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It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Delacorte Press
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Natalie Monroe
May 04, 2015 marked it as never-ever-ever-reading-this
Cover Reveal: What is Cam even doing on the cover? He looks like he's scratching his junk.

Hey, Lauren Kate?

It's time to let go.
Jul 30, 2020 marked it as not-sure-if-i-ll-read-it
This was published in 2015? How did I miss this?

Anyway, do I want to go down this road again? I mean back then the series was average. Looking back at it now I feel like I was generous in my ratings. But! Cam was my favourite from those books. A little bit of saving grace.
So, should I read it? And risk that I won't like him after this book? Tricky.
Mar 17, 2015 marked it as maybe-maybe-not

Cam. Cam. Cam.

Stupid Cam.

Because of you, I'll have to read Rapture.

You stupid arsehole. Why did I like you? Why?

Why did you just have to be in Luce and Daniel's gag-worthy romance that your very own book makes me cringe?

I loved you.

And that love is the only reason I'll read this.

Hear that Lucifer?!

Fucking hear that.
Athena ღ
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this boy so much, it hurts. ❤️❤️❤️

What the actual fuck? Milking the cashcow after a series (a bad one at that) is already finished and done with? (and for God's sake, I was so glad it was over when I finished book 4)

and who cares about a romance between Cam and Lilith? Lilith who? She shows up briefly in book 2 or book 3 and why would Ms. Kate believe we care about her?


Plus it's quite awful to name an uninteresting little girl after the Lilith, goddess from a handful of ancient myt
Ahmad Sharabiani
Unforgiven (Fallen, #5), Lauren Kate

The Cam in this book was not like the Cam in the Fallen series. Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the worl
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, so, the thing is that I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book - it's not like I was waiting on tenterhooks for it (in fact, I don't think anybody asked for it, just like nobody asked for an Entourage movie or a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman) but this series is so nostalgic to me.

I first read Fallen in early 2010, when I was 15. HA! Now you're all doing the math. I'm now in my early 20s and while the series is long since behind me, it holds a weird place in my heart: I was never one
Apr 09, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: unfinished
OHMYGOSH!!!! There's going to be a book about Cam!! Am I the only one who loved Cam better than Daniel? It doesn't matter anymore because now there is going to be a whole book (over 400 pages!!) about this amazing character. Now I just need to wait until November. That's not too bad, right? Oh, who am I kidding- I want it now ! ...more
Feb 15, 2015 marked it as nope
Shelves: 2015-publication
Feb 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
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When i came across this book, i though it would be fun to pick it up because i liked the Fallen series when i was 15 or so.. But i was so wrong. The writing is bad, the characters are really plain and boring, everything is predicteble and Cam isn't the bad-boy that we loved.
You think you get the story of Cam, but actually you get the story of Lilith. As a character she isn't really all that much. She is just annoying, her thoughts don't m
Jeff Briel
Oh, man! The cover doesn't match!

The font, it-it's not right. It doesn't feel right. It doesn't feel dark or, gothic it feels like on of those YA books that has a dickhead male lead, or one of those JR Ward novels... It's disappointing. I can't even...

*checks calendar* It's 2015! *check's publication date*

Yay! It comes out 5 days before my birthday. I sooo can't wait!
Prabhjot Kaur (Away)
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, fiction, romance
I was so looking forward to get my hands on this since it was announced.

I expected Cameron-like attitude in the book since it was about Cameron and his long lost love Lilith but no sir that's not what we got. We got someone named Cameron in the book who didn't appear even a bit to be the same Cam from Fallen series.

I still read it because I really wanted to read the book and the fact that it was a short read was bonus and hence 2 stars.

I can't believe that the writer officially ruined the seri
Nikolina Chatzi
This was a nice, sweet story as a stand alone book but that was all. The Cam in this book was not the Cam we got to know in the Fallen series. I expected a darker, stronger story for Cam with lots of action and not a simple school lovestory. The flashback scenes were nice and I liked the Arriane Roland addition but it wasn't enough to make me really like this book. ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Im sad I finished it but im so happy for Cam and ofc i was crying at the end le sigh...i forgot how much i loved and cried reading Lauren Kate's books..but im glad i read this because i understand Cam now and love him so much and i loved that she included characters from fallen especially Daniel and Luce in their past life which ima tear again just remembering it..anyway loved Arriane and Roland being there too!missed those too ...more
Feb 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
Update: It has a cover and Cam looks beautiful and I love the color, wah.

What. What? What is this? No. I don't want to be lured back into this. I didn't suffer through the last two books to be dragged back in. You're using Cam against me! This is completely unfair cause we all know I'm going to read it just cause it says it's about Cam! Cam was my baby and I was so freaking upset about the lack of him in this forsaken series!
Jun 15, 2015 marked it as to-read
"Every story has a dark side." Oooooh. Been waiting for this! Cam, oh my, Cam. Finally we're about to get a glimpse of you. ...more
MissBecka Gee
This was my favourite in the entire series!
I have a feeling it's because it takes place from Cam's POV and has zero to do with Luce & Daniel's love story.
This takes place after the series "ends" and is a completely separate story line.
James Tullos
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
When I started reading this series, I expected them all to be this bad. Luckily I was not disappointed by this final volume.
catherine ♡
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Cam was one of my better-liked characters in book one, but one thing I hated was that it kept saying he was a "bad boy" and honestly the author just never succeeded in portraying him like that.

