Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in StoriesHardback Fallen (Delacourte)
- Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
- Format: Hardback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 213mm x 23mm | 318g
- Publication date: 24 January 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0385742614
- ISBN 13: 9780385742610
- Sales rank: 35,581
What makes your heart race a little faster? It's the "USA Today" bestselling "Fallen in Love," four wholly original stories collected in a novel set in the Middle Ages by #1"New York Times "bestselling author Lauren Kate. "Fallen in Love" gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of Fallen characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: "Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles;" "Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland;" "Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane;" and "Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda."
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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.
By Pretty Little Reader 08 Nov 2012
Split into four different love stories, Fallen in Love was heartwarming and a fun addition to Lauren Kate's Fallen series.
Fallen in Love's first story, Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles, was adorable. I loved seeing the lighter side to both Miles and Shelby, and their uncertainty about their growing feelings was extremely endearing. The way Shelby kept catching herself staring at Miles once his hat was lost, getting caught up in his clear blues eyes, had me stopping to catch my breath a couple times. Their nighttime picnic under a starry sky sealed the deal, and had me instantly swooning for their fledgling relationship.
I wasn't as big a fan of Fallen in Love's second story, Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland. Maybe it's because I haven't read any of the Fallen books in a while, but I had a hard time remembering who Roland was. While I empathized with his torment over how things ended with his first - and only - love, I couldn't truly connect to him because I couldn't place him in Fallen's overall plot.
Fallen in Love's third story, Love: The Valentine of Arriane, started out quite promising. Learning about Arriane's sordid love affair with one of Lucifer's demons, a passion that spanned a millennia that neither time nor distance seemed able to weaken, was heartbreakingly beautiful. But their love story was tainted after Tess decided to present Arriane with an ultimatum - something someone truly in love would never force upon their loved one.
Fallen in Love's last story, The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda, was one I could have done without. Luce's anxiousness permeated the pages, in her desire to uncover more clues about her past and what she needs to change in order to be with Daniel in the present. Even during a romantic moment together, Luce wasn't able to completely set aside her worries and just live for the moment.
I did love that all four stories happened during the same time period - medieval England - and that they were all connected in one way or another, eventually leading up to Daniel and Luce's Valentines Day. I also enjoyed that, while love was the focus, there was also a lot about friendship and the type of family bond that comes with shared experiences over time. It was also kind of romantic that, even though in this century Daniel and Luce are inevitably torn apart, if only for one night, their friends worked together to give them a moment of pure happiness. While I don't feel like Fallen in Love has added to the Fallen series, it was a quick and romantic read that fans of the rest of the series are sure to find enjoyable!
By Amanda 22 Sep 2012
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (http://www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
If you're a fan of the Fallen series, I recommend reading this. While it wasn't AS addicting as the first three books, it was enjoyable. It's four short stories compiled into one book. Each short story is with a different point of view, but they all happen on the same day; Valentines Day.
The first story, in my opinion, was the cutest. It was Shelby's point-of-view and it was about Shelby and Miles. It was my favorite story of all four of them. It was the start of something and I can't wait to read Rapture to see if it continues! I was hoping Shelby and Miles would get together!
The second was Roland's point-of-view. It was weird reading through Roland's eyes, but also a great opportunity to learn more about him. This one completely broke my heart. I've always seen Roland as this strong, cool, mysterious sort of character. He's hilarious sometimes, really. But seeing him completely tormented by a choice he had to make for him and the woman he loved, just tore me apart. I feel for Roland so much. I think this one was the saddest one.
The third was of Arianne. I've always loved Arriane and to see this side of her made me understand why she tries to help Daniel and Luce so much. She had a forbidden love too, and it ended badly. You also get to see how she got her scars, and I'm glad we get to find that out because I've been curious about that since the first book.
The final story is, of course, Luce and Daniel. You can't have a Fallen novel, even if Novella, without Luce and Daniel. While their story wasn't very long, you do get to read about the only Valentines Day they've ever been together for. It's always fun to read about Luce and Daniel, but I really hope they get a break in Rapture. They've been through SO much and it just isn't fair!
Overall, this was an enjoyable extra to the series. It's quick paced and I could of read it pretty fast, but I've been in a bit of a rut so it took me a week. Can you believe that? Ha! If you're a fan, definitely read it. It's not the BEST, but it IS a compilation of short stories. Not an actual novel. Read it! :)