Fallen by Lauren Kate

How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Paranormal

Additional Information: ***contains spoilers***

Synopsis: 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.

click me200 words (or less) review: My problem with this book is that after 300+ pages I felt cheated. By that stage it became glaringly obvious that it was not going anywhere anytime soon but I carried on until the last page. Having invested hours reading about Luce and was looked like a potentially promising start to a series, Fallen had such a “to be continued…” ending I was actually annoyed.

The problem with trilogies or book series is that it’s too easy to drag the story out to get another book out of it, or in this case spend almost 400 pages setting up the next book. Marketing-wise it’s a clever way to guarantee people will buy book 2, 3, etc but it only works if book 1 is good enough.

For me Fallen equated to 400 pages of scene setting for however-many-books-came-after and in my case I will not be finding out how this story ends because the only character I cared about (Penn) was killed in the ending chapters.

Having said the above, Lauren Kate deserves credit for succeeding in me finishing the book when I could have easily just left it.

Recommend it?

No.

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