Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Book Review: Fallen In Love by Lauren Kate

Fallen in Love
Title: Fallen In Love
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen, #3.5
Pages: 201
Publisher: Doubleday
Date of Publication: 2nd February 2012
Source: Review*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.

Lauren Kate's FALLEN IN LOVE is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye . . .


My Thoughts:
I have mixed feelings about this series - some of the books I've really enjoyed, and then some of the books, I haven't. So I kind of didn't really know what to expect with Fallen In Love.

I have to be honest, I wasn't impressed. Fallen In Love is a book of four short stories, based around the romances of four of the major characters in the book (Roland, Arriane, Miles and Shelby, and Luce and Daniel. (I don't know why there's a story about Luce and Daniel - isn't that the whole point of the Fallen series? )) Anyway, with each story being very short (one of them is 36 pages) they read very quickly and a lot has to packed into a short space of time to keep it interesting. And it was interesting to start with.

The first story was Miles and Shelby. This was probably my favourite - because I got to learn more about two characters that I already knew, but didn't know much about. Their story was cute but there was nothing about it really that made me think that I was really glad to have read it. I guess I feel as if I know Miles and Shelby a little better than I perhaps did before but I doubt it will change how I view them in the final book, Rapture.


The second story was Roland's love story. Roland is one of the bad guys in the main series, so the fact that he had it in him to love kind of surprised me, I think. His story was adorable, and I have to say that next time  when he appears in Rapture I will definitely view him differently - I can sort of understand why he is the way he is now, because of this story, which is good.

Then there was Arianne's story - about her romance with a girl called Tess. I wasn't expecting it at all - it's never mentioned in the main books (that I'm aware of) but it was nice to find out more about Arianne as she is one of my favourite characters of the whole series. It was so sad too, and I just wanted to give Arianne a big hug...

The last story was Luce and Daniel's love story. This was my least favourite of the four - nothing new happened! I thought that the Fallen series was all about telling Luce and Daniel's 'epic love story' so why have a short story about their romance when that's the whole point of the series? Everything about the story felt so familiar as I was reading and I don't really feel like I gained anything from reading it... So great, Luce and Daniel have a great Valentine's Day together... They're a couple, isn't that what couples do?

Anyway, overall, I didn't enjoy Fallen In Love. I wanted to, but I just couldn't help feeling that the stories were just not up to the standard we saw in Torment and Passion. I would only recommend this to super massive fans of the Fallen series, or if you want to read it, maybe borrow it from the library, rather than buy it. I don't know, maybe I missed the point or am being too critical, but Fallen In Love just wasn't for me, but don't let me put you off - if you're a huge fan of the series I'm sure you'll love it!

*Thanks to Random House for sending me this in exchange for an honest review! In no way has this affected my opinion of the book. 


Some other reviews of Fallen In Love:
Book Passion For Life (4 stars)
Book Angel Emma (4 stars)

4 comments:

  1. I have to agree with you on some of these points. I liked the book overall though but didn't think it was worth it =)

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  2. Ah! That sucks! I was actually kind of looking forward to this book. Since the stories are so short, maybe I'll still give it a shot.

    Thanks for your honest review.


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  3. iTS A SHAME YOU DIDNT ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS i DID. i REALLY THOUGHT IT ADDED TO THE BACKGROUND OF THE CHARACTERS AND THE STORY AS A WHOLE.
    tHANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME IN YOUR LINK <3

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  4. Great post. I enjoyed it,that's a good book

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