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Fallen: A Fallen Novel, Book 1 | [Lauren Kate]

Fallen: A Fallen Novel, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Listen to another Fallen novel.

©2009 Lauren Kate; (P)2009 Listening Library

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    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 04-22-10
    Jennifer Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States 04-22-10 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This again?"

    I guess this is my own fault, because I should know better than to go searching for something in the YA category of substantial depth with decent writing. This was a quickie impulse and I cant bring myself to finish it. The writing is mediocre, the plot is maddeningly predictable, and the angst isn't very convincing. What angers me the most is how flimsy the characters are. The heroine is practically non-existent aside from her run-of-the-mill tortured past, and the main love interest is simply attractive and mysterious. They're paper thin characters that never made it off the page to become more than just words, and the "He's so mysterious, I wonder what he's hiding behind that cloak of mystery" thing is getting old. It doesnt help that everytime Daniel gets around Luce he's absolutley torn between loving her (because she has such a personality!) and doing the right thing (which causes the paper thin angst). The "I cant tell you anything, but look at the sadness in my eyes" bit is played out!! And where do I start with the reform school they are attending? Oh the treacherous reform school with cameras and barbed wire and students who carry pocket knives and permanent markers! Cliche much? I rolled my eyes at the fact that the students rarely go to class, but when Luce slept through an entire morning of her classes I realized I couldnt go on very much further. But I did, and when another student has a car and driver pick Luce up to bring her to a bar, where he hangs out most days, cause, you know, reform schools are cool with that, I put the brakes on this book. I was down with Twilight and knew to take it for what it was, but this is just a sad attempt to cash in on the teen saga mania of today. I actually want my credit back.

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Shasta Altoona, WI, United States 03-31-11
    Shasta Altoona, WI, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow moving..."

    This book was recommended to me from a friend, she really enjoyed it... But I didn't. I feel that the build up to the "climax" was extremely long, and when the climax finally came, it was a let down. I like the idea of the fallen angles, good vs. evil. I know this is in the YA category, but it is extremely young adult. If you are looking for a little more romance, and suspense, then I doubt this series is for you. I did also listen to the second book. And I think that if you had a hard time with finishing Fallen, then you will not enjoy Torment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Hatboro, PA, United States 10-22-10
    Rita Hatboro, PA, United States 10-22-10

    Audiobooks have changed how I drive! I look forward to driving for work when I have a good book on deck.

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    "Late Bloomer Worth the Listen"

    I was quite interested in Fallen's plot and once it began to actually unfold I found this book to be sort of thrilling. The downside is that the unfolding doesn't actually begin until about hour seven. The narrator was quite good; the stubtleties of her narration set a haunting tone which lent to my enjoyment once the plot actually unfolded. If you have real interest in supernatural teen angst, stick with this late bloomer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Perris, CA, USA 05-28-10
    Felicia Perris, CA, USA 05-28-10
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    "Fallen"

    Wonderful...different.

    I hoped there would be a sequel, even as I realized the story sort of lays it out that one isn't needed, it's open enough to have one. A brand new kind of tale, a redeemable Fallen Angel such as you see in Legion, where one or more just did as they felt or thought and so "Fell" but not really such dark things. A shining example of how there are lighter and darker aspects of every species and how every ethereal thing is more or less touchable than once thought possible; planets, clouds, scientific facts now, were once acts of the heavens incomprehensible.

    I would recommend this book and Angelology, though this one has a more happy young feeling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstin Greenville, NC, United States 09-29-11
    Kirstin Greenville, NC, United States 09-29-11 Member Since 2011

    Book blogger for YA & NA genres

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    "Slow start to a mysterious romance"

    The pace of this book lags a bit, but if you can hang in there the story will entice you to come back for more to see who Luce chooses; Daniel or Cam.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-04-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 04-04-12

    Breesmom

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    "A Reform School Mystery"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The story was weak, predictable. Characters were shallow and one-dimensional.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Looks like the author was stretching out the story in anticipation of a book series to follow.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much modulation in her voice. Each character was not given a different sounding voice.


    Could you see Fallen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not one i would watch.....it's really already been done in a couple of different ways.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-16-11
    Angie Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-16-11
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    "Ok but SLOW"

    I found this whole series slow to develop and slightly boring.
    I think I bought into the series based on the review that compared it to twilight but it does not compare.
    I did end up buying book 2 and 3 in hope that I would get some answers. I really couldn't believe how slow and drawn out the whole series was - I'm guessing there will be a book 4 but I will only listen if I can't find anything else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-30-11
    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Weak ending but kept me listening"

    Because I wanted to know what exactly was going on, I kept listening but the end, the payoff, was weak. The journey was entertaining but the "discovery" of what it was all about was disappointing. Good narrator and the first three fourths of the book was interesting enough to keep me listening but I won't read or listen to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Maricopa, AZ, USA 07-11-10
    Daphne Maricopa, AZ, USA 07-11-10
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    "Not what you expect"

    I kept on hoping something would happen right up until the end. I was very disappointed that the story has no real depth and very few characters have substance

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Santa Rosa, CA, USA 05-04-10
    Beth Santa Rosa, CA, USA 05-04-10
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    "Looking forward to the next one"

    I will have to admit that I was drawn by the cover art. The story was not a let down, I felt that the narrator was good. The story line was interesting although sometimes frustrating, and not in a "love angst" way. I am looking forward to the next one, and I believe that is the sign of a good book. I would recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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