Thursday, 8 March 2012

Review: Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate (Fallen #3.5)

Publisher - Doubleday Children's Books
Publication Date - 2nd February 2012
Paperback - 256 pages
Genre - Young Adult/Paranromal Romance

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it

Book Info - Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories intersect 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 spend a night together like none other.

Fallen in Love is filled with love stories... the ones everyone has been waiting for.

My Thoughts - The first thing I want to say about this book is that I absolutely love the setting. Medieval England just makes everything feel so much more romantic! There's knights, damsels in distress and a Valentine's Day Fair *sigh*. It all worked so well and made me wish I could be there with the characters.

I really enjoyed each of the short stories included in the book, but they all bring something different to the table. Love Where You Least Expect It (Miles and Shelby's story) is possibly my favourite. It is a very sweet story of two friends who are trying to work out their feelings as they realise their friendship is turning into something else and it is filled with touching moments between the pair.

Love Lessons (Roland's Story) is a bittersweet look into Roland's past and helps to give a better understanding of his serious nature.

Burning Love (Arriane's story) was the most interesting, but also the most frustrating for me. It gives some insight into her relationship with a female demon and the feelings of heartbreak as they realise they can't be together just jump off the page at you. However, because the story was so intriguing, I found myself wanting to know more about them than it was possible to learn in such a short story.

Endless Love (Luce and Daniel's story) was, of course, a happy and romantic story of the only Valentine's day the pair ever spend together. I loved reading about how their friends meddle in events to make this happen and about the love that Luce and Daniel share despite everything that is against them.

Summary - These are a set of short stories that cover all aspects of love - friends-to-lovers, destined love and heartbreak. Fans of the Fallen series will love this book, although people who haven't read the other books in the series might get confused as there just isn't enough time to include any back story. My only complaint would be that I wanted to read Cam's story but I can still hope that I'll get to read it one day! A great set of romantic short stories that all fans of the series must read!

Other books in the series:
1. Fallen
2. Torment
3. Passion
3.5. Fallen in Love
4. Rapture

Other reviews of this book:
Bewitched Bookworms / Books With BiteImaginary Reads

This book counts towards the following challenges:
Book #17 for 2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


Jenny said...

I've only read the first book in this series and it just wasn't quite good enough to convince me to read the rest. This one sounds fun, though. It's always nice to have little stories about the characters you love so you can get to know them even better.

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Jenny - Fallen is definitely the book in the series that I liked the least (although I obviously liked it enough to carry on with the series :)). They do get better as the series goes on.

And I did enjoy getting to know the characters a bit more in this book. But there are some where I would definitely like to know more. I'm holding out for a spin-off series of some kind :)

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