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Read FALLEN, the worldwide sensation that's both dangerously exciting and darkly romantic. #1 New York Times bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
One of NPR.com's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
More than 3 million series copies in print! 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. "Sexy and fascinating and scary . . . I loved loved loved it!"--New York Times bestselling author P.C. Cast
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 122 x 222 x 28mm | 399g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385739133
  • 9780385739139
  • 15,918

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PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE "Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts of YA readers."
--The Daily Beast "This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!"
--Seventeen.com "This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death."
--Justine magazine "Readers will pine right alongside Luce."
--Publishers Weekly "This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending."

"Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga."
--The Bookseller

"Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce's story."
--VOYA "The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings."
--Kirkus Reviews "A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up."
--New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
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About Lauren Kate

LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN series, comprised of Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, Fallen in Love, and Unforgiven; and The Orphan's Song. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at laurenkatenovels.com.
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Rating details

412,122 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 35% (142,993)
4 26% (108,139)
3 23% (95,094)
2 10% (42,006)
1 6% (23,890)

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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.show more
by Margie C
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.show more
by Dr.Oasis
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. THE VERDICT 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!show more
by MissPageTurner
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)show more
by Nathiel Gold
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 agesshow more
by rebecca
honeslty. im not a picky reader, but this i did not enjoy one bit. when you look at the cover fallen it looks like an amzing book, also when you read the short description its sounds amazing..well its far from that. first complaint is its written in third person (which I am VERY picky about) a book that is 3rd person has to be really well written to get and keep my attention (such as City of bones(:) and Fallen completly failed at keeping it. I normally don't write bad reviews, and i hate writing them, but this book has an exception. I was SO excited to read Fallen, I knew when going into this book that the reviews were on either one side of the fence or the other..meaning either the person loved it or hated it. Fallen had a lot of potential to be amazing, but while reading the book all i could think of is ..wow there is way to many description on the scenry its giving me a headache . This book was not HORRIABLE, I have read worst (much worst) but i can say I still didnt like it and will not be reading Torment, or Passion. Please no one be upset over my review, I understand that there are thousands of people out there that LOVE the Fallen series, I for one am not one of them though. (I was hoping to be...) Random Note: I am getting so sick of all these Angel books (the ones that fail at least)show more
by haley
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