Fallen by Lauren Kate

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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, Georgia. 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 though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

I decided that I was going to reread this for the Pokémon Indigo League #ReadThemAllAthon in order to complete the Pewter badge. Whilst I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but think that I had forgotten how good this book was. I also decided that the book was way better the second time. Once I had picked it up I couldn’t put it down for too long. I literally picked it up at every opportunity that I had.
The writing had a really nice flow to it, however I felt like the writing relied a lot on what Luce was feeling at the moment. What I mean by this is that the worldview that we are presented was always affected by what she was feeling. So for example, when Luce was sad, she saw the world as a gloomy and horrible place but when she was happy, she saw the world in a slightly better light. There was a tonne of dialogue that seemed to get the book going forward. For me this felt as if it was a strength because the parts that were just texts were often descriptions and what Luce’s internal thoughts were. The writing is enticing however it still has its moments where the lines sat awkwardly together.
There are a tonne of hints to what Luce finds at the end of the book but I really enjoy how subtle it is. This book was such a great idea. Even though it is about fallen angels, it is so different from what I have read before and I must say that I enjoy the uniqueness of this book a lot. I love the fact that Luce is seen as tainted and not “perfect” as most of the protagonist girls are in these types of novels. For me it was way better the second time around (hence the .5 increase). I don’t know why but I just got into the story line a lot easier. It was like I dissolved into the pages of this book. I feel as though this book is one of those that you will always love because of how timeless it feels. This book provides the perfect pace and background for the next few books in the series and I loved that because it just helps that you learn a lot in the first book that you will use later on in the series.
In the end, I really loved this book. It is literally one of the best angel books I have ever read and I have to admit that it definitely sets the bar high for others. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my best friend for practically shoving this down my throat and making me read it back in grade eight. If it wasn’t for you, I would never know what an amazing book looked like. This book definitely paved the way for my current reading interests. I will also take this chance to recommend this to everyone who has yet to read it. I promise you that you won’t regret it and if you do, I take full responsibility. This book will now have a home on my favourite shelf.
4.5/ 5 Stars


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