Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fallen in Love- Lauren Kate

For those of you unfamiliar with Lauren Kate's Fallen novels, they're about a fallen angel who falls in love with the same reincarnated girl over and over again.  The first, Fallen, detailed Luce (the reincarnated object of desire) meeting Daniel (the angel) in a reform school which happens to be filled with angel students.  Don't ask me why. The second, Torment, has Luce attending a fancy California school which has a program for Nephilim students while Daniel broods and stuff.  In the third volume, Passion, Luce decides it's high time she found out about her past and so she goes on a fabulous trip through time visiting her past lives and trying to understand why exactly she was in love with Daniel, since she was having some doubts about it since she always dies before she can even enjoy it.  Fallen in Love is a short novel in four parts detailing a certain Valentine's Day in medieval England in which multiple characters make an appearance.

The first part is about Luce's friends Miles and Shelby.  Those two had gone back trying to find Luce to make sure she didn't end up in a total disaster, but find they aren't too good at it.  They end up getting a little cozy and their story plays out kind of like The Gift of the Magi.

The second is about Roland, a demon.  He's a knight who is feeling depressed about the one girl he ever loved no longer being his and how his life is crap.  He ends up spying on his lady love, who unlike Luce never seems to be reincarnated to Roland's knowledge at all.  His story is a bit sad, but at least his ex-girlfriend is happy, so he has that.

The third part is about Arrianne, an angel.  She has the most tragic story of all in my opinion.  Her lover, Tessriel, is a demon, so they've got an almost Romeo and Juliet situation on their hands.  One thing I liked about Arrianne's story is that her lover is female.  Lesbian angels: 1, That church that 'hates fags': 0.  Take that! Yeah.

The final story goes back to Luce and Daniel.  The Luce who lives in the time period is a poor common girl and Daniel is a knight.  In their society, there is no chance of marriage, but since the curse of Daniel and Luce prevents them from ever even getting that far, it doesn't really matter anyway.  The modern Luce is also around snooping in her past.  They do, at least, get a nice little date together.

I liked that we got to see things from others' points of view.  There are, after all, quite a few interesting characters involved in Luce and Daniel's undying love, and instead of hearing Luce and Daniel moon over each other it's nice to see that some of these others are pretty interesting and original.  I would like to see more of the fallen angels' stories and thus I am hoping there's some of that in the final book, Rapture, which comes out this summer.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fever- Lauren DeStefano

As a sequel to DeStefano's awesome debut Wither, I think she did quite well with Fever.  With Wither, Rhine was in a pretty prison living with her sister wives, her husband Linden, and the sinister Housemaster Vaughn, along with spades of servants.  While in some ways this life was preferable to the life she was living in Manhattan with her twin brother (luxurious rooms, pampering, nice food, and so on), Rhine did not like being a prisoner, no matter how lovely the prison was.  In Fever, Rhine and her friend Gabriel escaped the mansion only to come across hardship and misery of a different sort. First, they end up in a weird carnival of prostitution. Rhine is desperate to get back to Manhattan, but she knows Housemaster Vaughn wants her back for some sinister purpose.  Rhine and Gabriel meet many different people along their way up the east coast and come across many obstacles.
Since this book is set in a dystopian future, it's kind of hard for the characters to end up happy no matter what they do.  So when Rhine misses things from her life at the Florida mansion, it is understandable, but still she wants to find her brother.  I've seen other reviews in which people wonder why she left if she misses things about it, but it wasn't those things she was running from.  She was running from Vaughn, because she suspected him of grotesque machinations in the basement.  She was running from the fact that she couldn't leave freely. But mostly she was running because she missed her brother and knew he would be looking for her.  It's natural that she would feel these things in this horrible world she's living in and it's understandable that no matter where she is, there's always something she'll miss somewhere else.
What I liked about this book is that nothing was really as it seemed and was not how you expected it to be.