Book Review: Unforgiven – Lauren Kate


I kept seeing this as part of the “Fallen Book Review Catch Up Franchise” when this book is a new read. So this book was finished on December 31, 2016. Now it’s uh, whats the date? January 21. Lol me.


Name: Unforgiven
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: November 10, 2015


It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.


Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.

Book Cover Comments

Hi Cam.

Tbh I can’t really determine what’s behind Cam, but I love the sky blue color. It’s perfect, and 100 points for Cam and the perfect blue “waves”.

The Review

We always wanted more about Cam’s side of the story.

What happened between him and Lilith, his one and only love.

And now we have it.

Unrequited love, friendship love, love where you expect it the least, boundless love, love that spans across millenniums. And here, limitless love.

Before Cam, music had been an escape, passion, a daydream, love, an impossibility.

Flipping each page leads you into an even more exciting realm.
Tick Tock.
As the fifteen days soar by until Cam’s bargain with Lucifer ends.
Till Lilith’s heart makes her choice: whether love is greater than hate, or hate is greater than love.

She was luminous. Her red hair had been braided a dozen ways, all swirled together in a high shaggy twist. Her eyelids were shimmering green, her lips crimson and matte. She wore black vintage ankle-high motorcycle boots. She was lethal.

This story takes place right after the ending time of the fourth book of the Fallen Series, leading us into the story of our wonderful hero.

“Existence is never so miserable as when you have a taste of something beautiful,” Lucifer said. “It serves to remind you of everything you can never have.”

We are introduced to the very Lilith that Cam has dearly treasured and loved, the hell that she is trapped in, and how Cam will try his very best to rescue her. And please don’t get me on cliche love story or not. I love romance, and this was the perfect way to close the series. Not that I ever want it to end.

He thought about Daniel and Lucinda.
They had embodied love for so long, as far as the fallen angels were concerned. He wished they were beside him now, playing the role of the happy couple offering sage advice to their suffering friend.

The things that Cam has to do in order to win Lilith’s heart: not only by his charm, but with his heart and sincerity as well. When there are outside interferences that will continuously pull Lilith away from Cam, what will happen next to ensure the thread doesn’t snap?

And yet he went for it again and again and again. Why? To save her. To help her. Because he loved her. Because if he gave up… He could not give up.

Each book in the Fallen Series shows you a different side of love, and this love is one that also spans across millenniums, overpowers the flames of hell, one where the overflowing emotions from the heart and the desire to find each other again is stronger than anything else.

His hands grasped her waist and lifted her until she could have sworn that his feet had come off the ground, too; that they were floating up above the creek, above the trees, above the burning hillside, into the dense tangle of stars, about to kiss the moon.

And when Lauren brings back our beloved Arriane and Roland, Fallenatics couldn’t ask for more of the happiness they can find in seeing two of our favourite angels once again, helping Cam along the way.

“We all carry pieces of our journeys within us,” Roland said. “We all learn from our mistakes. Who’s to say we don’t deserve happiness?”

Cam is also making his decisions here: to face his fear during the very beginning of why he lost Lilith in the first place, and to face it again, and to understand how to move on from it, and sometimes, how the truth is the most beautiful thing.

Even when it seems like all is lost, do not give up the fight for love.

Get ready to fall…



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.



Book Review: Rapture – Lauren Kate

Rrrrright. I’ve got an Chinese essay to write and cram in, I’m sleepy due to lack of sleep in the past few days, and I wanna continue reading Orphan Queen.


Name: Rapture
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: June 12, 2012


The sky is dark with wings . . .

And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.
In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . .
In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?
The astonishing climax to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Book Cover Comments

I super love how mesmerising the cover is, as well as the fact that the girl is gazing towards the cloudy sky. Clouds = heaven (?) And I suspect that the background is Mount Sinai, which is a location that Luce will be visiting in the book, which is real real cool. Also, if you guys have noticed, since this is the last book mainly surrounding Luce and Daniel, aka conclusion, the dress is White instead of Black. Rapture.


The Review

Goodness gracious.

I knew I wasn’t ready for the ending and I wasn’t.

That ending. Is the most. beautiful. Ending of all YA books that reside on my shelf, right, now. I can’t even stop describing how beautiful and amazing this book got. Though now that I think about it, it might have slightly sidetracked from the original plot style this book went for, but everything has a meaning to it.


“I want you to know that I would do it all again. I will choose you every time.”

This time, a slight bit of non-time travelling adventure is mixed into the story, where they will have to gather ancient relics in order to find out the truth about the Fall, so that they might be able to save their love and the world.

“Mortality is the most romantic story ever told. Just one chance to do everything you should. Then, magically, you move on.”

