Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

FALLEN by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen, #1
Publication Date: December 8th 2009 by Delacorte Press
Rating: StarStarStarStar

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

FALLEN has been on my to-read list for months now. I’ve been planning to read it for a while, but I never got around to it. However, I recently received an ARC of TORMENT from Random House, and I decided that it was about time that I read FALLEN.

One of the best things I liked about this book is the author’s voice. It did not take me more than a chapter to know that I was going to like it. As I read about Luce’s first day at Sword & Cross boarding school, I was hooked right from the beginning and I could not stop reading! I was hooked into the mystery and into Daniel Grigori and I could not wait until the mystery was unraveled.

Honestly, the shadows were creepy and scary, but at first they were very difficult to take seriously. The shadows are described as “the murky shapes [Luce] sometimes saw in the darkness” that were “usually accompanied by a cold chill under her skin, a sickening feeling unlike anything else”. Naturally, after reading that description, I immediately thought of the dementors in Harry Potter. The shadows described in Kate’s novel resembled the dementors; the only thing missing was a Patronus charm and Azkaban.

With the Potter reference aside, the shadows were still creepy. It bothered me even more that I could not quite figure out and predict when the shadows would turn up. Like Luce, they surprised me the various times that they popped up in the book.

I did go into the book knowing the secret behind Daniel’s history (darn GoodReads bookshelves) so I was not as shocked when I read the ending. I tried to find clues along the way that would hint what he could possibly be, but I did not catch anything except for the hints that related to his past with Luce.

The best thing that this book has got going is the romance. Lauren Kate knows how to make her readers turn into mush. The chemistry between Luce and the various male characters in the book is perfect. Daniel Grigori has this certain allure that will cause even readers to fall for a fictional character.

In terms of the plot, it is really predictable. It really does not leave you at the edge of your seat. I did have a vague sense of how the book was going to end, and I came pretty close to guessing how it left off. I was not really bothered by this because I was reading more for the romance and less about the supernatural elements. I’m not a huge paranormal reader, so my interests concerning the book lie elsewhere. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered in the next book, and I do hope that the plot picks up in the sequel. Still, I enjoyed reading FALLEN. FALLEN is similar to Becca Fitzpatrick’s HUSH, HUSH, so if you enjoyed that book, I think you will also enjoy this book. Similar plots, similar endings.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! It exceeded a lot of my expectations and I think that it truly lives up to all the hype surrounding the book. If you have not read this book yet, don’t wait like I did! Read FALLEN now, and pick up the sequel straight away! Though I have a huge workload of schoolwork this week, I will make time for TORMENT. I don’t think I can wait anymore. I crave more Daniel Grigori.

Thank you so much to the team at RandomBuzzers for giving me an opportunity to review this book.


  1. I’ve had my reservations about this series because bloggers are about half/half on this book. Half of them say it’s great, go for it! The rest say it sucked monkey nuts (direct quote!). I have to admit that I’ve been piqued lately, mostly because it’s featured on Randombuzzers AND because I want to know where I fall on the lovehate scale. Seeing as I have a copy of Torment on the way (sadly, not from Randombuzzers xD), I’ll probably read this soon. I’ll def. let you know what I think of it when I do! :)

    Anywho. You’re right – the shadows do sound like dementors. I hadn’t even read that line in your review and was thinking to myself, “the way she’s describing them sounds like the dementors in HP”. So, awesome – I read your mind! ;) Or we just think similarly.

    I’ve been particularly missing romance in the current novels I’ve been reading, so mentioning that the romance will turn me to mush was a definite plus. It’s like you know what I’m looking for in a book. :)

    Awesome, awesome review. You really make me want to check this book out sooner, even though I can’t.

  2. Thank you for your review. I agree with the comment above me. I’ve heard a ton of mixed reviews on this one, and I’m curious to see where I fall. I think I’ll wait until all the books in the series have been published.

    Reading your description and the line you quoted, those shadows do sound just like dementors!

  3. Thank you for your review!

    I’ve heard a lot of negative things about this one but I’m still interested in reading it, the plot sounds interesting!

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