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 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.
She sensed more than heard it call to her, calming her, like a lullaby in the middle of a warzone.
Written somehow wonderfully yet hauntingly, Fallen is quite the paranormal romance told in great detail on two star-crossed lovers.
...though not everything is explained, which leaves me with more questions than answers in the end.
The book starts out slowly, making its way up to the important parts of the story where we learn a little bit of the truth about Luce’s past and most especially, the truth about Daniel. Once there, I was instantly hooked and I could not stop reading.
What also engaged me in the plot was the love triangle. It was difficult to know who to side with at first, but as time passed and we got to know more about both men, it was clear to me who I like better. The minor characters were captivating as well, keeping me interested in their personality and their secrets.
Luce, our heroine, seems a little fragile to me, of course given with what she had to deal with in the past and the ability to constantly see and sense shadows. She may also be deemed as crazy to her parents and classmates back home. She’s likeable, a decent protagonist and a great friend. But she irked me a few times because of the decisions she made. They’re not always the right ones, but I realized that they were realistic and that was what most people would probably do.
The writing was so beautiful that I felt emotionally drawn to the whole thing. I was compelled to what’s happening, feeling pain, sadness, despair at the right times. Kate has brilliantly captured my attention as a reader and successfully engaged me into a paranormal adventure. It is obvious to say that I’m excited for the next book -- Torment.
(first review of 2010)