Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book Review: Fallen | warning: so many many...

"What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. 

Get ready to fall . . "

My brother has been trying to get me to read Fallen by Lauren Kate for about a year now.  And in that year I have tried to read this book about, no lie, ten times.  I couldn't get past the first chapter.    With the lengthy and horrible description of the insane asylum on the outside/dorm room on the inside (how can they sneak around so much with the reds watching?!) to the annoyances of Arianne I couldn't make it.  And guys I have read some horrible books.  

Then my brother said "You should really read Fallen.  They are making the series into a movie."

And on the inside I was:
I LOVE LOVE LOVE when books get made into movies.  It's one of the best feelings in the world.  
So I pushed through.  It took me forever to read it but I did 

I am not a huge fan of paranormal so that has some factor on my opinion but let's go ahead and point out Twilight was published in 2005 and Fallen in 2009.  They both have an aggravating heroine who is in the center of a love triangle. Should she be with the one who she has an instant attraction to or the brooding side piece of convenience?  More similarities but most books that are in the same genre kinda are. I won't fall into the great Twilight vs. Fallen debate.  

Lucinda "Luce" Price is whiny and passive.  Daniel Grigori is a douche.  I don't see what characteristics these characters posses that makes them desirable, understandable, or relate-able.  Soooo why are they the main characters?!?!


Cameron "Cam" Briel and Pennywether "Penn" Van Syckle-Lockwood (seriously?!) are by far the best things about this book.  Can't they be together?  Oh, no.  They can't. 

Also, I know this is a legion of fallen angels bbbuuutttt there are so many characters that really serve no purpose in this book.  They will probably in future books so Lauren Kate introduced us to them but she could have done it in a way that flowed better.

Now let's talk about the movie for just a minute.  First, no trailer has been released, no photos have been released except one, and no official release date.  Lauren Kate wants it to be released in Fall of 2015 with the trailer to be released at Comic Con in July.  So let's say from July to September/October is all that Fallen will be advertised - 3 maybe 4 months.  Now let's also say that maybe 2 out of 10 people have read the book and with that only half seem to like it.  Not good.  Also, factor in that the cast is composed of some lesser known but up and coming actors ( I think I know of two possibly three).  What are you doing Lauren Kate?!?

I think this could have been really good - I love the idea of fallen angels damned to walk the earth in a constant state of heartbreak but its so poorly executed:

So overall:

I'll probably watch the the matinee on a Wednesday where it's half priced tickets..or wait for Redbox...or Netflix but I'm not expecting much. 

I want to give this book only two seriously?!? faces but I was very generous and went with 2.5.  If you can get past the chapter long details of a "lunatic" friendship, insane asylum school, and "I have this magnetic pull to the schools jerk off", then the book slowly picks up - a little.  You will fall in love with one maybe two characters and think this could have went a different way. 

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