|Author: Lauren Kate|
|Publisher: Delacorte Books|
|Elements: Resurrection, reincarnation|
|Series: Book 1 of a series|
When you open the book, right away you're greeted with a prologue. I'm a bit on the fence about prologues. They usually have one purpose, and that's to show how things were in contrast to how things are now. I liked Fallen's prologue. It was romantic and showed the mystery and connection the characters shared. Unfortunately, that also means that I knew what to expect in the coming pages. Lots and lots of negativity between those two.
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.
The premise is interesting. Luce Price has been thrust out of her home and sent to a reform school in the middle of nowhere, which seems just perfect for mysterious fantasy things to happen. I liked this fish out of water element because it shows how supportive Luce's parents are. Even though it's told that Luce was sort of a party girl before, it's not obvious from the way she behaves and thus it doesn't convince me, and I'm left to imagine that Luce has always been the way she is. However, it does work in the sense that it shows how haunted Luce is, and how hesitant she is to fall for someone new.
Nothing interesting really happens throughout the book until the climax. This could merely be because I'm partial to plot, action and character driven stories. There are a few scenes where she meets Daniel, but even those lack passion as she is always rebuffed by him. During those times when Luce actually makes effort to communicate with Daniel, the poor girl is given a cold face. I believe in olden times this is called a direct cut. And since Daniel is supposedly this very old guy, shouldn't he have the mannerisms and politeness of people in times past?
Apparently not. For an angel, he sure acts the opposite. Jerkface. When I commented that Patch from Hush, Hush was an asshat, at least it was obvious that he wanted her. In this case, Daniel acts like the jock who has to brush off the unwanted attention of a needy schoolmate. I really am not a fan of Daniel. Especially when he does throw around clues that refer to their past, and pretty much cockblocks her attempts to find out what the heck he's talking about. It is almost as if he longs for the Luce in the prologue, or the Luce he first met rather than the Luce now, whom he despises because he cannot have her.
The supporting characters leave a lot to be desired, especially after the big reveal at the end. Their development was somewhat stinted in the front, and only after the climax did they start to show some more personality. Out of all her friends, I like Luce's best friend, Cameron-the-other-love-interest and the old librarian. They had the most chemistry with Luce despite the scenes, and definitely made up for the lack between Luce and Daniel.
Fallen has an interesting premise, but fails to deliver in most aspects due to the imbalance between the halves of the story, until the climax where everything seems to come in such a rush that it should have been a longer part of the book. However, as this is the first book in a series, I do hope that Daniel's chemistry with Luce will improve. Maybe not to such a 180 that it doesn't match the Daniel I know (and dislike) now, but in gradual degrees. What was revealed in the ending is definitely something that I would love to explore, along with the backgrounds of the characters.