- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
- Format: Paperback | 452 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 30mm | 399g
- Publication date: 28 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0385739133
- ISBN 13: 9780385739139
- Sales rank: 5,851
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.
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LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the Teardrop series, the Fallen novels: "Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture," and "Fallen in Love," and "The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove." Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Visit her online at LaurenKateBooks.net. "From the Hardcover edition."
By Margie C 27 Apr 2012
At the very start of the story we get a peek of a couple, where one is trying to stay away from the other and the other is trying just as hard to be with that one... but I'll come back to the first chapter in a bit.
Luce Price has arrives at Sword & Cross, a reform school for troublesome teens, and instantly knows that this school isn't like any other school, reform or not, this is a school that she could never have imagined existing. Such a dark, unwelcoming and prison-like place, where contact with the outside world is only allowed in 5 minute weekly phone calls, their uniform is to wear all black and there are security cameras everywhere to monitor your every move. Everything seems hopeless and depressing to Luce until she sees Daniel. The moment her eyes land on Daniel, she is instantly drawn to him and wants to run to him, but why the instant connection? Why does Daniel seem so familiar and comforting to her... and when Daniel wants nothing to do with her and goes out of his way to make sure that she knows he has no interest it only increases Luce's curiosity to find out why he pushes her away and what secrets Daniel may be hiding.
The mystery surrounding Luce and Daniel's pasts is consuming. A page-turner right from the start. We meet other students, Luce's new friends, Daniel's old friends, and at first I just wanted to dismiss them and wished that the story would just concentrate on their relationship. But as time goes on, these other characters play major roles in both of their lives. Not one person can be dismissed nor forgotten. Little by little, we find out why Luce was sent to Sword & Cross, what she can see, what her story is. We also find out why Daniel is so desperate to stay away from Luce. Daniel's story is heart breaking and you cannot help fall for for Daniel and want to hug him too. In the end, we finally hear the whole story that connects Daniel and Luce together... forever! because true love cannot be denied!
I did find that the book was a bit choppy at times because it doesn't go into great details that I would have liked to have seen. But it doesn't keep the story from flowing. We are learning and experiencing everything as Luce is and I really liked that the author followed through with that.
Now, let's get back to that first chapter! It's titled, In The Beginning and takes place in England, 1854. There are no names, the characters are referred to as "He" and "She".
She is drawn to him everyday. He tries to stay away, but has a hard time doing so. He comforts himself by drawing pictures of her, it's obvious that he cares for her deeply. She doesn't know how or why, but she knows that she loves him and wants to be with him and makes it impossible for him to not cave in to her. And then he doesn't... They have their moment and we are left with a huge, oh my god! What just happened?! and of course, you need to know why. I really loved how the first chapter just draws you in by giving us a sort of tease... I have a huge soft spot for forbidden love.
By Dr.Oasis 09 Apr 2012
Who doesn't love to read a story about boy and girl, love and hate, angel versus demon? If this sounds like the sort of book you'd like to curl up with on a couch, then Fallen, the first book of the series with the same name, is the book for you.
Raised in Dallas and schooled in Atlanta, author Lauren Kate finished her M.A. in Creative Writing at UC Davis, where she also teaches. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives with her husband and currently works on the final book in the Fallen series, Rapture.
Fallen is a story of seventeen years old Lucy, whose boyfriend died in unknown circumstances. As a result of this accident she must go to a juvenile detention educational facility - Sword & Cross School. When she enters the institute, she realized how much her life will change. Cameras watch her every move and discipline is strict. Just like her, it seems that other students have also their terrible secrets. On the first day she meets Arriane Alter, and both girls stick together and become good friends. When she meets Daniel, a brilliant student, her new life seems to get easier. She falls in love with him.
This is where things get strange. Daniel is a fallen angel, he is in love with Lucy and every seventeen years he must re-suffer her death. Lucy seems to be immortal; she dies every time they meet, and is then reborn as a normal girl. However she doesn't remember her previous lives. Daniel is not the only fallen angel in the school. On her first day she met Cam, a handsome young man. Cam, like Daniel, is a fallen angel, however she does not know that both of them are the standards on the opposite sides of the ancient war of good versus evil. During her short time at Sword & Cross, Lucy must choose between finding out the truth that Daniel, Cam, Arriane and a whole bunch of others are hiding, or fighting for the love that she has felt ever since she saw Daniel.
