Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fallen series

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 the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she 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.

The Fallen series is about two star-crossed lovers. Lucinda and Daniel. The first book Fallen I read simultaneously with the book New Moon by Stephanie Meyer and although the Twilight books are amazing, like I have said in my last blog, the Fallen series I found even more incredible. This book is utterly thrilling and new, it was a breath of fresh air when I read it as it is different to other books I had read- although this was nearly two years ago and I had just began reading books again.
The story within the pages emphasize on a life which is haunted and terrible, Luce's life. It walks us through what life is like for those unfortunate enough to grow up in a boarding school- not just an ordinary boarding school. A place where your parents sent you because they can not control you, maybe you have done something wrong, been a criminal and your parents and other people see you as a danger in the ordinary world. A life where you are treated like you're in jail, under strict rules, living in horrible dorms with weird and rough people. Being a new kid at school is hard, but being the new arrival at this school is a death sentence for Luce.
Luce didn't even do anything wrong, but who was to believe her? It was her past which haunted her like black clouds- literally- that had sent her there. Placed her on the path her life was meant to be on; even though that past had been hiding, running from her, praying this time she would not find him. But of course you can not run from fate, the order of the cosmos. History would repeat itself over and over again- even if it was the most tragic story with the worst ending.
When Luce's life leads her to this school, Daniel tries not to be involved in her life- but he knows she ended up here because of him. All he wants to do is stop hurting her, stop doing this to her; but to her- the point of view the story is told from- he is ignoring her, for a reason she does not know.
His strategy to keep distance between them, to make her think he hates her so that she escapes fate does not work the way he planned and she ends up getting close with the enemy- Cam. Like the majority of great love stories there is another person involved, a love triangle formed.
As the story goes on Luce realizes something dangerous is brewing, the people around her she thinks are just other students, actually know everything about her when to her knowledge she had only just met them. Luce tries to just get on with her life, with lessons, however it is obvious there is something going on. But who should she place her trust in? The guy who is friendly, flirty and charming, the one with the gleaming green eyes or the mysterious, dark guy who stays clear of her and tries to push her away.
This book stretches the limits of love, what one would do to protect that person they live for. It experiences the depths of grief, through Luce watching her friend die, realising ordinary people like the librarian have deep dark secrets and are dangerous, finding out trusting people is something you should never do. But it also shows how love can find its way through anything, no matter the consequences, if it's meant to be, love will get you there.

Hell on earth.
That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.

The second book in the Fallen series is just as amazing as the first, reaching new levels of tests against Luce and Daniels love. The majority of the book, like the first, is written from Luce's prospective.
Daniel has sent her away to a school full of gifted students. He thinks she will be safe there, under the cover of there powers but it isn't just the immortals out to kill Luce who are a danger to her.
Throughout the book Luce learns more about herself, she finally discovers what the shadows are that haunt her. During her classes with the gifted students she learns how to use them; though she is specifically told it is a very dangerous thing to do and the demonstration the teachers showed her should not be done by the students. But Luce needs to know more, she wants to uncover her past.
While her time at the school, Luce is put in a room with a girl who at first is reluctant to know her and dislikes she now has to share her room. But over time they become good friends and she helps Luce in her discoveries. She also meets other people, (a boy who for the life on me I can not remember his name, read to many books since this one, but I remember him) who begins to fall for her and has Luce wavering over whether Daniel is who she is meant to be with. While Daniel is out protecting her, hunting down the people who are hunting her, she travels through the shadows, discovering things for herself.
In the end it comes down to a battle and Luce is saved by neither Cam or Daniel. But now she is gone, ran away through her shadows and is lost in the past.

Just like the first book Torment will leave you on the edge of your seat throughout, you won't be able to put it down. There are so many unexpected things that happen, you have to read for yourself, I assure you if you are a fan of Twilight you will adore this series. (I adore it more but they are completely different books so can't exactly compare)

Anyway as many others are, I am anticipating the release of the new and third installment of the series Passion. It is out on the 23rd of this month less than 4 days away, but unfortunately I am in an exam that day and will probably get it the week after. But- even though I have about fourteen new books on my shelf waiting to be read once my exams are done- I will read it straight away, because Luce's story is one of my favorites out of all the books I have read and I will write a new blog about it!
On a final note, I want to emphasize juts how amazing I think that these books are, and yes I love every book I read but really after reading Fallen almost two years ago- I was inspired to write my own book. And though I am just a teenager, who is unpublished and unknown, I have written my own book and have two others on the way (trying not to read or write until my exams are done, but as you can see I'm writing these rather than revising right now). Lauren Kate will never know, but she inspired me to become someone I had always wanted to be but never realised it, a writer! 

Let her stories inspire you.

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