Fallen by Emily Clarke
The Fallen Saga, Book 1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (152 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Julie Anderson never wanted to leave her life and friends behind in Connecticut, but when her father gets a new job in Texas she discovers her destiny.When she meets the devilishly fallen angel, Nick Landers, her life begins to unravel. Nick is different from the other boys and seems to have an unhealthy obsession with her. Julie soon learns that Nick has taken an oath never to fall in love with a human being. Despite Nick’s irrational behavior, Julie finds herself falling for him. When Julie’s mother is killed in a car wreck, Julie realizes her own life is at risk and only fate will decide whether Nick kills or protects her.
Love isn’t supposed to hurt. What happens when it does?
The friendship that Julie developed made me smile. It was exactly what she needed at that time in her life, so I was glad to see it show up so early on in the plot. Seeing how this character reacted to her new friend gave me glimpses of their personalities that I would have never otherwise seen.
There were many punctuation errors and run-on sentences. At times I had trouble understanding what the narrator was saying because I couldn’t easily tell where one idea ended and the next one began. The misuse of commas was especially noticeable. It was the most common type of error I noticed by far.
This book dealt with several sensitive issues. I appreciated how delicately Ms. Clarke handled these portions of the plot. The subject matter was serious and often difficult to think about, but she discussed all of it with the raw honesty that was necessary in order to get her point across.
The pacing of the storyline was uneven. Much more time was spent setting up Julie’s introduction to Nick than was spent exploring why he was so interested in her or why he refused to respect her boundaries. There was a lot of potential space for conflict here, so I was surprised to see how long it took for his controlling personality to emerge.
One of the things I liked the most about the dialogue was how much information Ms. Clarke managed to pack into those conversations. I learned a lot about the characters and what motivated them through what they did and did not say to one another. This was a good choice for a novel of this length.
I’d recommend Fallen to anyone in the mood for something dramatic.