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Fallen by Lauren Kate
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Read in March, 2010 — I own a copy

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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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Review
I absolutely loved this novel!

Lauren Kate weaves a story that reads like a classic gothic novel, with ’shadows’ and mysteries behind every turn. The voice is also very fresh, mixing classic undertones with playful banter that keeps the novel flowing.

Luce Price’s story is intriguing, because she is forced to attend Sword & Cross, a boarding school for wayward teens, after she’s blamed for the murder of one of her loved ones. She has been haunted by ’shadows’ that threaten the lives of those around her, from a young age. Her inability to comprehend what the ’shadows’ are and where they come from, cause her parents and psychologists to label her: mentally unstable.

It’s interesting to observe how Luce interacts with the people around her in this new environment. She sets her sights on, Daniel Grigori, a guy who’s completely unwilling to let his guard down. He’s rude and standoffish upon meeting her. Yet she still feels strangely familiar with him, and continues to have surreal dreams that lead her to question who, and more importantly, what he really is. The love story is written in a way that both romance lovers, and realists can appreciate. It’s not too much, but just enough to make you want to continue reading! Meanwhile, she is continually pursued by, Cam, a guy who’s overtly interested in her. Maybe too interested.

Lauren Kate does an awesome job of weaving the setting of Sword & Cross, a place that holds great civil war history, and the harshness of a prison. She has a way of describing that makes the school come alive as a character in its own right. Another great plus, is that she created a cast of characters that are so well rounded, it’s hard not to be interested in each of their stories.

Overall, I rate this novel 10 out of 10 for a love story that’s packed with supernatural twists, intriguing characters, and loads of surprises in the end! I look forward to the sequel, Torment, coming out this Fall.

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“I don't understand what you're still doing here."
She blinked and nodded miserably, then began to turn away.
"No!" He pulled her back. "Don't leave. It's just that you've never—we've never... gotten this far." He closed his eyes. "Will you say it again?" he asked, almost shyly. "Will you tell me ... what I am?"
"You're an angel," she repeated slowly, surprised to see Daniel close his eyes and moan in pleasure, almost as if they were kissing. "I'm in love with an angel.”
Lauren Kate, Fallen


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