Fallen – Lauren Kate

FALLEN… fallen…fallenfallen

“Fallen” by Lauren Kate is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Ok, I’ll give it some credz for having a decent book cover and it might not be the WORST I’ve read, but I like to dramatize things. It was, nonetheless, a really bad book. “Fallen” is the epitome of the quote “don’t judge a book by its cover”.. as prettyyy and mysteriouss this cover looked, the contents inside was like a slap in the face telling me I should stop relying on covers for a good book.

For starters, the book was painstakingly slow.. a good 3/4 of the book is about strange events which could be stranger, and how the main character, Luce, is trying to find some background info on Daniel, who is avoiding her, who hates Cam, who is trying to win Luce over.. aka.. love triangle. Oh my god.. please wait while I let the originality waft over me.

The real action doesn’t start until chapter sixteen.. I think.. but even then the action is mediocre. There’s a battle.. someone dies.. people are trying to kill Luce, big surprise, and ergo she needs to leave to a more “secure” area.

I had no attachment to Luce whatsoever, and her stupidity just made it worse. The plot was boring, there was no “page-turning” action, and I didn’t like the idea of Daniel being some tan blond.. like those models Abercrombie uses on their bags. Shiver. Of course when Luce first sees him she thinks he’s gorgeous with the exception of a few flaws.. e.g. chipped tooth, cowlick? wtf is a cowlick anyway?, and a ‘beauty mark’ on his cheek. I didn’t know a beauty mark was even a flaw… maybe if you have in the wrong place but on the cheek? Uhmm HAI have you seen Ben Affleck?!?! (ok wikipedia’d ‘cowlick’ and its a weird hair thing)

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 Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move. Except 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. Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.
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Twi-Hards

I thought I’d start with the basics. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually sat down at my desk and did.. well anything on my computer. I’m usually sprawled on my bed or couch… on the dining room table but not on my desk.. weird? I think so. But Twilight is such a broad topic with so many things to dissect.

Some background info… So, why is Twilight a basic? Well it was a pretty epic book to the general public when it was released. It had been a while since a book was published about vampire or anything supernatural for that matter. During that time, aside from Harry Potter, the more popular books were based on the “alpha” group and the one person that in some degree ‘stood against it’. I.e. Gossip Girl, the Clique, and well the usual romance/drama/comedy books on the market. Twilight took our generation by storm. Looking back, the books really aren’t THAT good. Definitely not a 5/5, but a hot vampire falling for a ‘normal’ girl was hooooo so new. It was romantic with some comedy mixed in as well as some action.

Basically this series, in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read it, is about a girl, Bella, who falls in love with Edward, the vampire, who basically lives with other vampires under the care of Carlisle and Esme. Summed up, the 3 out of the 4 books is about keeping Bella alive.. because naturally everyone wants her dead.. oi. A lot happens… people want revenge.. Bella becomes a liability… etc. But, in the end Bella has a half vampire, half human baby with Edwart, ahem, I mean Edward.. haha and live happily ever after.

The book is good for the occasional swoooonn that dear Edward provides us, but overall there are definitely more books on the market farrr better than Twilight.. And honestly I don’t know how people are still such big fans of it…

There have been many adaptions and side books ever since Twilight became “big”. Such as the movie starring Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Again, the movie was good in the moment, but I don’t think I could watch it again anytime soon without getting goosebumps during every bad scene…

Then there is the graphic novel that I got and skimmed through today. And I must say.. the graphic novel is better than the movie. Adapted by Young Kim, the artwork definitely resembles a lot of art work from mangas, mainly in the hair and movement. I like Bella with long flowy hair more, and Edward’s built form.. errr at least more than Robert Pattinson… GOD, that guy is like a TWIG! And oddly enough, you can feel more intimacy between Bella and Edward that you can in the movie.

Then there is Midnight Sun which Meyer is apparently currently working on which is Twilight narrated by Edward, and The Short Lived Life of Bree Tanner, which is about one of the new born vampires who is eventually killed in the third book, Eclipse.

Twilight Aftermath::::

After Twilight, supernatural themed books have been BOOMING. But oddly enough, some may think Twilight is what started this, and for those of you who watch the Vampire Diaries, will think that in away it jipped it’s these from Twilight like so many others, but in reality… L.J. Smith started the Vampire Diaries in 1991… and continues to add to the series.. But just for the record.. the show is barely anything like the books, both are REALLYYY good though and I will have a more thorough book review of the Vampire Diaries in the near future..