Friday, August 13, 2010

Day Six - Review & Interview with Lauren Kate

Sooooo if you have been keeping up with me, I have been hosting a Supernatural Showdown Week with Karin from Karin's Book Nook this whole week. we have had giveaways ( go go go enter! NOW! click on day one post ;P) , guests posts with fantastic authors and all sorts of funky stuff! Today I have reviewed Fallen by Lauren Kate AND and Interview! So let's get started shall we?


I finished Fallen ages ago but never wrote a review for it. This was one of those books that I just happened to read after a SUPER Amazing novel so I probably judged this one wayyy too hard. Now, Fallen was about this girls who gets sent to a reform school because her parents think she is kinda...crazy and there she meets a guy who she swears she has seen before. That's the jest but it's more interesting trust me. Anyway, I didn't really enjoy the book. There I said it, I did not really enjoy Fallen. The book was good and everything but I found it very..empty. It didn't really make sense in a way I feel. The plot went around in a big fat circle than ended in the place it started. I had questions at the start, I had more questions unanswered in the end. I didn't manage to get any meaning out of it, in a way I found it very difficult to read because it was so confusing. So it wasnt my favourtie book BUT I am willing to give the series another try and would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of Torment. Plus these books have BEAURIFUL covers! Rating 2.5/5


Who is Luce based on? Which character are you most like?

The physical traits of Luce (pronounced Loose) are based on my oldest, closest friend—the dark wavy hair, hazel eyes, tiny teeth, etc. When I first started writing her, I pulled some personality traits from this friend, but as I continued with her story, Luce veered away from my friend into an identity of her own. I share some traits with her—like her stubbornness and tendency to get swept away by romance. But if I had to which one I’m most like (though this is hard to imagine), I might be a crazy combination of Arriane and Penn.

Did you struggle in coming up with any of the characters?
Daniel was the most challenging, mainly because the full truth of his character has to come to light very slowly over the course of the entire series in order for the books to work. The reveal at the end of the first book was probably one that most readers saw is book about fallen angels after all! But there's a much bigger, game-changing reveal about Daniel to come later in the series. It's challenging for me to know what's coming and only be able to show the reader so much at this point. Daniel's character is difficult enough as it is! But I like to think of him as a work in progress, a developing story, and someone who, above all, knows Luce better than anyone else (including herself), and has her best interest at heart.

What happened to Trevor? Who is the good and who is the bad guy? Why did these angels fall? Why did you kill Penn? Why did Daniel give Luce the middle finger? Will there be another love triangle in the next book? Why did you end the book with so many unanswered questions??
That is the blessing and the curse of writing a series! I wish I could give you all the answers now, but please believe me that I have a reason for withholding some of the details! I must torment you until Torment comes out in the fall! In the meantime, check out the Sword and Cross Case Files at to learn a little bit more about who's who in Fallen!

Why did you choose to write it in third person instead of in first?
I love talking about point of view and love playing with it in my books. In the case of Fallen, I didn’t intentionally choose this point of view. Most of the time when I start a new story, I’ll hear a line in my head before I start writing. In this case, it was the first sentence of Chapter One (more or less). The choice to say “Luce” instead of “I” was implicit, not something I was entirely aware of. I just started writing, but it felt true to the story to tell it from a close, close third, so I kept it. We’re almost in Luce’s head, but there’s that small point of view choice separating us. She remains just a little bit unknowable, which is how I wanted her character to be.

Can you give us a hint about what will happen in Torment?

I’m having so much fun writing Torment right now. I think I’m more proud of it than any book I’ve written so far. Really, it’s going to be GOOD. It’s hard for me not to spill everything right now so I can say, “Aren’t you excited? Won’t this be great?” But my publisher would probably have my head. So in lieu of that, I’ll reveal just three things:

1)As Luce learns more about her past, she comes into a host of powers she never knew she had—and they might involve the shadows.

2)After the second book comes out, a prequel (which will span thousands of years!) will follow before the final book in the series.

3)I’ve posted a preview on my blog! Check it out!

Thanks Lauren for stopping over and clearing up why so many questiosn were left unanswered! Check out Karin post today HERE
Badass Bookie xx


  1. Sorry you didn't like it! I loved it!

  2. I didn't love Fallen (or Torment) either but thank you for the interview with Lauren. I'm hoping that if I have a little more insight into her process it might click for me. I love the premise so much that I want to like it :-)

  3. What a great interview! I totally loved Fallen so I can't wait for Torment to come out. Sorry you didn't like it. But it didn't sound like it in the interview. Good job!