Moving along to my planned post for today...
Quite a while ago, my friend (Natalie) introduced Fallen into our book club. It's a YA novel surrounding a young girl, Luce, who has begun a new school year at Sword & Cross Reform School. The story follows her escapades and adjustments concerning the environment and other characters, specifically her love interest-Daniel. If you'd like to read my initial review on this book, simply click here.
Before I go very far into the description of this series, I want to state the gist of these books. They're about angels. Hence...Fallen. Fallen angels. Get it?
The first three books revolve around Luce and Daniel finding each other, around the curse that they must bear together (over separate lifetimes), and finally Luce exploring those different lifetimes to find the resolution to this curse. At the end of Passion, everything threatens to be erased back to the original time the angels fell from heaven. This would be devastating to Luce and Daniel, who feel they've finally found the key to breaking their curse.
Finally, finally, finally the fourth and final installment to this series came out earlier this year.
I've only been reading on this series for over two years...it's about time. Now, I don't want to give away what happens in this book, but I will say that this was definitely worth the wait.
I know that authors typically work in one of two ways...1) they dream up characters and let the characters determine how the story is going to flow or 2) they dream up the characters and where they will begin and finish the story, then they start at the beginning and fill up the middle of the story with the end goal in mind. I can tell you that Lauren Kate did the latter.
I really thought that this story was going to be finished at the end of the third book. In fact, I was a little disappointed when it wasn't...I guess I'm just too used to trilogies at this point.
This book started out a little slow for me, but I think it was just me. It's been so long since I read the first three, that I think I was just trying to refresh my memory on exactly what had occurred within this series (we seriously have too many trilogies/series going right now in our book club). However, once you start getting to the meat of the story (about 100 pages in) things start to get good. And I remembered why I loved this series so much to begin with. Things that I never thought of started to fall into place (haha, fall...yes, I know, I'm a nerd).
I will sat that once the storyline all started to unravel, I was able to start guessing what would happen. But, until those first few dominoes lined up, I didn't. It was more along the lines of, "well, since this happened, then that will probably happen" and "since that happened, then they'll probably do this."
Overall, I LOVE how this story ended. I'd highly recommend the entire series, especially if you do have a young adult at home looking for something to read. This book is not blasphemous (even though it does involve angels and God) and it's a beautiful love story. To top it off, each book is pretty short and sweet.
P.S. This doesn't affect the story at all, but I loved the fact that God (or "the Throne," as they're referred to in these books) ends up being a beautiful woman!