Fallen angels have always been a favorite topic of mine! So the Fallen series by Lauren Kate were only a natural read for me! And it didn't disappoint.
The story goes as follows: Lucinda Price is your average teenage girl. That is, if you don't count the shadows that seem to be an ever contant in her life, the mysterious death of her almost boyfriend that resulted in her having to go through therapy and everyone calling her crazy. Okay, maybe not so average after all. But when Luce is forced to attend Sword&Cross, a school for problem kids, things start to be even more weird. Why? Because there's Daniel Grigori. Even though he's flipping her off the first time she sees him, there is something unexplicable that draws her to him. He's quiet, brooding, and yet always seems to be around Luce when she least expects him to be. Before long, it becomes clear that she's well on her way to fall in love with him. But can this love survive? What secrets does Daniel hide from her? Why is there this bright glow around him from time to time? And what about Cam, the other guy that seems to want to get to know Luce better? While Luce makes friends at Sword&Cross, there is more to this school than meets the eye.
While Luce falls deeper in love with Daniel and secrets begin to unravel, Luce also discovers things about her own life that she never thought possible.
"I've already had to wait so long."
"How long?" Luce asked.
"Not so long that I've forgotten that you're worth everything. Every sacrifice. Every pain."
"Fallen" - Lauren Kate
This story is beautiful on so many levels. Not only is this not your typical fallen angels story, but it's also a story about love and sacrifice, about finding out who you truly are and the difficulties that come with facing your own worst fears and figuring out what your part is in life. Watching Luce and Daniel fall in love with each other, seeing how deeply they feel for each other is just beyond great. It makes you believe in love, no matter how out of this world this story seems to be. You start to believe that someone out there will always wait for you, that there is that one person in the world who will love you just for who you are.
It's also, like I said, a beautiful story about learning who you are, who you were and who you are meant to me. Joining Luce on the journey to her own self is easy, makes you root for her and wish that things will be alright. Even at times when you don't think there's any happy ending, something will make you have faith again.
"Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can't always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith."
"Torment" - Lauren Kate
With this story Lauren Kate managed to create a world of her own, describing everything in perfect detail, therefore making it really easy for you to feel like you are right there with her characters. And besides Luce, Daniel and Cam, there are lots more that you instantly come to like. From her newfound friends Arriane, Shelby, Miles, Penn, everyone you will meet on the way you will just like in their own way.
"The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment."
"Fallen" - Lauren Kate
So for everyone that hasn't started the series yet, I highly recommend it. If you want a beautiful story about fallen angels, neverending love and sacrifice and wonderful characters, you should definitely read the "Fallen" series by Lauren Kate. I definitely enjoyed it.