Saturday, April 21, 2012

Stardust Staurday: "Fallen Review", Challenge, NEW GIVEAWAY

Hello my peaches,

My apologies for the lack of posts this past week. My family was shocked with news that my Uncle has stage II brain cancer. Any positive thoughts and prayers from you readers for his strength during this time would be very much welcomed.

Now, we're here with another STARDUST SATURDAY.




Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Genre: Y/A Paranormal/Angels-Demons
Published: December 8, 2009
Pages: 452
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.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

It is very rare that I give a 1/5 rating for any book but this is a book that genuinely had me squirming in irritation and boredom.

From the get go the story is slow, so slow that I found myself putting it down and switching to a different book numerous times just to keep my sanity. The characters themselves are yawn-worthy but the main character is the worst.

How is a main character infatuated to the point of STALKING interesting or intriguing? The reader is subjected to constant story interruption via random paragraphs full of information about how much the main character is longing for this guy that seems to HATE her... but then not... but then he DOES... but then he doesn't. It's so absurd it's not even believable. In fantasy, believable or not is up for grabs when talking about setting or probability of a power but when it comes to human interaction you have to keep things at least semi-realistic. To make this situation realistic the author would have to admit that her main character has a SERIOUS emotional problem (which she spends the majority of the book explaining is NOT the case.)

There are a LOT of things in this book that don't sit well with me. For example... if there are cameras EVERYWHERE how in the heck is it possible for them to have wild parties (alcohol included) by simply turning them off. Isn't someone WATCHING the cameras? In such an intense reform school wouldn't there be SOME kind of keeping an eye out?

Also, Luce (our heroine) is supposedly extremely intelligent but how she even manages to keep her head afloat is a mystery when all her thought bubbles consist of soppy or sorry thoughts about a blonde headed boy who flips her off on the first day.

The shadows? Don't get me started. No explanation about what the heck they are until you're already so irritated by the lack of proper forward movement of the story that you don't CARE anymore.

I heard some people liken this book to TWILIGHT. And I have to agree. It's written a little better but the story line is generally the dang same (a bumbling girl with problems meets an unnaturally handsome man who seems to hate her, but then actually loves her, and all she can do is think about him and how handsome he is, and how soft his lips look, and 'why doesn't he like me?')

Holy geez. Someone please give this story some substance!

I don't recommend this book, period. There have been quite a few people who really enjoyed it, but I didn't and I wouldn't expect many others to either. I wouldn't even recommend this book to angsty 14 year old girls, mostly because I don't want them to get it into their heads that this kind of behavior is actually sexy and can get you somewhere with a guy (especially when this guy acts like a jerk to you 90% of the time.)

Anyway. There it is. This book hits the line right beside Twilight as one of the most tedious book I've ever picked up.

New Challenge

Auggie-Talk's 2012 Heavenly Challenge

Prizes? YES!
To join the challenge and view the prizes, rules, and book lists click here.

NOTICE: Murakami Giveaway will end May 1st 2012!

New Giveaway announced! Lynda Meyers' "Letters From The Ledge" 

 Ends May 1st
I have  another WONDERFUL giveaway!  
The Giveaway is for a SIGNED COPY of "Letters From the Ledge" by Lynda Meyers. There are also signed posters and bookmarks that will be given away to the winner and the runners up!
Ends July 4th

❀ Next Week

This next week Auggie-Talk will be back on schedule! 

As usual there will be an IMM tomorrow, Trilogy Tuesday, Featured Friday, and then another Stardust Saturday.

On Trilogy Tuesday I will also be hosting "RANSOM" book #2 from R.K. Ryals. This was supposed to have happened last week, but due to the family emergency I wasn't able to put it up, so this Tuesday will be the date for that. Thank you for your patience!

Alright everyone! That's all for this week's STARDUST SATURDAY!

See you tomorrow for IMM!

Until Next Blog, 

Read on!



  1. I completely agree with you on your Fallen review btw you have an awesome blog! :)

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  2. I love Fallen!! I think it's a great book!! :)