Book Review: Fallen in Love – Lauren Kate

Ok cool I think I’m on track around here!

Why am I typing the introduction in the middle of an “Open Book” essay!


Name: Fallen in Love
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: January 24, 2012


Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding and losing love. Arriane pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first and last time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate’s Fallen in Love is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.
True love never says goodbye . . .

Book Cover Comments

Anyone who doesn’t love any Fallen series cover can go away. Just the black somberness of the dress and the way she is gazing into the far distance…

The Review

So Fallen in Love is a novella that takes place somewhere in book 3, sort of like a cutaway. This is one of those places, when Luce is travelling into the past, and everyone else is looking for her, pretty much all intercross. And this novella takes you through some of our favourite main characters, and the stories of love that they have to tell.

“Sometimes love needed a lift from its guardian angels, to get its feet off the ground. But once it made its first early beats toward flight, it had to be trusted to take wing on its own and soar past the highest conceivable heights, into the heavens-and beyond.”

I super love the fact that Fallen in Love, which takes place in 4 perspectives, with some of them intercrossing, shows readers the authors’ understandings of different types of love. Forbidden love, love when you expect it the least, letting everything go, and of course, the love that spans across eternities.

When one lover suffered from a broken heart, no matter how badly the other wanted to help, they couldn’t be the one to heal it.

This novella is extremely fun to read, and while doesn’t give the actual plot much of a backing, other than filling up some minor information that will definitely thrill the reader for them to know, it was really enjoyable to see everyone falling in love and going through the follow up of what happened after they fell in love. Geez this is getting repetitive.

“Love means not being afraid to let yourself go, trusting that one will desire everything you have to offer.”

The nice thing about this novella is that you can pick it up after book three or book four; reading it after book three will keep you on the journey even though it ends at the end of book three, while reading it after book four is like, because you can’t let go of the Fallen Series, you’re finding something to dive into again.

She realized, each soul had to be content alone before plunging into love, because one never knew when the other would move out of that love. It was the greatest paradox: Souls need each other, but they also need to not need each other.

And through this, you really see how some of our characters became the them today, and also how through tough times, they have changed and matured, understood more of the world, and accepted the consequences of the decisions that they have made. And all of this, I wanna say, is pretty much all thanks to Luce, as if it wasn’t her destiny that led her to her past, no one would come back and deal with their past matters, or Lauren wouldn’t be showing us such a wonderful side story so we wouldn’t have to foreverly let go.

Sometimes love was not about winning, but about wise sacrifice and the reliability of friends like her. Friendship, he realized, was its very own kind of love.

And as this was the last book that I have read from the Luce and Daniel arc, I thought it made an extremely beautiful conclusion, with all the teachings and understandings of love, all the different forms that love exists in, and how love never dies.



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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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