Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Fallen * Lauren Kate

Fallen by Lauren Kate



Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar...
The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before.
Except that she can't shake the feeling that she has...and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on.

Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her?
Luce Price is unhappy that she has to leave her school and gets dumped at Sword & Cross reform school, for disturb kids. She feels out of place, scared and lonely. She left her best friend Cally at her old school and can only have one phone call a week, which doesn't last long. Which then she is soon drawn between calling her Parents or Cally. Plus the dark, liquid black shadows that follower her around where ever she goes, that got her into the reform school in the first place, also that she 'supposeldy' set fire to a summer camp room where her summer romance, Trevor accidentally died.
But things start to change for Luce and turn to the bright side when she stumbles on a feisty, bouncy and hyperactive friend, Ariane. Luce finds it hard to believe that she has made a friend so soon, a friend who has been dropped into the school because she is a so called psychopath. Luce soon becomes friendly with Ariane as she teaches her the ropes of the school, the do's and dont's and who to stay away from. Then there's Penn, the girl with big purple glasses and cases of allergies to last her la lifetime, and ends up startling Luce when she hides out in the bathroom away from Molly. A mean punk chick, with an angry temper, which Luce gets in the way of. Penn helps Luce clean up and lends her clothes, which soon turns into a sisterly friendship, and an awful lot of spying on
a certain person.
But there's one person who catches her eye and she can definitely not stay away from him. Luce is convinced that she has seen Daniel Grigori before in her life. He's tall, has long blond hair, and charming grey-violet eyes. What more could a girl possibly want? Though Luce soon sinds that he is ignorant and flips her the finger when she was only taking a short look at him.
With Daniel in mind, along comes Cam and jumps into her life. Sweeping her up in his charms and arms. Luce finds herself slowly falling for Cam, since nothing will happen with Daniel. But the thought of him still tugs at her heart and she can't forget about him. Soon little things start to happen between Cam and Luce and they end up sneaking out of school to a run down bar. Which Luce soon starts to regret as the little 'trip' was not what she planned.
As the story unravels, Luce begins to find out more about her past life, where she's been, who she's met and what she's done. She starts to get close to Daniel but is soon pushed away again by a secret he unleashes on her stumbling her mind back into thinking mode, and beginning to re-consider what she feels for Daniel.
Is it true? Or is it just a sick twisted game to string her along?
Will Luce and Daniel go somewhere, or is it just a matter of time before things drastically go wrong?
Fallen by Lauren Kate is a fantasy based book about fallen angels and mortals. And I know what some of you are thinking if you are reading this
"God is that the only type she reads" But it's not I assure you. I just find myself drawn to books like this, all dark and mysterious. Plus a friend lent it me and said I would enjoy it, and you know what? I did! I thought the book was a great read, I do admit (and hate to) that there we're some part in the story that dragged on a little while, but it always kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more.
I think that Lauren Kate has written this book wonderfully with the best language possible, it's well written out, good use of imagery and it's one of those books that you have to think about to understand I think. The main reason why I think it's so perfectly written is the way she referrers to certain parts int he stories timeline. How at the start of the book she starts in the past and starts to bring it throughout the book and gets you thinking
"Oh yeah, wow" I found it amazing.
All though in spite of what other critics have said about the book, thinking about it, I can see why they have compared some parts of the novel to 'Twilight' And I have to admit it does in some ways, the whole teenage drama, finding out about a secret, then falling in love with something immortal. But on the other hand I found the book wonderfully romantic, it pulled at my heart string many times. It made me smile, laugh, cry, and in some parts anger and got me thinking "No, why did that have to happen?" And
 "Don't trust him, it's not safe" In that kind of way.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes a dark romantic read, or for people who are interested in fantasy books. Great read!
All in all I would give this book...
8/10 Stars.