Monday 23 November 2009


Fallen by Lauren Kate
Book 1 of the Fallen series.

About This Book:
Seventeen year old Luce is sent to a reform school, Sword & Cross, following a terrible tragedy involving her ex-boyfriend Trevor. The details of what happened that night are hazy and Luce is struggling to come to terms with the idea that she might have been responsible.

On her first day at Sword & Cross Luce meets Cam, a good-looking, edgy guy with piercing green eyes and dark hair and she feels strangely attracted to him despite the fact he is not usually her type. However Cam is not the only guy to have attracted her attention. Daniel is captivatingly handsome, almost too perfect, Luce feels instantly drawn to him, as if she already knows him, but she would never forget someone who looked like that, would she?

An epic battle between Heaven and Hell, with echoes of Paradise Lost, Fallen is a story of a love doomed to fail over and over again.
Source: Info in the About This Book was taken from the publisher's promotional material template for Fallen which accompanied the ARC received.

Cherry's Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Genre: YA, urban fantasy, chicklit

My Take On This Book:
The story telling quality is good but not that compelling. I give it a 4 out of 5. The story itself is quite insubstantial in my opinion. A young girl running around in school with her guilt, insecurity and boys. And that's it! I think that earned a 2 out of 5. The book ends with a cliffhanger which is never good in my book. Though it kind of closes the story, it is also a beginning of the next book. I give it another 2 out of 5. However it made the second book in the series look like a very good read indeed. And I wouldn't presume to judge the entire series by this book alone. In my experience, the first book in a series is usually not the best one. Take the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) and the Dark Hunter (DH) series(es) for example, both Dark Lover (BDB) and Fantasy Lover (DH) are mediocre books. The best aspect of both books is that they are the start of a very good series. So hopefully this series would be one of them good ones. I look forward to the next book, Torment. Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5.

A BIG thank you to Doubleday for providing this ARC copy.

Other reviews on this book:
Fantasy Book by Ecarodiaz (added: April 2010)
The Moonlight To Twilight Blog (added: 10/06/10)



  1. Fab review. Very honest. I dig that.

  2. I have to say the cover really doesn't do it for me...the angsty and mopey high school romance it hints at really bores me
    I think I've read an excerpt somewhere too and I immediately shoved this off my TBR list afterwords XD;

    though, I guess I'll see how people react to the second book before I abandon this series?
    thanks for the review!

  3. Great review Cherry, very honest and straight to the point.

  4. Oh! I've been looking forward to your review of this book and now I'm just sad. I guess I'll let you tell me if the second book is any good before I bother picking up this one.

  5. I've wondered about this book on & off for the past couple of weeks. I love your honesty. I'll give it some research but it's not on my must buy.

    & Thanks for replying to my 56! I will be posting more about Kresley's IAD books in the future so hopefully it'll spike your interest more! This particular story you can download free here if you want. One of her best books in my opinion. Hope it helps!

  6. I sure got disappointed and annoyed but cos of how it ended I need to know what happens, but if book 2 sucks too I'll go crazy

  7. Thanks Juju, Eleni and INCiDeNT!

    ninefly, Tonya - some people did like this book though, you might too...

    Blodeuedd - I totally dig that, I feel you sister...


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