A while back I discovered a clever feature on my library's website: I can freeze holds. Freezing a hold says I'm not ready for it yet, and the next person on the list after me gets it. This enables me to wait until I'm ready to get a book, without losing my place for a book with a long hold list.
After I spotted Lauren Kate's Fallen at Barnes & Noble one night, I did this exact thing with it: I put a freeze on the hold. I just released the freeze a couple of weeks ago, as I've been reading a lot lately and have therefore freed up my reading list quite a bit.
Of course, it only took me two days to finish. That's one of the things I like about reading YA — easier for me to keep up with my book-a-day goal for this blog!
Dark fantasy romance seem to be pretty popular in YA right now. As the title suggests, this one is about fallen angels, although everything is not clear at the end of the book — it's obvious that there will be another book (Torment) to continue the story and clear a few things up. On the surface, Luce is a troubled teen attending a reform school with a bunch of other rejects, most of them much worse than her — but before long it is abundantly clear that neither of the two boys she is interested in are quite what they seem. And, it turns out, neither is she.
Coming right off of The Dead-Tossed Waves, Fallen was a bit disappointing, because it wasn't quite as compelling — but I have a feeling that reading Carrie Ryan's book, which is intensely compelling, first has somewhat skewed my perception! That is to say, Fallen certainly was compelling, it's just that The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves were insanely so. Bad basis for comparison.
In any case, I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequel, Torment. I am #3 on the wait list at my library, with 14 copies to go around, so hopefully I'll get it soon!