Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Posted 28 January, 2012 by Pushy in Blog, Pushy, Pushy Book Review, Uncategorized / 14 Comments

Fallen by Lauren KateFallen

by Lauren Kate
Book I in the Fallen Series
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication: December 8th, 2009 by Delacourt Press
Audiobook borrowed from library
Amazon (Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook), Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
Synopsis from goodreads

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.


I’m sure some of you are blinking, wondering who is left out there who hasn’t delved into this series. Well, dear reader, I am that slow poke. I know the bookworms have told of their love of this book and the others already out in the series, but at least I’ve finally started.

And am I ever happy I have!

As I already knew a bit about this book from the reviews of others, I wasn’t surprised that Daniel was the good guy, or that his lack of interest was covering up his intense love for Luce. Still, even with foreknowledge of some of the elements of this story, I truly enjoyed falling in love with our fair couple. I also enjoyed meeting the other characters that populate the world at Sword and Cross and am definitely looking forward to learning more about them.

What I found most compelling about the love story between Luce and Daniel was the eternal aspect of it. There’s something completely fascinating about a love that can last throughout the ages, one that can stand up to all of the obstacles this love has stood against, and yet remain so deeply engrained. The love Daniel feels for Luce and the burdens he bears (of which I think I’ve only scratched the surface of) are so profound, I did find myself sighing on more than one occasion.

Bottom Line

If you haven’t started this angelic series and you’re looking for an aching romance to warm up your winter nights, you’ll definitely want to check Fallen out!

Narrated by Justine Eyre
length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Justine Eyre brought a wonderful depths to the novel she narrated by her wonderful ability to convey a full range of diverse emotions and characters all in her own voice. This is an audiobook that’s definitely worth picking up!

Final Notes

I do love a series. It’s fascinating to see characters develop, grow and challenge one another and the reader. And I’m happy to have started this nearly completed series! I’m going to be listening my way through the remaining two books, Torment and Passion slowly so that by the time Rapture releases this summer, I won’t have been waiting too long.

And to help me, and all the other passionate fans of this series, along in our wait: Lauren Kate has recently released a series of short stories set in Luce and Daniel’s world:

And if getting more of Luce and Daniel weren’t enough, this set of stories is set in the Middle Ages: knights, courtly manners, love…. *sigh*!

So I know where I’m going to go when I need my romance fix. Where are you getting yours? Leave it in the comments, because honestly, who can get enough romance???

Now go and get lost…in a book!

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14 Responses to “Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate”

  1. {swoon} isn't Daniel dreamy? I have the first two book and just bought Fallen in Love yesterday, forgetting that I didn't have the 3rd book either, eek! Going back tomorrow to get that one too, lol! I read the first two last year, it's time to re-read and fall in love all over again so I can catch up in time for the 4th! Can't wait!!!
    Thanks for the review and sweet reminder of what a great love story this really is 🙂
    ~ margie
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    onepushyfox 1/30/2012

    Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, Margie!! Yes, Daniel is VEEERRRRYYY romantic. *sigh*

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  2. *claps hands* I'm so so so excited you finally started this series. I do love it so very much! I do have to warn you that the second book isn't as strong – but then Passion *oh my..* Passion was absolutely and incredibly wonderful!!
    Oh and … Daniel, yes he is dreamy!
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    onepushyfox 1/30/2012

    Thanks, doll!! The second book did start slow, but I'm gearing up for my romance fix, so I'll be listening to it if for no other reason than to get to PASSION!!!!! *fans self*
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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this book .. I really liked it but unfortunately the second book let me down so I dropped reading this series !! I'm hoping you'll love all the books in the series though .. Looking forward to read your reviews !
    Happy reading Danny 🙂
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    onepushyfox 1/30/2012

    Thanks, Elodie! I do admit the second book has been a bit tougher to get into, but I'm going to give it a shot because I have heard that PASSION is WELL worth it.
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  4. Heather

    Oh, Pushy, you know you aren't the only Bookworm who hasn't read these yet. I buy these as they come out, but I'm just waiting for this series to be complete before I take the plunge. I'm reading too many series that are WIPs and I hate waiting a year in between books. I'm glad you liked this one!

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    onepushyfox 1/30/2012

    LOL!!!! I KNOW how you feel about an unfinished series. 😀 Well, when you get around to reading this, we can collectively sigh over Daniel. He's pretty hot!!!
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  5. Gaby

    Wow, I am glad you posted this. I have not read very many good reviews of this series and have never tried it because of them. I think I will get this and give it a try! Thanks for the review! Love a good aching romance.

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    onepushyfox 1/30/2012

    Oh, yay, Gaby!!! I'm so glad I swayed you! I'd love to hear what you think about the books. Stop back after you review them to let us know!
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    Gaby 2/10/2012

    Ok, so I did it, read Fallen & Torment. I was surprised that I really enjoyed the characters and the story line of Fallen, but at the end of Torment I was wondering what was taking so long. I have put Passion on hold at the Library, so lets hope it goes better! Thanks for the suggestion!
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