Book Review: Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
It serves me right. For judging books by its cover. Not satisfied with Fallen by Thomas S, I searched for another angel story to better judge the book. Alas, I fell for the bait and picked up Lauren Kate's Fallen. I can easily claim this to be one of the most frustrating reading time I have spent in so many years. And yet, I read all the three books in the series with patience. Why? I should have quit right? Guess I was testing my breaking point.
So, unlike before, I have to start with what DOESN'T work for this book. Because that better expresses my review.
What Doesn't Work For This Book?
As mentioned above, it was frustrating. A good book keeps a balance between information and suspense. The organized unraveling of a mystery is what keeps the reader going. If the ending or any part of it throws the reader completely off in a bad way, as in the hero turns absolutely nasty for no reason, the reader quits. But what do you do when neither the hero turns nasty nor does he move forward?
This book and the whole series had no such balance. You just keep reading on and on with absolutely no answers. I went on reading in the hope that I would get all my answers in the end. I finished the first book, then second and then third with so many glaring unexplained occurrences in the story! It leaves you so frustrated that you pick up the next book in the hope that it will have the answers! Well, if its a trick to get readers buy the book, then it worked great in my case! ha!
I wonder how the editor or publisher didn't pick these glaring gaps. I can write couple of them here but I don't want to give away the spoilers. I want everyone to go through the pain I went through! (yeah sadist me!)
The cover page of course. It is haunting and raises the expectations!
Also in a twisted way, the information withheld in the book always gets the reader to read more in the series. But only for the sake of getting the elusive answers to the irrational rantings of this teenager - not for the beautiful prose or mind-blowing characters.
Not recommended if you are short-tempered or have high blood pressure. You might end up almost hurting yourself or some one. Others, read it at your own risk.