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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.
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©2009 Lauren Kate (P)2009 Listening Library

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  • Jennifer
  • Cuayhoga Falls, OH, United States
  • 04-22-10

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.

60 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • KLeaHudson
  • Greenville, NC, United States
  • 09-29-11

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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Slow Start Strong Finish

The story is intriguing, it takes a long time to get to the heart of the story, but it is an exciting ride. I am waiting for the sequel. If you are a fan of YA popular fiction you will enjoy this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

Romantic and different... but shallow, slow, and dissapointing at the end. The story leaves many questions unanswered, and I felt like it focused too much on things that were irrelevant to the plot. Characters lack depth and development. Also, there was a lot of bad language, which bothers me because I don't want to hear it... which is why I avoid adult romance novels. I appreciate that the romantic scenes are mild, at least... only kissing, nothing more. In today's world, that's not always something you can trust in romance novels, even teen novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was okay...

I liked it okay, but I thought it was slow to start.
I'd recommend it to others but I'm not really jumping up and down in love with it. I'm curious to see how they do the movie though. I'm not sure if this book is movie quality but it was all right. I'll read the others just to finish the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Read.

I liked the story, it was interesting and the plot wasn't bad. The characters could have been developed a little more as I find myself trying to remember who was who and why they were even important to the plot. I didn't feel the book got to the climax I had initially anticipated but overall it gave me enough to keep reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful