Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Book Review: Rapture by Lauren Kate
Alas, I did really enjoy Rapture. The novel was a perfect culmination of characters, revelations, and certain eventualities. I found myself turning the pages quite eagerly, desperate to know if good would triumph over evil, if deserted partnerships would rekindle, and if the forgotten would be remembered.
Rapture is the final tale in the Fallen Series, a condensed novel following what could be the last nine days of love and loss between Lucinda Price and the fallen angel, Daniel Grigori. We find ourselves locked in a treasure hunt for ancient relics, uncovering long lost prophecies, and understanding the true meaning of the 'Fall'.
Angels and outcasts band together to stop Lucifer yet again, but everyone has an agenda - one that shocked the hell out of me (pardon the pun). Lucinda is the center of it all, the reason for love, longing, and loss. She soon discovers that she could be the only person to stop history repeating itself and unlock the secrets of a past that could shape the fate of us all. There's also plenty of action to keep your heart pumping and enough smoldering looks and lip-locking to get the mushy teenager within to swoon.
However, despite moments of levity and tenderness, towards the end of this novel I started to feel particularly sad for Lucifer which took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to sympathise with the devil, or even pray for him to have his own happy ending. I suspect that's what I liked about Lauren Kate's culmination to the series. Although all questions were answered, all loose ends neatly tied, I found myself wondering 'what if?', a sentiment I never expected after such a tidy end.
The writing as always is beautifully crafted - text lilted with much description and heavy subtext. The characters were honest and thorough in their delivery of action and speech. And, without creating a spoiler, I commend the author for making me well up at one point within the story. To be moved by words, is to be a truly gifted writer, it's just a shame that there was never quite a point of total immersion within the story for me, despite my desire to uncover the end.
I rate Rapture four out of five fangs.
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?