REVIEW: Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Fantasy/ Young Adult, Pages: 464, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“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?”

Now that Luce has experienced some of her many past lives, she has a better, although still incomplete, understanding of what her situation is. But Lucifer wants to reset everything, which would be disastrous. Somehow, Luce is the key to stopping Lucifer but must find certain relics to do so. Strange alliances form to find these relics and figure out their significance with less than nine days before Lucifer’s endgame is realized.

The writing is less than spectacular: “Then came the feeling of falling- a drop even his wings couldn’t prevent, as if the Throne had attached moons to them.” Besides the fact that it is bad writing, it is also just plain dumb.

Again: “Darkness everywhere, so complete in its doom it made light and love and everything good in the world feel tired and broken and dead.” Dumb and dumb and dumb and… Well, you get the point.

But here is my favorite: “Every life, every love, every moment that every mortal and angelic soul had ever experienced would be balled up and discarded at Lucifer’s reckless whim, like the universe was a board game and he was a whining child giving up when he began to lose.” Gag! Kate must be in a contest to see how many bad lines an author can include in a book and still get outstanding reviews. I have to say, it is quite distracting.

SPOILER Then there is the moment when Daniel reveals that Cam’s heart was broken. Well of course Luce wants to know who broke his heart, but she’s tired… Really? It would only take a minute for Daniel to cough up a name. Luce can’t stay awake for one more minute? That little bit of information would not wake her right up? Of course it would. If you want to spark some interest, maybe it could be a little more believable. A teenage girl about to find out who broke someone’s heart but falls asleep right before she finds out and then totally forgets about it… not even remotely believable. But of course Kate has to get in that one unanswered question to launch a spinoff series. Obviously I’m the only one who feels so negatively about this because the book received four and a half stars. END OF SPOILER

I guess now would be a good time to comment on what I liked about the book. While the execution is lacking, it is a decent love story. I am really into the whole fallen angels theme an even though this is most definitely a love story, Kate gets a little credit for the angels. The reader gets a lot more insight into the whole reason for the Fall but the story is dumb. I do not take issue with the most prominent reason in the story, but the details could have been better.

Bottom line, with Rapture and its predecessors, Lauren Kate missed many opportunities to make the series great. In addition, while she is nowhere near the same level as Philippa Gregory, I think Kate suffers from the same malady- with success comes laziness. Kate achieved such sensation with Fallen, Torment and Passion, she got lazy, knowing it did not matter because Rapture would still be a huge hit even if the quality was lacking. And it is.

Reviewed by Christina

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