LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN series, comprised of Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, Fallen in Love, and Unforgiven; and The Orphan's Song. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at laurenkatenovels.com.
Gr 8 Up-Luce must spend her senior year at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. She suspects that the dark shadows that have tormented her all her life had something to do with it. When she meets supernaturally gorgeous Daniel, she feels a familiar longing, making her believe they have met before. Although Cam is clearly interested in her, Luce only wants Daniel, who runs both hot and cold. He tries to keep Luce at a distance, telling her that the truth would kill her as it has many times before. The first chapter is gripping and foreshadows the supernatural elements to come. The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries. Instead of vampires, though, these are fallen angels. Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel.-Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Beautiful Lucinda (Luce) Price is banished from everything she knows after a mysterious fire leaves her friend Trevor dead and Luce shouldering the blame. She is forced to board at a decrepit reform school where students are under the constant watch of cameras and must go without cellphones or Internet access. Grief-stricken by Trevor's death and horrified by her new surroundings, Luce is also plagued by sinister, terrifying shadows that appear wherever she goes. The remote gothic setting provides the standard backdrop for the crux of the story, first in a planned series-the romantic feelings Luce develops for the elusive, unpredictable, and rather unlikable Daniel. Aside from the evil shadows, the plot can be summed up with a single word: pining. Luce longs for Daniel in various ways-dreaming of him, digging up information, trying to talk to him, experiencing rejection, then trying again. Some readers will pine right alongside Luce, but others may feel that Kate spends too much time on unrequited love and too little on forward movement in Luce's relationship with Daniel and the mystery of what, exactly, Daniel is. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
PRAISE FOR FALLEN, THE BESTSELLING SERIES BY LAUREN KATE
"Bloodsuckers are about to have some competition for the hearts
of YA readers."
--The Daily Beast "This emotional roller coaster will have you turning the pages nonstop!"
--Seventeen.com "This series has delivered glorious settings, fast-paced action and a love that transcends death."
--Justine magazine "Readers will pine right alongside Luce."
--Publishers Weekly "This epic romance is a perfect blend of mystery, intrigue, and celestial imagery with a beautiful, bittersweet ending."
"Twilight-style success could be in the cards for the fallen-angel saga."
"Compellingly readable . . . readers will be hooked on Luce's story."
--VOYA "The Southern Gothic atmosphere . . . is so well crafted that readers can easily picture Luce walking among the marshes and crumbling buildings."
--Kirkus Reviews "A tantalizing, atmospheric Gothic romance, Fallen is well worth picking up."
--New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr