Lauren Kate is an American young adult fiction writer whose books have been translated into over thirty languages. She is the author of the Fallen series and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She is currently working on the final book of the Fallen series: Rapture.
Luce Price is drawn to the mysterious Daniel Grigori on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school. After leaving everything that is familiar to attend a reform school where cell phones are forbidden and security cameras watch your every move, she feels that there is something connecting them. But Daniel hides a secret, and Luce digs deeper into his past, never realising the danger she is in.
This book has a lot of potential, but loses out because of the lead character. The following describes her perfectly:
You’re nothing more than you appear to be: a stupid, selfish, ignorant, spoiled little girl who thinks the world lives or dies on whether she gets to go out with some good-looking boy at school.
Before she has been on her new school campus for half an hour, Luce has noticed two good looking boys and proceeds to daydream about both of them. What follows is 200 pages of Luce leading one of them on, while agonising over the fact that the other, Daniel, ignores and berates her at every turn.
The plot of the book is slow, with small action pieces interspersed with long passages highlighting Luce’s confusion over the two boys in her life. After waiting the whole book to discover the secret which binds Luce and Daniel to one another, I was disappointed to note that once it is revealed, there is a big, confusing battle and its importance is lessened. However, I was glad to see the pace of the book pick up near the end.
The forbidden love aspect of the novel is well executed; I found that once Daniel admits his feelings towards Luce the story line becomes much more captivating. Descriptions of Daniel’s beauty are almost lyrical in nature, and allowed me to envision him well. Daniel and the other angels are very well written characters, in contrast to the one-dimensional Luce.
Over-all I would suggest that readers of YA fiction may like this book – but there are far better offerings out there about fallen angels and forbidden love. I hope that later books will explain a lot more about Luce and Daniel’s past, including his fall from heaven, and that she becomes a much more likable character who takes control of her life.
About the book:
- Pub. Date: 17 December 2009
- Publisher: Doubleday Children’s Books
- Format: Paperback, 464 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385618021 ISBN 10: 0385618026
- Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy