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.
At first I liked it, especially because the story was in a reform school and, well I don't know, I just like reading about it. But then Daniel came in and I couldn't feel even just a little fascinated by him. It was like the author was trying to force me to think he was incredible...and then his physical description didn't exactly match my personal taste so it was one of that cases when I would prefer less description and more left for my imagination. I don't like when the character is supposed to be super hot and then the author describes all about him, leaving me no space to create an image in my head according to what I thing is hot.
So, yeah, I didn't like him and I just thought he was an asshole when he flipped her off. Luce was also pretty irritating, she had no personality at all, she cared about nothing but her obsession and, honestly, I wanted to slap her when she became all enchanted by a guy who was plain rude.
The pace of the book was the slowest thing ever and I kept reading like five chapters a day because it was easy to read them and because I was always hoping the next chapter would provide some action.
I liked Cam's looks. It fits my definition of hot. But apart from that, he and every other character in this book is not flashed out at all. They are all just looks, dumb dialogue and...yeap, nothing more. I know it's fiction, but it's also suppose to imitate real people, right?
The secret of the main characters was pretty clear all along and the book had no suspense even if the author seems to think differently. There were no surprises. And actually there was no plot. Nothing happened, the chapters were a bunch of useless information and you could perfectly cut half of it, making it a much shorter book.
Since Cam was the only character that I remotely liked (and for very shallow reasons, as I said), Fallen just became even worst in the last chapters when he was so annoying he made me want to punch him.
I find the story very frustrating because Kate took an absurd amount of chapters to tell us something and when she did, it was really nothing amazing. There were many things I didn't understand and it didn't gave Fallen a sense of suspense but, on the contrary, it made it boring and irritating.
I don't understand how this kind of books can sell. Must be the gorgeous cover, I absolutely love it and I confess I wanted to read the book just because of it, even after I saw the negative feedback.
From now on, I will just contemplate the covers, but I shall not read Torment or any of the other books in the Fallen series and I recommend you to do the same.
1 out of 5 stars