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Fallen

by Lauren Kate

Random House Children's Books | September 28, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Fallen is rated 3.5147 out of 5 by 68.
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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.95 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385739133

ISBN - 13: 9780385739139

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Bought this title because of the cover and the fact that it was a best seller. Honestly one of the worst novels I have read. The protagonist is boring and very "Bella-esq". The story is flat. Would not recommend.  
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book Ever This book for FOREVER for the plot or excitement to get rolling and once it fianlly did get going, everything was rushed and things weren't explained. It seems the author forgot to explain the things that are in her head, thinking we already know what's going on. I'm on the fence about reading the rest of the books because I would like to figure out what the heck she was talking about. I would NEVER recomend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a really good book I want to give it 4.5/5 but since I can't, I rounded up. There's a reason why the Fallen Series contains four novels, because the first book, Fallen, itself was a classic. I read this book within 3 days because it was so good that I can't put it down. Highly recommend reading it
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Wow! Not what I expected. It was awful! Slow starting, at time didn't make sense and the ending was rushed! Reading the second book in the series, only because I had it already bought. Not going to bother with the rest.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring at first but got better! so...at the beginning of the book it took a while before the plot developed...and that took a long time...until almost the end!!! so if you have patience then you might like this book. now, this book did not take the route that i would have thought it would have based on the synopsis...a good start to the story, waiting to get the next book to continue! worth reading? possibly
Date published: 2012-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Still on the fence I just finished reading this book, and I'm not sure if I loved it or hated it. While I was reading it, I felt terribly lost and confused the whole time. Then at the end you get some answers to your questions. But some are left unanswered, obviously to be uncovered in the next book. But what if I didnt want to read the next one? The development in the novel is minimal. There is a lot of short descriptions of what happens, almost like a play by play without the much needed descriptions for recreating the book in your mind while you read. As I say, I'm still on the fence on this series. I'll give it one more shot with the next book to see if the story line picks up...
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start o the Series This book is a really good book, so I'm not going to judge it based on how poorly the rest of the series was. "Fallen", by itself, is a great book for any teen who is going through a difficult time in their lives. It shows how even in the darkest of places, there is always some reason to keep fighting. But its not just that, yes it has a fairly slow start, but once you can read past it, the book comes to life. Now, onto the rest of the series. "Torment" and "Passion" are not some of my favourite books ever but I wouldn't called them bad books. This series is worth reading though because the finale book, "Rapture", stole my heart. I cry and dreamed with it. The first book is a nice easy read and if you can get past the some of the crappy slow parts in the middle, you should read it. If your looking for an amazing series that will always leave you wanting more, try the "Starcrossed" saga by Josephine Angelini or perhaps the "Divergent" trilogy. If you like angles, maybe the "Halo" trilogy is for you.
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow to start but worth the read The book started off slower than I thought. Although the reading isn’t so bad. It does capture your attention enough to keep going, although I’m not sure what the huge hype over this book is. That’s not to say that I did not like it, I thought it was an all right read, but not something to wow over. It’s worth sticking by it and reading it through. I rather liked Luce. She’s got issues, but not enough to make her weepy or needy. She can stand up on her own (most of the time) although her mooning over Daniel was a little tedious. I couldn’t really see the chemistry going on between the two of them, even though Daniel was playing the hard to get game and being real nasty about it. Sure, he had reason to avoid Luce, but it would help to at least explain to her why that would be instead of blowing her off like an irritating bug. Even after I finished the book, I still didn’t really like Daniel. To me, he’s not even crush worthy material. Now Cam..on the other hand...yeeeahhhhhh *grinning* Like Luce, I thought Gabbe was the most annoying person ever. However, when you find out what she really is, it fits into place and you suddenly do a 360 and change your mind about her. Now although the pace of the book was slow, and the plot was slow to evolve, the reading wasn’t so bad. I rather liked following Luce around with Arriane and Penn (I took a liking to Penn she was such a great supporting character). The pace does pick up a bit after the first half of the novel and the mystery gets a little more interesting. The whole explanation on who Daniel really is (among others) was interesting and did take the story on to a new light. It felt like a reward for putting up with the slow pacing and well, I’d have to say the ending really did make up for it and convinced me to pursue this series further. Fallen might not be for everyone. The pacing of the plot may be slow and dry to some readers. Also there are just some parts that get a little out of hand when it comes to the cheesiness and romance. However, those that loved Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick should give this a try (however it might not be up to par). In my opinion, Daniel just could not be as great as Patch ;)
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow beginning but great book Fallen starts a bit slow, and to be honest I also put it down and moved onto another book. But I was curious, so I continued to read it. And I am very glad I did so. It may start very slowly, but it begins to capture your imagination without you even knowing it. Soon, you are trapped in a world of mystery and excitement, and it is impossible to put the book down.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Start, Strong Finish Although the start of this book is a little bit slow keep with it, it eventually pulls you in and has you begging for more. Luce has something in her past that is eating away at her, something bad enough it has landed her in a reform school, but fate has to do whatever it takes to bring her to Daniel. This book is a great start to the series and keeps you guessing throughout the story wondering where it’s going to lead you and what Daniel is hiding. The connection between Daniel and Luce is wonderful a small part of you wants to cheer for Cam. The cliff hanger at the end had me moving on to book 2. This is a light read and perfect for a summer series for anyone looking for one.
