What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rapture by Lauren Kate

When I first read Fallen, I wasn't sure I was that into it. But I read it again, several months later, and just fell in love with these characters. Then I didn't like Torment as well, but when Passion came out, I really enjoyed it. I think that for me, I was so curious about the history of Luce and Daniel, that until I could figure some of that out, I was too distracted. So I, like many others, anxiously anticipated Rapture, the finale of this series.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) The characters. I'm amazed that even though we're four books into this story, we can still learn new things about these characters. The development from book one until the very end has been wonderful. Miz Kate has mastered the art of revealing small pieces of information - not so little that you can't connect with her characters, but not so many that the mystery is gone. I love this about her writing. 2) Daniel. Ah, how can you not like Daniel? He's strong, but sweet and caring also. And very smart. 3) The big reveal. There is something odd going on throughout most of the book. Memories and reactions that Luce is having to different things that are happening. When the cause behind all of this is revealed (as much to Luce as to the reader), you should be expecting it, but hopefully pleased by it. I was. It explains so much, and really tied the story together. Some may be disappointed that it becomes so obvious, but that didn't bother me. 4) The adventure. There is so much going on in this book. They travel all around, much like in Passion, but there are unique goals to accomplish and a strict timeline. There were times when my heart was pounding wondering how they were going to get out of whatever scrape they'd gotten themselves into. If you hadn't found something to root for before now, you certainly will in Rapture. 5) The very end. Reading this was like....reading the end of Harry Potter. That's how I described it to my sister. It's comforting, but at the same time leaves you feeling that this story will continue, Luce and Daniel and Cam and Arriane and everyone else. They lives will go on, even if we aren't reading it, and we are left to our own imaginations to decide what would happen next for them. When I closed the final page, I just sat quietly and kind of digested everything I'd just read. It gave me warm fuzzies, and I loved that. 6) The story isn't without some heartbreak. I'll throw that out there. It made the ending a little bittersweet, but it also brought a certain seriousness to the whole story, scaring Luce especially into realizing that everything that was happening was definitely real.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I loved everything.

Overall Thoughts: Rapture was a perfect ending to the Fallen series. All of the outstanding questions were answered, but without a finality that implies that the story just ends. Like all good stories, it keeps moving forward, whether we are reading it or not. It opens up a lot for our imagination. It was creative and inventive, packed with adventure and romance. I'm looking forward to reading the whole series again, wondering what new things I'll pick up on now, knowing how it ends!

My Rating: 5 shots

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