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Audiobook Review: Rapture (Fallen #4)

Published June 12th 2012

Author: Lauren Kate

Narrator: Justine Eyre

Audiobook Length: 11 hours 40 minutes

The sky is dark with wings….

Like sand through 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 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 is the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

Rapture is the final novel featuring the main story of Luce and Daniel. Although there are five total novels, the next installment is a companion novel with Cam as the main character. While I am still going to continue to the next story as I enjoyed Cam’s character, I am left wondering if I missed a huge chunk of information as I do not fully comprehend the details of these first four novels. It is very difficult to believe that there were four novels dedicated to telling the tale of Lucinda and Daniel who have the most epic love story and yet I still do not understand why their love was so special.

The story follows Luce and Daniel as they have nine days to stop Lucifer from wiping out the last 7,000 years of human history. There are multiple reveals in this installment, including the origin of Daniel and Luce first meeting, which has been hinted at since the beginning, however, most of them made zero sense as they seemed to come out of nowhere. I can potentially see how in an outline, Daniel and Luce’s story made a lot of sense. I can also see how it could be looked at as extremely romantic, however, I just did not connect to it. Instead, I just could not understand their bond aside from a physical and “cosmic” connection. It really did seem at times that Luce loves a guy for looks alone and I really think it was a missed opportunity to not explore that there is more to Luce’s attraction to others than looks alone.

There are even some inconsistencies throughout the story. At one point Daniel tells Luce that he will love her any way yet in a previous novel he was upset when she dyed her hair. In the very beginning of the Fallen novel, Trevor was killed in a fire which set off the series of events for the main series. I, and I am sure many other readers, have waited four full-length novels to find an answer for this fire and yet it was forgotten. I am not sure if this was done on purpose by the author for an unknown reason or she became distracted with other storylines, but it just does not seem fair to readers to be left in the dark about a plot point. There is also the sudden change with Cam’s character as his connection with Luce is not consistent between all the novels. His involvement in this one seems to come out of nowhere.

As a novel, this one seemed to rush all the points to wrap up Luce and Daniel’s story rather than taking the time to fully get them across to the reader. The first three novels move at a slower and more in-depth pace when it came to each moment, so it seemed out of nowhere to have it all sped up. There is still some slowness in this story, but it just did not match the other three novels. The story did tie in nicely to the series as I can see how the author may have outlined her main points in the series, but I just wish that the details of getting from point A to point B were explored in more depth to make more sense to the reader. As this is the last installment for Luce and Daniel, I am excited at the possibility of finally exploring Cam as a main character, although my hope levels are not terribly high.

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