R.E.V’s ‘Must Read’ List: Lauren Kate

Published July 15, 2011 by Jennifer Elizabeth

As a Young Adult fiction enthusiast, I have found a greater desire in myself to read stories with a stronger storyline in the fantasy genre. There is nothing better than falling head first into a love story. And if the author does a great a job, you too (as the reader) get to experience the butterflies and pangs of first love over and over again. There is nothing more incredible than the emotion and excitement  of first love. Be it the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer, the Tiger Series by Colleen Houck, the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate, or even The Immortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare, there is something magical about a story that welcomes your imagination inside and out.

I have recently delved into a wonderful story, written by Author, Lauren Kate. While both Fallen and Torment  may be described as part of the”horror and ghost story” category, the storyline is truly about a young girl trying to figure out who she is, what her existence means, and what love and the power of love is all about. In my opinion, Fallen was a page turner and I didn’t want to put it down (even when my two little boys beckoned my attention). Torment had it’s ups and downs in the beginning; however, the second half of the book was incredible.  Kate wrote it in a way that the reader could easily picture the scenes in her mind like that of a movie.  If these books were ever to be made into movies, viewers would be amazed at the ideas developed by Lauren Kate.

There is some moderate language used throughout both books, which is why I would give them a PG-13 rating.

For more information regarding author, Lauren Kate, visit her website at http://laurenkatebooks.net/

-Jennifer Wagner, R.E.V. blogger

Fallen (R.E.V. rating of PG-13 for moderate language)

   “Luce is a new student at Sword & Cross, an unwelcoming boarding/reform school  in Savannah, Georgia. Luce’s boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances, and now she carries the guilt over his death with her as she navigates the unfriendly halls at Sword & Cross.There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her. Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.”

From the Hardcover Edition

Publishing Details

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Date: December 08, 2009
Edition: Bk. 1
ISBN13: 9780385907606
ISBN: 0385907605
Age:12 years
Grade: 7

Torment (R.E.V. rating of PG-13 for moderate language)

“In this second novel of the bestselling Fallen series, Luce has the chance to track down her past lives . . . but what if she’s not ready to face the truths they reveal?Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.
It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts—immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something—something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies.”

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishing Details

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Date: June 14, 2011
Edition: Bk. 2
ISBN13: 9780385739153
ISBN: 038573915X
BINC: 3291794
Age:12 years
Grade: 7


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