Buy on Amazon: Fallen by Lauren Kate
I’m kind of in the middle on this book. I can’t really decide if I just didn’t like it or if the fact that I read it through in pretty much an afternoon actually means something.
Here is what I did like about Fallen.
1. I liked Luce. I think, while she’s not quite as helpless as other will-not-name girl-characters-stuck-in-a-love-triangle have been in other books I’ve read in the past, she still has a bit of a way to go before I really get the kick-butt out of her that I really enjoy reading.
2. I liked Daniel. I did not like his name so much. I think I would have preferred not knowing who the good guy was and the bad guy was right off the bat as a result of the naming. Because there were a few moments in there that I thought.. “hm.. really?”.
3. I liked the setting. Creepy old reform school, very gothic and emo. I enjoyed it. I liked the character back-up to the school and really enjoyed a few of the secondary characters. But.. man, these kids sure broke a lot of rules for supposedly being constantly watched.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
1. I felt like Luce’s history was stuck on repeat. I kept being told the same information over and over about WHY she was in the school, but I still didn’t really get what actually happened. Maybe I missed it? My eyes started glazing over when the fire was mentioned for the 3rd or 4th time.
2. I didn’t get why Luce’s “old” best friend had to be in the picture. The book would have done just fine I think without throwing an extra character into the mix and she’s just not mentioned enough to be any character worth anything.
3. I wasn’t spellbound by the story. Sure, it was interesting but there were parts that I had to make myself read through because I wanted to see how it all ended. I don’t know if that’s so much a product of the actual book or just the fact that I’m kind of getting tired of these drama-filled, teenage angsty-love, paranormal books. I’m fully ready to admit it might be the latter.
Still, I have to admit, I enjoyed Fallen much more than Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. They are remarkably similar, but Luce didn’t grate on me nearly as much as Nora did.