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Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

UnforgivenTitle:  Unforgiven
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 05
Publish Date:  November 10, 2015
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: 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.

Tick-tock.

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

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I love the fact that Cam gets his happily ever after—even if it wasn’t with Luce. I also like how we get more of the back story for Cam and Lillith. But other than that there was more that I didn’t like about this story. There was little to none of the angel demon action that I loved about the first four novels in the series. Take away that and it is just another typical guy tries to win girl story. I also didn’t like that the ending seemed very open to me. I feel like it left room for another sequel, but I do not know what story that would be.

Overall I give this book 3 stars.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I don’t think I’ve ever rated a book one star before. And I hate that I am.

But I can’t stand this much disappointment. So many cliches, a very forced romance, none of the angel vs. demon battles I actually enjoyed about the previous Fallen books, and a complete 180 of Cam’s character traits.

First off, don’t expect much fantasy here. There’s a deal made between Cam and Lucifer (oh, a deal with the devil, imagine that) and there’s angel wings. That’s pretty much it. The ONE thing I enjoyed that had a fantasy element to it was the snow globe thing (where Lillith’s hells were all in different snow globes). That was actually kinda cool. But not cool enough for me to like this.

Secondly, I read a review about how this is basically Camp Rock with different set up and I gotta agree. It tries to be a musical trend. It fails. Too much high school drama and cliche popular characters. And that puts a lot more cliché on things. I mean, I read way too many books where special events happen at prom. I mean, can’t we think of some other school function where fate throws stuff at you? And there’s also Chloe King and the other “mean girls”; I’m really quite tired of this stereotype. Not all popular girls are mean bullies. It gets boring. Give me an evil nerd for once!

Not even the rare appearance by Daniel can cheer me up.

badge1v4Cam went from bad boy to lovesick and changed completely, becoming whiny and weak at the worst moments, when normally he would have been like, “whatevs, k thnx bye” and that would be it. Roland and Arriane appear at random but have no real purpose to the story. They’re just there for moral support and weird interactions.

It was just… Dumb. I don’t even know why this is part of the Fallen series really.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Eternal Balance series by Jus Accardo, the Archangel Prophecies series by Monica McGurk, or The Fallen series by Thomas E. Sniegoski.

Rapture by Lauren Kate

** spoiler alert ** Exciting wrap up of the series. I was hoping to see a point of view from Daniel, but Luce was easier to bear in this one despite his absence. I loved the prologue – all the confusion and chaos and his thoughts as they fell.

RaptureTitle:  Rapture
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 04
Publish Date:  June 12, 2012
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

What I liked: I must say that I love the way she wrapped up the series. I expected an epic battle but instead Luce ends up being the savior! I like that this one was fast paced and the very end is beautiful. I couldn’t think of a better way to end this series.

badge4v4What I didn’t like: The synopsis on the cover was misleading. I have to say even though it mentions several times that Luce was destined for Daniel I was (ok, I still am) a big fan of Cam. I thought he was finally going to get his chance. I was also a little confused as to what the Grigori legacy had to do with the novel since Luce was really an angel all along.

Overall I give this book 4 stars.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

After reading the summary inside the jacket sleeve, I really kind of thought that the angel who really had Luce’s heart was Cam and that he could easily choose a new side. There were a whole bunch of hints that they were giving that led readers to believe it. Daniel mentioned that Luce once used to really like Cam. And he acted like he really, really cared for her in this one, like he had in Fallen. But alas, I was wrong. So, despite my former complaints that the author was being too predictable, I fell for a well-planned trap and got tricked. Although with the ending, I suppose the big guy downstairs could eventually redeem himself if he wanted.

I started to wonder if there was something squirrely about Luce when Daniel told her that she could easily convince herself that she wasn’t hungry or tired or cold. Then she had the dream and I got the hint, although I wasn’t entirely sure how considering the Grigori legacy was all about angels who fell in love with mortal women; especially since Luce was perceived as a strange kind of mortal throughout most of the series.

