Series: Fallen Series (#1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: September 28th, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 464 (paperback)
Age Range: 13+
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.
*sigh* Even after reading the flap, I should have avoided this book. Just the flap tells you what kind of book this is going to be. A bad one, for those of you who don't know. First off, I actually kind of like the cover. It's definitely cheesy and awful, but it's so bad that I like it. Let's not judge, okay? Why did I read this book? For a few reasons. First, I had been wanting to read it for awhile, but I had heard awful things about it, so I decided not to read it. Then, a friend dared me to read the first three books of the series, so I did.
Now, for the characters. Luce was the flattest, most boring, whiny, awful protagonist that I have read from in awhile. In a awhile. She didn't do anything by herself except get into scrapes, and she was boring to read from. I didn't care about her, and I didn't care about what happened to her. She was so self-centered, and everyone was inexplicably drawn to her even though she was so.... UGH. Words can't describe how much she annoyed me. Even worse, was Daniel. He knew the entire time that his actions with Lucinda (I refuse to call her Luce) would have consequences, and yet he insisted on continuing. Okay, so I'm going to write a spoilery review below, that way I can vent properly. Anyway, the entire book, I knew Daniel was some mythical creature, so it was really annoying to wait wait for the big (not big at all) reveal. The only character I actually liked was Arriane, and we didn't get to see a lot of her at all. Cam was, well, let's just say I knew something was off about him. I could totally predict what ended up happening with him.
Besides being predictable, the book was plain boring. It was so flat in the writing department, that it hurt to read. My little sister could write a better book than Lauren Kate did. The plot wasn't particularly creative, either. It's pretty dang cliched, and it's been done much better before. Honestly, it was a miracle that I made it through this book.
Nowww.... I'm going to write a spoilery rant below. Thank you for your patience.
OKAY, so if Lucinda dies every time Daniel kisses, or touches her, THEN MAYBE HE SHOULDN'T KISS HER!!!!!! RIGHT? RIGHT? I mean, wouldn't that solve the issue? Don't touch her, and she won't explode, or die, or whatever it is that she does. Like, maybe, he should just avoid touching her. And clearly, he can't LOVE her without actually knowing her. What if she's a self-centered, whiny thing. Oh, wait. She already is... He is in love with the idea of her- of what he knew her to be. He can't love her in this life always remembering what she's like in the past. He fell in love with the old Lucinda, not this one.
And does Cam actually love her, or is he just using her? Because if she was really in love with Daniel, she wouldn't have fallen in love with anyone else, right? Is that just me? I would rather her end up with Cam instead of Daniel. AND I can just tell that in the next book, there's gonna be another love interest. I can just tell. UGH.
Back to the review....
Anyway, I hated this book. And I can't believe it's going to become a movie next year. *sigh* Unfortunately, I have to read the next two books as part of the dare. Reviews for those shall be out soon. -_- Please help me, I think I lost my mind. Really.