Review: Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

FallenTitle: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

My Review:
Luce has been troubled her whole life and plagued by mysterious shadows that seem to appear when she least wants them to. Misdiagnosed, she has flitted between psychiatrists and boarding school until she lands in reform school as a result of an inexplicable accident that claimed the life of the boy she was crushing on.

Cue lots of strange goings-on as she gets to grips with the reality of life in the creepy Swords and Cross school. She feels an intense connection to Daniel Grigori the moment she lays eyes on him and with the help of lovely Penn she starts digging into his past in an attempt to understand him.

As the story progresses she finds out that Daniel is her long-lost lover and due to a curse she has been reincarnated over and over again, never once surviving beyond 17 years of age. Daniel has been around for thousands of years, forced to watch her die one lifetime after another.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was a decent start to the series. Daniel is mysterious and enigmatic and a worthy male lead. Luce is struggling to understand him and he blows hot and cold in equal measures. At times, I wondered if he was betraying her or simply being vague to annoy her. Add bad-boy Cam into the mix and she becomes even more confused. At times, it’s hard to figure out who is trustworthy and who has a personal agenda. I liked the element of intrigue.

While I thought it a bit weird that a bunch of angels were confined to a reform school for three years (some of them) I liked this world and the addition of the creepy cemetery was perfect. I loved Arriane and Penn and both had very distinctive personalities.

This book had definite shades of Twilight and I thought the writing was rather similar in a few places. I had a few issues with some of the plot – what’s the story with Cam? Why was he trying to tempt Luce away from Daniel? And what’s the significance of the serpent necklace? The author made a big deal of it, but it seemed to serve no purpose at all. I didn’t even think of it as a love triangle though I believe that was the intent. Perhaps that will come out in later books.

Overall, I enjoyed it; liked the characters and the world, enjoyed the writing and the pace. While I had a few minor issues with the plot I’m engaged enough to continue the series.

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

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