The most annoying part of this book was the number of times Lilith jumped to conclusions — and never owned up to it. As a character, she was stubborn even when she was in the wrong and it felt like she never got better.

There's some potential in this as I'm a huge fan of stories about hidden fantasy in the
Cam's POV? Hell yeah, I'm gonna read it!

EDIT: Fallen meets Disney's Camp Rock? Ah, nope. I won't do this to myself. Whoever this guy is, it sure as hell isn't Cam.

Fallen was the first YA PNR book that I read. Okay, it was actually Torment, book two, which my fellow blogger Lillian lent to me over lunch oh 4 or 5 years ago. Being new to the genre, I couldn't discern bad from good, mostly because I didn't know the tropes of PNR that were all the rage at the time. I loved the whole Luce and Daniel story and in order to not ruin that image in my mind, I didn't reread the series leading up to the release of Unforgiven. Cam was supposed to be evil guy number 2 ...more
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

Wow… Cam’s story. When Lauren first told us reader that we were getting a book about Cam, I was expecting a book that would be talking about all of his past lives up until now. When we got the summary, then I knew it wasn’t at all what I expected, but I was still pretty hype about reading it.

When I finally got the chance to start the book, I had a hard time letting it down and only did because I was working or had plans that I couldn’t cancel.

It was re
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
This was the best book in the series by far. I loved Cam and Lilith. i think my only complaint is that I didn't get enough of my other favorite fallen angels. And Lucifer is a dick. But glad I read this book. ...more
Sep 08, 2015 added it
Loved it more than anticipated and poor Lilith. I hope to get more about Ro and Arriann. It felt suggested we might.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I always liked Cam, just not for Luce. I LOVED reading his story, and seeing him try to save both himself and Lilith! An AMAZING book! This is a must read for anyone who loved the Fallen books!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite, ya-and-na
First thing first, Forgiven is way better than Fallen, because ;-)

♡ It is more straight to the point.
♡ More romance filled with bittersweet love.
♡ Firstly it is because I'm on Team Cam rather than Daniel. LOL

Forgiven is a stand alone novel that happen right after Rapture. In my opinion this book should be a a new stand alone series of Fallen rather known as the 5th book of Fallen.

For the first time I'm impress with Lauren Kate artwork.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While being classed as the fifth book in the Fallen series, Unforgiven is more of a stand-alone novel. You couldn’t read this novel however, if you have not read the Fallen series. There were way too many mentions of Sword & Cross, the school that was featured in Fallen (book #1). There was also multiple mentions of the main characters of the previous series; Luce and Daniel but that felt more like that was the standard of love Cam - the main character in this novel - was trying to live up to! C ...more
I knew going I to this that it would be a low rating for me, but I really have a hard time not finishing series. Something in me just wants to push forward and see characters through to the end. I was also in the minority that thought Teardrop was a huge improvement from the Fallenverse, and I had hoped that some of that improved storytelling could have transfered over here, but it wasn't.

To start with, this was completely unnecessary. There's very little story here, and what we do get reads lik
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned
I know a lot of readers are torn by this book. But ya'll have to remember that it's CAM's story, not Luce and Daniels. And yes, in the synopsis, it says he's the brooding, bad-boy, but in the novel he's not the same as the Cam we all remember from the previous novels. He wants to win Lilith's love back, and being the brooding, bad-boy wouldn't do so well trying to win her love when she already hates him.

This was a good novel. We didn't have naive Luce, but rather Lilith, who is living through o
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult

“My love for you is bigger than anything I know.”

I can’t express my happiness enough with words. From the time I read the “Fallen” series I was hopping for a story about Cam and what happened to him after the ending of “Torment”. So I felt a big excitement after I learned that Cam will have a book of his own.

So the plot goes like this: Cam fell in love with a mortal girl named Lilith and broke her heart many years ago. So now he understands she’s alive

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Lauren Kate is the author of novels for adults, teens, and children, including the rom-com BY ANY OTHER NAME and the young adult series, FALLEN. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her family.

Other books in the series

Fallen (5 books)
  • Fallen (Fallen, #1)
  • Torment (Fallen, #2)
  • Passion (Fallen, #3)
  • Rapture (Fallen, #4)

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Is there redemption for a bad boy fallen angel? Find out in the Fallen series creator's latest, Unforgiven. Read on for her answers to your...
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“I knew you could never forgive me," he said, "so I ran away. I thought I had lost you for good. But then I found this second chance, and I came here to redeem myself. This time with you has shown me that my love for you is bigger than my fear. My love for you is bigger than anything I know."
A tear rolled down his cheek. He closed his eyes. He had so much more to say and so little time for it to matter.”
Then she was at the bottom, in the filtered light, alone. Black water filled her nose and mouth, her stomach, her lungs.
Her soul.”
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