I got this at an airport Borders because I couldn't have my Kindle on during takeoff or landing. It was a NYT bestseller and the plot intrigued me, it seemed like a book that would be incredibly interesting!
I admit to being disappointed in this book. I never really connected with any of the characters and felt like a little more detail throughout the book would have made things much more interesting, as would moving the plot along more quickly. I know there are more books planned in this series, but it felt like too much information was being withheld for a later book. I got a little tired of how long the "not knowing anything" dragged out...like another reviewer I felt myself rushing through the book; however, my reason was just to get to a place where something moved the plot forward and we could learn more about the weird deja vu and odd behavior of some of the main characters.
Unfortunately, I think we'll really need to read the next book to get questions answered, though from the reviews I"ve seen of that one it doesn't really happen there either. I don't see myself buying the 2nd book outright; I'm really kind of indifferent to what happens to any of the characters as I never really connected with them. Maybe in a million years when it comes available on the swap I'll check it out, but the wait list for Torment is pretty long and slow moving. We'll see if I continue with this series.
The first time I came across this book I was instantly mesmerized and had to have it. Within a week I was walking out of Wal-Mart with Fallen and a large grin. But like the dark story, mine was also dark. The first few chapters were interesting, but as I continued reading the book fell flat.
Lauren Kate had a great idea, the war of fallen angels, and a romance that has lasted through the ages. I devoured the thought, but sadly, her writing style made this a hard and unfeeling read. Every time I wanted to like the characters, or have emotion for them, it was like feeling for a brick wall.
In my opinion, I would have liked to see the story written in 1st person in the mind of the main character Luce.
I will read the second book, because I have high hopes for this author and for this story. On a final thought, I would suggest reading the book. The story is an intriguing one.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. It looked like something I would really enjoy getting into, hoping for some romantic tension between two well-developed characters. Unfortunately, that's not what I found. Halfway through I was mostly underwhelmed. I don't know if that's because I'm burned out on the YA Paranormal Romance genre, or if this book is just underwhelming on its own. It seemed like the same old thing to me: angst-y teenage girl who is out of her element, mysterious teenage boy who intrigues the girl for some unknown reason, girl tries to be with boy, boy is hesitant, the un-probable truth comes out... well you know how it goes. And how it ends before the book is even over.
The story is about Luce who is scented to a reform school (out of her element) after a mysterious fire kills her almost-boyfriend. She can't remember what happened. At her new school she meets Daniel (mysterious boy) who goes hot and cold towards here until the truth comes out... (SPOILER) he's a fallen angel, so are most the students at the school, and they're about to embark on an epic battle... which doesn't come until book two.
And when the book was over, nothing was resolved. Can I just say that I dislike authors who end books, not merely on a cliffhanger, but with nothing resolved to the point where you feel like you have to read the next book? I feel like it's a scam to sell more books. Why can't anyone put their whole story into one book? This book was four hundred pages, but if it had been published in a normal sized font and format, I bet more a conclusion would have fit.
Lauren Kate had an excellent concept for a novel, but unfortunately, poor execution. The book was really interesting and quite promising in the beginning but the romance, and quite honestly the characters, were poorly developed. When we finally find out the truth about Daniel, it comes off as sort of corny. Fallen had the potential to be a great book but I found that it was lacking in these aspects. That's not to say it was a bad book, but I won't exactly be rushing to read the second one.
Overall the fallen series wasn't so bad. It was good, actually. The one issue is that, for me at least, it took each book for me to slowly warm up to the idea of the story and see it really is good. In the first book, it was hard to get Luce because her constantly reaching out to Daniel, no matter how many times he dissed her, seemed too much. But when the truth is revealed, it somehow makes sense. It doesn't excuse his bland rudeness, but you do get why.