Audiobook Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Posted on 03/24/2014 in Book Review / 4 Comments

Audiobook Review: Fallen by Lauren KateFallen by Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Published by Delacorte Press, Listening Library on 12/8/2009
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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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.\r\nEven 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.\r\nDangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

If you go on goodreads, there are people who have rated this book 4 and 5 stars (makes me wonder what book they read and how come it didn’t match mine) but they left no review.  Most of the people who left reviews gave the book 1 and 2 star ratings (I have read quit a few of them and laughed my butt off, it is also the reason my review is going to be much nicer than theirs.  No need to follow the crowd, even though I wanted to).   After two chapters of this book, I knew I wasn’t going to like the book, AT ALL.  Even the narrator sounded bored with the book.  This book series came highly recommended by my sister, it’s in her top 5 favorite book series.  So I went onto audible and downloaded 3 of the 4 books in the series.  I have seen the Fallen books for a while and I am ashamed to admit that I judged the book by its cover.  It’s such a pretty cover!!  All the covers in the series are gorgeous.   I love this girl to death but I think I would have enjoyed stabbing my eyes with a hot poker repeatedly then ever had listened/read this book.   So why did I rate this book 2 stars instead of 1 star?  Because I really loved the book cover. We have three main characters, Lucinda ‘Luce’ Price, Daniel Grigori and Cameron ‘Cam’. I do not like them Sam I am, I DO NOT LIKE LUCE or DANIEL!! A lot of people have compared Luce and Daniel to Bella and Edward.  Weeeeelllllll, for those who didn’t start reading books before Twilight, just in case you didn’t know, there were star crossed lovers between Romeo/Juliet and Bella/Edward.  Luce and Daniel are more like Ms. Bennet and Mr. Darcy (except Elizabeth is smart where Luce is dumb as a box of rocks), a really bad version of them but they are closer to Pride and Prejudice than Twilight (for those who felt Bella was annoying as hell, I dare you to read this book).  From the first day Luce meets Daniel, he treats her like shit.  He does everything he can to avoid her, even goes as far as to give her the bird, the first moment he lays eyes on her.  So like any girl, what does Luce do?  She becomes overly obsessed and stalks him.  OH COME ON LUCE, faceplam yourself.   Not only is she all “oh he is so handsome, there is something about him that I get all gooey inside about” (fake girly voice), she also has eyes for another boy on campus called Cam.  Now Cam is a sweet heart.  He’s the kind of open your door, pull out your chair, hold out his arm to escort you, bring you a picnic  since you missed lunch kind of yummy goodness.  That pretty much sums up the story, two guys competing over a girl, woop-dee-effing-doo. Toward the end of the book (yes I am jumping ahead) Luce drops the bomb that she used to go to a preppy boarding school in upper New England and she had a 4.0 grade average.  Wait, wh-what?  Luce is smart?  I don’t get it, how can a girl that never pays attention in class, has major ADD (unless it involves Daniel), is doing all this stupid stuff to get a guy to notice her that has repeatedly proven he is “just not that into you”; BE SMART??  This just proves that the author did not outline her book properly.  All the characters are under-developed, they go against normal human behavior.  All the characters lack substance and believability.  To top it all off, the plot of the book is Angels and Demons in reform school?  REALLY??? Do you lack that much imagination Lauren Kate?  How did this drivel sell books let alone the movie rights. The narrator of the book is Justine Eyre.  Wow, I wonder if this is her first book.  She sounded bored out of her mind reading this book.  She had no problems distinguishing all the different girl voices but all the guys sounded the same.    I can’t tell if she is just horrible at reading books out loud or she didn’t liked this book.  I can tell you, I am more than half way through book two and she gets worse (rolls eyes). I do not recommend this book to anyone, not even my worst enemy.  If you want to read this book, just to shit-talk it with me, be my guest.  Just make sure you pee before we start because the things I say will not be as nice or politically correct as this review :).  For those who know I do movie review as well, yes I will be review the movie when it comes out next year.

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The earliest movie Kristina can remember watching is “The Neverending Story”. It was all downhill from there. She then watched any movie she could from old black-n-white, classic musicals to the current movies coming out. While other kids were outside playing, Kristina could be found watching movies over and over and over again, experiencing new things each time she watched them, memorizing lines and acting out the scenes. She loves everything about them from the directing, set & costume design, acting and foundtrack/film score. Her favorite genres are B-movies, British films and other foreign films.


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4 responses to “Audiobook Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

    • cnd

      In my eyes it didn’t. The only reason I even finished the series, not cause I like to torture myself, is cause I put so much time and effort into it I might as know how it ends. Although, to be fair I did somewhat enjoy “Rapture.”

  1. Thanks for the fun review. I actually did buy the series for my stepdaughter and she told me she loved them. I think perhaps you need to be a young girl who hasn’t read much books to enjoy it? p.s. I hate all comparisons to Bella and Edward. Hated the book, hated the movie.
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