- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (12 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385739184
- ISBN-13: 978-0385739184
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.8 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
- Customer Reviews: 786 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LAUREN KATE is the internationally bestselling author of the FALLEN series, comprised of Fallen, Torment, Passion, Rapture, Fallen in Love, and Unforgiven; and The Orphan's Song. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit Lauren online at laurenkatenovels.com.
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And of course he must be stopped.
Enemies from preceding volumes have returned, some re-aligning themselves with the good guys, some staying neutral, and some retaining their old colours. Moreover, things have gone a little bit science fictioney in this volume, with seismic time shifts caused throughout the world every time Lucifer takes a step closer to his metaphorical destination. And new characters turn out to be so much more than they appear at first glance, which is a BRILLIANT way to keep the story going and keep the reader’s attention right to the very last page.
Alert readers may well have pre-conceived notions and theories as to how the story will turn out. I won’t declare mine here, as I will probably be so wrong and so far off the beat that it’s unintentionally funny. But the point is, after four books, I am still reading. I am still loving the action, the jokes, the fights, the battle scenes, the strong characterisation, and the plot twists.
But most importantly, i am still lovin’ the lovin’ on display between Lucinda and Daniel. I am worried for *his* future, as well, asking myself if a single act of plucking one of his divine feathers a metaphor for something much grander?
I guess I will have to keep reading to learn the truth. And so will you. I want to see the god guys (and their angels) beat the bad guys (and their angels) once more. And to see Big Bad Lucifer learn a lesson he won’t forget in a hurry. And it’s always good to see true love in action, anyway.
Four stars for the final volume of a consistently excellent and highly entertaining series.
Fallen (Book #1), Torment (Book #2), Passion (Book #3), Fallen in Love (Book #3.5), Rapture (Book #4), and Unforgiven (Book #5) make up the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. They are Young Adult, paranormal stories- with fantasy, angels, good vs evil, drama, angst, fate, hidden agendas, danger, mystery, a love triangle, reincarnation, and more.
This is another book/series that has been sitting on my book has been on my TBR for far too long. Another series that had got lost amongst the thousands of books on/in my TBR. This year part of my reading challenge was to reduce my TBR- both in paperbacks and on my kindle, by reading some of the older backlog. So, here we are….
After reading the entire series now, I have to admit that although the premise and world building was quite good, there were parts that really frustrated me, and fell a little short. I was expecting to be blown away- but it just failed to deliver on my expectations. That’s not to say that I didn’t like the series, I didn’t mind it- but I fear my expectations were much higher than the books could deliver. I do recommend reading the books/series for yourself and making up your own mind though, as there are plenty of people who absolutely loved them.
The story/series follows Lucinda (Luce), Daniel, Cam, (and many other characters) as we discover a world of fallen Angels, Nephilim, curses, reincarnation, and even some time travel. There is much more to the characters and the situation than first appears, and there were a few twists thrown in that I didn’t see coming- but a lot of the story was a little predictable.
I would read more of Lauren Kate’s work just to get more of a fell of what she’s capable of.
Thank you, Lauren Kate!
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I have tried to minimise the "spoiler" in what I am about to say . If 'The Throne' is such a forgiving and benevolent character as painted in the final scenes, surely torturing Daniel over thousands of years of losing his love every 17 years does not add up as the act of such a being or something they would allow. Blood sacrifice - that also seemed misplaced and not something I could believe the character in question would bring themselves to do.
I also felt there was so much loss for Daniel and Luce this time around...family, all their previous friends and the essence of who and what they were before. The ending for me was more sad than I had hoped it would be and not the satisfying ending one hopes for in a love story.
All that having been said I did enjoy the series as a whole .
I'm glad to be on the former's side.
As the final book, it's often hard to find the balance between a brilliant plot and a satisfying conclusion to the story as a whole, whilst also answering questions and tying up all loose ends. Lauren Kate did this with Rapture, and she did it wonderfully.
I don't think it can be disputed that Rapture is by far and away the best book of the series. It just felt like Kate had finally found and embraced her style of writing which has been yearning to come out for some time, and the words just flowed.
All the characters felt much more mature, which was a relief to see. At times in previous books (Torment, I'm looking at you), some had been bordering on irritating with their self-centred, teenage angst feelings - especially Luce - but here they were focused on what they had to do and much more involved.
Daniel especially came into his own. His character voice felt much stronger and his and Luce's love felt much more convincing and worth the battle around them.
I was in awe of how the story progressed and was genuinely stunned at some of the plot twists. Nicely done, Kate. What happened felt right, and more than lived up to what we wanted to happen.
But the ending, for me, was bittersweet. (Here I am referring to the very end - namely the last two chapters/epilogue)
It was the right way to go, I know, but I can't help thinking things were a little different.
