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25 December 2011 @ 08:20 pm
Book Review: Fallen  
This book was recommended to me so I thought I would give it a try. It deals with fallen angels, reincarnation, and the possible end of times. Sounds like it was made for me, right?


The book wasn't bad, and I knew the type of book it was before reading it. The story is YA and a romance, so it already has a certain type of formula and use of tropes. Still, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. As a romance, I know that the relationship takes center stage and everything else is background. The problem is the background story was far more interesting to me than the relationship. I wanted to know more about the angels, the coming war, and the curse. There was so much rich history that was brushed aside with the excuse if the main character knows too much she'll die. The book felt like more of a set up for the rest of the series.

Maybe I am just incompatible with YA these days. Particularly, YA romance. I read and enjoyed Harry Potter just fine. As much as I love romance in the fantasy I read, I get bored of a teen female protagonist pining over two different guys and being a flake. Granted, I didn't think Luce was as bad as some other YA protags I've read, but I never really latched onto her. I also don't get the fascination with bad boys who are jerks. Daniel turned out okay, and I love a bad boy with a golden heart any day, but it seems like every book has this trope these days. Maybe I am guilty of it myself. I don't know.

The first half of the book moved slow. I had a hard time caring and put the book down several times.

It's certainly not the worst book I've read. The book picked up in its second half. The action started to happen, and characters started to reveal their true natures. If the following books pick up the pace and have Luce become a more active character, many of my complaints will disappear. But it being a YA romance, I'm sure there will be more love triangles.

I'm on the fence on whether I'll read any more, but overall the book is decent if you're looking for something to read.
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Foxy11814foxy11814 on December 26th, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)
I own it. I've had it for a little while but haven't gotten around to reading it, LOL. One of my students said I should read it, so eventually I'll get around to it just to keep up with what they're reading so I can reference it in class if need be.
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on December 26th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's not as bad as some books I've read. I'm just nitpicky when it comes to things. I'm all for a classic romance, but for cryin' out loud, don't make your lead so passive.
Gabby: dean her numbergabby227 on December 26th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
The YA fantasy/romance -ish genre is slipping, ever since Twilight. I might be a little biased, but I have a love/hate relationship with that series. In a lot of them, the girl is extremely co-dependent on the guy she is in love with (although, I really love The Vampire Diaries books, and Elena is kind of like that). It's kind of sad.

I saw that book at Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks ago and I didn't pick it up because I was afraid I wouldn't like it.
Working for the Mandroid: Bad Actingmoonshayde on December 26th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm just not all that into that particular trope. I don't mind a damsel-in-distress as long as she's an active character. I love Lois Lane and she is always being rescued by Superman. But a lot of these girls are either passive or attached in an unhealthy way without it being clear that it IS unhealthy, you know?

Fallen had this trope, though not quite as bad as I've seen. However, she is a passive character. It's too bad because the overarching plot that we glimpse at the end was good.