• Page Count: 452
  • Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Fallen (Fallen, #1)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…

This was actually one of the better YA paranormal romances I’ve read, but I guess I’m not really into this genre at this point.

Yes, it has the typical plot of super intense star-crossed lovers, a love triangle, damned immortals, and it follows the normal outline (the MC arrives at a new school, is instantly attracted to some brooding dangerous guy, and he’s rude as he tries to keep her away to protect her). BUT the writing is coherent and there’s an added twist of the girl being reincarnated every 70 years or so to fall in love with that same guy over and over.

^^ This is not a spoiler because the author made it super clear in the intro. But then she still had a big reveal towards the end… so maybe don’t expect anything too complex or surprising.

So I mostly appreciated that there wasn’t a ton of girl hate or abusive behavior from the guy. That might be a sad thing to give an extra star for, but I guess we’re at that point. And I really did like the awesome creepy graveyard outside of the school! That was a neat setting.

But the MC was super pathetic and this whole story is mostly her obsessively stalking the guy even after he’s been nothing but abrasive and tried to get rid of her. She’s kind of delusional and the baseless intense attraction felt more like her being a helpless magnet than “love.” Plus, she just ignored reality and waited for the guy to turn into who she expected him to be and to eventually clue her in when he deemed her able to comprehend the situation. So both of them got a bit annoying.

BUT the guy & the story didn’t irritate me as much as other similar books about fallen angels (looking at you Hush, Hush). And there was definitely some quality entertainment. Like his eyes are purple, his skin is gold, and his angel wings are iridescent rainbowy colors… are you picturing this?

So yeah… sometimes iffy stories are just fun if the writing isn’t too bad and there’s nothing terribly enraging about the plot. I was entertained enough to stick with this to the end! Definitely think I would have liked it more when I was younger.


2 comments on “Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate”

  1. I found the book quite engaging but I will say the later books were better than the first especially the last one, it was very original.

    • Oh that’s awesome, thanks for letting me know! I really didn’t mind this one at all, honestly. I think I’m just growing away from the paranormal YA books is all.

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