Frankly, I wasn’t very happy that the Throne interfered and it’s not even because I’m not Christian… I wanted to see Luce try to convince Lucifer that his idea wasn’t good. I wanted to see how far she could push her luck or how far he would go to change her mind. I did like the new action and blood and gore. Seems like all the final novels in series have death and loss. Oh, gasp, big surprise there in the YA world! Mwhahahaha.

badge4v4Overall a good series, but be warned. The lead character is a teenager with LOTS of issues. And whiny ones at that. I really liked Passion the best.

If you like this book…

…you might try Teardrop by Lauren Kate, Angel series by L.A. Weatherly, and Fateful by Claudia Gray.

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Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate

Luna and Kat continue their review of the YA series, Fallen, by Lauren Kate. Today’s book is a collection of short stories in the same universe.

Fallen In LoveTitle:  Fallen In Love
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 03.5
Publish Date:  January 12, 2012
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionUnexpected. 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. Arianne 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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: I liked the short quick paced stories. My favorite of course was Luce and Daniel’s. I liked that they got to dance without her death. I love the fact that Arriane’s true love is a woman angel/demon. It was a surprising twist. The background information on the angels/demons was nice as it gives us more insight into their characters.

badge3v4Dislikes: The only element I didn’t care for at all was Shelby and Miles’s story. To me it seemed like Kate was trying to write her way out of a love triangle – although there are still hints of one with Cam and Daniel.

I give this three stars overall.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I really wish there was a 3.5 because it took me a while to come up with how I really felt about this one. I enjoyed it. Nice, easy reading. It’s literally all kinds of stories strung together through history. A few cliches here and there but nothing that screamed “boring.”

Of course my favorite was the story between Luce and Daniel. It’s a very visual story and that’s what I think I enjoy most about the whole series, is all of the descriptions and details. The peonies were a nice touch and so was the dancing with the crowd. Her anticipation was nice too. This entire time Luce is seeing all these versions of Daniel and yet wanting to be with him and not being able to and being able to at the same time, so it gets nice when it gets to the point and they can be with each other (without her dying).

My least favorite was the one between Shelby and Miles. I just didn’t have good vibes on it. It seemed too…blah. Like there were sparks but it was predictable, so you knew what all would happen and it just didn’t keep my interest like the other two did.

I must admit I was surprised to read that Arriane was in love with a female angel/demon. With as much religion that is included in the series, it took me a minute to realize Tess was a woman. But I’ve always thought that love is love so I really liked it. I really would have liked to know more if she’d survived though. Arriane talks about sending someone to help her but then it’s left there for the reader’s imagination. I wanted to know. So maybe she’ll show up in the finale is what I was thinking. Only she doesn’t…well, not really.

badge3v4Roland’s was nice. Not much I have to say about his. I liked it. I like that he’s the big sweetheart of all the angels although he’s technically considered to be on the “evil” side or whatever.

These are some interesting novellas if you’re into romancey shorts with a small brush of angels and demons.

Passion by Lauren Kate

“Every single lifetime, I’ll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.” —Passion, Lauren Kate

PassionTitle:  Passion
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 03
Publish Date:  June 14, 2011
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionLuce 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.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

What I liked: I really liked that this cover had a bit more color. It drew my eye right away. What I really loved was the idea of past lives being explored. This is a subject that has always been interesting to me, so I loved seeing Luce and the gang throughout time. I also appreciated learning more about everyone’s history.

badge4v4What I didn’t like: I did not like the fact that Luce trusted Bill right away. I knew from the very beginning that he was the bad guy and it frustrated me to no end that Luce couldn’t see it. This one was a bit more predictable than the previous two.

Overall I give this book 4 stars.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of past lives spread throughout history, so this is the first book in this series that really caught my attention. I liked the different time periods and all the different experiences, names, and personalities Luce and Daniel have. I especially liked the gruesomeness of Italy during the war, the spoiled-life in Helston, and the tattoo-decorating on the island. Overall, every scene with Luce where she has seen her life in a new way was pretty cool to me.

Luce didn’t get on my nerves like she did in the second one – she had her moments sure, like when Bill is first introduced. I don’t understand how she just instantly trusted him as if he didn’t meet him in an Announcer of all places and didn’t question his agenda until later on. Luce is just not very smart to me.

I did like that you heard from Daniel’s point of view. He has a much more focused way of telling his side of the story that I appreciate, plus I’m fascinated by dual-narratives. And the never-ending romance is very nice.

