Rapture by Lauren Kate: Book Review

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels
Author: Lauren Kate
Date Published: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Size: 448
Edition: eBook
ISBN13: 9780375897191

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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.


I have to admit: since the angels' pursuit of the lost relics to uncovering the site of the Fall of the Angels, I was really bored beyond bored. The way the story was written in duration of the search, it lacked the spirit of mystery and thrill. This may be a YA book but I think that it should have at least the feeling of enigma and that it should elicit feelings of dread from being chased (be it be a group of people or by time) because I felt little if not none of those. We are talking about divine things here. Or maybe I expect too much. I really have mixed emotions reading this book. No, rather I have mixed perspectives looking at this book objectively about how books should be (rather, how good books should be; yes, just good since this one would never apply for greatness.)

On reading this book: I’m getting antsy!

Ok, I take it back. I wasn't that expecting too much. I was rather expecting something worth my time as what you would expect when you have your way to read a book. After reading the entire book, I realized that maybe I should have skipped midway, simply jump to the important part and forget about having missed half of the story.But I wouldn't know which part of the book matters without reading from the start, right?

Look through: The Outcasts' "surprises", The Scales' worthless acts, The Elders' seeming importance that wasn't all important, the “Chase” of Relics

The flow of the story really took time for the taking (yeah, I have to reiterate this). It is so slow that I’m so bothered by it. You know that feeling when your heart squeezes so much and your head would likely burst when the internet connection is slow? The actions and scenes are so lame that maybe I should advice you to just simply run away. As in scoot now!

I know. I know. There would be a gaping hole when you’ve done reading the first three books. Then this will be just some kind of flu you will just have to endure. Thankfully though, this flu of a book won’t kill… unless your immunity to book sickness is too low, you will never tolerate this. Still, I vouched for hope.

It's so obvious by reading that Lucy is somehow the center of it all. At first I thought that her being such a fundamental and crucial entity in such a big glorious story of Celestial beings is just too superficial. Why her? What's with her? Just how huge is her role in the story? And I dread how the author would pull it off.

And then comes the moment that all the Angels have been waiting for... for Lucinda to remember how it all began. And to why a single angel's choice would tip off the balance among the Epemyreal beings. We'll remember from the previous book that Heaven has come to a decision after Daniel proclaimed his choice- he chose his love towards Luce. We don't know his rank yet and who have yet to make a choice before they all plummeted down to their fall.

So then I thought- Lauren Kate made this all seem important. It better be worth it! And then... there came the answer. I wasn't disappointed. A big bomb exploded that produced an equally huge mushroom cloud! That was my heart. I didn't really care about the ending. Really. I was already taken so much on the story before The Fall. It broke my heart, shredding my cardiac muscles to strips. It made me really really sad (that I have to use too much flowery words which I hate doing).Indecent Proposal music went with the background. And there it went again... I felt another ache. Damn. How many times should I be sad in a short period of time?

I learned (yet again) to sympathize on characters or icons that I shouldn't sympathize with (heck excuses, I always sympathize on villains). I develop such unfounded feelings. And I felt sorry for everything. I had to read back through three instances of the Roll Call just to make sure of the story's consistency and coherence. It all made sense.

Overall, this series prove to be worth what I expected of it from the first book that made me patronize it until the end. I might just forget about what I just said earlier (I told you I have mixed perspective on this. Ok, maybe I was seeing the first book as mediocre). Oh, never mind. Forget about those silly adolescent acts in the story. They're just being kids as one would expect from young people, angels or not. You'll just have to dig deep through the story and you'll see how beautiful it is. And for a moment, you'll see how heaven must have look like (Just full of clouds).

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