Rapture

RaptureTitle: Rapture
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #4
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: June 12, 2012
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

The sky is dark with wings . . .

And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.
In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle . . .
In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win?
The astonishing climax to the Fallen series. Heaven can't wait any longer.


As with the rest of the Fallen series, Rapture has a very slow start. In fact, it is so slow you wonder why you are even bothering to finish it. Having read the rest of the Fallen series, however, I know that if I trudge through the first half of the novel, I will probably get an epic payoff at the end. Yes—the endings of Lauren Kate’s novels are always my favorite, and not because the story is over.

Each book in the Fallen series tends to end with a few questions answered and a lot of new mysteries. Since Rapture is the final novel, there were no additional puzzles to solve, but man—the answers we got packed quite a punch! I just love what Lauren Kate has done with angel lore—it absolutely fascinates me! There is a pretty big twist at the end, which I did not figure out until Luce started to put the pieces together, and I certainly did not see this coming in the previous three novels.

While I cannot really say anything about the plot of the epic ending because I do not want to ruin the series for anyone, let me just say again that I LOVED it!!! It was a very satisfactory ending to the series, but it still leaves me wanting more. I am dying for a spin off featuring Cam or Lucifer—they both fascinate me, but I am particularly interested in Lauren Kate’s Lucifer after finishing Rapture.

Despite the slow start, Rapture is a thrilling conclusion to the Fallen series. Lauren Kate continues to delight the reader with her unique take on angel lore, and amazingly provides a very satisfactory ending to the series, while leaving you wanting much, much more. While I am pleased with the ending of Luce’s story, I truly hope that this is not the last we will see of the Fallen world.

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Fallen In Love

Fallen In LoveTitle: Fallen In Love
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3.5
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: January 24, 2012
Pages: 201
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first and last time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other. Lauren Kate's Fallen in Love is filled with love stories . . . the ones everyone has been waiting for.

True love never says goodbye . . .


I wish all novellas were like Fallen In Love. Even though it was comprised of four individual stories, it felt as though it was one story told from different perspectives. You will need to read the first three books in the Fallen series in order to make sense of what is happening in this novella.

We get a deeper look into many of the secondary characters—including Roland and Arianne. We only see a little bit of Cam, which was very disappointing for me because he is hands-down my favorite character in the series. Naturally, we see more of Luce and Daniel—but they were far from the most exciting part of the book. It was nice to learn more about everyone else’s love lives, instead of acting like Luce and Daniel were the only ones who have ever been in love.

Fans of the Fallen series will not be disappointed with Fallen In Love. While it was a fun, fast read, it is not essential to the series plot and you could skip this novella without really missing anything in the series. If you’d like to learn more about the characters and their pasts, however, you will not want to miss this book.

Passion

PassionTitle: Passion
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: June 14, 2011
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

‘Every single lifetime, I'll choose you. Just as you have chosen me. Forever.’

Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way . . . Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.


***

 

Passion was everything I wanted to be. It was better than both Fallen and Torment, and it still had an intriguing ending that makes you want to pick up the next book immediately. In Passion, Luce decides to travel through the Announcers to her past lives in order to find out more about her history with Daniel and to determine if there is anything she can do to break their curse.

As a historical fiction fan, I loved being transported to different time periods and seeing what Luce’s life was like back then. I have also been dying to know more about the history of the angels and what occurred in Luce’s past lives with Daniel and Cam. I don’t think I have the full answers yet regarding Cam’s history, but I did find out a lot more than I had before. It would be great to have a spin-off series featuring Cam because he is such a fascinating character. I’m just so happy questions are staring to be answered in Passion because I would have been extremely disappointed otherwise.

I wasn’t really sure if Luce should be with Daniel before I read this book, and I think that’s because Luce wasn’t sure herself. I now believe in their love and I hope that they are finally able to find happiness in their present lives. Overall, this is the best book in the Fallen series so far, and I’m looking forward to the final installment: Rapture.

Torment

TormentTitle: Torment
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: September 28, 2010
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future . . . and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened . . . what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series...where love never dies.


***

 

I really liked this book. The beginning was a lot stronger than the beginning of Fallen, and I was so happy that the setting took place at a California boarding school instead of a reform school in Georgia. In Torment, Lucinda learns how to control the shadows and use see them to glimpse aspects of her past lives. As soon as she was able to do this, I got really excited because I want to know how she and Daniel first met and I want to know about her history with Cam (if there is a history), but I still didn’t find out!

The angels and demons are the most intriguing aspect of this story to me. How did they get where they are now? What is their history with Luce? If the victors really did rewrite history as Cam claimed, then what is the more accurate version of the war in heaven? I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever find out, but since there are still two books left in the series, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

My favorite part of Torment was the action-packed ending. I didn’t want to tear my eyes away from the page and just couldn’t read the words fast enough! It is one of those really exciting endings that just make you want to immediately pick up the sequel. Aside from my frustration at not knowing more of the back-story for the novel, my only other problem with this book is the middle. I just think it went on for a little too long and could have been condensed. All-in-all though, it is a really great book and I can’t wait to see what happens in Passion.

 

Spoiler Alert

One of the reasons I write reviews is because I like to share my opinions with others, and see what they think too. That said, I just want to say… Miles… I do not like him. He would have been fine if it stayed solely in the friend zone, but no… there just has to be a love triangle. I actually am a fan of love triangles, so I suppose my problem isn’t that there is a triangle, I just think that if there is a triangle it should stay between Luce, Cam, and Daniel. Unlike Miles, I think Cam is fascinating. Lauren Kate has alluded to a past history between Cam and Luce, and in Fallen we saw that Luce certainly isn’t immune to his charms. I also like Cam’s brooding personality and I think it would be wonderful if we could see more of him in the next two books.

Fallen

FallenTitle: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: December 8, 2009
Pages: 452
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .


***

 

Lucinda has just arrived at reform school after being accused of murdering a boy she was just starting to get to know. She recalls little from that fateful night, but the memory of it continues to haunt her. The only thing she does remember is the dark shadows that appeared–shadows which she has seen since she was a little girl. Lucinda must figure out how to navigate life at reform school, make new friends, and choose between two boys she is attracted to–Cam, who is friendly and makes her feel safe or Daniel, who she is inexplicably drawn to despite the fact that he keeps brushing her off.

I really enjoyed the book, but the beginning was rather slow. It took forever for something to actually happen. Furthermore, the whole story is supposed to take place within a few weeks, but given the amount of events that occurred and the deep friendships that formed, it would have been more believable if it had taken place over the course of a few months. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.