I especially liked hearing how Cam chose his side, as well as Roland and Arriane. Some of these stories, like the ones you find in the Fallen anthology, Fallen In Love, are nice takes on each character’s histories.

I like that when they are questioned before the Fall, they are left in a state of confusion and concern as they struggle to realize where they stand. I like that Cam and the others were originally all brothers/sisters and then as they were forced to stay on earth and live like mortals, they eventually all chose sides.

badge4v4The only thing I took the star off for was predictability. I liked to be surprised when I read a book. I could tell Bill wasn’t what/who he seemed, knew that Lucifer would try to convince Luce to give herself up somehow so that he could sway Daniel to his side. I knew that Luce would eventually get over herself and figure out how much Daniel cared for her – as he has for eternity.

So, four stars.

If you like this book…

…you might try Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers, Mercy by Rebecca Lim, and Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate.

Torment by Lauren Kate

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

TormentTitle:  Torment
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 02
Publish Date:  September 28, 2010
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionHell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

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

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

What I liked: Call me whatever you want, but I kind of liked that fact that there was sort of a love square between Luce, Cam, Daniel and the new guy Miles. I was rooting for Miles. Even though bad boys with a heart of gold are sexy, I wanted the seemingly down to Earth guy to win Luce’s heart. Sadly, that would have made a very different story, since everything revolves around Daniel.

I like the idea of the Announcers. At first, like Luce, I didn’t understand them. But I came to see them as portals to different timelines. I loved the scenery. There is so much detail it feels like you are there.

badge5v4What I didn’t like: There actually wasn’t much I disliked about this book. I did wonder about Luce’s parents. How did they not know that something weird was going on? And the ending seemed a little rushed to me, leaving us with many questions still unanswered.

Overall I give this book 5 stars.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Always start with the good, right? Very visual, very detailed. The shadows/Announcers took me a while to totally decode but I started to see them as portals the more you learned about them, so it was easier. I like that I can clearly picture every character, every wing, every landmark and setting. The author’s writing is always pretty good when describing the scene, even her action scenes. I could see the battle near the end and action scenes are some of the toughest to write so A+ on that.

The introduction of Miles is interesting to get a little love triangle started. Being a bit different than Daniel and having all the characteristics Daniel lacks, I can see why Luce started appreciating his presence more. Shelby reminded me of Molly instantly, so it was hard to get to like her right off the bat, especially since Luce didn’t seem to like her right away. But being I am not a very religious person, I grew to like her open-minded opinions on faith. Cam is rugged and blunt as always and he’s good in action. But I never hated Daniel for keeping his secrets. I feel like Luce would cease to understand them even if he told her.

I’m still not fond of Luce’s character. She seems like a real enough person, stumbling through the later years of teen life and yet still having that childish emotion. I just don’t like that she comes off as very irresponsibly independent and moronic. If the love of my life that I swore up and down I trusted told me that I was in danger and to stay in a specific spot so that I’d be safe (especially after having people try to kill you), I’D STAY THE HELL THERE. But no, Luce runs off MULTIPLE times and most of the time, she doesn’t even care. When Francesca and Steven tell her that they “didn’t feel the need to explicit with her” I was like, “THANK YOU.”

And the Thanksgiving scene was kind of half and half for me. I knew why everybody was there because it was coming to the end of the book and the end of the truce and I knew something bad was bound to happen. I liked the dinner conversation. I was almost hoping Miles and Daniel would get into a worse argument. Sadly, that didn’t happen. I didn’t understand if her parents were walking across the street and all these angels, demons, and Outcasts were up in the air like a cloud, how in the world did they not see it? Or hear the confrontation? They hadn’t been gone that long. Especially if there are alarms going off – that was a weird description. So that whole ending did not work for me really.

badge3v4I don’t dislike the series, I’m just finding it very hard to follow Luce’s scatterbrained emotions. “I love Daniel, I like Miles, I can’t stand Daniel, I can’t stand Cam” – it’s like a roller coaster that when you get off of, you’re kind of nauseous. But maybe her head will clear up a bit with some “relaxing” past lives. Who knows?

If you like this book…

…you might try Fallen Angel  by Heather Terrell,  Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler,  Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow