By Alexa Mastrangelo
“I get to live forever," he repeated. "I get to live, and to watch babies being born, and grow up, and fall in love... I watch them die. I am condemned, Luce, to watch it all over again and again. Everyone but you." Sixteen-year-old Lucinda Price was a regular human teenage, who went to a fancy boarding school and had one best friend that she shared everything with. She had an average family - just her, her mom, and her dad, and they were a great family that always told each other everything. Then, one night she was at a party with her friends, and one of the popular boys came up to her and asked her if she wanted to have a little bit of fun by the cabin, away from the other people. Luce was flattered. She had a crush on this guy and, finally, he was noticing her, so she followed him up to the cabin and he started to get really friendly with her. Then she saw these huge black shadows take over the whole cabin, and the next thing she knew, there was this huge fire, and she was outside looking as it took over and burned out the wooden cabin, with the other guy still in it screaming for help.
No one knew what to think, and everyone, including her parents, was afraid of the pyromaniac, psychotic girl who locked a guy in a cabin and burnt it to the ground. Her parents were so scared of her, and since she had no alibi, no evidence to prove her innocence, she was sent to Sword and Cross and boarding school, which was like a last stop before prison for teenagers who had court mandates. Luce thought it was simple enough: she would go to the school, ignore the shadows, stay away from boys, and blend in. But what happens there shocks Luce even more.
As soon as she gets there, Luce meets a group of kids who change her life: Cam Briel, Molly Zane, Gabby Givens, Ronald Sparks, Arianne Alter, Pennyweather Van Syckle Lockwood, and, of course, the mysterious Daniel Grigori. From the first time she sees them, she knows that there is something different about these kids. For one, Penn is the only one at the school who was not there because of a court mandate. But as soon as she sees Daniel Grigori for the first time, she realizes that he is so much more than he expected. He is ultimately the only tie to her real past and he knows the truth about the shadows, their relationship, and the weird group of kids he belongs to.
The truth is, Daniel and his friends are not who they say they are and they are on two different sides of a huge war between Heaven and the underworld, and Daniel and Luce are in the middle of it. Luce and Daniel have fallen in love for centuries in past lives, but every time, Luce dies and Daniel is forced to live through it, until she comes again, but this time everything is different. This time the curse is changing, and it’s up to Luce to figure out how to beat the clock and be able to be with Daniel, before the cycle ends, she dies, and it’s too late. Can Luce make it through her last life and save her love with Daniel before everything goes up in flames and the balance between good and evil is forever broken?
The best thing I liked about the book Fallen by Lauren Kate was most definitely the plot because it was full of so many interesting moments, possible connections to other books, plot twists, and it really made you just want to keep reading and not stop for anything. For example, one part in the book that had me waiting to see what would happen next was when the main character, Lucinda Price, was doing her detention assignment of cleaning up a statue of angels at the graveyard of her school. Then all of the sudden her school nemesis Molly walked up to her and told her to stay away from Daniel, the boy Luce liked, and no sooner than about one minute after this conversation, Daniel comes up to her to ask about what Molly had wanted. Lucinda was forced to back up against the statue behind her. As Daniel was pressing her for information, and when he was about to close in on her, the statue fell! Just before it could crush them, Daniel pushed her to the ground and saved her life.
Another part of the book that I liked the best was the characters and how they complimented each other in a really good way. My two favorite characters are Arianne Alter, who was the main character's friend, and Roland Sparks, who was the other main character's friend. Arianne was my favorite character because she was sarcastic, sassy, loyal, and very fierce. She was known as a special case or a psycho at their school for crazy people because, apparently, she was supposed to be very dangerous - and she was. She always had to wear a shock bracelet that would deliver electric shock impulses if she were ever violent. At one part in the book she was defending Lucinda on her first day of school from a bully named Molly, and risked punching her in the face to get back at her for stabbing the sharp heels of her boots into Lucinda's leg. She ended up being momentarily paralyzed by her bracelet, proving that she was a loyal person, even though she had just met Lucinda.
Roland is my other favorite character because he was resourceful, funny, oddly helpful at times, and could smuggle anything into the academy without notice. He also was pretty different from the other characters, and even though in the beginning he is not a major character, by the end of the book he is right in the action of the plot.
If you love mystery, adventure, and romance bundled together in one, then this book is for you. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I literally couldn’t stop reading. To find out if Luce and Daniel can outlast the curse on their love, read Fallen by Lauren Kate. But...if the suspense at the end of the book is torturing you, don’t worry, because the next book in the series is just as amazing as the first.