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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fallen by Lauren Kate


Fallen
by Lauren Kate



Luce thinks she's crazy. Of course, you would too if you saw evil shadows lurking behind you inconsistently. A boy she kissed was burned to death and she's not sure exactly what happened. Due to the incident, she is sent to Sword & Cross boarding school - a school for kids with some serious issues. At this school she meets Daniel, a boy who seems so familiar but so inconsistent with her. He flicks her off, gives her the cold shoulder, but still gazes at her with a longing even she can't ignore. And her feelings soar for him, something she can't quite understand.

With the craziness of a new school life and the constant invading shadows, Luce tries to decipher why Daniel seems so familiar and what draws her to him so quickly - almost inevitably. The question is - is there more to Daniel than just a mysterious background?

I have to admit I was disappointed just a wee bit in this book. The main reason is the lack of action. I liked the characters, the setting and the basic plot, but you miss the whole huge fight scene and well - I like violence. This first novel in a new series is definitely a builder novel - one that builds up the background and leaves a bazillion questions unanswered, making you want to know more. I do wish there was a bit more indulgence in the general background of Daniel's life, but it's exposed very close to the end of the book and leaves little room for revealing much of anything.

Instead, you see a lot of Luce. Who she is, what she thinks about and how she deals with the shadows constantly showing up. Not always a bad thing, but you do get a bit sick of being in her head. The love triangle between Cam, Daniel and Luce is a bit... I don't know.. redundant? You can definitely tell something is a bit off with Cam and I really wish more was revealed about who he really was as well.

So, definitely some discrepancies I had with the novel, but overall an enjoyable read and definitely a series to keep your eye out for. I will definitely be reading on when the second book is available.

4/5 Roses

66 comments:

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  2. I am on page 10, I am hopeful that I will like this although I haven't been hearing the best reviews. Thanks for the review.

    Elie (Ellz Readz)

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  3. There's definitely something to be said about an epic battle scene. I love it too! I'm still ambivalent as to whether to buy this one.

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  4. Interesting review. I like battle scenes, but I don't always need them. My expectations are a little lower now because I'm not a fan of love triangles. I definitely still want to read it, though!

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  5. I like action and violence, LOL and I have been seeing mixed reviews on this one. I think I may hold off :-)

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  6. Wonderful honest review!

    Haha, I like violence in a book too. Makes everything more interesting :p

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  7. I keep hearing that lack of action is mostly what's bogging the book down... but I still want to read this! Thanks for the honest review :)

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  8. Great Review! I really want to read this one!

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  9. Just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award!
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  10. This one's sitting on my shelf waiting patiently.

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  11. It is disappointing to me that this book disappointed you. :/ I still want to read it though... just because the cover so. darn. awesome!

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  12. I've read so many reviews on this. I kind of want to read for myself and see how I feel about it.

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear that this disappointed you. It seems to be disappointing everyone. I'm glad you did enjoy it in the end, though.
    Maybe she'll write a sequel, and we'll get to learn more about Daniel!
    I don't think I would mind missing the fight scene. :-P

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  14. Sounds like I should wait for book 2 before reading book 1. I hate to wait.

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  15. OMG! FALLEN was amazing! I can't wait for TORMENT already! Seriously! ARGHH!!! I hope they move up the release date of TORMENT...say...NEXT MONTH?!?!? It's just sooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. I love the cover of this book. Definately give it a shot.

    Thanks for the review!

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  17. I love the cover of this book. Definately give it a shot.

    Thanks for the review!

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  18. Aww sorry you were disappointed with this book, it seems the issues you had with this one are issues I had with The Hollow.

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  19. I've read some mixed reviews of this book, so I think I'm going to wait and see if the library eventually has a copy, if I'm not lucky enough to win yours. =D

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  20. Nice, honest review. I've heard a lot of people enjoyed Fallen, but felt like it was all a build-up to something more. I still want to check it out because I haven't seen any bad reviews, but I'll keep in mind that there's a lack of action, so I don't feel too disappointed.

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  21. I read in more then 1 review that it had some flaws, but I already ordered the book and I can't wait to see for myself ^^

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  22. Nice review. I love this cover! Sounds like I'll like this one.

