Unforgiven by Lauren Kate (YA Review)

Book Review, Young Adult Books


Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Series: Fallen | Hardcover: 368 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 10, 2015)


About Unforgiven:

It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

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.


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


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My Thoughts on Unforgiven:

If you’ve read the Fallen series, you will want to read Unforgiven. It is Cam’s story, after Daniel and Luce got the conclusion to their story. Cam has only ever loved one girl, and after making a deal with the devil, gets the chance to make things right with her. The only catch is that if he can’t make her fall in love with him again, he’ll belong to the devil forever.While the premise sounds interesting, the book was a bit of a let down. It was sweet and sappy, which isn’t at all how I imagined Cam’s story being. Cam is my favorite character from the Fallen series, so I was excited to read his story. He’s a dark, brooding demon with a lot of depth in Luce’s story. However, when he got his own story, he turned rather flat. It’s as if the book was written with a different character in mind, then Cam’s name was inserted.

If you haven’t read the Fallen series, you will probably like this book better than I did. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was just okay. It’s more of a contemporary story dealing with issues like prom and mean girls than the intense life-or-death plot we got in Fallen. Obviously, based on the other reviews on Goodreads, I’m in the minority here. So take my opinion for what it’s worth and don’t let it stop you from enjoying the book.

Content: language (no f-words)

Source: Library



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  • Reply
    Adriana C
    February 2, 2016 at 1:54 am

    I´m not sure about continuing this series, the last book I read was Passion and I didn´t liked it,
    thanks for your review.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 2, 2016 at 4:16 am

      I’ve had a hard time liking this series, but I keep reading all the books. I had high hopes for Unforgiven, because I always liked Cam, but it was just okay.

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    February 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    That’s too bad that you thought it was just okay. I love the Fallen series, but I haven’t read this one yet. I’ll still read it at some point, but maybe I won’t rush to buy it. Great review!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 2, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      If you love the Fallen series, you will probably love this book too. It fits right in with the rest of the books. I keep forgetting that I’m not in love with the series, so I keep reading the books as they come out.

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    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    That’s a bummer. I would expect Cam to still be that mysterious, brooding, troubled character. I’ll have to see if I want to give this one a shot or not. Thanks for the review!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      That’s what I was hoping for, but I was disappointed. I think I would have liked the book better if I didn’t already have those expectations in place.

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    February 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I’m in the minority here as I’ve still not read what sounds like an awesome series…which as you pointed out, May be the very reason this one actually sounded pretty good to me. Perhaps I’ll read it prior to the originals. Thanks for the share!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      I think the series is worth reading, especially if you don’t mind overly dramatic, cheesy romance. I didn’t mind that aspect of it, and I liked the paranormal aspect too. This is a series that people either love or hate. I hope you like it!

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    Olivia Roach
    February 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I have seen one too many simply “okay” reviews for Lauren Kate’s books much like this one. I doubt I will pick them up for myself :/ But I’m glad you found this one to be fairly decent yourself though!

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      February 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      It’s true, the books are just okay. I keep thinking I’m going to like them more, so I keep reading them.

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