I was sad to see the series end - in fact I shed a tear as I read the last line - because I really have loved these books, and have invested a lot of time and heart into them. Endings are always hard, because here we have to draw a line and say goodbye to the characters.
So: farewell, Fallen. It's been worth the wait, and it's been one hell of a ride.
But let me get on to the book in question: There's no doubt the first 50 pages or so showed lots of promise; it was quite different and intriguing - I love the seismic time shifts. But from there on it became almost like a repeat of Passion (Fallen) with all the adventures to the different parts of the world Lucinda and Daniel go to. But then again, it was almost completely irrelevant to the first three books; they could not have happened and yet it was still clear what was going on.
But, contradictory to the last boring 300 pages - nothing much happens, Luce + Daniel do what they have to do all while snogging and professing their love for one another - secrets are revealed (lots of them) which make it interesting. I loved the ending; it was brilliant because I didn't expect it at all.
Overall I give this book three stars - the series ditto. If all four books were written different or there'd only been two or 3 books then it'd been absolutely amazing. If you ever have any spare time read them. They're good.
The goodbye scene actually brought tears to my eyes. The bond made between these characters even though they were meant to be enemy's really did transcend throughout. I wish there was a way the ending could have kept them together but that is not suggesting I didn't enjoy the finale, it was unexpected to say the least. I wish there was a book which told the story of luce and Daniels lives as mortals. I know there is another book out but I believe it is concentrated on cams story now.
All in all an all round great read, I absolutely loved it!
without spoiling the book for anyone, I found it quite tedious at times and I found myself having to force myself to read it. For me it got quite boring and because of this i would recommend people who have not started to read this series, not to bother. If i'd have known how this last book would turn out when i read the first (amazing!) book, I probably wouldn't have bothered reading the series either. Saying that, if you are a person who has read the first three books then of course you should probably read this one as well, just to give you the overall experience of the characters and story. However, if your not that bothered about reading this book and just think you should because you've read the first three (like me) then my recommendation is not to waist your money.
So yeah, the fallen series has been a good one (in the first three books), its just a shame about this last book. I feel that more time and effort should have been put into it by the author.
Anyway, I thought the first half of the book really dragged and at times I had to force myself to keep reading. There were far too many descriptive passages and not enough action. However I felt the second half, when the revelations finally start, really picked up and I finished it quite quickly. The ending, as some have described it, is somewhat bitter-sweet and not what I expected. All in all, not a bad ending to the series though.
It is a great story and the plot is very interesting and well written but I am not getting into it as much as I wanted to.
I love the first three books but I feel like I have lost interest halfway through the fourth one. I will finish it but it is not one of my favourite series unfortunately. However, that is just my opinion and I recommend this book to fans of heaven and hell and a tragic love story, As I have said it is a good read but not one of MY favourites. It may be different for you.
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In my opinion, as everyone is entitled to there own, it was a great sum up to a story that may have been dragged out a little in the previous book as I have already spoken of but I really think Lauren Kate has crafted a very well, researched book and is perfect for Lovers of Fantasy such as myself.
Once, I had finished the book. (only hours ago) I ran straight to my mom (I'm only seventeen) and informed her of my rocky thoughts on the series but did say the ending just stopped, it didn't end and I felt the very last chapter and the epilogue of the book could have had a little more, a little more something instead of just stopping.
Great book, looking forward to reading more of Lauren Kate's work. :)
I was a Twilight fan and was in desperate need for something different to Vampires and Werewolves. As soon as I started to read the first book I was hooked and completely involved in what secrets Daniel and Cam were hiding..
Each book in the series is completely different and add a new exciting element to the story
However, I thought the ending was rushed.. It was a complete let down to end it the way it did. Totally unfair considering all the turmoil the Daniel and Luce endured to get to the end of the "curse"
I wouldnt let this put you off buying the series as maybe you wont be dissapointed by the end..
I have read all these books and LOVED them i thought they were amazing and i read each book within just a short couple of days but this book i felt just didnt meet the expectations i had it was predictable in places and the fact that Lucinda was an angel really annoyed me, if she was an angel how come star shots didnt kill her? how did she die all those many millions of times? it really did annoy me and i felt it wasnt explained enough i gave it three stars because i feel the previous three books were good and this book was well written and i was gripped but i feel like the story could have been spread out better through the book and the predictabilty lost it a few points too but the real three point clincher is the fact Luce turned out to be an angel i just found that ridiculous and un called for but over all it was a passable good read, dont not read it but go into it knowing the faults lol xx
It was quick paced and had a feel of a less intellectual Dan Brown book (of a chase through ancient cities to track down pieces of history which added together unearth the location they require...)
This book is where all the action happens (I found book 2 and more so book 3 a bit boring)
A respectable finish to a worth reading series.
If you'd like previous books you'll love this one