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! I know a lot of people say that the beginning is a little confusing, but i thought that the author did an excellent job describing a world that her mind brilliantly created. When I finished it, I had to automatically run to the store to buy the next one! And 3 books later, I can't wait for the 4th one to come out! Beware: you are about to enter a world of angels and unimaginable beauty, love and magic.
Date published: 2011-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mysterious! The book starts off a little boring, confusing you might even say, as you don't understand the 'Trevor' incident yet, or what 'shadows' are. But the book excels as romance and mystery take over. Love triangles, secret love, and hidden identities are discovered while reading, although parts will get a little bit dry throughout chapters, Lauren Kate always knows how to hook the reader at the end to keep them going. I do recommend this book! Althoug for people who can't handle dry sections, try a more interesting series.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inevitable Romance As other reviewers have said, the beginning of the book is a bit slow, and the frustration from this quickly changes. As soon as you hit about the middle of the book, you won't be able to put it down (as with most books), but you really will love the story. It's jam-packed with chivalry, declarations of love, and spine-tingling suspense. I loved this book, and I can't wait to read the sequels. I recommend this to anyone looking for a book that's a little bit different than the cooke-cutter romances I've been reading these days.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start I found the beginning of the book boring. i wasn't excited about reading it and i had a hard time getting through chapters. Near the middle of the book and on the story really picked up and captivated my attention. I loved the ending. i thought the story was cute, but i think there could definitely be more romance and action going on between Danial and Luce. all in all an okayy read.
Date published: 2011-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good From the Start! The beginning seemed a bit slow, and leaves you wondering what is going to happen. As you read further into the book though, everything starts falling into place and I wasn't able to put the book down. Highly romantic, a bit of a nail-biter, and a good teen read. I definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Dark and Romantic as the Cover I will be honest I bought this book because I loved the cover. It’s dark, mysterious and beautiful and the story inside the beautiful cover does not disappoint. It’s a story with lots of twists and turns, gorgeous boys both good and evil, a love triangle, romance, best friends, mystery, action and a deep dark secret that is just waiting to be unlocked. The story begins when Luce, arrives at a new school under mysterious circumstances and meets a boy, Daniel. As soon as Luce lays eyes on Daniel who is instantly drawn to him and who she is sure she has met him before, but cannot figure out how she knows him or why she is drawn to him and completely in love with him from the first moment they lay eyes on each other. It’s a story of two people who are forever meant to be together, but unable to. Lifetime after lifetime they have found each other, fell in love, but tragically it ends. But for some unknown reason in this lifetime something has changed. I am not going to say much more as I do not want to give anything away. You will just have to read it for yourself. “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.”
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I didn't really like it The story was pretty cliche in my opinion. And Luce seemed not only a little weird but a little too perfect. My friend read it and she also noticed a few errors in the plot line which I also noticed. I don't know if anyone else noticed them so I could maybe be ruining it for them... But When she kisses Daniel she says its her first kiss, and the one with TREVOR doesn't count... what about the one with Cam? That kinda turned me off... There were more 'errors' but I don't really want to explain them. Almost everything was predictable which didn't make it any more interesting. So yeah... I wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I was told that this book was amazing. Sadly-I was disappointed. While I did love the idea of fallen angels.....Im not one for a romance overwhelming a book. I did not like that. Too much love not enough gore. I did like it though. it was fun to read-I'll say that. Still....not one of the better books I've read.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated out of 5 by from Fallen for "Fallen" I had doubts about this book thinking it was only focused on the romance. There's more to "Fallen" though, other than the romance. The mystery behind the shadows and the reasons why Luce has been reincarnated... sure leaves me wanting to read more. I'm about half way through and I haven't been disappointed yet. This isn't a perfect novel. The characters are great and they sure pull through.
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great I saw the cover of this book and it looked extremely interesting. However, when I got to reading it, it didn't captivate me at all. It took me several days to read it. I was continually frustrated with Luce's woah is me attitude and her angst that she didn't have her cell phone of all things. The concept of the book was interesting but it fell short with it's application for lack of a better term. I might still pick up the sequel just to see where it goes but I won't be rushing out to get it
