Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate
I bought this book at a hefty price of P649.00 at National Bookstore. What really brought my interest in this book in the first place was its book cover. It’s so mysterious and the back has this question “What if the person you were meant to be could never be yours?”
The story revolves around a new breed of characters that may rival vampires in the hotness category. I can’t tell you what since it may spoil the plot and stuff.
What I can tell you, however, is that this book is similar to Twilight being that it is a chick-lit. Then again, although I haven’t read Twilight, I can tell the author of this book wrote it far better than the author of Twilight did.
The lines may tend to get cheesy and the descriptions too overwhelming for the regular reader (i.e. not a fan of chick-lit) but the author makes up for it with the plot, the exchange of dialogue, and the way the story just twists and turns.
This is a must-read for chick-lit fans and I figured even regular novel readers (like myself) should give it a chance.
Although I have to tell you the inconvenient truth about this book: It’s terribly slow-paced for the first 10 or so chapters and the book barely has 20, not counting the prologue and epilogue. Before this book, I read and finished the very fast paced “The Lightning Thief ” in a span of 2 days. I didn’t really look forward to finishing this book within the same period of time but it took me 2 days to get to page 130 or something. I read up to page 147 on my first day with “The Lightning Thief”. But the story picks up beyond those chapters. And trust me when I say that the book suddenly becomes a page turner right up to the end.
I know, I know. Don’t scorn me. The two books can’t compare. It’s just that I really found it so slow with all these heavy descriptions. I mean, praise the author for it but maybe she could have written it in a more interesting way. Still, the descriptions helped although I doubt I’ll be remembering half of it, save for the places the characters were often found.
Also, the main character “Lucinda Price” or “Luce” was very bland. Same with Twilight’s Bella. I guess it was a way for the chick-lit readers to easily become Luce. Save for the black hair, pale white skin and the color of her eyes, I can’t bring myself to remember what she looks like. What I did was that I would glance at the cover assuming that the woman with her hands covering her face is Luce. That was what 95% of readers would’ve done anyway.
I would also like to note the fact that this book dwells much on sadness than happiness. Too much sadness can really bore someone out. Maybe because the setting, pretty much all of them, where the story unfolds itself was sad as well. The stories revolving around those settings were also hinted to be sad and tragic. There was like 1 out of 5 situations where the characters were simply being happy, if not being happy despite the grief. This book isn’t really for those who’re looking for a fun thing to read. A bit too serious. Then again, it’s a dark novel to begin with.
This is the first romance novel I’ve read so I can’t exactly say I’m credible to give this a proper score. I still will buy the sequel to the book which is titled “Torment”. Let’s just hope we won’t be tormented when we read it.