Title: Fallen (Fallen # 1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Ember - Random House
Publication Date: 2010 (2009)
Genre: Paranormal / YASource: Birthday Gift
Seventeen-Year-Old Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school in Savannah, Georgia. Luce’s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross, where every student seems to have an unpleasant—even evil—history.It's only when she sees Daniel that her life looks a little better. But Daniel has a secret which will put their lives in danger... (Goodreads Synopsis)
This is another of those books that I have heard so many great things about around the blogsphere and I thought it was time to check it out for myself.
On the positive: The story is interesting and held my attention throughout. Fallen angels are a popular theme at present, but this book came at it from a fresh perspective. Luce had some impact as a heroine - not a completely whiny teen for a change - and Daniel and Cam were nicely presented. At the end of the book, I was still keen to read on and find out what would happen to them next.
On the negative: This book did scream 'Twilight with angels' at me a few times and many of the characters seemed to correspond too. Luce, while not whiny, is still somewhat stupid, which was annoying at times. The writing is by no means the worst I've read, but the prose style and dialogue are not amazing.
So, a bit of a mixed bag for me, but overall I would say that I found it an enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours. I have actually just started Torment and I have Passion sitting on my bookshelf, so I will read on and finish the series to see where the story will go and what will happen to Luce and Daniel.