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  23. This sounds interesting.
    I may have to check it out sometime.

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  24. Great review! You have got me even more psyched to read this! :]

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  25. I like the dark feel of the cover. I really want to read this book!

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  26. there's so many mixed reviews for this book. But I'm looking forward to reading it

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  27. Thank you for the thoughtful review.
    All the best,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

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  28. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, I still wanna give it a try though!

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  29. Thanks for the honest review!

    Oh man - I haven't been to your site in a while (sorry!) and it looks great!!! Gotta grab me that new button!

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  30. Great review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like a good book.

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  31. Thanks for the review! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this book!

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  32. I heard this book was on the slow side, but I'll most likely read it regardless. Thanks for the review!

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  33. I want to read this soooooo bad!! It sounds really good.

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  34. Love the review. This one is on my TBR pile, maybe I should move it up.

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  35. I haven't read this yet, cannot wait.

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  36. I was lucky enough to read Fallen early and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised to see a lot of people give mixed reviews. Many of the negative reviews were given because of what you said lack of action.

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  37. I don't want to be disappointed in this; I love the cover to much. Does the good outweigh the lack of action?

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  38. I've seen quite a few of not so great reviews concerning this title. :(

    I think it's best to keep an open mind because this is the first of a series. We must have faith that the author will pull through and make it up to us.

    Sad to hear there's little to no action! I too love me some kick ass scenes. Boohoo.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)

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  39. Great review. I can't wait for this book!

    ~Lindsay
    JABA

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  40. Despite the lack of action (to some i am sure), I would still like to read it for myself. You never really know until you read it on your own. Thanks for the honest review. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  41. The books sounds good i really want to check it out!

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  42. awww I'm sorry you were disappointed hon. I still cant wait to grab this. :)

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  43. I've been to Savannah once and I've wanted to go back ever since. This sounds really neat and it's set in my favorite place! Sorry you didn't like it :(

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  44. hmm well this seems like an interesting read, and I love the cover! It's too bad there wasn't very much action, but I'll probably give it a try anyway

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  45. Having lived in Georgia all my life, I've been to Savannah quite a few times so I'm really excited that Fallen takes place down there. I can't believe you miss the fight seen! Such a bummer. lol. Still I can't wait to read this one. Great honest review.

    ~Briana

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  46. ugh! there's SO much buzz on this book. i want to read it nowwww(:

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  47. Lol, interesting. "I like violence." ;)
    Great review! Hm, I'm actually a bit dissapointed myself for the lack of violence, but I'm still interested to see how their relationship will play out and see if the characters are worth all this buzz.

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  48. Great Review ! I'm going to start reading it this week.

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  49. I myself like builder books even if there's not a lot of action, so I'm thinking there's a chance it be a 5/5 for me. The cover is really pretty too.

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  50. I agree with you on Fallen. I'm not a builder book person unless you give me some meat and action and I felt this one lacked both. Great review!

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  51. I agree with you... for as much of the book as I read. I started this but couldn't get into it and never finished. Alyssa was disappointed too.

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  52. This sounds great! I love when the author focuses on the thoughts and motivations of the main character.

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  53. I really dislike redundant books, but for the most part Fallen sounds good!

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  54. I love the cover. Thanks for the review. With all the other books out there, I will have to think about this one before I buy.

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  55. Thanks for the review~I too have mixed emotions but based on the cover I just may like this! ;-)

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  56. I have followed reviews all over the place and finally ordered the book after reading yours from B&N today.

    Am also looking forward to reading the book and glad to know there will be more to come...

    Jackie B Central Texas

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  57. Awesome review! The cover is simply gorgeous. A lack of action sounds kinda bleh though :( But hey - 4/5 roses - looking good :)

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  59. This book sounds very interesting and something I would be interested in reading.

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  60. I have to agree there was some what a lack of action, but this is still one of my top favorite books. The love between the two characters is breathtaking. And I am counting down the days until the release of "Torment" hopefully we will find out more about each characters background in the next one. This book is also beautifully presented with the cover. Must read!

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