Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

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What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages by Lauren Kate. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles , Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda.

Originality: Hmm.. I thought Fallen in Love was semi-original. I liked the meshing of several main characters from the Fallen Characters, showing different sides of the story, showing each characters’ life instead of just the life of Luce and Daniel.

Characters: Luce and Daniel, the main characters of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, are still present in this short story, but they aren’t the focus this time, or at least they aren’t the entire story. Fallen in Love also highlights the lives of Shelby and Miles, Luce’s friends; Roland, one of the fallen angels, er, demons; and Arriane, the lovely angel who’s also fallen.

Content: Hands-down the content was perfect for this time of the year. As most of you should know, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. What a great way to celebrate that?  And, irony, the book was also set on Valentine’s Day, and the night before.

Setting: Fallen in Love was set during the Middle Ages before, and during, a Valentine’s Day Faire. Notice the ‘e’ at the end of ‘fair’? Yeah. Medieval spelling right there ;) Lol
Well, if you’ve read Passion, the most recent book of the Fallen series, you’d know that the characters have done a lot of time-traveling, so it wasn’t really a bad scene to pick. It was actually the best scene to choose from. I mean, the Renaissance time period, starting anew, perfect thing for these characters.

Overall Enjoyment: To sum it up, I loved this mini addition to the Fallen series. It made me not feel so cynical about Valentine’s Day like I usually do. And that’s great when a book can make you feel something. I’m still undecided about whether or not this is an essential part of the series. Some aspects definitely build the plot, but you don’t really need these details to understand it all. So, ultimately, yes, I would recommend this, but only if you’ve read Fallen, Torment, and Passion by Lauren Kate. Just pointing out that Rapture, the fourth and final book of the Fallen series, is set to be released in June J

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