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing Special There was just something about this book that I did not like. Maybe it was the way the author wrote or maybe it was because i listened to it via audio book. However, I could not get into it and I don't plan on continuing the series in the near future. I found that it was mainly her complaining about how miserable she was at the school, how horrible the school was and how she had an unexplainable attraction to Daniel. All the action happened near the end of the novel.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was Expecting more Fallen reminded me of two other series that I have read. In my opinion if you mush Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick with The Immortal Series by Alyson Noel you get Fallen. Fallen was written beautifully and I really liked the concept. But for me it just didn’t have the wow factor that blew me away. I liked how each of the characters has some sort of problem that they had to deal with and how you never really knew which of Luce’s friends you should trust and dislike. Overall, I found the novel okay. For any fallen angel’s lover I’m sure this is one novel you would like to add to your collection. The Rating: 3.5 out of 5 For more reviews please visit www.vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I didn't really enjoy this book. I found that it dragged on way to much. All the action was packed into the last couple chapters of the book. I did like the original story line with Luce, Daniel and Cam. I think the story was just focusing to much on the fact that she was in boarding school and how miserable she was and how much she missed her old life. The love story seemed to mature for their age. I am however going to read the second one to see if the story line picks up at all since I already bought it.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Would've given 0 stars, if I could. Lauren Kate threw together a bunch of puzzle pieces from different puzzles. Nothing fits. The characters are boring, it's impossible to relate to any of them because they're total Mary Sues. And you know I HATE Mary Sues. All of the characters are forgettable. Plot summary: Brainless Luce goes to boarding school, boo-hoo, life is hard, she can't have her cell-phone. She meets a hot tan blonde guy that treats her like dirt, therefore she is attracted to him. Turns out he's an angsty angel that doesn't want her aroud cause she's gonna die and he loves her or something. There's a wimpy 1 chapter battle and the book ends. In the end, I don't remember half of it. If you're the sort of person that wants an empty bimbo romance story, this is for you!
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Fallen....In love Don't really have much to say, cause there is nothing to say. When something is amazing as this, words aren't enough. Just read it and trust me when i say "I read this in 4 hours" you will too!
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehh I was hooked by the prologue. It was exciting, heart-wrenching, and dramatic right from the first words. And then it stopped. It was like the author suddenly forgot how to write a good story. The rest of the book was just set-up for the "big" reveal, which was completely wasted on me (Seriously, Daniel "Grigori?" Can you be any more obvious??). The romance in the novel was mind-numbing at best, and frustrating at worse. We never have any reason to fall for their romance, other than, "Well, they're star-crossed lovers. ISN'T THAT CUTE??" Well, yeah, for about a chapter. But without any real personality to their relationship, it just got really, really boring. I still have some hope for this book since it did get SOME things right. The action scenes were exciting, and some of the romance, when used sparingly, actually tugged on some heart strings. I sincerely hope that this series starts picking up soon.
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Weak A bit of a let down, not much substance to this novel.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book. Lame cover. I picked this book up recently and finished it in less than a day. I quickly went out and got the sequel "Torment" and read it just as quickly. The setting was really neat. Luce (17-years-old) gets sent to an old reform school equipped with video surveillance and a creepy commentary. Don't let the lame cover prevent you from reading this book. I don't know whats up with the cover...it couldn't get any worse. Downsides: 1) Lame Cover 2) If you hate when authors leave cliff-hangers that require you to purchase the sequels to find out what happens then this probably isn't the book for you. Lauren Kate is definitely a fan of leaving readers hanging. This book deals with "Fallen Angels" (which is a nice change from all the vampire books). It reminded me of "Hush, Hush" & "Crescendo" by Becca Fitzpatrick .
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Paranormal Romance EVER... A new, fresh, twisting and turning in depth novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Luce is caught in a romantic tangled web... The 2nd installment, Torment, was just as addicting. Better than any other romantic paranormal series I have read.
Date published: 2011-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not really what I thought it would be... Umm.. not really what I had in mind. After reading the "Hush Hush" trilogy, Fallen seems a little out of hand. First of all, the story was written in a third person point of view, which I really didn't like because it didn't connect to the inner feelings of the characters. Luce and Daniel love is really flat and boring. There wasn't much going on between them. The story left me kind of frustrated because there was tons of questions that were never answered. I did regret reading this book, but still I would continue in the trilogy. Fallen is kind of like the trilogy of Twilight, but way worse. I would recommend reading Hush hush instead of this. The first 300 pages was not at the point, didn't get it. The ending was a little better, but not what I really want. Daniel was separated from Luce mentioned as eternity, and then he decided to ditch her again. Wow... harsh romance. Really disappointed, I would rather know more then having so many unanswered questions.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great. I was really dissapointed with this book. I really wanted to love it. The idea was good, and the cover was beautiful, but the characters felt flat to me. I knew exactly what would happen in the book after reading the prologue (which I seriously wish had been left out) and nothing at all interesting happened in the book for the first hundred something pages. Both the action and the romance in the novel picked up way too slowly, but when it did it was just alright.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great. I was really dissapointed with this book. I really wanted to love it. The idea was good, and the cover was beautiful, but the characters felt flat to me. I knew exactly what would happen in the book after reading the prologue (which I seriously wish had been left out) and nothing at all interesting happened in the book for the first hundred something pages. Both the action and the romance in the novel picked up way too slowly, but when it did it was just alright.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Loved It Loved It and I'm 27 years old" I absolutely loved this book. It is my first teen series I've ever read even as a teen I read adult fiction. I saw the Torment cover when it first came out at Coles. I was mesmerized by the cover, but reading the the back I knew it must be the second of a series. I asked the girl about the book and she said you MUST read the first one Fallen. The cover is just as beautiful and I decided I would try it. The book is great! very easy to read and it kept turning the pages. It is funny and serious at the same time. I am in love with the characters. The story has a few twists to keep you guessing. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all audience.
