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unforgivenWhat: Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate

Who: Corgi Childrens

When: November 12th 2015

How: A copy of this novel was provided by Random House Australia for review.

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.


3cats2Cam was by far my favourite character in the Fallen series. I wanted Luce to pick him for numerous reasons, but of course she didn’t pick him. They never pick who I want them to pick.

Anyway, I always thought that Cam’s story was left very open in the (previously) last book in the series, which I was disappointed in, to say the least. So when the news came that Unforgiven was being released, I was extremely excited. I wanted Cam to get his happily ever after, even if it wasn’t with Luce, like I had wanted.

In Unforgiven, Cam was pretty much exactly how I remembered him. Perhaps a little softer, and less cocky, but still. I loved reading about him again because I always love reading about my precious bad boy characters. His chapters were by far my favourites because he was so determined to win back Lilith’s love, and it was just great to read from his perspective overall.

Lilith, on the other hand, I wasn’t a huge fan of. I didn’t like the way she went constantly back and forth on whether or not she liked Cam, whether or not she had feelings for Cam, whether or not Cam was in her band. I can only take so much of “yes, no, yes, no, yes” before I am completely over it. I did like how different she was to Luce, which was a nice contrast, but to be honest I wasn’t invested in her character very much. I was left wondering why Cam’s love for her was so strong, when I couldn’t really see anything ~special~ about Lilith. I did want them to end up together, though, because I wanted Cam to be happy, and to stop hurting.

This book is set in a personal Hell created for Lilith by Lucifer, and I have to say that it was hard to care about the characters because … they weren’t really who they were in the story. Yes, they existed, but they were souls stuck in purgatory (or something) who had been doomed to play out a role in Lilith’s Hell that didn’t even have weekends. And besides, apart from Cam and Lilith, none of the other characters had much substance to them at all, or underwent completely unrealistic changes over the course of the book.

The ending of Unforgiven really sets it up for another book, because just as everything might have been coming to a close, it was left quite open. I’m okay with this, but I do hope that there is another book coming, otherwise that ending re: Lilith and Cam would be pretty darn disappointing.

All in all, I enjoyed Unforgiven, and whenever I was reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I loved reading about Cam again, and I do look forward to the next book (if it comes into existence).

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trigger warning: suicide and bullying in this novel

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Posted on: November 24, 2015 • By: Chiara

9 Responses to Review: Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

  1. Prima says:

    I literally only picked this up because of Cam but I’m going to continue because of your review :D I’ve read 3/4 of the Fallen series and Cam was also the best character for me. I hope I enjoy it like you did!

    • Chiara says:

      Yay Cam! And I’m glad my review convinced you, Prima :D Cam is definitely my favourite character in this series, so it was great reading so much more about him. I hope you enjoy it, too!

  2. Mitchii G. says:

    Oh my gosh, I didn’t know that this already out. I love me some Cam~ Fallen was one of the first few series I tried after Twilight & I was totally captivated by Cam. NGL I’m kinda bummed out to find out he has new love interest? I would love to know him even without romance. Will definitely lookout for this!

    • Chiara says:

      It came out super quickly! And yes, CAM. I adored his character to no end, and really wanted him and Luce to end up together. Yeah, to be honest I think this book happened because of the way Cam’s character arc was just ditched towards the end of the last Fallen book, haha. I hope you can get a copy, Mitchii!

  3. I remember vaguely LOVING the Fallen series, because I don’t remember much about it at all, except Luce, Daniel, and of COURSE, Cam. I remember rooting for him as well, and DARN it because he sure deserved Luce! I didn’t even know there was going to be a spin-off, and I’m so excited now because I would love to get my hands on this. It’s sure to bring back lots of bad boy nostalgia and memories :’)

    Lovely review, Chiara! Thanks for letting me know Kate continued with her Fallen series :)

    • Chiara says:

      I desperately wanted Luce to choose Cam, because he was just so much ~more~ than Daniel! Daniel always annoyed me, haha.

      Thank you! And I’m glad you know there’s a new book now :D I hope you love it, Madiha!

  4. For a person who’s neeever read the Fallen series, do you think reading this book would make sense?!?! (I got an unsolicited review-copy and I HATE letting them languish but I haven’t read the other books. XDXD)

  5. 👑blackOrchid👑 says:

    *a mini-rant x))*
    I understand Lilith’s indecision about her feelings for Cam and I totally get where she’s going. She only knows disappointment and misery and expecting her to just believe some mysterious alluring (and sexy;) guy likes her just like that is a little too far-fetched. I like Lilith as a character because she represents what any normal person in her shoes would do, flaws and all and it these flaws that make her more human than any other YA I’ve read

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