Too Many Chances: Fallen by Lauren Kate


I try to give every book I read a fair chance even if it’s just not doing it for me. Sometimes, you give a book so many chances that you end up reading the whole Fallen by Lauren Katething even though every minute is painful. Unfortunately that’s what happened with Fallen by Lauren Kate. So, this review will be short because I just don’t have much to say.

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. 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 Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Fallen has been out for a while, and I kept hearing incredibly mixed reviews on it. After passing it up a few times at my library, I finally decided it was time to give it a try for myself. I usually like to read the book myself and decide if I liked it or not.

I really wanted to like this one, but throughout the whole book I kept telling myself things like “Maybe it gets better” and “It must get better” “Surely it’ll get better!”.

Nope.  It didn’t.
The story itself had potential to be interesting. It really did…if only the poor writing wasn’t so distracting! Seriously, there were times were I found myself laughing out loud at some of the clichés!  I wish I had written some of them down… but that’s really besides the point.

My main complaint deals with how things are done.  When I read a book I want to be shown how the characters are feeling, not told how they feel.  There is a difference and it’s hard to explain but I know it when I read it. Throughout Fallen I kept being told that Luce feels a specific way, but her actions and words illustrated something completely different.

The audiobook narrator wasn’t horrible.  She did a decent job for what she was given.  Oh well, you can’t win them all.

Just because I didn’t like this book doesn’t mean others wont enjoy it. I have a group of 8th grade girls at school who are love this series and are made that I actually only have one copy of each book in my media center! So, the moral of the story is don’t take someone’s word for it. It is okay to try it for yourself.  The problem comes when you know it’s just not for you but you’re so afraid to DNF that you end up reading the whole thing hating it as you do.

Author: Lauren Kate

Publisher: Delacorte Press (Dec. 8, 2009)

Format: Audiobook

Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins

Narrator(s): Justine Eyre

Series: First in the Fallen series


Buy the Book: Fallen

11 thoughts on “Too Many Chances: Fallen by Lauren Kate

  1. Ahhh, Fallen. I gave this book so many chances that I ended up reading up to book three in the series, hoping it would get better. It didn’t. Actually, I’m pretty sure it got worse. So that was disappointing. I think the idea behind this series had a lot of potential. I really wish I liked it more than I did. Oh well.

  2. I read this book a few years ago. I can’t remember much, but I know I didn’t love it. Also, I never read the second book. I do think the covers are super pretty, though :)

  3. Most of the reviews I’ve read have been in this vein, so this might be a book I’ll skip, at least for now. I’m not sure the premise is really my kind of thing anyway, so I’d probably already be slightly disinterested when reading to begin with.

  4. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one more! I know some big fans of this series, yet I’ve seen some negative reviews for this one, so I think like you, I’ll have to try this series out for myself and see what I think. I’m actually pretty curious to see what I think, especially because of the hot and cold reviews! However, your complaints definitely do seem valid, so this may be a one that I won’t even managed to finish. I really do dislike it when an author tells instead of shows, and the cliche writing sounds like it would make me laugh out loud as well.

    Thanks for the honest review!

  5. I was like you when I read this! A friend bought it and gave it to me first and I was reading it thinking either “what the heck is going on?” or “surely this has to get better!” but nope, it’s bad right up to the ending and the next 2 books suck as well ;D

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