Fallen is a romantic and fantasy novel with elements of horror. From the beginning to the end the story is captivating and exciting. The main protagonists of the book are two teenagers. Fallen is mainly book for teenagers, but also more mature readers will find in it something for themselves. The setting of the old cemetery and the historic buildings of the school give an air of mystery to the whole story. The heroes in this novel are outcasts of society. Fallen angels, guardians of the innocent on the one hand, and dangerous warriors on the other. In these days, when the theme of vampires is almost worshipped, the idea of portraying fallen angels is a guarantee of success.
I can strongly recommend this book to a fans of fantasy stories, such as, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer or The Mortal Instruments Saga by Cassandra Clare. After reading Fallen, there still is a certain hunger in us, questions haven't been answered, mysteries still abound. We are inexorably drawn to read the next book in the series - Torment. Find yourself a copy of this book and a comfortable sofa, and clear your weekend schedule.
By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
It all starts with the prologue set in 1854, in which we learn something about the story's heart without being given any details. The embodiment of a teasing prologue!
Then story sets back into present time where we attend Sword & Cross school together with Luce, from whose POV Fallen is narrated. Although she is just one of many troubled teenagers at Sword & Cross who have committed crimes, identifying with her felt very easy to me. The more she puts the blame for a murder on her, the more I want to prove her innocence. Luce is a protagonist, whose whole identity hasn't been revealed yet, which makes her interesting and mysterious.
Beside this haunting murder mystery, Luce has to experience immediate rejection by Daniel, one of the dark Sword & Cross students, she feels exceptionally attracted to. The more Daniel pushes Luce away, the more Cam, a fellow new student, uses the chance to lull Luce into his irresistible charm. I considered Daniel and Cam as interesting counterparts, Cam the charming, active and almost angelic and Daniel the passive, cold and dark fighter. Both hold high tension potential, that not only Luce gets mesmerized by.
I am not only eager to learn more about the future of each character and the mysteries that accompany them, but about Luce' and Daniel's past and the dark secret that lingers around their fate.
My favourite symbolism lies in the application of shadows as enemies and the growing power of an ancient evil. Although the final enemy hasn't appeared yet, the threatening shadows produce an ever present awareness of the danger awaiting our favourite protagonists.
I like Lauren Kate's pleasant writing style and the way she develops the story around Luce and Daniel, never giving away too much to hold the overall tension. She created a world in which every character seems to have an even darker secret than the other, you have to expect the unexpected every new page and in which you feel like a small feather in the infinite currents of heaven and the dark fires of hell.
It looks like Fallen is just the rising in a suspense curve about the quartet around Luce and Daniel. Go and get Torment, because you won't be able to stand the tormenting wait for the story to continue for long!
By Nathiel Gold 24 Aug 2011
Honestly I was a little hesitant to pick this book up, I had heard really good things about it but also really bad things. But in the end I decided to pick it up the other day to take it with me to the beach.
I for one really liked this book I think it's original sure it has somethings in common with other books, but really someone show me a book that has absolutely nothing to do with another one.
Luce is a pretty seventeen year old who is sent to Sword and Cross, a school for problematic children. She's not especially happy at giving away her mobile or the fact that "the reds are watching her" but she lives with it in a very mature way (me? I would be kicking and screaming and trying to hide things to keep^^)
There she meets Cam a good looking boy who catches her attention by being nice to her, until Daniel Grigori appears, he seems like the perfect boy, until he flips her of and Luce has a feeling they've met before.
I enjoyed the different characters and Arriane is the best!!! I also felt incredibly sorry for Penn (no spoilers)
By rebecca 16 Jun 2011
I absolutely loved this book I read it in one day then went straight-out to buy torment. All my friends want to borrow this series and everyone I know who have read it loved it and many of them went to buy it for themselves after. I would recommend it to anyone, great for all ages