Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Luce can’t remember exactly what happened the night Trevor died, but whatever it was is enough to land her at Sword & Cross – a crumbling, prison-like reform school out in the Georgia marshlands. As if her new home and the shadows that mercilessly stalk her aren’t enough, Luce is now troubled by the impossible familiarity she feels toward one of the reform school bad boys. To Luce’s chagrin, however, Daniel seems determined to avoid her at all costs and deny the unmistakable pull between them. Luce wanted to hide her secret shadows and troubled past from her new classmates, but it turns out Sword & Cross is harboring some great and terrible secrets of its own – secrets with which Luce is inextricably linked.

The mystifying opening of Fallen perfectly sets the tone of the novel - one of suspense, intrigue, and uncontrollable curiosity. The forbidding landscape is dismal, and yet that is precisely the perfect setting for longing, love and loss. Fallen keeps the reader in agonizing suspense from the very first page, while never becoming boring. From the start, it's clear that something ancient and tragic is afoot at Sword & Cross, and yet the truth is some ethereal substance lurking just out of reach. The moments of déjà vu throughout the story are beautifully done, leaving the reader enthralled and unnerved. The novel seems to be more about that sense of mystery and longing than about the characters themselves.

While Luce's illogical love for Daniel feels very real and serves as the basis for his appeal, Daniel himself is indistinct. One minute the emo boy is grinning flirtatiously and the next he's flipping off the bemused heroine. The unknown is alluring, but to be a winning hero in his own right Daniel will hopefully develop more character over the rest of the series. Nonetheless, Fallen is a desperately heart-wrenching tale - a chaotic storm of emotion. Daniel and Luce's storied past will break readers' hearts, but they'll love it anyway because there's just something irresistible about star-crossed lovers. I've never been so arrested by a novel, struggling against the temptation to read ahead and learn the ultimate truth that would make the deliciously infuriating clues and cryptic comments clear. It seems that no character in this haunting and mournful tale is entirely blameless. Lauren Kate manages to weave a story simultaneously about light and darkness, fate and choice. The blend of history, legend, religion and romance creates an intricate backdrop against which all the events of the present unfold.


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Savannah said...

Nice review. I can't wait for Toment!

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

I haven't started this series yet. How sad is that? :(

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

I can't wait either, Savannah!

Hmm, Danielle - I don't think it's all that *sad* - sort of tortured-romance-heart-breaking in a way that makes you do the swoon-and-sigh thing...does that make sense? I didn't cry. And I have high hopes that they'll have a happy ending. We'll see - there's still at least three books left, I think. I'd recommend it - but it's definitely intense!

Kate said...

Great review! I just put Fallen on hold at the library. :)

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Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Thanks, Kate! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! =)

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

I still haven't read this one, although I've been meaning to for ages! I love the covers for this series!

Tah_M_S said...

The cover's author is Brazilian

Mary Ellen said...

Another great review and another book added to my TBR list. Thank you!

Akasha Hale & Lexus Salvatore said...

I cannot wait for Passion!

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