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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lauren Kate: Fallen

Stories about fallen angels fascinate me, so of course I had to use my Barnes & Noble gift card to pick up Fallen by Lauren Kate!

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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Lauren Kate has a gift. She can take a reader on a walking tour of marshes, crumbling graveyards, and dilapidated buildings without leaving the comfort of their own homes. That's what I liked best about this book--the descriptions. I felt like I was actually in Savannah, Georgia. She painted such a unique, realistic, Gothic picture and took me on an amazing journey.

Fallen took awhile to get going, but that's okay. As with any book that is introducing a series, I want to get a feel for the characters, where they're from, and what motivates them. There was a steady build to the action. And, let me tell you, once things picked up, they picked up at a rapid, heart-stopping speed.

I was left with a lot of questions, which frustrated me at first. But the more I thought abut it, the more excited I became for the sequel (Torment, currently scheduled for publication in September), which I hope will answer some questions that I simply cannot stop thinking about.

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