Date published: 2010-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, not great When I finished Fallen, I had mixed feelings about it. The book started off very slow and it was hard to keep reading. I found that halfway through, it picked up and the rest of the book was enjoyable. It's fairly predictable, but that's to be expected with a book like this. I did like the main character, Luce, though the character of Daniel fell a bit flat, which was disappointing. All in all though, I never really felt connected to the characters and it's always hard to get through a book when you don't have a connection with any of the characters. I found that there were a couple questions that were brought up and then never addressed again, but I'm hoping that they will be picked up in the second book. In the end, I am glad that I stuck with the book and I will probably pick up the next one.
Date published: 2010-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Honestly, this was one of the better books I have read in a while. Since the popular book topic is vampires, I was expected something to happen like that. However the book took me on a complete turn and I thought it was fantastic.
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Doesn't get good until the end... Overall I though this book had an interesting concept but it failed to really grab my attention. The last quarter of the book is where all the action lies, and that part of the novel is very well written and entertaining. It is just a matter of making it that far first.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really great! This book was really great, keeps you guessing on what will happen until the end. The writing is exquisite, i felt like a third person there watching the as i read the story. Can't wait to read Torment.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is one of the best books that i have ever read. if you like amazing love stories with a twist that always keeps you guessing. i never wanted to but this book down and i cant wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fallen by Lauren Kate http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/10/fallen-by-lauren-kate.html -- All of her life, Luce has seen the shadows. They stay at a distance, until one night everything goes wrong, and she’s blamed for the death of a friend. This wins Luce a one way ticket to Sword & Cross – a gothic reform school. That’s where she sees Daniel, and instantly feels like she’s met him before. Who is Daniel and what did he do to get himself into Sword & Cross? And how will Luce get rid of the persistent shadows that are slowly closing in on her? -- As I was reading this book, I was totally into it. The beginning was engaging and it kept me interesting through almost the entire thing. I kept guessing what the prologue meant, and who was who. The characters are fit well together, and the plotline goes at just the right speed. But as I kept reading, I started to get wary. The only thing that Luce was doing in some part of the story was just going back and forth between the two guys. She would finish talking with one guy and then it would go straight to the next one, and over and over again. Now, the thing about Luce is that her character isn’t that great. She’s a little shy and has some sense of humour, but other than that she has no personality. By the time that things were speeding up in the book, and secrets were revealed and fights were going on… I was expecting that Luce would step up and be a man. Her character should have developed as she went through her hardships, but she just stayed the same! And when she was the only person who didn’t know what was actually happening, she was just a zombie and didn’t even get angry. Her boyfriend told her that she didn’t need to know, so she excepted it and did what she was told like a good little girl. If you think that that isn’t bad enough, then get this. When the final showdown fight started between good and evil, her boyfriend shooed her away to safety, and let her cower in a room while he fought for her. I know that she wouldn’t have stood a chance, but still… she didn’t question it at all! I also know that some people have personalities like that… but come on! I want to hear a story about the people who are unique, and have some sort of flaw other than being a lovesick pansy. Overall though, it wasn’t a bad book. Maybe Luce will get better in the next one, I believe that it is called Torment. And I shall give this book a 4.
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it thought it was good from beginning to end was hard to put down
Date published: 2010-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absouletly amazing !! an amazing book, i'v readin books about love and adventure love and mystery and fobiden love but this book is a whole new level the books plot is dark dangerous its abouta girl drawn to daniel even though he keeps pushing her away but shes falling for him anywayand later she discovers a dark secret about him !!
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not good the book seems to be very boring throughout the beginning and the middle. it just doesn't really seem to grasp your attention and make you wanna read more. i have to say though the end alright
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Cool Not as good as I thought it was going to be, but still good. Quite slow, and I found that Luce spent too much time thinking and it was getting rather boring to read. It did however pick up towards the end.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Story has a Gr8 potential. ...Just as i said in my title this story really does have a great potential. But its up to the author to live up to that potential and turn words into a world of great imagination. I found Lauren Kate's writing style to be a bit annoying. It seemed like she can use a "creative writing" class because sometimes i just didn't understand what she was trying to convey in some paragraphs/sentences.I sometimes found myself reading some parts over and over again. Lauren has a wonderful imagination, now she just needs to put it better into words. She sometimes had too many words thrown into a sentence that weren't even necessary to begin with. More like "fillers". The Story was very good though. It was like for more than half the story Lauren built up this Thriller/Suspense around all her characters. Every character was well developed with an edge and mystery to them. It was like this whole jumble of mystery and confusion for more than half of the book. The next thing you know, you are 20 pages away from finishing the book, yet STILL no answers. Well, thats