Narrated by: Justine Eyre.
Publisher: An Unabridged Production.
Favorite character: Ariana
All in all: Too scattered to work for me, but has interesting moments.
Synopsis: 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. ~Goodreads.com
My Thoughts: The supernatural premise, its gorgeous cover and the fact that there just aren't that many audio books in my library made me pick up Fallen. It included a few interesting characters and a mysterious premise. Luce, the main female protagonist is sent away to a boarding school for troubled teens and meets an array of classmates. Sassy, wise Arriane. Practical, shy Penne. Cam, hot guy who makes no bones about being interested in her and Daniel the other hot guy who she is totally besotted and obsessed with but who wants her to stay away from him.
I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that Fallen is about angels, so if you're really into that this book might be another spin on the mythology. There isn't a lot of theology in it however, I would say this book is more about the romance and mystery of Luce and Daniel.
I really loved the narration. Justine did a wonderful job with ALL the characters, even the males, which I feel is difficult. When she read as one of my favorite characters, Arriana, she reminded me of Liza Weil, the actress who played Paris on Gilmoure Girls.
Unfortunately, this book wasn't my cup of tea. There is a lot of telling and it seemed as if some things were summed up and then other scenes were not. So I got more sense of Luce's angst and her interactions with Cam and Daniel than with the story. There was a lot that frustrated me as well. Luce's behavior, although I understand that the author wanted to show their epic love story, embarrassed me. I like bad boys as much as the next girl, but if a guy gave me the finger, I would NOT keep pursuing him. But again, I think this is the author showing us that even with all of Daniel's resistance, Luce knows subconsciously that there is a connection between them and won't let up until she figures it out. Daniel constant beratement of how "she doesn't get it" and "has no idea" is a bit much after a while.
Also the entire story seems made up of hints until the last disc and a half and then it seemed as if it was just an explosion of explanation. It is as if the story takes place before the events in the book took place if that makes sense. I think that if Luce and Daniel were portrayed a little stronger, the mystery could have held up. There are other threads that confused me in the story as well, however, the end is left open for the sequels, when I'm sure more will be revealed.
However, don't let my opinion deter you. Check out Amazon and Goodreads reviews for other views. I do think that people who are really into romance and unrequited love will like this.