Rapture

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) R165  ISBN: 978-0-385-61812-0

 

I am a fan of Lauren Kate. Her imagination is astounding. Kate has taken an esoteric idea and turned it into a supernatural story.

 

Lucifer, a fallen angel, wants to erase the past and control the world. The other angels need to stop him. Lucifer has a special interest in Luce, a mortal, who can stop the dark forces from winning. She alone determines the angels, hers and humankinds’ fate by breaking the curse. It is a rush against time as Luce, Daniel and the angels race to find three relics that will help Luce with her momentous task.

 

At times, I felt that Luce and Daniel did not have that spark that created interesting story points in the first book. This story is more about the chase than it is about romance.

 

The series began with Fallen and Rapture is the fourth and final book. I loved the first book but felt the next two books in the series disappointing and disjointed. Rapturedoes redeem the series. It concludes the story in a way that made me feel that it was worthwhile reading the four books. I recommend Rapture for readers who enjoy this genre.

 

Ulrike Hill

3/5

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Fallen in Love

by Lauren Kate (Random House) ISBN: 978-0-857-53164-3

 

Fallen in Love is a glimpse into the emotions of the characters who are part of Daniel and Luce’s cursed love story.

 

Readers of the Lauren Kate trilogy will know the characters. Miles, Shelby, Arian and Roland have walked alongside Luce and Daniel’s doomed love. The setting in all the stories takes place in medieval England on Valentine’s Day.

 

An Announcer dumps Miles and Shelby in medieval England. Out of place and out of sorts, they have to depend on each other. In their story snapshot, they find that there is an attraction growing between them.

Arian and Roland land up in medieval England as well but find that love is not dependable and can be torture; rather like Daniel and Luce’s love.

Finally, Daniel and Luce come face to face in medieval England. Not surprising, their reincarnated visit shows that their love is strong and everlasting.

 

The stories will make no sense if readers have not read the books from the Fallen series. This book feels like a filler – meant to satisfy the gap before the big meal. It fails dismally and detracts from Daniel and Luce’s tragic love story.

 

I felt lost and disappointed. I wanted to know how Luce would end the curse. Not worth the effort. Perhaps Kate’s next book Rapture will end the ‘torment’.

 

Ulrike Hill

2/5

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Passion

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) ISBN 978 03856 1808 3

 

Los Angeles-based author Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling creator of the wildly popular Fallen series.

 

Passion is the third in the quartet of romantic paranormal novels aimed at young adults.

 

Ethereally dark and exquisitely beautiful Luce travels back through time and history to test her relationship with the tormented blond fallen angel Daniel. She wants to know if he really loves her – or if he is simply caught up in the curse neither of them seems able to break. Daniel is forced bring her back from the dangerous shadows of the past to face the risks of the present.

 

Passion not only explores the extremes young lovers will face to be together, but also neatly sets the stage for the final book.

 

The story is told in a crisp, evocative style, although some of the dialogue is less than elegant. While the time travel plot line can be annoying at times, it does feed the story and give us a background to the main characters.

 

Recommended for anyone who is looking for a paranormal fix after Twilight and a must for those who enjoyed the first two books Lauren Kate’s series.

 

Anthony Ehlers

3/5

 

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Luce Price is desperate to break the curse that keeps her from her one true love, Daniel.

 

Luce with the apparent guidance of a gargoyle must go back through the centuries and revisit her various reincarnations that each hold a different clue to her fate.

 

Meanwhile Daniel and other fallen angels are in hot pursuit of Luce through the ages to stop her before she makes a choice that alters their history.

 

Passion is the sequel to Lauren Kate’s novel, Fallen. The reader can pick up on the essence of the first book and ease into the romantic plot of the second even if they have not had a chance to read the first.

 

The story is focused on the intense connection between the two main characters Luce and Daniel and Lauren does well to relay this concentrated emotion to the reader. The chapters are divided into centuries and moves rather swiftly.

 

To enjoy the culmination of the story one will need to read the third book, Torment.

 

Liz Breet

3/5

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Passion

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) ISBN 978 03856 1808 3

 

Los Angeles-based author Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling creator of the wildly popular Fallen series.

 

Passion is the third in the quartet of romantic paranormal novels aimed at young adults.

 

Ethereally dark and exquisitely beautiful Luce travels back through time and history to test her relationship with the tormented blond fallen angel Daniel. She wants to know if he really loves her – or if he is simply caught up in the curse neither of them seems able to break. Daniel is forced bring her back from the dangerous shadows of the past to face the risks of the present.

 

Passion not only explores the extremes young lovers will face to be together, but also neatly sets the stage for the final book.

 

The story is told in a crisp, evocative style, although some of the dialogue is less than elegant. While the time travel plot line can be annoying at times, it does feed the story and give us a background to the main characters.

 

Recommended for anyone who is looking for a paranormal fix after Twilight and a must for those who enjoyed the first two books Lauren Kate’s series.

 

Anthony Ehlers

3/5

 

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Luce Price is desperate to break the curse that keeps her from her one true love, Daniel.

 

Luce with the apparent guidance of a gargoyle must go back through the centuries and revisit her various reincarnations that each hold a different clue to her fate.

 

Meanwhile Daniel and other fallen angels are in hot pursuit of Luce through the ages to stop her before she makes a choice that alters their history.

 

Passion is the sequel to Lauren Kate’s novel, Fallen. The reader can pick up on the essence of the first book and ease into the romantic plot of the second even if they have not had a chance to read the first.

 

The story is focused on the intense connection between the two main characters Luce and Daniel and Lauren does well to relay this concentrated emotion to the reader. The chapters are divided into centuries and moves rather swiftly.

 

To enjoy the culmination of the story one will need to read the third book, Torment.

 

Liz Breet

3/5

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