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Fallen av Lauren Kate
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Fallen (utgåvan 2010)

av Lauren Kate

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Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.
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Titel:Fallen
Författare:Lauren Kate
Info:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2010), Paperback, 496 pages
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Oh Fallen. I remember why I offloaded this book a decade ago. I shouldn’t let myself fall victim to unreliable, foggy memories of the things I’ve read and not reviewed.

First of all, I will give it to Lauren Kate that her use of language is softly lovely, like rose petals or quiet fountains. I rediscovered this when I read The Orphan’s Song earlier this year and it was that beauty in the writing that nudged me back to Fallen after so many years. Her writing has improved as a whole, and going back to Fallen after reading something newer was a bit jarring. The foundation is still there, but well? Fallen is very much a product of the era in which it was written.

Shall we start with the love triangle? It’s not just a love triangle – it’s a love triangle with two carbon copy boys and whichever one Luce choices could change the outcome of future and the well-being of the universe. You know. As happens in early 2010s YA. It’s exhausting and it doesn’t even try to be subtle. The world building is constantly interrupted by one love interest or another demanding they must talk to Luce, or have a picnic, or give her a necklace. Luce has to stop going to class (or so it seems) because she needs more time to go to the library to undercover all the world mythology because boys are sneaking her to dive bars and taking her swimming in lakes. Fortunately her parents are told that she’s thriving in classes. So! Apparently the teachers don’t notice.

Luce herself is flat as a buttermilk pancake. Her history is a secret because that’s part of the unfurling plot. What we’re left with is a girl who slides easily into situations, that people fight over to befriend when they first meet her, and has no distinguishable personality traits. She does, however, have a hobby. She likes to daydream about Daniel Gregori. It’s not that Luce is an unrelatable character… it’s that she’s as interesting as a paper doll. Fragile and pretty and absolutely insubstantial.

There’s a lot of harmful language and situations around mental illness and facilities and individuals who assist in that sort of management. I know this is the product of the time it was written, but it’s nevertheless unfortunate and did not age well. There’s also a scene near the beginning where characters were trying to identify a teacher’s gender that sent up quite a few red flags for me. I would like to think in the last decade, Kate has learned better, but it made me cringe while reading.

The entirety of Fallen is a very slow climb up an uninteresting hill to reveal a possible plot of the next book, Torment. It’s like a very long prologue. This is the type of book I would call an indulgent read – you know it’s not a work of art, but you read it for the naive, ridiculous romances and the supernatural elements. The enjoyment of Fallen will highly depend on the reader. It’s a light, easy read (I read most of it on a plane… and finished before the end of my flight). It falls into step with books like Marked and Die For Me and other indulgent YA supernatural romances of the era. These were my favourite thing fifteen years ago! Now? Not so much. ( )
  Morteana | Aug 2, 2021 |
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

Lucinda is new to the reform school that her parents have sent her after a tragic fire ended with a boy dead. Luce can see shadows that no one else seems to be able to see. And something is so familiar about the boy Daniel, who she is unexplainably drawn to.

Likes:
~Angels
~Romance
~Mystery

Dislikes:
~Boring
~Feels generic
~Insta-love in the worst way
~Weak and annoying heroine

I wanted to like this book, wanted to love it. Beautiful cover, great and intriguing blurb. But it fell super short for me. I did come into this book expecting the worst, and it wasn't as bad as I thought due to some of my other group member's thoughts on it. So there is that upside.

It was hard to read. I couldn't focus on it at all, my mind wandered when I read it and I had to force myself to keep at it. In a word, I would call this book, forgettable. I just don't think I'll think twice about it. And the main character Lucinda. Completely annoyed throughout the whole book. Outside of the fact that her personality was beyond bland, she was obviously stringing along with two guys.

My need to finish the series might be the only reason I continue the series if I do. I guess we will see after I've had time to let it all sink in better. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
Excitante, sombrio e romântico Fallen é, ao mesmo tempo, um thriller vigoroso e uma inesquecível história de amor. Lauren aposta no amor impossível entre os protagonistas para tecer o início de uma saga com todos os ingredientes de um cult do gênero. Em Fallen, acompanhamos a adolescente Luce, mandada para um reformatório ― apropriadamente batizado de Sword & Cross ― após a morte do namorado em um incêndio misterioso. Ela suspeita que estranhas sombras negras, que a atormentam desde a infância, são as verdadeiras responsáveis. Mas quem acreditaria nela?Na escola, ela encontra o etereamente belo Daniel Grigori, que desperta uma estranha sensação de reconhecimento: único ponto luminoso num lugar onde celulares são proibidos e há câmeras de vigilância por todos os cantos. Mas tanta luz hipnotiza a menina, atraída pelo rapaz como uma mariposa pela chama. Ele tenta se manter afastado de Luce, mas também não consegue. E a verdade promete separá-los como tantas outras vezes ― com a morte de Luce. Amantes destinados a se encontrar e se perder vida após vida, século após século.
  matheus1berto21 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Teen fiction; angel romance. This was pretty good, as these things go, but I kind of wish it weren't a series--like maybe they shoulda just had their big battle and gotten it over with, rather than temporarily "calling a truce" to suspend the action over 2-3 more books. I suppose there are still a lot of unresolved questions, which apparently will take some time to unravel so that Luce won't suddenly perish from learning the truth too quickly (this is literally the reason given). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
couldnt put this one down. ( )
  amoderndaybelle | May 27, 2021 |
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Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel.
 

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