Fallen : Book 1 of the Fallen Series

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Instant. Intense. Weirdly familiar . . .

The moment Luce looks at Daniel she knows she has never felt like this before. Except she can't shake the feeling that she has . . . and with him - a boy she doesn't remember ever setting eyes on.

Will her attempt to find out why enlighten her - or destroy her?

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic. Fallen is a thrilling story about forbidden love.
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 318g
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780552561730
  • 61,257

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Bursting with emotion, this is a roller coaster story of unbridled and dangerous desires
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This thriller is dark and romantic, an absolute blinder of a book. Every teenage girl (and her mum) is going to want to read it * The Sun * Imaginative and very sexy * Bella * Readers who prefer paranormal romance will adore Fallen by Lauren Kate * Irish Independent * Bursting with emotion, this is a roller coaster story of unbridled and dangerous desires * Love Reading * This is a gothic love story featuring fallen angels and forbidden love (a winning formula) that will thrill and delight in equal measure * Fantasy Book Review *
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About Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN and TEARDROP series. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at laurenkatebooks.net.
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548,719 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 34% (188,239)
4 26% (142,978)
3 23% (127,414)
2 10% (57,201)
1 6% (32,887)

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Excellent and addictive, I couldn't put it down and when I did I was holding out until I could read some more. I just got frustrated with Luce sometimes about the silly things she does but I guess that's just the character.show more
by Heidi Jennings
Fallen is a typical story boy meets girl, girl fall's in love, girl don't know what to say around boy. TYPICAL! maybe it's just me but I found this novel to be slow like snails. They are in a mental institution and all they do is stare at each other? Exchanging weird confused looks?. I would have liked it better if the novel would contain more events or something along the lines of "Bitch are you looking at my girl? MY GIRL? OH HELL NO!" just saying it was slow. Maybe other people would love it but for me it's a no go.show more
by Julie Dinh
Luce is a teen girl who gets send to a boarding school after an incident..it just happens that the boarding school houses not just humans but something else as well. This was a reread for me, I read this book few years ago, but I did not remember much about it. So four stars, even though there were parts in the beginning and the end that weren�???�??�?�´t getting me really excited, the book in general did. I love love the character Arriane. I like the setting and the whole mix of characters. I liked the romantic moments between different characters. There were some really sweet stuff in there, but also, and quite surprisingly, some quite brutal ones as well. And what I really liked is the way the main character doesn�???�??�?�´t just automatically believe everything she sees and hears! I will be reading Torment as soon as I can find the time, that will be a reread as well so I hope to make it quick so I can read the rest of the series that I have not read before.show more
by Johanna Pulkkinen
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
My review: Since the fourth and last book in the Fallen series is about to be published in June 2012, I thought that I would start with the series! Since this book has been on my TBR list for a while, this review will also be part of TBR Pile 2012 Challenge. I have admired the covers of Laren Kate's books! The cover of Fallen was also something that caught my eye first, long before I purchased the book. I have followed the reviews of the three books which are out already and I am happy that I finally read Fallen. It is the first book of Lauren Kate's book which I have read and I enjoyed it. The book is written with a nice pace, the story rolls out intriguingly while reading and the characters are captivating. When you add surprises in the plot and a twisted romance story, then you'd get Fallen - amazing book. It was fun and easy to read and I read it in one sitting. Regarding the plot: The story starts out with the scene from 1854 and that immediately caught my attention. Right after that the reader was brought to the present, to year 2099, to a closed school named Sword & Cross School. The main character Luce is sent to Sword & Cross due to her different behavior in her childhood and the suspicion of her involvement in a murder of her friend Trevor. Everything is different in Sword & Cross, especially the students - they all have some criminal or mysterious backgrounds. During the first day in the new school Luce sees a boy who seems so familiar, but she cannot place him. Daniel, who is good looking, has beautiful eyes and is attracting Luce towards him, turns her down. It seems that he has no interest in Luce. Luce quickly find her some new friends who are very different from her friends back at home, but nevertheless, she creates friendships with Penn, Arriane, Cam