Review: Rapture By Lauren Kate (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

RaptureTitle: Rapture
Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #4
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Blurb:
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.

My Review:
I’m so happy that Luce and Daniel are finally on the same page and working together as a solid partnership. However, they only have 9 days to save each other and the world.

Luce is a lot less selfish in this book and much more considerate of Daniel’s needs. She is brave, courageous and gives him the support he needs to continue the fight. Finally, she understands that she could die if this doesn’t work out though she still doesn’t take it seriously enough from a self-preservation point of view.

Luce has come back from her time travels a lot more clued-in but there are still pieces of the puzzle she must figure out. I really enjoyed the power and control that Luce exerted at the end and the whole role-reversal was a nice touch even though I expected it.

The ending was good but I would have liked to have seen more of Luce and Daniel as they reconnected. I also don’t understand how the whole Heaven vs Hell imbalance was left – it appeared like nothing changed, but wasn’t that the whole underlying issue all the way through?? Or maybe I was just confused over that, but it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It felt like it was leading up to this big choice and then nothing changed.

The world building, pacing and writing are all good in this book and I enjoyed it.

Now that I’ve finished the entire series I have a lot of unanswered questions though that are a bit frustrating. Having reflected on it, Lauren introduced a lot of threads and then just left them hanging and I wonder why they were there at all (if not to serve to confuse and frustrate the reader.) Structural/Developmental editing was seriously lacking in my opinion.

For example:

*I don’t get Cam’s role as the other party in the non-existent love triangle. I’m intrigued by his character and I’ve already ordered the Cam book but still his character was never really developed during the series and I think that was a mistake.
*Why did she burn Trevor at the start? ( I’ve read the short and it still doesn’t answer this question though it appears to show that some demon did it and some angel/Daniel got Luce out of there in time.)
*What was the significance of the serpent necklace Cam gave her?
*Miles and the kiss? Thrown in there and then totally brushed over. It appears as if it was just inserted to give Luce and Daniel another reason to argue.
*Whole Heaven and Hell balance scenario was left hanging.
*Truce? What truce? Important one minute, inconsequential the next.
*Shelby and Daniel? I read the short and nothing happened between them so why would she lead Luce to believe it had? Makes no sense. No alignment.
*Todd – did he see the shadows before he died? Was he an angel?
*The Angels all seemed to switch sides (truce or no truce) and it was baffling.

That aside, I enjoyed the series more than I was frustrated by itand I’m looking forward to checking out the movie when it comes out this year.

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