Lauren Kate; Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published November 19th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
“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.”
– Goodreads on Fallen
I…well, the first contact I had with it was (again) through a youtube link, this time it was a trailer. I saw it and was in the omg-ish state of mind. Dark, gothy covers, darkish trailers for the story…I mean, my thoughts were, this must be the read of a life-time, it just seemed so tailored for me, you know? Here’s what I’m talking about…
What could go wrong with such a darkly delightful cookie, right?
True to my hunger-reading ways, I read the two books, Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate in close to 2 days.
I’m not sure if I liked one more then the other, I think more or less I liked them the same. The writing itself was good, the characters were good, the setting was fabulous. The tempo of the action felt right…and yet, for strange, mysterious reasons, I didn’t feel anything in regard to these books. I mean, I didn’t dislike them, or like them, I didn’t get into the story at all.
My most honest feeling when reading it was the same I get when reading the newspaper; I couldn’t invest myself in it at all. Which is strange, I generally have some feelings about my reads.
Let it be clear, I thought it to be well done. It felt seriously worked upon, and greatly loved. The covers are genius, but after reading the books, I didn’t exactly associate the covers to the content that much. The settings were what I liked best, especially in the first book, Fallen. Sword and Cross was nothing short of spectacular; strangely, the place did make a strong impression on me and gave me rich feelings, which only makes it all the more confusing. In the second book, Torment, I didn’t feel that impressed by Shoreline. By comparison, I liked Luce’s companions from the first book better then the ones in the second as well.
I wonder if this cold-shower effect is due to reading these books right after Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush Hush books? I mean, they do fall in a similar angel-starring category, though they are widely different in basically all the ways. I’m not comparing them to make one better or worse, I’m just thinking maybe it was an unwise decision to read them one right after the other. Perhaps the fairest thing to do would be to re-read the Fallen ones after some time, but I know I will not. I don’t feel strongly enough about the books, one way or the other.
So, this clearly is a one on my Butterfly-o-Meter, the books and I had absolutely no chemistry. If I were to rate the books separately, I’d rate the first a 2, and the second a 1, making a 1,5 average, but since I didn’t really make such values on my butterfly-o-meter, I’ll stick with 1 for now.
Maybe the 3rd book will make me feel differently. It’s coming out this year, in June I think? I’ll let you know if and when I’ll read it.