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REVIEW: Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date of Release: December 8th 2009 
Pages: 452

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.

This book was something of which I was adamant that I had to read due to the mass of different opinions it has received. And I must say... I enjoyed it. The cover is beautiful, so dark and delicate conveying a vulnerability to Luce but the darkness shows the strength in her and the ones around her.

Luce has been to Sword & Cross boarding school because she was believed to have killed her boyfriend in a fire. But when she enters Sword & Cross she is surprised to be greeted with Daniel's rude and impolite attitude towards her, but is it just her or is there something more?

Luce is a character whom many would either love or hate; she can be whiney at times and exclaim how much she likes Daniel and what her looks like and all, it got extremely annoying on occasions. However, I loved the mystery element of the story and how it soon begins to escalate. Then we have Pen, so innocent and kind she is someone who really brings smiles and joy out of this story. And Cam... well, he is kind and loveable with a mysterious and frightening side to him.

The plot was engaging, I felt myself imagining some of the scenes which had beautiful descriptive adjectives and phrases. However, I did find the pace of this story extremely slow, with the action only really coming in three quarters the way through the book; it was a little painful on occasions.

This story was thrilling and dangerous, with an adorable romantic side to the story. However, the pace was just too slow.

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