Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Corgi Books
Released: 8 December 2009
Series: Fallen #1
SOME ANGELS ARE DESTINED TO FALL.
Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar . . .
The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except 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?
Fallen angels and a forbidden romance - what more can one ask for? It's been about six years since I first read this book, and I still love it as much as my 16-year-old self did!
Luce Price has been sent to the reform school Sword & Cross for her final year of high school. She's determined just to keep her head down and survive the year, hoping it is over as quick as possible. But she's soon making friends - Arriane who's probably a little bit crazy, and Penn who seems to be the only normal person in the school. Then there's Cam, who doesn't hide the fact that he's into her, and Daniel, who flipped her off the moment he set eyes on her. And although Daniel avoids her at all costs, is rude to her and constantly turns her down, Luce can't help but feel drawn to him. There's something about him that's familiar, and she can't help but have thoughts and dreams about him, as though she has met him before. And with a few slips of the tongue, Daniel has Luce believing that they do know each other. As she comes to grips with life at Sword & Cross, she begins to look into who Daniel is, and why she can't help the connection they seem to have. Because it's as if they've known each other for centuries.
So I first read this book back in highschool and loved it then. I had been meaning to reread it for the longest time so that I could finally continue on with the series, and see if it was a book and series that I'm still interested in now. The moment I started reading, everything came flooding back to me and I remembered why I loved this book so much.
From the very first page, you are drawn into this world of humans, angels and demons, and the century-spanning connection between Daniel and Luce. Lauren doesn't hide the fact that Daniel is a fallen angel from the reader, with many hints spread throughout the book, but Luce is slower to connect all the dots and what this all means. It was interesting to see how the familiarity caught up with her. Obviously, Luce and Daniel are meant to be together, but you also can't help shipping her with Cam at the beginning of the book, and honestly, I'd be interested to see how the story would have played out had she chosen him instead.
I really enjoyed the setting of Sword & Cross - it's such an odd school where the swimming pool is located in the church and there's a cemetery filled with the graves of confederate soldiers. I feel like if this story had taken place anywhere else, it wouldn't be nearly as interesting or intriguing as it was - why couldn't my school have had a cemetery?
All the characters in this book are really interesting and fun to read about, and I only hope we get to learn more about them throughout the rest of the series. There's such an interesting dynamic between Daniel, Cam, Roland, Arriane, Gabbe, Molly, Luce and Penn, and while their connections are briefly explained, there is so much more to their stories which is really intriguing. They are a great cast of characters that provide so much entertainment between the really important scenes and few lulls in the book.
Fallen was an excellent to start to a series that still hides a lot of secrets and unanswered questions. At the end of the book, anything can happen and the series could go in many directions. If you are a urban fantasy and paranormal fan, love forbidden romance and fallen angels, then you should definitely pick up this book. Not that I've read it, but I feel like Twilight fans will really enjoy the series. At the time of writing this review, I'm currently a quarter of the way through the third book, and the series just continues to get better and better.
I'm also super excited to see how the book was adapted onscreen in the movie - so stay tuned for my thoughts on that when I see it (whenever it decides to come to Australia).