The cover alone of "Fallen" by Lauren Tate is exquisite. Beginning with that and following up with an intriguing prologue, I was hooked before I knew it on this story. I love love love books that are a part of a series because it means that when I love it, I will get much much more once I've turned the last page. And I will definitely be picking up the second in the series.
I won't give away too much of the plot in case you begin it with no idea, but you will read it knowing about as much as the main character, Luce, does. You learn about each person she meets and feel every horrible part of her time at the Sword & Cross reform school in Georgia. Luce goes there after an unexplainable death of a friend and the subsequent questioning she receives from the police, psychiatrists, her parents, and her peers that leaves her questioning if she is, in fact, "crazy." She doesn't know what happened or why, but she wants to understand in case she was responsible for his death. I found this flaw in her character and personality to make Luce more believable. She may only be a senior in high school, but she has been through a lot and she is ready to take on this new world of hers at Sword & Cross.
I think teens will eat up this story as well as anyone looking for a Twilight-like escape. I liked the characters and found myself becoming attached to some of them and downright rooting for others. I'm not sure Fallen, as the first in the series, will have the same success as Twilight*, but I do think the story is set up quite nicely for an extraordinary second novel!
*Only because, while the story is amazing, Fallen is also a set up to know who is good and bad, unlike Twilight where most readers immediately either hated or LOVED Edward.
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