Series: Fallen #1
Published by Delacorte Press on December 8th 2009
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. 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 Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
I’ve been putting re-reading this book off, for a long time. I read it a long time ago, and didn’t really remember it. I have grown so much as a reader, and I just wanted to read it again to see what I thought. The truth is that I’ve heard positive things, but also lots of negative things. So kept putting if off and about a week ago, I just picked it up and started re-reading it. I’m so glad that I’ve read it again, because while I wont say that I loved it, I did like it.
The plot was a bit slow moving, and because of that the book starts out a bit slow. I didn’t really know where it was supposed to be going. Even though it went slow, I couldn’t stop turning pages because the questions just kept building. There were so many things I didn’t understand and wanted to understand. When I got to the ending, the twists in the plot surprised the hell out of me. But where the most of the story and plot was really slow, the ending just happened, out of nowhere it became fast paced and action packed, it felt a bit rushed to me. A lot was left unexplained, so I hope that’s to come in the next books.
What the gradual and slow build also did for me, was that it made me understand the characters even better. You learn enough about a character to satisfy you, but on the other hand you don’t know nearly enough and it makes you wonder just who and what they are. There’s quite some mystery surrounding most characters, which makes Fallen interesting.
I really liked Luce. She was honest and a bit naïve, but all and all she’s a great character. She did become a bit of a damsel in distress at the end of Fallen, but I expect that in the next books in this series she’ll develop. If I liked Luce, you’ll probably expect that I loved Penn! She was such a great friend and just an awesome character.
The love-triangle was a bit cliché though. It wasn’t horrible, it was okay most of the time because Luce figured out what it was she wanted pretty soon. It was a bit useless actually, Daniel was a big jerk for the first half of the book, but it becomes clear right away when they meet that they’ll end up together. It was kind of inevitable, but there still was a love-triangle anyway.
The cover art is great! Its what got my attention when I first saw the book. A slow-burner, but its well worth to keep reading. I’m definitely reading the next book!