exactly what happened. The conclusion wasn't much of a conclusion as it was a cliff-hanger. I have very high expectations for the next book, Torment, because *fingers crossed* many of the mystery's will be solved and questions will be answered. But i m not totally counting on that either, since this is a 4 books series and lauren will need something to talk about in those books too. *sigh* This wait is gonna kill me!! Many people, just like myself, compare this fallen angel book with "Hush,Hush". Considering the fact, they both are about fallen angels and both came out roughly at the same time. However, let me assure you. They have totally DIFFERENT plots. Not for once was i comparing the story's. The one and only similarity they do have is the subject of fallen angels, thats it! Both stories follow different fallen angel mythology, so if u read the two books back to back, you may get a bit confused. I personally liked Hush,Hush better because i LOVED the authors writing style and her cute sense of humor(i LOLed A LOT!). But, i like the story of Fallen a wee bit more. I think if the authors of Fallen and Hush,Hush teamed up, they could've come up with the ULTIMATE LOVE STORY about Fallen Angels, hands down. After all, two heads are better than one. I would recommend this book, but not over Hush,Hush. Sorry guyz! Hush, Hush won me over.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A mix of books come together The story is about Luce, a girl who gets sent to reform school after a boy she had a crush on was burnt to death. There she meets new friends and tries to avoid the shadows she's been seeing her whole life. Of course, she falls for a boy who tries to avoid her at all cost and is uncertain what to do about another boy who seems head over heels for her. Now this book reminded me a lot of fallen angels books, and eternal books all wrapped in one. I like the story but it's predictable and it drags for longer than you want. I've had urges to close the book at some points. I didn't find the plot strong at all. The only part that gave me strong emotions was at the ending of the book between Penn and Luce, anything else was more of a "mah, whatever". Still, torment is coming out and the epilogue had me interested in reading further.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read Despite Predictability If I had to sum up this book in three words those words would be mysterious, tragic, and romantic. I devoured this novel fairly quickly primarily because I wanted to uncover the mystery of who and what Daniel Grigori is and what his connection is to Luce. As a protagonist I found Luce to be completely believable and absolutely likable. Although she presented herself as scared and somewhat hopeless there is an inner strength to Luce that is revealed throughout the novel as she pushes her comfort zones to confront her obstacles. Throughout most of the novel Daniel is a confusing character who's behavior is questionable but his mysteriousness and Luce's unexplainable reaction to him leaves the reader in suspense. I really enjoyed the supporting characters in this novel as their often odd and quirky personality traits added an authenticity to the plot line. Although the publishers synopsis does not reveal much about the plot of this novel the book trailer reveals that there is an ancient war preventing Luce and Daniel from ever being together and hints at the existence of angels. For those of you who enjoy love triangles then this book delivers however from the beginning of the novel I felt that there was something a little sinister about one of the characters...I'll leave it for you to figure out who. I will say that I found the teachers at the Sword and Cross as well as the environment to be a little unbelievable. The Sword and Cross seemed more like a desolate orphanage for unwanted children then a boarding school that Luce's parents would willingly send her to receive support. While at the school the students are expected to attend regular classes however there is no description of counseling services that I would expect out of any school that caters to troubled youth. Regardless I found Fallen to be an excellent novel filled with themes that I love and enough uniqueness to have me captivated from beginning to end. I eagerly anticipate the release of the next novel in this series, Torment due to be released in September 2010. On somewhat of a side note I find the covers of Fallen and Torment to be stunning and a true accurate reflection to the atmosphere of the novel and the main character Luce. So often I either dislike a book cover or find that if a cover depicts the main character it does so in a misleading way.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from W-O-W! This book is great! I've only read the first 10 pages and I don't want to put it down! Luce and Cam play the main role in this book and I think Lauren Kate really draws the most attention to them. [Which is a good thing.]
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i thought it was really good I really liked this one! I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This book was a disaster. There was a pathetic, unbelievable plot that was almost a carbon copy of "twilight." The characters were overdone, and the "big secret" that was supposed to drive the plot was blatantly obvious. The Catholic undertones were tiring, the setting completely unbelievable... The only reason I finished this book was because I was hoping it would get better. But it didn't. It just got worse. Personally, I wouldn't ever touch this book with a ten-foot pole (thank-god I got it from the library and didn't buy it.) All-in-all this book was a pathetic wannabe, and the only reason it is doing so well is because it is almost exactly the same as "Twilight." If you want an engaging plot and well written story... DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Bit Disappointed The book did not have any form of plot, suspense or adventure. The only reason why it was a page turner for me was because I was hoping the book would get better, which it did not. In conclusion, after finishing this book I think it's just an introductory book to make you aware of who the characters are for the soon to be released sequel Torment.
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Falling Under Your Spell! This book was so hard to put down. I struggled each night to stop reading so that I could get some sleep! You will not want to miss this! Plot: (Warning: may include beginning book spoilers) lol Luce has been transferred to Sword & Cross boarding school, a special school for “troubled” teens, by her parents. Reason being that recently Luce had been in a fire with a boy however, she was the only one left alive. Everyone suspected Luce had been the cause but, in her gut she believes she wasn’t even if she had not remembered what happened that day. Here she meets Daniel. She’s somehow drawn to him, she feels something strongly familiar about him, as though she has met Daniel once before. It is as though she has fallen under his spell. Although Luce does not want anyone to know about what happened to the boy she was with last year, Luce also has another deep dark secret she doesn’t want anyone at the new school to know, she sees black shadows… but that’s not all.. What happens next? Go find out now!!