and others in the school. Still, she is intrigued by Daniel and cannot understand why he is friendly in one minute and then minute late can be cold as ice towards her. Step by step Luce and Daniel are coming closer to each other. Luce starts finding clues about who Daniel is thanks to Penn and she finds surprisingly also a lot about her own past. I really loved the story: it surprised me several times with its twists and turns, the characters were very enjoyable and very fresh perspective to angels, especially fallen angels. I also enjoyed the surroundings of Sword & Cross School! Regarding the characters: Besides the captivating narrative, the characters were really well-written and intriguing in Fallen. Both main characters and many supportive characters had spark, boldness and they all had their stories to tell. Luce is a beautiful and smart girl who just has some abilities that causes her trouble. She sees shadows and other things which other people cannot and that makes her life complicated. She is persistent and wants to know who Daniel is. Daniel is one of my favorite male protagonists of the YA books I have read in 2012! Daniel is good looking, smart, independent and different from others. He seems to have this bad-guy attitude around him, but he is always there when Luce needs him. I absolutely adored two supportive characters in Fallen: Arriane and Penn. These two girls where so different, yet I really enjoyed their characters. Both of the characters had a big role to play in Fallen and their stories took an interesting and unexpected turn to me. When reading Fallen, you cannot be untouched by Cam. Cam takes a big interest in Luce and Luce does feel attracted to Cam. Cam was a complex character who had both good and bad sides and that was enjoyable! I liked that the author made him little naughty, little good - not entirely bad. Generally: Fallen was fascinating, scary, fresh YA book with a wonderful story to tell and captivating characters! I am really glad that I picked the book up for reading and I cannot wait reading the next books in the series! Absolutely loved it!show more
by Inga Kupp-Silberg
SPOILERS ALERT! 3.5 Stars Luce ends up in Swords & Cross boarding school after an arson incident involving her boyfriend at her old school; one which was caused by the shadowy figures that keep following her. On her first day, she meets Arriane, finds herself inexplicable drawn to a guy, Daniel who for some reason hates her, manages to get humiliated in front of the entire school and hopefully finds a trusted friend in Penn. As the days pass by, a boy, Cam seems to make her feel most comfortable at this place and another, Daniel continues to shun her with occasional tenderness and she can't drop feeling a certain connection to him. Luce begins to somewhat fight back the shadows and makes it her mission to find information about Daniel with the help of Penn. She and Todd a fellow student are saved from a fire by some invisible force but Todd is killed by the shadows. In one of those rare moments with Daniel, Luce is compelled to tell him about the shadows she sees and gets an unexpected reaction from him; he seemed in despair. Cam cozying up with Luce ticks Daniel, leading to a fight; over her. That scene makes Luce realize that that she has to get things straight out with Cam as it is Daniel she feels for. Both of them finally give in to their building emotions in an intense kiss leaving Daniel baffled later that Luce survived. Daniel is forced to tell Luce the truth that leaves her shaken to the core; everything he said seemed as much familiar as it sounded crazy. All turns chaotic just as Luce begins to grasp what Daniel truly was and the depth of their relationship. With the end of an eventful night, Luce is forced to hide away, the fact still remains that she still knows little of the world she has been trust into. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Alright, I'm having a sort of love/hate relationship with this book. The good news is that I love it more. First off, the first chapter about the past was a bad idea; it revealed much of the focal point of this book. I felt that the readers should have been kept guessing, trying to figure out the reason to Daniels behavior and their secret past. The writer lost the suspense element there. Apart from that, the first half of the book was quite dragging with little progress and it lacked world building and relationship building; I would have loved to see more tension and love building between Daniel and Luce instead of just recognition and the repetition of it. Another down point is that there was little character development on Daniel and Cam came out a more interesting and compelling character that it felt like a love triangle with Cam having the advantage. In the second half, the story started to really progress and got interesting. The bright side of it is Ms. Kate's solid writing with the right amount of showing with less explaining which am sure would have frustrated some but I love the mystery and the author must have done that to fruit later installments. Moreover, Luce's character was realistic and believable and the secondary characters were carefully penned and were fun and interesting especially Cam who was the most fascinating character so far. Lastly, I liked the cliff hanger sort of climax leaving more mystery to be uncovered.show more
by Shayla
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