Review: “Rapture” by Lauren Kate

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

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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?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

4 stars

I guess the most important thing is what I’ll start with: Rapture is the perfect ending to this series.

It is just like the other three books, lyrically written and chuck full of Luce and Daniel. Everything is finally revealed and, yes, they get their happily ever after in the most perfect way.

When I began Fallen, it was the first angel book I ever read. I stuck with the series because I found it interesting, despite how you must know I feel about the romance in this book. After all, I HATE insta-love and overdone romance, which is really what these books have always thrived on. I mean, if you can’t take romance, I’ve always told people to RUN AWAY SO FAST. You need a stomach of iron to get through Luce and Daniel on every page.

Fallen and then Torment were always my exception to my “I HATE OVERDONE ROMANCE” rule. Passion actually really intrigued me, because it was so much different then the first two. After that one, I’ll admit that I worried Rapture would let me down.

It didn’t.

Fans of the series could NOT be disappointed with Rapture … well, unless you’re a Cam/Luce shipper. It had everything that made us fall in love with Fallen, Torment and Passion, from the fun mythology, the dream-like writing and–of course–Luce and Daniel. They aren’t apart for a SECOND of this book, don’t you worry. Kate also introduced some final characters that were fantastic, and tied everything back around nicely to the first book.

There were a few new plot devices introduced that I was confused about, like Patinas. Luce has spent so much time running from her enemies, why weren’t these super-secret hideaways introduced sooner? Also, how was this the first mention of the relics? Still, Kate managed to come up with semi-explanations for why we’re just learning about these now, so I sat back and enjoyed the ride.

I never did read Fallen in Love, so the little hints we got about the other angels’ pasts really made me happy. Even the Outcasts became totally cool in this book. Whereas Passion explored Luce and Daniel’s past, Rapture explored that PLUS the past of the others. It was really neat to see who everyone was before the Fall.

Honestly, there isn’t much I can say. As always, it’s ridiculously hard to write about books you liked as opposed to books you found issue with. An ending of a series is always so bittersweet. I also don’t want to splurge on any spoilers. I  can say, however, that I’m very happy. The epilogue of Rapture was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. All loose ends were tied up perfectly neat.

It’s my birthday! Have a present on me!

Yeah, you heard right! Today – June 18th – is my 18th birthday. WOOHA! Look out world, I’m an adult and stuff. Whatever that means. 😛

Alright, well actually, it means a bunch of things. It means that I graduate from high school this weekend. It means I’m off to college in the fall. It means that a lot of things are going to be changing in my life! I guess this is sort of early warning: the blog might stutter around come August/September while I try to get my feet on the ground.

But you don’t care about that – that’s a long way away! I know why you’re REALLY here. You want to hear about my giveaway, not listen to me sing myself happy birthday! So here we go!

Yeah, yeah, that is a horribly mangled piece of clip art right there. I know where my  talents aren’t thank you very much. But the idea remains the same. One of my favorite series, the Fallen books by Lauren Kate, also had a birthday close to mine when Rapture – the fourth and final book – came out last week. I thought what’s a better way to celebrate then to giveaway a WHOLE SET OF THE SERIES? Yeah, you heard me.

I’m giving away hardcover copies of Fallen, Torment, Passion and Rapture to ONE lucky winner!

Are you excited now? You should be! Please click HERE to enter. (And note that this giveaway is US only.) This giveaway will run until June 30th. Don’t forget to check out the sidebar for the other giveaways I’m currently running – there’s a few!