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June 12, 2012

REVIEW: Rapture by Lauren Kate

Title: Rapture (Fallen #4)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published: June 12, 2012
Format: Netgalley* 448 pages
The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?
My Review:
The fans of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate will not be disappointed with Rapture, the fourth and concluding novel. In this book, everything is at stake, not just Luce and Daniel’s love, but history itself and the future of the Angels. The truth about Luce will finally be revealed and a betrayal will be known to all. Full of adventure, Rapture will keep fans riveted until the very end.



Rapture picks up where Passion left off and immediately settles you into Luce and Daniel’s story with ease. Lauren Kate made it an easy transition and she mentioned events from the previous books into the story, making it easy for me to recall what happened before. I was already wrapped up into the story and I was more than eager to find out the truth about Luce’s curse. 


Lauren Kate really brought the action and excitement into the story. I thought her idea for locating the fallen site of the Angels was an interesting twist along with the actual ritual involved. I found it fascinating and an intriguing concept. I like that she allowed the reader to travel with Luce and Daniel to the places that they went. I found that Lauren Kate described these places in great detail allowing me to visualize the area and to appreciate the architecture even if I only imagined it in my mind. For Luce and Daniel, I felt the imminent danger surrounding them. It felt like everything and everyone was trying to stop them. It was scary and frustrating and it kept me on the edge of my seat all the time. 



I really loved Luce more in Rapture. Following her journey throughout all the books, she has changed and grown so much. She definitely matured tremendously. I really felt her strength, bravery and loyalty shine through. She was scared, but she still pushed on even when Daniel felt like he was losing hope, Luce gave him the courage and strength to keep going. I was really proud of Luce and all the decisions she made. She really thought them through and she helped Daniel and her friends instead of standing by helpless. I absolutely loved how Lauren Kate added in Luce’s past memories into the the story. They weren’t random at all and they made sense. I also liked that Luce’s memories came to her slowly instead of being slammed into her. It set the pace of the story and allowed the reader not to be overwhelmed with all the information. It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when Luce’s identity was finally known. It’s like, finally, everything made sense and everything fit together nicely. I absolutely loved that I finally got to know how Luce and Daniel met for the first time and how their love became what it is now. I could see the depth of their love and their bond and I loved how they stayed true to themselves all the time until the very end.


I have to admit that the big twist in the end wasn’t a real surprise for me since I’ve been thinking about all kinds of theories, but I still loved how everything played out. I must be going out of my mind when I’m saying this, but I kind of felt bad for Lucifer. However, I still felt like he was blinded and misguided and too focused on his anger. I was surprised by the overall ending itself. I never expected what Daniel and Luce had to do in the end, but it was at this part was where I admired Luce the most. Her selflessness in the end really made her more than memorable in my mind. 


Lauren Kate really impressed me with her ability to weave all the parts of Luce’s story. I was confused on some parts throughout the series, but I think this book really explained everything I wanted and needed to know. Of course I still have questions about some things and other characters, but she ended Luce and Daniel’s story in the best way possible that felt real and right. It was absolutely beautiful.



All in all, Rapture was the perfect ending to the Fallen series. It’s always a little bittersweet when a series ends and I’ll admit that I will miss Luce and Daniel terribly along with the other characters I grew to love. For me, the ending was satisfying and gave me the overall contentment I have been waiting for in Luce and Daniel’s love story.



In the end, the very last line of the book took my breath away. 


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
*Thanks to Random House for allowing me to read Rapture. :)

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2 comments:

  1. Jessirae, I'll come back and read this after I'm done with Passion and Rapture. I have both and I really need to read these! Glad to see your 4.5 stars though. :)

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  2. It was a really great ending, wasn't it? I too was glad to see how much Luce grew in the book but also predicted the huge reveal at the end. Glad to see that you enjoyed it :).

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