Through their journeys and encounters with other people, some of our characters, especially Luce, grow even more, touches down into who they truly are deep down, and the displayed love, acceptance and forgiveness in this book is just absolutely lovely. The times when you know you have to work with those you might despise, but all for the sake of the World.

“Heartbreak is its own form of amnesia.”

This finale is also what really changed my mind about Christianity a lot. Because if even Satan was a fallen angel, then that means he was once pure. And the fact that God had forgiveness…

“Maybe not all punishments are eternal.”

I love the fact that each place Luce and Daniel visits to find the things they seek, Luce will remember a slight memory of her past lives, and while rereading this book, I remembered the very pressing reason why I chose the course of the Danube River when me and my family were choosing the River Cruise programs for Summer 2016’s trip.

It was because one of the locations in the Danube Course was one that Luce and Daniel visited.

Obsessed huh.
Yes, very.
Even if its in such an indirect way.

“Inspiration is an excuse for doing something you already want to do.”

This book is filled with the most devastating revelations that will keep you in awe until you close the book, leaving that aftertaste warm in your senses. Then you think about the glory of each character, the aura that they put off throughout the whole book, even if they have a small role. Also, please don’t get me on the “its a cliche plot” thing. I personally don’t mind cliche plots cus I don’t dig down and CinemaSin a book. Though I might.

I mean, if I CinemaSin-ed a book, I could CinemaSin any book with a score of 50 because none of them are realistic.


I’m sorry I watch too much CinemaSins.

“You must remember how to dream what you already know.”

In this book, you will meet Dee, who is a wonderful and amusing character that is going to help Luce and the others along the way to learn the truth about the Fall, the one where all Fallen Angels do not have a clear memory about. Dee puts Luce as her first priority, so that her existence and purpose surrounds Luce entirely, and was prepared for this very moment. Her doubtless heart, knowing that Luce will turn what’s wrong into right, is absolutely beautiful.

“Grief can choke you. It’s dangerous, something else you have to beat.”

The final choices Luce and Daniel will have to make in order to be together, so that they would not need to face another curse over and over again, cursed to walk the grounds of Earth, separated any longer, ending up in flames.

“The past is important for all the information and wisdom it holds. But you can get lost in it. You’ve got to learn to keep the knowledge of the past with you as you pursue the present.”

I’m much desperate to spoil that ending for you and give you that very last line in the book, that one devastating line that only those who have finished the series, and followed each and every character on their journey will understand. I adjusted the last sentence so it’s not spoilery, but…

“Then they flew to distant corners of the sky, leaving a moment’s brilliant flash of light behind them, as Luce and Daniel fell in love…”

“We put our faith in love.”


Book Review: Passion – Lauren Kate

I’m torn between doing this review and Gemina. But this is priority cus I’ve delayed it for so long hahahahaha.


Name: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: June 14, 2011


‘Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Book Cover Comments

Tbh this is the only cover where I’m not satisfied with the face lol.

Probably because all other books (excluding 3.5) does not face forward, so when we see the model’s face, it’s a bit “uh?”. Mainly because her expression looks real depressed, but the Ember edition balances it out cus the green theme of it is real nice.
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

The Review

Ok just to note that whatever I say beneath will be something already seen in the synopsis. So If you haven’t read the previous books, you’ll be slightly spoiling yourself.

“I think about her and only her. I count the seconds until she’ll be with me again. I choose her, as she chooses me.”

This time, Luce jumps into the Announcers to learn more about her past, past lives and to know more about the relationship between her and Daniel, as she had multiple doubts in the solidity of it throughout the course of the second book.

“Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have always chosen me. Forever.”

It’s really cool (even my brother said so lol) when you combine historical contexts with the book itself. The book included some events that took place in WWI and WWII, though the focus of course, is not on the war. And at the same time, it’s really interesting for those past lives in a sense that, instead of seeing the





you’re closing the angle and to see the citizens, not soldiers, what they are doing while war is happening, and ultimately, what Luce of that lifetime is doing: the differences of her name, her appearance (course you can’t tell cus its 1-D but you can imagine), everything.

“I’ll love you with all my heart, in every life, through every death. I will not be bound by anything but my love for you.”

I feel like this is also a history + geography lesson for me, because in order to imagine how the scenes and locations will play out in my head, I went on my laptop and did research on those places to get an idea of what I’ll be looking through Luce’s eyes.

Which is basically what happened with the book series. I did some research on Fallen Angels, Lucifer, the Fall, and the Grigori clan, and going through Bible verses that are related to these topics are my past time activities during sermons in Church. (Yes I am forced. Never chose to go me-self)

Suicide was a mortal luxury not afforded to angels.

