The authorLauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the author of Fallen, Torment, the forthcoming Passion, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen and learn how to surf. She is currently at work on the final book in the Fallen series, Rapture. The synopsisLucinda 'Luce' Price is a seventeen year old girl from Georgia. She previously attended a private school in New Hampshire before the court ordered her to be relocated to a boarding school for "troubled" youth, after an incident which left her alive and a boy dead. When she first enters Sword & Cross, she realizes how much her life will change. There are cameras watching her every move and there are strict rules regarding contact with the outside world. On her first day, she meets Arriane Alter, an excitable and enigmatic girl who immediately takes a liking to Luce, the handsome Cam Briel and the fascinating Daniel Grigori, who seems to have mixed feelings for her when he smiles and then flips her off. She also meets Penn, the daughter of the now deceased undertaker. Luce also makes enemies with Molly.With Penn she starts an investigation on the mysterious Daniel Grigori, while the handsome Cam is trying to make a move on her. Fighting her own ghosts and those of the school she has to decide which guy she wants more and what is Daniel hiding anyway.The reviewCurious why a book with so many bad reviews can be on the bestseller list for ages, I decided I wanted to read this book. An d I have to admit I am a sucker for covers like this.I can understand why people dislike this book. The story is kind of messy and leaves a lot of things unexplained. I never got why she was really send to the Sword & Cross school, cause I cannot imagine that surviving a fire would do that but she did not get a psychological code either according to what Penn says at some point. There are more loose ends like that throughout the story.Still I think the whole setup of the story is very nice. It is not all supernatural, there is a lot of attention for the “normal” problems of disturbed teenagers. I think the end could have been more interesting. When she finally discovers the truth about Daniel there is so much more to it which is ignored, even though it is said it will be explained to her later.The pace of the story does not really leave me with the idea I just read about 400 pages either.I was doubting between 2or 3 stars for a while, but had to go for two stars because there are to many loose ends in this book. The story is interesting enough though to continue to the second one.