Review: Fallen & Story Shorts by Lauren Kate

6487308What 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 Thoughts: Fallen Angels masquerading as teenagers oh my. 

Reading from Luce’s POV I struggled to connect with any of the characters or buy into her and Daniel’s love connection.

While I quite enjoyed that last few chapters, which were more action packed, I nearly gave up at the half way mark of this book. I read the story shorts at that point and it gave me an inside into Daniel’s side of the story, which led me to bother to read the rest of the book. Nothing really happens until later in the book when Luce, with the help of her new friend Penn, start to piece together who/what Daniel really is. Seriously so much nothing. The synopsis pretty much tells you everything that is going to happen in this book, other than an age old good Vs evil war flaring up again at the end.

Daniel’s First Sighting (Fallen Shorts 0.1) by Lauren Kate Four ‘I really liked it Stars (GOODREADS). In this short we get to see Daniel and Luce’s meeting for the first time (in Luce’s current life time) through Daniel’s eyes. It was actually quite amusing and It made me warm to Daniel.

Daniel in L.A. (Fallen Shorts 0.4) by Lauren Kate Three ‘I liked it’ Stars (GOODREADS). In this short we get to see what Daniel was doing with himself before he ended up at Sword & Cross.

Daniel and Gabbe’s Fight (Fallen Shorts 0.6) by Lauren Kate Three ‘I liked it’ Stars (GOODREADS). In this short we get to find out what was really being said in the conversation between Gabbe and Daniel that Luce partly over heard in the dorm room hallway.

Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate Two ‘It was okay’ Stars (GOODREADS). I just didn’t connect with this story and that saddens me ’cause forbidden love is my thang’.

I enjoyed the shorts more then the actual Fallen novel. I think that maybe if Fallen had been told in duel POV with Daniel or maybe if it had just been Daniel telling it, it could have been a real winner for me. I went hunting for spoilers and read a bunch of reviews on the other books to find out how the rest of the series plays out and i’m satisfied with that. I’m not sorry I read Fallen, but I do not intend to read the rest of the series.

7 thoughts on “Review: Fallen & Story Shorts by Lauren Kate

  1. I support your decision not to read the rest of the series. While I think I ended up liking the 2nd book slightly more than this one, books 3 and 4 were straight up AWFUL. I read this back when I didn’t DNF books or DNF series. I never would finish it now.

  2. The shorts sound far more interesting than Fallen Sarah, I just couldn’t get into it either. It wasn’t the writing but that was pretty engaging, but the storyline was terrible and I found myself unable to stay awake when reading. I didn’t read beyond the first book either. Usually the first book in a series is the better of the lot, so I can imagine you might have wanted to poke your eyes out and set them alight with the rest of the series. Hopefully your next read is much better Sarah, probably couldn’t be any worse 😀 😀

  3. The shorts sound far more interesting than Fallen Sarah, I just couldn’t get into it either. It wasn’t the writing but that was pretty engaging, but the storyline was terrible and I found myself unable to stay awake when reading. I didn’t read beyond the first book either. Usually the first book in a series is the better of the lot, so I can imagine you might have wanted to poke your eyes out and set them alight with the rest of the series. Hopefully your next read is much better Sarah, probably couldn’t be any worse 😀 😀

  4. I quite liked these books but I must admit I completely understand your point of view. Do you think you will watch the movie version? I love seeing books come to the big screen so long as they don’t butcher it like The Mortal Instruments and Beautiful Creatures. The former being the worst adaptation I think I have seen ever.

    • Actually yes, I am looking forward to seeing the movie adaption 🙂 Hopefully they keep the parts of the book in that I did enjoy.

      I saw the Mortal Instruments before I read the book, so I was obvious at the time lol. And as for Beautiful Creatures! Oh my how they completely changed the ending and everything in between, blah.

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