Meeting Lauren Kate in Person

The night before the event Chai and I are still unsure if we will attend the book signing of Lauren Kate, author of Fallen series. Since I’m free that day I decided to give it a try so I asked Chai for the meet-up time. When we arrived there, the Atrium is already set for the book signing event and there were few people around the area already. We decided to buy the Torment (Fallen book 2) first at National bookstore to get the passes and have the books signed during the event. After few minutes we are already in line for registration. We are on the first and second slot for the 50 early bird who has the sure slot of getting the books sign and meet Lauren Kate in person. We waited for quite awhile until Lauren Kate arrived at around 5:30pm. While waiting we were given free Krispy Kreme donuts by the friendly organizer, we also meet other book bloggers and readers.

During the event, Lauren Kate answer questions from the speaker and two lucky special fan. After the interview, Lauren Kate signed their books. She also read the prologue of Torment. Listening to her is like listening to audio books. She read with such clarity and proper emotions. After the reading, there are some reporters who conduct some interview session with her. Then she began signing books.

She started signing first the VIP guess from media and reporters. After that we got our chance to have our books signed and talk to her. I was the first one from the 50 early birds to go up on stage with her. I asked her few questions about her next book Passion, the third book of Fallen series. I find her nice, down to earth and lovely. She was easy to talk to and she smiles a lot. After a few minutes Chai got her chance on stage so I went downstairs in front of the stage to take few photos of Chai and Lauren Kate. After awhile I went back on stage and have few photo shot with Lauren too. We also got one photo with Lauren Kate taken by the event photographer. Though I don’t know where can we get a copy of that photo. After we got our book signed we walked down the stage and received our free fallen shirts. We also tried the temporary tatoo. Chai choosed “Fallen” and I choose “Torment” painted on our arms.

This is our first try attending a book signing event. I still can’t believe we did. There are so much memories and we surely enjoy the experience.

Torment (Fallen Book #2) by Lauren Kate

“How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?”

Book Description:

In Fallen (book 1), Luce found Daniel – a cursed angel and her true love. Luce knows that she and Daniel’s destinies are intertwined; that he has loved her over and over again in her previous lives, but they’ve never managed to be together. Each and every time, she died. It’s the way it’s always been. That’s the nature of the curse. This time, so far, things are different. Luce has survived their often-fatal first kiss. But that doesn’t mean she’s safe.

As Luce and Daniel’s story continues, she has been relocated to an exclusive school on the west coast called Shoreline. There are normal kids there, but there is also a very large population of Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

Daniel promises she will be safe in Shoreline, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future…and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. Making her question if Daniel really is the one for her?

Personal Thoughts:

I anticipated much of this book after reading the sneak peak a month ago. The sneak peak contains only the prologue part which tells more on Daniel and Cam secret alliance – the truce between good and bad angels. I thought I will get to see more about that from this book but I failed. Daniel and Cam got a lesser appearance this time around. There are so much new in here. New setting, new characters, new adventure and a new Lucinda Pierce.

I appreciate the new scenery, it’s more appealing to me, a totally new world to discover for Luce. I can now connect more on the story as the settings is more vivid compare to the first book. Luce’s new school’s Shoreline is pretty interesting. I love being transported to beautiful places in books. I could actually imagine myself in this warm sunny place near a beautiful ocean. Something warming and loving about the place.

The new characters are also interesting. There are new teachers in the form of Francesca and Simon. Two fallen angels from opposing sides who are also an item. Having an angel and demon teaching the same class is fascinating. There are also new classmates for Luce. The addition of Nephilim are a bonus but I missed a lot of the characters from the first book. Like Daniel, Cam, Ronald and Ariane. They do still exist in here but with a lesser part.

The development of Luce character is a good attempt. She is a bit stronger and begins questioning everything, which I liked because at least she’s trying to make her own decisions. But at the same time I also grew frustrated with her. She’s quite stubborn and unreasonable. I found it hard to sympathize with her, specially when she started aiming on his new classmate Miles who she just knew for few days. Obviously, I’m not a fan of love triangles. They are typical and simply irritating. Though I don’t mind Miles in this part, but Luce is really annoying. There is a lot of misunderstanding between her and Daniel. They keep having the same exact fight over and over again. I get and understand both sides, but it got a little repetitive for me. She also complains a lot about no one telling her the truth but several of the other angels (including Daniel) reveal quite a bit to her – if she would just listen and focus really hard. And besides the whole story happens in 18 days while Daniel is busy protecting her outside her school. Can’t she give Daniel enough time to explain things? Or at least try to obey her teachers? She spends a lot of time trying to figure out why Daniel is in love with her, and I spent a lot of time wondering that myself. The two books is still lacking the details behind those things.

As for Daniel, he needs to trust Luce more, that she can handle more than he thinks she can. He is too overprotective. He needs to lighten up a bit and clue Luce in on a few things.

What I like in this book is the writing, it get better compare to Fallen. The cover is also lovely like the first book. And I also liked the development of the “Shadows”. That thing that haunted Luce since the beginning of this story in Fallen. They are now called “The Announcers”. It’s nice to know more about them, their abilities and the history they carry. They played a major role in discovering Luce’ past which this book tackles more.

The questions from Fallen which I expect to be answered in Torment are still there and worst new questions are added. The mystery surrounding Luce and her timeless relationship with Daniel has only deepened. It gets more confusing and intriguing. Luce purpose is still vague and the lines between good and evil are blurred even further. It makes it more hard to distinguish who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, and what role Luce has to play in all of these? With all this hunger to know the answers and what’s next to come, I realized how clever Lauren Kate is — she makes the reader coming back for more.

Fallen by Lauren Kate


“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, I was intrigue. 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.

I think 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.

Daniel Grigori the male protagonist is much interesting than Luce. 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, it is still 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 the “fallen”, like the difference between the good & the bad angels. 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.