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Fallen by Lauren Kate

on August 31, 2010


“What if the one you were meant to be with, could never be yours?”

The title itself gave me an idea what to expect from Lauren Kate book Fallen. But what really draw my attention to pick up this book is the art cover – the girl in black goth clothing crying in the middle of the forest, it was intriguing. Since I got a spare time last holiday I grab my chance flipping the pages. I thought it may be good enough to kill time. The prologue is interesting enough to make me decide to continue reading, it slightly creepy and appropriately vague. But the first ten or so chapters didn’t work for me, it’s terribly slow-paced and It hardly get my focus.

The story is too slow and slightly redundant. It did not fully develop the characters nor the storyline. “Luce” or “Lucinda Price” the female protagonist is too obsessive and bland. Aside from her interest in Daniel, I couldn’t figure out what other interests she had. There’s one part in the book where she talks about how smart she is, but I don’t see an ounce of passion in her about anything except the boy she’s attracted to. I want to see some growth in her character, but there just wasn’t much. Also, I can’t figure how does she looks like. I just assumed that she is the woman with her hands covering her face in the art cover.

Daniel Grigori the male protagonist is interesting. When I read his last name, my idea from the book title of what the story is all about is confirmed. Which makes it more Luce character questionable. With her supposed superior intelligence, I can’t fathom why it took her so long to figure out Daniel’s secret. Even if she’s not religious, still it’s too obvious. Maybe if she just try to search it online she’ll get all the answer she needs.

The settings has lot of confusing details. I had a hard time picturing the place as a whole because the descriptions were weak and mess up. They were poorly drawn and sometimes conflicting. It seems that the author failed to deliver a beautiful atmosphere to match the lovely cover of the book. The plot touches briefly about paranormal which I wish the author explore more.

This book stands at 452 pages not because there are lots of words, but because the font is so big. The first 250 pages are slow and uninteresting. Then a lot is covered in the last 50 pages, leaving you with a lot of unanswered questions. The problem is, most of the vague points are still vague to me after reading it. I got confused with the shadows. I’ve learned that they were like “messengers” or “watchers” but I’m not sure if they really serve their purpose in the story. I didn’t really know if they were meant to scare or what because they weren’t really scary to me. I was hoping for a better explanation of who the “fallen” were, the difference between the good & the bad. And more information or history of the two main characters, Luce and Daniel. Hopefully, that will be explained in the books to follow. Also, I’m still wondering with the “Good News” that Daniel is supposed to say to Luce. It says that there was good news and bad news, but the writer didn’t say what is the good news.

Despite all my complaints, I still give Fallen a chance. The book was good as a dark novel as it is too serious, but I didn’t think it was original at all. I feel that the story has potential if taken in the right direction. I might read the sequel which entitled “Torment”. I just hope it will be more engaging and it won’t be tormenting to read.

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9 responses to “Fallen by Lauren Kate

  1. runningshadow says:

    Great review.
    I read Fallen last August, and I found Daniel really offensive in the first few chapters. Also, I completely agree about Luce not having any passions. She enumerated all her academic achievements, and my reaction was: WHAT?!? I don’t believe you.

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    • blackplume says:

      Thanks!
      I think Daniel is interesting because he is mysterious but not really great in this book. Though I understand him somehow. Compare to Luce I think Daniel character is more consistent. I’ve read the sneak peek of the second book Torment and Daniel character along with Cam is improving. Hopefully Luce character will also develop in the next book.

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  2. realmsofanopenmind says:

    I completely agree with you.. Just read both Fallen and Torment, and both are pretty much the same storyline with limited growth.. Such a shame..

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    • blackplume says:

      I’ve read the two books too, I was actually hoping for character development in Torment but It didn’t deliver much. Luce is definitely NOT one of my favorite characters in the world of YA. She needs a lot of improvement.

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  3. I recently read this book and I totally agree with you that it’s too slow and slightly redundant ughh I can’t really express how I feel for this book. I think my brain is just saying this book is amazing but then when you read it its get you disappointed.

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    • blackplume says:

      “I can’t really express how I feel for this book”

      yeah, I know how you feel. As much as I want to love this book and the series because of Lauren Kate, It didn’t really deliver well for me. I love the concept of soul mates and reincarnation but somehow the writing failed. I adore the author personally since I’ve met her twice and she is so sweet. And I feel bad somehow that I didn’t love her books as much as I want.

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  4. Weiner says:

    tooootally 100% agreeee with you!!!
    but she did mention she good news, although it was “eehh”
    “The good news is” – he paused, carefully choosing his words – “I kissed you, and you’re still here.”

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