There were some past lives that Luce visited that were absolutely heartbreaking. The physical proof that Daniel’s love for Luce literally transcends over everything. But yea I’ve heard some opinions about this (though of course, this thought is erased from my mind at the time I’m reading it), is that Luce had too much doubt in the relationship and still refuses to really believe.

I get where she is. I mean, she doesn’t even fully understand the curse that is surrounding her. But it is because of this destined journey-it is because all the other Fallen already knew this would happen- shows the proof of destiny kicking into place, and how it is Luce’s destiny to go through her past lives. To know beyond than that kiss that sends Luce into flames, to understand their love over time and space.

“And you know that I’ll be with you until the end?”

Bill was a pretty interesting companion. Yes, he is Luce’s travelling companion, guiding her along the way and being her tour guide, as well as being a friend for Luce. Though near the second half of the trip, he started turning bipolar. Though I quite enjoy the sense of humor that he’s got. Btw he really reminds me of Urd from Ah! My Goddess.

Image result for urd
Urd is half-goddess, half-demon, which is what makes her super cool~
“That’s his soul you recognise. Regardless of how you two may look on the outside, you’ll always know each other’s souls.”

My friend decided to call this book (she doesn’t like reading so I kinda summarized it): Harry Potter and Angels. Well I wouldn’t deny the fact that it might as well be a more cliche love story. But hey, this is a love phenomenon that started in 2009. And no matter what people say, this series is magnificent in the way that it’s love is so pure and beautiful. And it is all the smiles, tears, fury and laughs that makes a relationship even deeper than before.

“Love is the only thing worth fighting for.”


Book Review: Torment – Lauren Kate

C’mon Joanne, show some responsibility on your Fallen series book review marathon. Geez.

By the time I wrote this review, I have watched the movie 5 times, and I’m watching it another time this Friday. Genius.


Name: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: September 28, 2010


How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

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

Book Cover Comments

She’s definitely showing a tormented expression, and matching back with Book one’s beautiful black dress theme, like oh my god. The book I have on my shelf is actually the ember edition thats pink, so I like that better cus it gives a bit more life from that splash of color.

The Review

The second book is definitely really different, and it takes more of an approach to the different sides of a relationship. This book takes place in a school called Shorline, where Luce will be meeting the Nephilim and learning about other things that will help her along the way.

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”

Because Daniel and the others have secrets to keep from Luce in order to protect her, Luce begins to doubt their relationship, not understanding why there are so many things between them. But no matter what happens, no matter how distant they might be at the moment, Luce will always love Daniel from the deepest parts of herself.

She could feel the beating of his wings. “You caught me.”
“I will always catch you when you fall.”

In this book, we also get to learn more about the Announcers and what can we do with them other than letting them observe our daily lives. I like how the Announcers function and the fact that it allows the events in Book 2 and 3 to take place. Though some might say it’s a forceful additional magical item (not gonna spoil you what it can do), I think it’s pretty cool. I mean, it’s like a Dummies All-In-One package.

“I have to go,” he said at last, getting to his feet. “I shouldn’t even be here, but I cannot keep my self away from you. I worry about you in every waking moment. I love you, Luce. So much it hurts.”

But at the same time, I feel like Luce isn’t giving enough trust for Daniel. I’m sure somewhere inside her, she knows Daniel’s love for her, but I think I understand the fact that if your lover is gonna tell you barely anything and can’t be with you for Eighteen days after everything just exploded, its hard.

“I know nothing. I know no one. I’m lonely. Every time I see you, you’ve put up some new wall, and you never let me in.”

Luce also meets her roommate Shelby and another super nice guy called Miles. The fact that I typed this line out means that there will be obviously some sort of fued, and since I did talk about a doubt in their relationship…. *coughs coughs* But as someone says, sometimes one would have to put all their faith in a person and believe what’s best for them.

When he turned to face her, the drawn look on his face was one of absolute agony as if Luce had just ripped his heart out.

We also get to see the other forces that are trying to hunt Luce down and take her for their own purposes, and you will meet these people in a very interesting setting, because that’s a scene where you will find all the main Fallen Angels in this book (yyyusss I’ve been waiting for a reunited scene) come together. What they’re doing I won’t tell you :P

Would love be so different with someone else? Was love even possible with someone else? Love was supposed to be easy, wasn’t it? Then why did she feel so tormented?

I also love how we get to know Francesca and Steven, the angel and demon teacher at Shoreline, and how they demonstrate a balance between Heaven and Hell. It also really gets me to think about the blurred lines between Good and Evil, as it wasn’t so simple ever since the very beginning, during the Fall.

