Release Date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Random House
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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 their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will be made in this final epic stuggle…
In the fight for Luce, and for love, who will win?
Every book in this series has offered something different in terms of setting, knowledge, characters and purpose. They each have distinct feel and Rapture proves no different. We're introduced to new people, rekindle with the old and shine a new light onto those we thought we had all figured out. Most everyone on Team Anti-Lucifer groups together at the start of the book to plan their mission for stopping the Fall. They then all branch out in groups to search for certain objects that will help in their mission to stop ol' Lucifer from striking down on earth and erasing history as we know it. There's plenty of danger, action and unfortunate deaths along the way; but when you're facing the devil himself, you'd expect nothing less.
Despite the dire situation they're in and with such little time to complete it, Rapture still offers Luce and Daniel plenty of time to bond, which fans of their ill-fated love will savour every minute of. We see more shared scenes between them than I think we have in any previous book, save for Passion. But where Passion journeyed their past lives; Rapture shows us their love in the present. I think they've both grown to learn that given the lives they've lead, no moment shared together should be taken for granted. It was nice to see them together as a couple, taking small joy in their love, especially given they stand a 50/50 chance of failing their mission.
I have really been tainted when it comes to finale books, because for nearly every series that offers a hint of paranormal, I always anticipate an epic battle akin to what we saw in Deathly Hallows. I'm working on accepting that not every book is written for that kind of war, and Rapture is one of them. Lauren did not disappoint in what she offered: Knowledge. Everything we've been waiting for is finally laid out in the open; how Luce and Daniel fell in love and what sparked their terrible curse, both of which provided a few extra spicy twists. One I suspected throughout the book, although I couldn't be 100% certain of, and another which definitely took me by surprise!
I was also quite surprised by my emotions when closing the book! Obviously I like these books, but I've never really felt an intense emotional connection to Luce and Daniel. I've always been interested in seeing how their story progressed, but it's the secondary characters like Cam, Arriane, Miles and even Bill who captured my attention more. Come time for epilogue, however? Yes, there were a few tears. I'm not ashamed to admit it! How Lauren concluded Luce and Daniel's story was really quite beautiful. The kind of ending that had me smiling through glassy eyes; happy, but an undeniable ache in my heart. These are the kind of endings I enjoy best. The ones which acknowledge that in order to gain your happily ever after, there must be sacrifice along the way.
Any fan of this series will be satisfied in devouring the secrets that have been tantalisingly held over our heads since Fallen. It played out really well and we even see an appearance from the almighty God! Rapture is a fitting conclusion to the series and offered a taste of everything we've experienced in previous books; love, betrayal, surprising revelations, murder and consequence. But facing these trials is not the same Luce we met in Fallen. She's a little wiser, a little stronger and while she's never going to be that ass-kicking kind of heroine, she's the girl in all of us who just longs for a happy ending and will fight for her right to have one. Will she succeed in the way she hopes? I guess you'll have the read the book to find out :)
4/5 Golden Apples!