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.
Get ready to fall . . .
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Today I bring you Fallen by Lauren Kate, a “sexy, fascinating and scary” book. This was a book recommended to me by someone at work who knew I loved a fantasy book which had a romantic twist. Basically a young adult book. These have been my favourite Genre’s since I was little, and I have read many from the collection to sort of know what to expect.
First of all this book is about a young girl called Lucinda Falls who is a 17 year old girl who has been sent to a control school for either committing or not committing a crime that killed a boy she kissed. This school is known as the Sword and Cross which houses about 80 children/young adults. On her first day there are the typical first day school nerves, nicknames, bullies and friendships. The one person however that stands out from the rest is Daniel. Daniel pays attention to Lucinda “Luce” from afar and always keeps his distance. Since meeting Daniel Luce starts to have flashbacks and weird dreams which feel very realistic, and confusing, she has this feeling that she knows Daniel from somewhere.
After a couple days and tours of the grounds she is nearly crushed by a headstone in the schools graveyard, however who was there at the time and seemed to save her?….. Daniel.
Luce can’t understand how Daniel saved her, and why she is pulled to him, however she is also attracting the attention from another school boy Cam.
But who will she choose?
My favourite character in this book overall would be Penn. She is a sweet innocent girl who becomes friends with Luce by knowing how to get to student files, and the main school files, because of her dad and his position at the Sword and Cross.
The reason Penn became my favourite character was because she seems the most realistic, as realistic as a fantasy book can be. She was kind, shy, but most of all reminded me of myself, which made me relate to her more. I think other readers will also like her for the way she is around Luce.
The story kept me guessing quite a lot, because it was very confusing at times with twists and turns. I wonder if this was purposely put into the book because Luce is a teenager. Nothing about this new school is normal for her. Luce was a top grade achiever at her school near her parents, and now she is in a school where the education is questionable and, she has no idea what the other people at her school have done to become young offenders.
My favourite part about the book was 53% of the way through , at this point Daniel and Luce are talking about her secrets, and Cam is showing a larger interest in her, which is causing tension with Daniel. These were the best chapters as they became tense and mysterious.
However this happened only halfway through the book, before this section I was struggling to keep reading as I felt the story wasn’t progressing. After about page 240 the story began to pick up and become really interesting, I was hooked and didn’t stop reading it for two nights.
Overall I liked the book by the end and I do want to buy the second in the series. The ending was fast, tense and full of suspense, and was left leading onto the next book , by leaving you wanting more. The story had only just begun.
The only big downside to this book was I felt the beginning was very slow. I struggled to give the book my full attention and kept putting it down over a space of a month, I found the start very repetitive and nothing was happening. When I read a few more reviews where people said the story picks up in the middle, and becomes interesting, I wasn’t interested. However after the reviews I knew I needed to sit down and really try to keep reading on, and I am glad I did.
Overall I would give this first book a 3 1/2 out of 5, only due to the beginning which didn’t pull me in, but the ending was great and it left me wanting to read more.
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