Reviews of children's and young adult books old and new

Monday, November 30, 2009


Fallen by Lauren Kate

Set to be published December 8th by Random House, Fallen follows Luce Price as she starts at Sword & Cross reform school after a frightening incident at the end of the previous summer that left one boy dead. The dismal grounds and drab buildings give the whole campus a sad and depressed feeling but there is much more happening than meets the eye. Luce cannot understand why she can see dark shadows wherever she goes or what Daniel and Cam see in her that is worth fighting over. Will Luce be able to unravel certain mysteries about her past before it is too late?

This is a young adult paranormal romance. For some strange reason this is my new favorite genre to read for fun. So as you can imagine I was very excited to read this book and to receive an advanced reading copy from Random House. However, I felt that the story had a very long lead and set up for only about 50 pages of interesting story at the very end of the book. To top that off, this is a series, so not much is resolved when we leave Luce after a month at Sword & Cross. I am interested to read the next book in the series which is scheduled for next fall; and at that point I feel like the story will actually take off. I cannot fault the writing of the book from a technical standpoint but ultimately I felt that it was uninteresting. I will admit that I was hoping for a different kind of story based on everything I had read about it from the pre-publication publicity. I was hoping for much more detail about the paranormal aspect of the story, and more about the past of the characters, as that is a central part of the plot. There is a prequel scheduled to be published and that may have more of the background that I was hoping for in this book.

A bit of a slow starter, I would recommend waiting until Torment, the next book in the series, comes out next year before picking this one up.

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