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from star crossed lovers Fallen is a Young Adult novel written by lauren kate. I'ts a book that really makes you believe in the power of love and fate. luce is a new student at the sword & cross reform school. There are many rules and she has no friends that is until she meets arriane, a strange girl with an even stranger personality who decides to make luce her "pet" and take her under her wings. Together they tour the school grounds and the cemetery getting a full feel of the place and then luce notices the "dark shadows" are following her again. The last time she had seen the shadows was right before Trevor (the boy she was with) burst into flames and died. Everyone thought she did it and why she was at sword & cross. The next day when it was time for class everyone was outside savouring the last few minutes and thats when she spotted him, the most gorgeous guy ever, there was sohmething about him and when they layed eyes on eachother it was love and de javu and then he flipped her the bird! His name is Daniel grigori and noone seems to know anything about him that is until luce makes friends with a girl named Penn. She is the daughter of the late grounds keeper and she knows all and see's all so together they try to find out all they can about daniel, comming up almost empty. Over the next few days many things happen that either bring her and daniel either more together or further apart. luce goes with penn to the library to do more investigating and with the help of miss sophia the librarian and luce's favourite authourity figure there they come across info on daniels family and history but before they can read any more a fire starts and luce is alone trying to escape and in the process runs into fellow classmate todd and they almost make it but then the dark shadows come and todd burns and luce cant help to think that it's her fault since it happened before with trevor. The next couple of days are a blurr for luce very shaken over todd and the findings on daniel, but then cam comes to her, he is the other hot boy that she sorta likes and he takes her on a romantic picnic where they sort of declare their feelings for eachother and endulge in a sweet kiss. Before they left each other cam gave luce a present, a gold serphent pendant which is odd and a little creepy. Hours later luce runs into daniel and he wants to take her to a special place and things go great for a while until it becomes to much for daniel and he swims away leaving luce. She watches him go and when he comes out of the water there is a violet light around him and the water glistening off of him is in the shape of wings, like angels and thats when the pieces fall together and she realizes what he is but when she confronts him he brushes her off, so she decides to play hockey and meet cam on the outskirts of town at a shady bar. After a few minutes things turn real weird and cam turns mean and deranged,luce tries to escape and while doing so daniel appears and whisks her way. Now luce has had enough and just wnats the truth however crazy it is and daniel tells her. he told her that they are star crossed lovers and every 17 years she reincarnates and they end up together again. With love in her eyes luce knows this is all true and that he is an angel but where there is an angel of good the devil is always lurking. and the battle is just begginning. If you beleive intrue love,then you will fall hard for this book: excellently written. icant wait for the next book. 038-2010
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Greatness! I'm in awe. . . From page 1 I was hooked. The story is well thought out and the mysteriousness of Daniel only makes you turn the pages faster. I recommend it to people who like great stories that love sometimes seems nearly impossible. Can't wait to read Torment.
Date published: 2010-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Love Love Loved this book. I do admit it was a bit slow and not sure what to think of it in the beginning but once things started to make sense, watch out, haha could not put the book down. Soo excited for next book to come out.
Date published: 2010-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. I am finding that this book walks a fine line between a love/hate relationship. At first, I didn't like the book, not because of anything overt, but because it seemed like the plot wasn't going anywhere. I'm glad I stuck with it though because once I managed to get past the long drawn out first 150 pages or so it opened up and we finally started to see some action. Even at 150 pages in, there wasn't a lot of action, but at least we start to get some answers, and then more questions. At that point, we get to see more character development, and Luce finally starts interacting (more) with Daniel. It's at least, not a one-sided conversation anymore. There was a lot of foreshadowing, and then there were the shadows. The shadows seemed to obscure their true intent initially as they didn't do anything, they just imposed their presence from time to time. One couldn't decide if they were bad or indifferent. I won't say anything more on that subject because I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who still has to read the book. I found that once the book opened up, it slowly gave up it's secrets to the reader; just enough to keep the reader engaged throughout the rest of the book. I found that the further along the story got, the more brilliant it became. It was like Luce was waking up, and therefore we were waking up alongside her. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. I devoured the latter half of this book and couldn't get enough of it. I thoroughly loved the "bad" characters, as well as the "good" characters. They weren't as defined as one might think. There are still a lot of questions that haven't been answered, but have been alluded to. I found the ending quite apropos for the book, and it leaves the reader begging for more. (Again, more questions.) I really can't wait to read the next book, and don't know if I can wait until September for it to come out! All in all, it was slow to start, but once it kicked in I was captivated.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book was absolutely amazing.I read the whole thing in a matter of hours.I wasn't able to put it down once.Definitely worth checking out!
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was awesome AWESOME
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I loved this book! It captured me, the second I started reading, i just couldnt put it down!!!
