Fallen by Lauren Kate not only has a gorgeous cover, but the pages inside contain an intriguing story and well rounded characters. The story is set in Savannah, Georgia, which is a nice change from the usual snowy/rainy locations that a lot of stories, YA or not, take place in. Like in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush, Lauren Kate skillfully incorporates angel mythology in a way that doesn’t make it overly religious.
Luce and Daniel are one of my favorite couples because their relationship is authentic and beautiful, which is achieved, in my opinion, largely by the past life aspect. I also love Luce’s friend, Penn and although every character in Fallen is believable, Penn seems the most realistic and is the kind of friend anyone would want.
The book started out a little slow for me, but that’s not to say I was bored. The beginning merely sets things up and helps get the reader acquainted with Luce and her mysterious life. When she finally learns the truth, it’s even more effective because of the slower start. Lauren Kate’s writing is engaging and she has the ability to vividly and concisely describe each character and setting without over doing it. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for good plot twists, angels, and romance. Fallen is a strong first installment in a series that should not go unread.
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A few facts about Fallen:
-the sequel is titled Torment and according to GoodReads, is available later this year in September
–there will be four books in the series
-the film rights have been optioned by Disney, so I’m thinking Fallen will be a perfect choice for a Movie Cast Monday
(cover image taken from Barnes and Nobles: bn.com)