kate

excerpt here
Series: Fallen 1
Format: Audio Book
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Purchase Link: Amazon
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. 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 Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

So we meet Luce Price, a transferee at Sword & Cross boarding school (which sounds more like juvie if you ask me with all the cameras that record their every move) after her boyfriend Trevor died. Then she met Daniel Grigori and for some reason she feels drawn to this person even if Daniel is not interested. And thus began Luce's painful lesson on self-esteem and breaking those rose-colored lense she seems to be wearing.

This is a YA series and it has all the emo qualities that seems to be so popular with the younger generation nowadays. I had such high expectations on this book because it's supposed to be a big hit with all the good ratings that it has been getting. Sad to say, I was not blown away as I expected I would be and it didn't help that this is my first Audio Book.

The plot holds such promise, fallen angels, reincarnated star-crossed lovers, reliving the tragedy of their unfulfilled love, etc. But it didn't follow through, the sequence is shot and the writing and dialogue is not as engaging as I hoped it would be.

Another thing that peeved me was Luce Price herself, considering the fact that this seems to be a hit to the YA group. Like Bella Swan, she's not exactly what you'd want to set as an example for an impressionable teenage girl except if you're showing an example of what NOT to be. I understand the attraction that she feels for Daniel but come on girl! He turned you down in more ways than one, don't humiliate yourself and become desperate just to get the guy. An example of this is when the statue fell on them and Daniel didn't even check to see if Luce is ok, he just went on his way and acted like nothing out of the ordinary happened. How can you still like someone like that? Even the laws of politeness and faked niceties dictates that you ask how a person is doing especially after a disastrous event. Let me tell you, Daniel's Momma didn't raise him right, so callous and arrogant for his own good. Tsk tsk tsk.

Lauren could've made Price's character role-model material, independent, confident and a fighter instead of a troubled girl with low self-esteem. I really had a no-you-didn't moment when she quoted Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to relate her situation with Daniel "There was a man, he was so mean to me he was wonderful!". Seriously? The 60's & 70's already happened since that movie and I bet if Audrey is still alive, she'd regret saying those lines. I actually liked her BFF better, Callie, who believes that a guy should prove that he's worthy of you, she should've been the heroine instead of Luce.

Les sigh! As the book ended, I remained unfulfilled, back tracking just to make sure that I didn't miss the realization of the promised exciting plot. This book seriously confused me, he likes Daniel but there is an attraction between her and Cam so I don't understand why, as a teenager who seeks approval, she just didn't go with Cam and just ignored Daniel. But of course the conclusion of the book is still happy in the sense that Daniel and Luce still ended up dating. But after hearing how Daniel was such a jerk, I was too annoyed to be in the moment with them. However, I will tread on and read Torment and hope that Kate had an awakening and decided to improve the story.

Lucy Hale as Luce
Anyway, the buzz on the street says that Disney is developing the series into a movie and Kate Lauren's choice to play Luce is Pretty Little Liar's, Lucy Hale. I hope Disney takes huge amounts of poetic license and revise the story and make it into something worth aspiring to. We already have Stephanie Meyer and her Twilight series, we don't need another one to corrupt the minds of our youth, we need an antidote not another contaminating agent out to send the wrong signals to the mealleable minds of our youth. Come on people! Our older sisters didn't fight for women's sufferage and burn their bras for nothing! Whatever happened to girl power? We need strong female characters like Mercedes Thompson and MacKayla Lane, even thos historical romance novels have feisty females.


  1. Exactly what I said! Why is it with these teen movies the female lead is so ditsy? I said the same thing about Cam and Daniel. She is constantly being turned down by Daniel and Cam clearly likes her, but she wants Daniel. I wouldn't have chosen this as my first audiobook hon. It just wasn't as engaging as it sounds, I totally agree. The concept is so great, but it needed work. I so agree about her best friend being the lead. Her and Pen were the ones that kept my attention most and were strong. I knoew ou would feel my pain hon. Hope Torment is better for both of us LOL! Great review, thank you :)

  2. I know! So tragic! After I read your review I was hoping that I would have a different opinion because the series is just so popular. I just borrow books from the library and the book got lost so I'm stuck with the audio one. I don't know how you do it, Diana, I don't think I can do audio books again.

  3. @Braine - LOL! I don't know how I do it myself, but it just depends on the story. It took me forever to get through this one because I was just hoping for something to happen and then it fell flat. It does take getting use to though really LOL! But yeah, I would recommend this to Twilight fans than anything else. Like I said in my review, I wish the inside of the book was as intriguing as the gorgeous cover :(


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