Date published: 2010-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Looks like another great series coming up.Loved this book.Can't wait for the next book to come out this September.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't Impressed, But Will Still Read 'Torment' For a book that is over 450 pages long, not much happened. The only thing keeping me reading was the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about any of the characters going in (usually you already know that at least one person is say, a vampire when you start reading). I was interested in finding out who knew what, which characters were good and bad. There was very little action, and when it did finally come, it was over just as fast. For a school full of troubled teens, it seemed pretty tame. There was only really one person that caused trouble, and she randomly disappeared from the story, despite being a main character. And I must say, I was rather disappointed. The novel gave very little information, even at the end. Though I wasn't satisfied anywhere (except maybe when Luce first had contact with Daniel, that made me chuckle) I'll probably still pick up book 2 'Torment' on faith that it will maybe give me some answers for 'Fallen'. The ending made me feel like 'Torment will be a much better novel. Please don't disappoint me again. Thank you.
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your typical love story! I really liked this book ...it is so different than many of the "supernatural" books that are out there at the moment. Although, my only peeve is that the book does not "end" ...I did not expect this...so when I finished reading it I had ALOT of questions unanswered, and will now have to read the second book in series to understand what was going on in the first book.
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different! This book was so different from all the books I've read and it was hard to put down after I read the first sentence. Luce is very easy to relate to in her personality, but her life is so far from normal, which is what makes her a strong character. Then there is Daniel and from the beginning you know there is something up with him, but your mind starts to toss around all these crazy things and then your shocked when you find out. This book held so many twist's and turn's, were your thinking one thing and something completly different happens, that I would have never guessed. All the characters are unique in different ways its just so hard to explain that I can't even grasp for words. I think it is a must read for all you vampire lovers it is something new and different that you just might like.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing An extremely good read! I liked that it wasn’t just about the guy, like so many other teen novels are. Luce was adapting and changing throughout the novel. She had her own thing going on, her own past, her own fears, and she made mistakes. She wasn’t the perfect protagonist, and I really liked that about her. I wasn’t too happy with the ending though. There was nothing really wrong with it, but I just didn’t like it. It was still an amazing book.
Date published: 2010-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite good Lucinda “Luce” Price is a fairly normal girl, except for one thing. She can see things. Not just anything but shadows that haunt her. For as long as she can remember they have haunted her. One night the shadows goes to far, taking with them the life of a friend, named Trevor. There was a terrible fire killing him and not Luce. Luce tries to explain to people what happened, but no one believes her, so she just starts lying to everyone, her doctor, her parents. Through the advice of her doctors, her parents send her to a reform school named Sword & Cross. Luce isn’t used to this type of school. She’s used to her old school where there were preppy guys and preppy girls. Here they’re all have some kind of secret. Either they’re crazy or they have to go there because they’re a problem for society. The first day of school doesn’t go to well for her. Problems arise with other students, she only makes a few friends name Arriane and Pennyweather Van Syckle-Lockwood or also know as Penn. Arriane and Penn show Luce the ropes of the school. Showing her where the camera’s or “reds” are, how one student could get her anything she wants. Though reluctant to take their help, she does, even though the shadows are getting worse while she’s there. She starts falling for two boys. One who doesn’t like her and one that shows her the utmost respect. Daniel the first day flipped her off, Cam on the other hand talks to her, even brings her for a picnic. Though things drastically change when her feelings get stronger for Daniel. She can’t stop thinking about him, she starts going through his family history with the help of Penn. The shadows strike again that night killing an innocent student who Luce was helping out. While in the hospital a student from the school comes and visits her, Gabbe, though confusing Luce because she didn’t think she like her. Luce starts having dreams about Daniel and when she’s around him she feels as she’s known him forever. She feels tormented because Cam wants to be with her, though she knows it’s not fair. He arranges a date for them out of the school’s ground, knowing she shouldn’t go, she does anyways thinking she could break it off with him. He has her brought to a bar that he was at. While he’s talking some guy comes and put’s his hands on Luce. Cam brings him to the ground, pounding his face in. Daniel comes in and takes Luce away. He takes her for a drive, ending up being parked off the side of the road. Luce breaks down and tells him everything. She gets close to him and kisses him. He stands there saying “your still here”. Is there something more he’s not telling her? Cam fights to keep them apart, trying everything in his power to keep them apart. He goes as far as to kiss her. Her friend Gabbe and Daniel come to her rescue. Is there a reason why Cam doesn’t want her with him? This story though slow at first, picks up and leaves you wanting a little more. The characters develop quite well and I like the way the author writes the story.
Date published: 2010-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad Luce Price is being sent to the Sword & Cross boarding school after an incident with a boy and a fire. Though I enjoyed this book, I did feel that some things were not explained as well as they could have been and the author kind of rushed the ending. But I will probably buy the next in the series Torment due out in September. 40/1000
