Audiobook Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: YA fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from Shelf Awareness; audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Justine Eyre
First line: Around midnight, her eyes at last took shape.

I have had an ARC of Fallen languishing on my shelves for a long time now. I was excited when it came, but then I read Wicked Lovely – which I loved – and immediately after that read Hush, Hush, which paled in comparison. Recently I devoured the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare, and was hesitant to pick up another YA fantasy because I just knew it couldn’t measure up.

While I didn’t love Fallen as much as I loved the Mortal Instruments, I did love it. One of the reasons I decided to go ahead and give it a try was that it showed up on the “new audiobooks” list on my library’s web site. I’m always happy to find a book I’m slated to review show up on audio, because I tend to have more time to listen than to read these days.

Lucinda (Luce) Price arrives at Sword and Cross Boarding School reeling from recent events in her life. Sword and Cross is a reform school, and Luce is stuck there because of a mysterious fire that took the life of a potential boyfriend. Luce doesn’t remember how Trevor died, but that story didn’t impress the judge who sentenced her to reform school.

It’s not the first time Luce has been labeled as “disturbed.” She’s seen the shadows ever since she was a child, and even anti-psychotic medication didn’t make them go away. As a teenager, however, she has learned to keep her dark visions to herself in an effort to fit in and to stop her parents from worrying.

At Sword and Cross, Luce meets Daniel Gregori, a young man who seems eerily familiar, in spite of the fact that Luce has never seen him before. She and her new friend, Pen, begin to look into Daniel’s past to find answers, all while the shadows begin to appear more frequently and in greater numbers.

I know that it will be impossible for people not to make comparisons between this book and Twilight, but it doesn’t feel like an imitation. Kate has created a world with a rich mythology of (teeny spoiler that you probably have already figured out) fallen angels (that’s not really a spoiler, is it?) that holds up throughout the book – and should hold up well under the subsequent books in the series. The book was well-written, and there was only one time when the dialogue was unbearably cheesy enough to make me roll my eyes.

Listening to the book definitely enhanced my experience, because hearing the book read by a teenage girl made it even easier to believe the thoughts and feelings she was having. So, if you didn’t care for Hush, Hush, which in my opinion was a much more obvious copy of Twilight, you should give this one a try. You just might be surprised. I was.

(Disclosure: An ARC of Fallen was provided to me by the publisher for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on the link and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage in commission.)

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27 Responses to Audiobook Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

  1. Ash says:

    I haven’t really been interested in this book but now I’m reconsidering. Great review!
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Ash- thanks. I do think there’s been a glut of this type of books lately, and maybe some that are really deserving of attention will end up falling through the cracks.

  2. Hm, I’m wondering if I’ll like it since you’ve compared it to Twilight.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathy – I think any book about a “normal” teenage girl falling in love with a supernatural male is going to be compared to Twilight, but some are better than others. 🙂

  3. heidenkind says:

    I might give it a try at some point–this is another one that has received a lot of mixed reviews. To be honest I’m surprised you enjoyed it, just based on the fact that you didn’t like Hush, Hush so much.
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tasha – well, Hush, Hush was a very obvious rip-off of Twilight – they were even Biology lab partners, for goodness sake! This author seems to have done a much better job of creating her own world and her own epic story.

  4. Meaghan says:

    I agree with you about Hush, Hush, it was a lot like Twilight and I could not get past that so it just bugged me…so when I saw Fallen I was afraid it was going to be the same thing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. I love the world that Lauren created and I will look forward to the next book in this series.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Meaghan – I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought it compared favorably! 🙂

  5. Laura @ ImBookingIt
    Twitter: bookingit

    I read this a while back, and didn’t love it, but the reasons why have entirely escaped me! The things I remember are largely positive. How funny :-).

    I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    .-= Laura @ ImBookingIt´s last blog ..March Reading Summary =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laura – did you review it? I’ll have to go see what you had to say at the time. 🙂

  6. Rebecca says:

    I am into the whole fallen angels thing so I am hoping to read this book one day. I really liked Hush, Hush, although now that you mention it, there is a lot of Twilight-ness to it, isn’t there…I didn’t read Twilight and just saw the movie so maybe that is why I didn’t catch it.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..FreeVerse: Little Little Man =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Rebecca – You should definitely pick this one up – I think you would like it!

  7. Kathleen says:

    I added this one to my list some months ago but I am ashamed to say I still haven’t gotten around to reading the Twilight series yet!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..I’m Going on Tour with John Sandford =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kathleen – While I did enjoy Twilight, I know a lot of people that wouldn’t think not reading it was something to be ashamed of! 🙂

  8. Michelle says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, I did as well. It had some obvious moments in the plot but I think my reading of both this and Hush, Hush was enhanced by having not ever read Twilight. It seems like that is advantage for authors writing in the paranormal genre in many cases.

    I think this book ended on a really interesting note, I’m curious to see how Kate pick back up in the second book.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..John Marsden – Tomorrow Series Books 1-3 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I am really curious to read the next book, too. 🙂

  9. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks

    I enjoyed this one as well. I liked Hush, Hush but of the two I would probably pick this one. I can’t wait for the sequel!
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Friday Fun: My Book Tastes =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Debbie – i don’t know that I will continue the Hush, Hush series, but I definitely will read the sequel to this one.

  10. marcelle says:

    fallen is a interisting fictional book about angles, love, and evil

    compared to twilight it is also as good as twilight

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  13. Ruchita says:

    i just want to read this book . cant wait.

  14. berna says:

    great!!! cant wait

  15. cristal says:

    im reading this book and i dont really think that is most like a twilight copy i think its interesting and i like it A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Leo says:

    I love this book, Torment has just as more impact then Fallen probably 100 times better, Bring on Summer so i can read Passion!!!

  17. Keara says:

    i totally LOVE this book, i couldnt put it down when i read it. i already started the second one and its already AMAZING 🙂