Fallen by Lauren Kate

| 13 January , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

Just before she ducked into her first class, she dared to glance back. His face was blank, but there was no mistaking it – he was watching her go.

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?

Lauren Kate\’s novel Fallen is the first in a new series that will leave you hankering for more. The story follows Luce as she navigates through a new school after an incident that left her last boyfriend dead.

It is at her new school, Sword and Cross; a reformatory school for troubled teens, that she meets a bunch of students that are unlike any other person she\’d ever met before. But there\’s something familiar about one of them and the way she feels drawn to him – if only she could remember.

Most of the story is set at Sword and Cross, though the main focus is on the characters and they are the main reason I enjoyed this story, it is also a love story, but one which is not too cheesy nor too deep. It is a love, which will hopefully build throughout the series.

The characters are a delight to read; Arianne with her quirky, slightly unbalanced, ‘girl interrupted\’ attitude and behaviour, Penn and her endless knowledge, Cam with his ease and charm, Molly and her black stiletto boots, and of course, Daniel, and the mystery surrounding him.

All Luce wants is to understand what happened to her last boyfriend and what these shadows are that haunt her. For reasons unknown to Luce, being near Daniel makes her feel safe, even with his hot and cold attitude.

It all starts with a scene from the past; a memory a life once lived.

Fallen is a truly enthralling read about forbidden love and reincarnation. The plot touches briefly on the paranormal and though this first novel didn\’t reveal much and there were several questions left unanswered, it has the potential to make a very exciting new series and one I\’d be glad to keep reading.

Available now:  Random House RRP$29.95


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