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Romance ***This review contains one obvious spoiler.*** If you intend to read this book and know absolutely nothing about it don't continue but if you do know a bit about it, my one little spoiler is obvious even from the title of the book. Summary: Lucinda is sent to a reform school because of a terrible incident in which she was involved and her date was killed. Lucinda isn't exactly a regular girl though; ever since she was little she has seen dark shadows that interact with her and scare her. She quickly learned as a child that she was the only one who saw them and has kept them secret but Lucinda wonders whether the shadows may have been responsible for her date's death. Once she arrives at the school she immediately finds herself drawn to the darkly handsome Daniel. While he is attractive it's not that which initially draws her to him, she feels as if they've met before, she has quirky deja vu moments when she's with him. At first Daniel is aloof, downright rude even, but her persistence in following her feelings for him draws them together but Daniel is hiding a secret from her, something immense that will forever change her world. Comments: I really enjoyed this book. Daniel and Lucinda are both enjoyable characters and their relationship makes a great romance. I'm the type of person who rolls my eyes through all the romance parts of these type of books but the author handles this aspect very well. The romance comes up in short paragraphs here and there and while Lucinda daydreams for a sentence or two, there is thankfully *no* over the top yearning drivel. I appreciate seeing a teen romance written at this level of quality. My main problem with the story is that there is a prologue in which the reader is basically given the mystery surrounding Daniel and Lucinda's life. If you haven't guessed from the title, hints are frequently dropped and it doesn't take much to realize that (here's my little spoiler) Daniel is an angel. The reader is given more information than Lucinda and it does make her seem to be a bit of a dope that it takes her practically the whole book to figure out this "secret" along with the mystery the reader already knows from the prologue. However, there are other side stories and surprises left to be revealed that leave the story with an exciting plot. I loved the angel mythos the author has worked into this book. It is fascinating and a very intriguing plotline. Much of her world is based on Biblical angelology, though Ms Kate has taken the more fantastical interpretations to run with and added her own spin on things as well. The pace of the book was a bit weak in parts with the excitements ebbing and flowing until the final rush towards a very exciting climax. Being book one in a series, the book does have a complete plot which is concluded, yet ends with the stage set for the next book.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Great!!!!!! I Loved this book from the beginning to the last sentence!!!!!!!! the whole book in general was great!!! can't wait till the next book comes out!!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly surprised Alright so I just finished this book the night befor and I have to say I was surprised at how good it was. I have to say when I picked the book up I really didn't have any expectations for it, I thought it could be alright but I didn't really think I would like it and that was why I hesitated on buying it. I'm very happy I bought it, the book was really great I love the plot it has a very interesting quality about it and it makes you keep turning the pages. I really liked the characters and the variety of twists, I would recommend this book to people it was a fun read and it was a great love story with an edge.
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Story of Complicated Love... "What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?"... This is the story of Luce, a girl who see's a guy for the first time, but gets a deep feeling like she's known him forever. Though...he wants absolutley nothing to do with her... No boarding schools are quite like Sword & Cross; the students are there for their troubling actions, cameras watch their every move, and cellphones are forbidden, one 10 minute phone call a week is what you are given. This is where Luce is attending, all because of an accident, winding her up in this school where your dress code allows you to only wear black, and attend horrible classes that go on for hours. Luce meets new people; Arriane, the girl with an edge, and a bold attitude, Cam, the green eyed charming guy who she locks eyes with as soon as she enters this school, and Daniel....The guy who changes everything, Luce feels like she's known him forever, he is strangely familiar, but from day one he makes it very clear that she should stay away from him and that he wants nothing to do with her. Luce knows that theres history behind his mysterious behaviour, her and her friend Penn are onto it, researching and digging deeper into what this guy is all about.. Luce spends more time with Cam, but all she can think about is Daniel, she can't help but wonder why she can't be with him, and what's standing in their way.. Along with questioning the fact of why Luce sees these shadows that hover around her and keep reappearing... The mystery unfolds and Luce finds more about the truth, she can't help but dig deeper into the mystery of why she cannot be with the one guy she can't stop thinking about... This story follows Luce and her troubles along the way; Luce needs to be with Daniel, but that seems harder and harder as the truth unfolds...Fallen is the story of how love can actually tare two people apart... This was a good story with an interesting plot, you can't help but to get attached to the characters and feel their heartache along the way. The beginning was a little slow but it did pick up, the characters were very different and unique. I really liked the plot, there was some action at the end, but it's mostly a struggle of love throughout, tied in with a mystery, and the developement of characters. I found Luce, the main character, to be a little bland at times, but overall she was a good character. Daniel made this book what it was, along with the bold personalities of Penn and Arriane; This was a good book, which I really liked because of the great plot, and unique characters. I can tell that the sequel is going to be a lot better; which is called Torment, it comes out September 2010...
Date published: 2009-12-20

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Fallen

by Lauren Kate

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 8.19 × 5.5 × 0.95 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385739133

ISBN - 13: 9780385739139

About the Book

Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce's boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross.

From the Publisher

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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

About the Author

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the Teardrop series, the Fallen novels: Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, and Fallen in Love, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Visit her online at LaurenKateBooks.net.


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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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