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Fallen is the first book of it’s own series by Lauren Kate. It is a romance and fantasy (But mostly romance.) novel about a teenage girl named Lucinda Price who is often referred to as “Luce”, and is sent to a reform boarding school called “Sword and Cross” after being accused of murdering a boy by starting a fire. The story is mainly centered around the romance between Luce and a mysterious yet at first rude guy named Daniel Grigori who Luce also finds strangely familiar. However, she also finds herself attracted to another guy at Sword and Cross named Cameron Briel who appears to be very charming and is mainly referred to as “Cam”. Let me stop right there for a second. Although it bothered me that it took a little too long for the book to reach the climax, it bothered me even more that the main character (Luce) kept falling for the at first seeming “bad boy” (Daniel) who flipped her off when they first met and then she has a hard time choosing between him and Mr.Charming (Cam). I don’t dislike Luce, although I did find her pretty naive and found some of the other characters more likeable. But overall, the story is very thrilling and a huge page turner once you reach the climax. Luce eventually finds out why Daniel seemed so familiar and why he acted the way he did at first. I’ll stop right there. I don’t want to spoil the ending. Overall I would give this book 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
What Comes After is a beautifully written book by Steve Watkins about a 16 year old vegitarian and animal loving girl named Iris Wight. In the beginning of the story Iris lived in Maine with her best friend Beatrice since her father passed away. Her mother abandoned her and her father when she was very young. After Beatrice’s parents had issues with their marriagemIris was forced to live on a farm in North Carolina with her Aunt Sue and her cousin Book who eventually became abusive to her. I don’t want to spoil the ending. But I will say that this novel is a very touching story about hope and staying strong in difficult times. You might even go through an emotional rollercoaster while reading this book. (In a good way of course.) There is also a hint of romance in the book. But it does not take over the whole story. What I like the most about this novel is that both the protagonist and the antagonists have some growth in this story. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
Teardrop is the first book of its own series and was written by Lauren Kate whom which is also known as the author of the Fallen series. Teardrop is about a teenage girl named Eureka Boudreaux who use to be very close to her mother until she passed away and drowned in a horrible accident. After her mother’s funeral she was given three inheritance gifts: a sealed locket, a thunder stone, and a mysterious book that was written in a language that most people could not translate. She also falls head over heals for a mysterious guy named Ander whom she eventually finds out has a lot to do with her situation. Throughout the novel Eureka discovers the mysteries behind Ander, her inheritance and the secrets of her destiny. Sounds interesting, huh? While I did find this novel interesting and mysterious, I did not find the main character very appealing. Eureka was pessimistic, stubborn and refused to open up to people. Ever since her mother passed away she was very depressed (Which is understandable.) but even though her family tries to help her she wouldn’t let them. She always closed herself out from people and acted like nobody could ever understand her. She use to be suicidal and was in a mental hospital for 2 weeks and therapy was mandatory for her, but she thought that all of the therapists that she had seen wouldn’t be able to help her. In her therapy sessions she would try to avoid conversation, wait for time to fly by, or leave early.She thought that therapy would be uuseless and a waste of her time. Another thing that bothered me about this book was how overly dragged on The description of the appearances of the characters or setting were. I understand that books should have a description of the setting , but we don’t need a full page filled with every detail. Despite the flaws that I have mentioned about the novel, I have stil found the story overal, interesting and enjoyable. But, you should read the novel and see what you think of it. I would give it 2 1/2 stars out of 5 at the least and 3 stars out of 5 at the most. Thanks for reading!
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