Because love and hate were supposed to stand cleanly on opposite sides of the spectrum. The division seemed as clear as…well, angels and demons would once have seemed to her. Not anymore.

What Luce decided to do at the very end of the book was also very interesting. I never expected her to do so, and this series is just well executed in the fact that you never know where it will go, and each page will lead you to an unexpected event or fact, and the fact that your favourite characters will always pop in here and there to just make you smile. (Arriane I’m talking about you)

Daniel didn’t have to shoulder his punishment alone anymore. It was something they could do together.

Torment is absolutely beautiful in the way that, not only do we see the other sides of a relationship, we also get to think about how “Torment” works its way in everyone’s lives in this book, to think about the different sides of “Torment”, and how it’s not only one-sided. It’s really both. Unexpected events is the thing that keeps me going in the book, and those stolen moments of loves and kisses shared between Luce and Daniel just gives my heart the butterflies and sweeps me off my feet every time.

Would he find her?
Without question.
Would he save her?


Book Review: Fallen – Lauren Kate

Yes It’s been 16 days since my last review. Where was I?

After going through a book hangover of The Thousandth Floor, I turned to Japanese manga for rehab because I died. And then my schedule to reread the Fallen series in preparation for the movie came along. And so, here we go, the marathon reviews of the Fallen Series.

Oh and, contains light ~ mild spoilers? Well the synopsis already spoiled a bit of your fun.


Name: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: December 8, 2009


What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .

Book Cover Comments

It totally suits the title, doesn’t it? That beautiful black dress just suits the entire theme so well, and a blue twilight forest…. No one could ask for more when it comes to Gothic Elegance.

The Review

Ohh my god.

Like, who wouldn’t love a beautiful starbound romance like this?

Fallen Angels and everything like that?

There are no words that I can really use to describe how beautiful Fallen was to me.

“What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?”

Everything was perfect, that slow build up until the revelation explodes behind your eyes, from the intriguing reform school Sword & Cross and how Lauren uses that to bring the characters to life even more, tying in the concept of destiny and fate, the magnetic pull of one and other that brings Lucinda and Daniel together over and over again.

“The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment.”

Luce’s back story was very interesting as to how she ended up in Sword & Cross. You can read more about it in short stories of the Fallen Series. And then we begin introducing each main character along the way of the plot. Arriane, Roland, Molly, Gabbe, all of them are wonderful characters with their own magnificent past and story (that is not this book’s and not my place to tell). The fact that all of them are keeping hold of a mystery, the fact that no one in that school really knows much about them, keeping that lock shut until the climax of the book.

“I do all of these things,” Daniel said, leaning into her so that their foreheads touched, “because you’re my love, Lucinda. For me, you’re all there is.”

Then there’s Cam. The bad boy to Daniel.

I mean, isn’t it nice to always have a love rival? Sparks things up, doesn’t it? (oh god my mind is switching to the Fallen Movie mode. Focus Joanne, focus.) Fine. It might seem a little bit cliche with the bad boy vs love boy, but despite not getting a lot of screen time in this book and the latter books to be the bad boy for Lucinda, Cam plays an extremely important role in the entire story line, and I love him as much as I love anyone else.

“I get to live forever,” he repeated. “I get to watch it all over again and again. Everyone but you.” His eyes were glassy. His voice dropped to a whisper. “You don’t get to fall in love—”
“But…,” she whispered back. “I’ve…fallen in love.”

All the beautiful butterflies of love and sweet and honey and overflowing emotions when Luce gets kissed or when she kisses just sweeps me off my feet every time, and I literally die every time that happens, and I just want to reread those parts again, take a deep breath, and dive in into it again.

“We meet. We always meet, somehow we’re always thrown together, no matter where I go, no matter how I try to distance myself from you. It never matters. You always find me.”

I guess every story needs an antagonist, so I’ll talk a bit about antagonist A here. This antagonist was a bit surprising, I have to say. I didn’t expect this person to be the one who would go against Luce and everyone else (on her side of course), all because that person has a target to reach that is complete blasphemy, I could chop that person’s head off for harming Luce like that. Not in a physical way. In a mental way ;)

“And while the truth still scared her, being in his arms made her feel like the sea finding its shore, like a traveler returning after a long, hard, distant trip— finally returning home.”

And all the revelations, never ever ending beautifulness. One wave after another, star-crossed, angelic, devilish, magnificient, and it is always the separation that makes one person looks so forward to the encounter, and the fact that everything has changed this time, so that this time, all of them may truly find a way out.

So to end this book review, there’s only really one thing to say:

Some angels are destined to fall.