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review 2015-06-23 17:19
.Fallen in Love Book Review.
Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories - Lauren Kate

This review can also be found at My Blog & Goodreads.


This without a shadow of doubt has to be one of the hardest book series I’ve ever had to sit through, other than Twilight, so it came as a real shock when I discovered that this book was actually okay!! I had some time off at the start of May and wanted to sit and read a book for a whole day as I don’t get to do that anymore, I picked this as it was fairly short and I just wanted to get it over with.


The first blurb I ever read about this novella gave a completely different impression of the story to the one I read, I was under the impression it was going to be four different love stories and one of them was going to be about Luce and Daniel, to my surprise and enjoyment they were four stories happening at the same time and place, about characters we already know and came together quite nicely.


This book takes place after the third, our first story sets us up with Shelby and Miles arriving in medieval England by mistake at the start of the St Valentine festival after departing from their encounter with Daniel in Jerusalem during Passion. There they meet Lucinda of the time and decide to give her a day to remember. Our second story is about Roland of our present time, still on his search for Daniel reminiscing about his own life in that era and the love and the mistakes he made.


The third story, and possibly my favourite, and is the only story that takes place historically at that time. This chapter follows Medieval Arriane and her forbidden love with another angel who sided with Lucifer. The finale story is about Lucinda and Daniel as the other three intertwine. As much as I really enjoyed this book the choice of having present day Luce part of this really ruined it, for me it would have been far better if the story had stuck with the Daniel and Lucinda of that era.


I was extremely surprised at how much I liked this book considering that all four book of the series failed to draw me into their love story. In this we get to spend more time with their friends who were basically background characters, getting to read about Roland and Arriane let me see who they are and how they too have struggled with their own great loves whether angel or human.
Happy Reading.
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review 2015-01-04 14:01
.Passion Book Review.
Passion - Lauren Kate

No one can say I haven't suffered whilst reading these books, but my will has been strong and I've powered through the next instalment. To my surprise things actually happen in this book!! Throughout the course of this series all I have wanted is for Luce to grow a pair, and she finally does!! Hooray!! She opens up and announcer and travels through her past lives. And this is where it the good ends.


I was under the impression that you could go through an announcer and witness the past, but apparently not, it is literally time travel at its most basic. And what does Luce do as only Luce can?? Blunder her way through whilst Daniel chases after fixing her mistakes. The best example of this is when past Luce is a Nurse during a war and this is where she meets Daniel. Instead present day Luce pretends to be a Nurse so she can meet past Daniel, and in doing this it means that past Luce doesn't meet Daniel properly but still falls for him. Past Daniel realises who she is and leaves the hospital early. So when present day Daniel follows her to that time he has to tell past Luce to meet him in a certain place so the timeline is fixed. This did make me think that maybe Luce was meant to travel through in order for the events to happen, I only began to think this when Daniel has slight memories of talking to another version  of himself.


This is the problem with time travel. Unless you are fully committed to explaining things, it can get a little tricky.The only upside to this being told from both their point of views is that at a certain point Daniel stops following her trail and we begin to see other past lives where Luce hasn't been and we experience it through his eyes. This I appreciated as I was concerned it was going to be Daniel turning up just a bit too late and we don't get something new. The other plus side is this is how we learn more about the other Angels and what went on.


Now don't get me wrong, I am no fan of Daniel but in this my thoughts on him change. Luce is so self absorbed in how it must have been for her past selves to fall in love and then die, it is like she has no understanding of what Daniel goes through!! And to me that should be the most obvious thing in the world. Luce only has to go through it once, she doesn't get the memories of it, but Daniel has to go through the heartbreak of meeting her over and over again, falling in love knowing that at any minute he'll lose it all over again. He even tries to change his approach with her so that she lives longer. I find it utterly bewildering that she can be that blind to his pain.


As usual this book is filled with Luce droning on and on about herself and her feelings and wanting answers, followed by how much she loves him and their sacrifice and so on and so forth. I found the end was rather rushed, one minute we are at the furthest point there is, Daniels choice and then suddenly we're home. Although it explain what happened with the fall and the whole heaven and hell thing, it still failed to explain who Luce is and how they met. I'm assuming the answers will come in the final book.


Overall this has been the best out of the series so far, but I feel it's too late for Luce to be able to redeem herself character wise and I'm just going to have to grit my teeth and bare it.

Happy reading.


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review 2013-10-20 16:53
Passion - Lauren Kate

This book picks up right off where the second left off. At first it was interesting, getting to see some of Luce's past lives, but then it got mind numbingly slow and dull and while I liked seeing all the different lives Luce has lived and how her relationship with Daniel progresses then tragically ends...it got rather dull and I found myself wondering where is this going and almost gave up.

But I'm so glad I didn't cause as the book progressed and we go through the different lives...Luce finally starts to learn things and there's some really beautiful passages over describing this epic connection with Daniel and the love they feel for each other no matter what.

Bill the gargoyle was actually one of my favourite things about this book, the snarky little character who pops in to help give Luce some direction. With a diabolically good twist at the end. Part of me thinks how did I not see that actually coming? But it was still good anyway. Which leads to the set up of the final novel in the series. 

This series is the first fallen angel YA paranormal romance series I read and its one of my favourites. And one I've actually read more than the first book in. Its a weird one because I'm not even sure why I like it so much. i just do

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review 2013-09-18 00:00
Fallen (Lauren Kate's Fallen Series #1)
Fallen - Lauren Kate 1.5 stars? 1.25 stars? Yeah. 1.25 stars! Full review to come....eventually.
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