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Erin Clarkson, August 3, 2012 (view all comments by Erin Clarkson)
Rapture is Lauren Kate's best in this series. Full of adventure, romance, and revealed secrets, Rapture is an epic conclusion to this star-crossed love story.

Luce and Daniel have been through a lot. They've fallen in love, and for the first time Luce has survived her first memory of what their love really is: timeless. There was no pillar of flame, and Luce is on a quest of discovery. Their love was tested by distance and secrets, even by the interest of another. Luce has just finished an arduous and revealing journey through time--through her past lives--in order to discover a way to break their curse. But she was tricked by the devil himself--Lucifer--and now they have 9 days to save their world and their love before time rewrites itself and they have to start all over.

Rapture continues the theme of world travel that was set in Passion, which was again a refreshing break from the boarding school setting of the first two books. All your favorite characters are there again: Arianne, Cam, Roland, Annabelle, even Molly. And of course Daniel. They're on a hunt for three artifacts that when united will guide them to the location of the Fall, and thus Lucifer. These artifacts have been lost to the ravages of time, making them difficult to find. On top of that, Luce and Daniel and their friends are being chased by every heavenly and demon force, because no one wants them to succeed. From Venice, to Vienna, to Avignon, to the desserts of the Sahara, to the ancient fields of Troy, Luce and Daniel will chase their destiny.

This book was the perfect combination of action, romance, and back story. We've been waiting this whole series to find out what really happened at the Fall, how Luce and Daniel first met, and Lauren doesn't fail to deliver. After the back story packed Passion, Rapture eases off on the flashback for a while, but its not too long before you're rushing back in time, solving the mystery of these two lovers. And the twist? Well I won't give it all away, but there is another man that Luce once loved, and he may be the key to everything.

Luce and Daniel were once again lovey-dovey and staring into one another's eyes longingly, but despite the fact that Luce is wrapped in Daniel's arms for half the book, I still felt her strength and her fire. And some of the best moments are when Luce is forced to be strong without Daniel at her side to protect her--the damsel rescuing herself it far more satisfying.

I didn't get as much of the other characters as I would have liked, in particular Cam and Arianne, but it felt necessary that they would fall into the background at the end. Even if there is another secret love in Luce's past, you know by this point that the Fallen series is not a love triangle--it's Luce and Daniel or nothing. It's refreshing to see other male characters present, but not directly competing for the love of the heroine. And it was nice to see Cam and Daniel really working together finally.

Rapture was a really fantastic end to this series, and proof that Lauren knows what she's doing. I am excited to see what she does next. She certainly gave Luce and Daniel a stunning send-off.
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moiraethefatesbookreview, July 29, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 464 pages
* Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 12, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 0385739184
* Author: Lauren Kate
* Cover art: Love it!
* Overall rating: *** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Local Library

Rapture by Lauren Kate
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I was very disappointed with this one to say the least. After Fallen in love I found that I didn't care as much about the characters as I did in the previous books. I finally understand why so many people dislike Luce and Daniel. I didn't see any real character development with either of them. Yes, we get more answers about their past and we find out more about their curse, but the characters never GREW.


It really bothered me. I also found myself groaning out loud on a few pages on the book. I'm on the fence about "Bill", on the one hand we know who he truly is and he's evil, on the other hand the way Kate wrote this book makes me wonder if we are meant to feel sorry for him?


I do think my biggest issue with this book is how Kate made God a woman. I felt that was bordering on blasphemy. (But a lot of that is my personal religious beliefs coming through and no that's not the reason I gave this book 3 stars.)


I was right in how I guessed the book would end, but I was wrong in the way that I thought it would get to the end point. Some of the deaths in this book seemed needless and there were some things that didn't make sense and a lot was still unanswered.


I still like Shelby and Miles and wished we saw more of them and Roland in this book then we did, but I did like the bits of the book that showed the other angles. I will still be purchasing a copy of this book just to finish off my collection on the series, but I really with the book was done differently.


The writing was okay, at times it felt like maybe Kate was feeling pressured to make the prose flowery as there were a few nauseating lines. But I still like the series as a whole and would still recommend the series as a whole with the warning that the last book isn't the best. Kate is still one of my favorite authors and no matter who your favorite author is all of them are bound to have a book you don't like much, for Kate, this is the one I don't like much.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385739184
Author:
Kate, Lauren
Publisher:
Delacorte Press
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Children s-General
Series:
Fallen
Publication Date:
20120612
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.8 x 6 x 5.9 in 5.425 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 464 pages Delacorte Books for Young Readers - English 9780385739184 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The sky is dark with wings...

In Rapture, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel in the Fallen series, Luce and Daniel are together... but for how long? Can history be rewritten? Or are some punishments eternal?

Fallen angels, demons, and a mortal or two thrown in for good measure... get ready to fall.

"Synopsis" by , Includes 9 copies of Rapture (HC/978-0-385-73918-4)
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