Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Review: Rapture (Fallen #4)

Release Date: June 12, 2012
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Length: 448 pages
Source: Purchased Book

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.



Characters: Luce Price has been through a lot in the last three books. You might even think that her character can't develop much more. I thought the exact same thing for about half the book. However, after that I saw her character develop ever so slightly to make way for a huge revelation near the end. I'm talking about a shocking revelation that will leave you on the edge of your seat. We will also see how Daniel and Luce first met. We will see who Luce was and what she was doing at the time of their meeting. We even get to see snippets of a few other lives between Luce and Daniel. Daniel will have to make choices that will affect his future with Luce. 

Romance: Obviously Luce and Daniel tragic love affair will take center stage once again in this Swan Song. However, I was surprised by the lack of any sort of a mention or nod to a love triangle with Cam. I mean it was there but seemed more implied and not as out spoken as I would have liked. I really like Cam's character and the relationship he has with Daniel and Luce, but I wish that the author would have acknowledged Luce and Cam's attraction more. However, even though she didn't I was still very satisfied with the romance in this book, especially with the surprising previous love of Luce's that is revealed.

Portrayal of Religion: Like most novels about angels this series has some pretty interesting twists on the religions of the world. Since this series seems focused on the Christian faith I was surprised to find out God, or The Throne, is female. I am all for female empowerment and everything, but I am pretty sure that most, if not all, Christian believe God to be male. I don't condemn the author for this however, she had every right to change whatever detail she wanted since it's her novel. I was just shocked that she decided to change that detail. Besides that detail I saw no other contradictions with the Christian religion.

Predictability: This was a large selling point for me. Most of the time I was completely caught off guard as to what the author intended to do. Every new discovery was a fun surprise or a shocking reveal. I rarely knew what the author intended and when I did it didn't make much of a difference. The big reveals were powerful and left me speechless many times.

Ending: With this being the final installment in this series I was hoping for a nice epilogue that will leave the book feeling finished. I am happy to report that was how the book ended. There was a nice epilogue that left no questions unanswered and gave an overwhelming and overarching sense of finality to the series. Everything fit into place and was one of the most sentimental and heartwarming endings that I have ever read.


Everything about this book was great, however something in me can't seem to give it 5 stars. It most definitely warrants a buy, however don't forget to read the other books in the series first. If money's tight don't be afraid to check your local library for these books as well


  1. I really want to read this series. I have heard awesome things about it. Thanks for the review!

  2. I was so disappointed by the third book in this series. I had no expectations for this book but then after reading it everything changed. I really like it and I'm glad that you do too! :)

  3. awesome review.. i've read the fallen books in the series and realy loved them but i havent read the last one yet.. maybe because i know it's the last book and im afraid, i might be disapointed!! After this review i made up my mind...

  4. I really enjoyed Rapture, it finished off the series much better than I had expected.I was left a little bit put out with Torment, but Rapture was simply brilliant.

  5. I quite enjoyed Rapture, after the first three books I was slightly worried with were the last book was going but it turned out really good.

  6. I really like this book series, I wanted to read more about Cam and Luce as well but you cannot have everything. I enjoy the end, it's simple and still strong. I think it was an only ending for this book so I have no complains about it. Nice review :)

  7. I actually disagree with you about "a nice epilogue that left no questions unanswered and gave an overwhelming and overarching sense of finality to the series." I mean, I love the series and all, but the way Ms. Kate just took Cam out of the story seemed like a big gap. Granted the story is not a love triangle despite how it seems to be a trend in pop culture, I still think Cam was a more important character and deserved a better ending. I finished the book wondering where the heck Cam went and a little angry that the world of Fallen had to be contained in only 5 books. The last book was good, but a few times, it was as if the story was rushed to be finished like the quests and the abrupt mini stories. There wasn't that much level of detail to tie up the amazing story she created.

  8. I agree I really liked this book and thought it was a great end to the series. I'II definitely miss all the characters especially Arianne and Roland.

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